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Where Latin American author Marcos Antonio Hernandez turns the news into story ideas

May 10, 2018
an Egyptian author inspired Osama Bin Laden?

An Egyptian author named Sayyid Qutb was a source of inspiration for radical Islamist groups such as Al-Qaeda. Their first leader, Osama Bin Laden, was exposed to the author’s body of work from both his mentor, who was a student of Qutb's, and from public lectures given by Qutb's brother. Qutb was anti-American; he detested the violence […]

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May 8, 2018
a guess can be improved with data?

There is a way of thinking known as Bayesian Inference that allows for a hypothesis to be updated for correctness as more data surfaces. Steven Pinker, in his book Enlightment Now, provides a good example of how this works when he describes the thinking of people known as “superforecasters.” When one of these people are […]

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May 5, 2018
Russia had a hand in Japan's surrender in WWII?

There are some people who believe that Japan surrendered in the Second World War because of the Soviet invasion of Manchuria and not because of the atomic bombs that were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki by the United States.

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May 3, 2018
humans are a better option than computers?

There was a quote by Nasa in 1965 that talked about the benefits of human labor. "Man is the lowest-cost, 150-pound, nonlinear, all-purpose computer system which can be mass-produced by unskilled labour." Talk about some impersonal logic!

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May 1, 2018
a poem exists about the logic of suicide?

Read Resumé, a poem about suicide by Dorothy Parker, twice and see the thought process of how some people come to the decision NOT to commit suicide just because it's too much of a hassle. Razors pain you; Rivers are damp; Acids stain you; And drugs cause cramp. Guns aren’t lawful; Nooses give; Gas smells […]

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April 28, 2018
history has provided a solution for excess carbon?

Biochar is a product that can store large amounts of carbon for centuries, a concept scientists are looking into in order to reduce the carbon footprint of humanity. It is made from “burning” biomass in the absence of oxygen and can be added to soil to increase agricultural productivity. There is evidence that Pre-Colombian Amazons […]

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April 26, 2018
a nuclear disaster was fictionalized a week before it happened?

There was a movie called The China Syndrome, starring Jane Fonda, that came out in 1979. It describes the aftermath of a nuclear meltdown and how parts of the reactor melted through the earth and all the way to China. What’s crazy about this, and what I never knew until I listened to Enlightment Now by […]

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April 24, 2018
an indigenous ritual was banned?

A potlatch was essentially a gift-giving feast common in the pacific northwest before a ban by the Canadian government made the practice illegal. Hearing this word in Enlightment Now by Steven Pinker immediately transported me back to a book I read when I was younger. It was about one man who went to live among, […]

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April 21, 2018
outposts in space are simple in theory?

There are multiple mentions of von Neumann probes in The Future of Humanity by Michio Kaku. This hypothetical probe could be the way that humans branch out into the stars. These self-replicating spacecrafts would go to a distant planet and use any raw materials present to generate copies of itself which could then be sent out […]

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April 19, 2018
a phrase exists about the timeliness of a perfect reply?

There is a French saying, L'esprit de l'escalier (the wit of the staircase) that means to think of the perfect reply too late. Made me think of the Simpson’s episode where the perfect comeback hits Marge as she drives away from the gas station. I believe it was from the episode where she buys a […]

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