An Easy $300,000 for Sense of Wonder in a Box

The Templeton Foundation is paying $300,000 to University of Central Florida to build a rocketship-simulator, so they can study whether "the spiritual experiences described by astronauts are primarily caused by the various views of the earth and the vastness of space." Over at Pharyngula, P.Z. Myers subjects this… » 1/09/12 4:40pm 1/09/12 4:40pm

Can Ray Kurzweil's Rosy Predictions Stand Up To Fact-Checking?

When the Singularity arrives in 2045, Ray Kurzweil will finally be infallible. Until, then, however the famous futurist's meat brain has made some ludicrously inaccurate predictions, as Newsweek magazine pointed out recently. Kurzweil has sent an angry letter to the magazine, to try and clear his name. » 6/01/09 1:40pm 6/01/09 1:40pm