I'd like to proudly announce the creation of my new website "A history of artificial intelligence." (http://ahistoryofai.com). Through it, I show the various ways artificial intelligence has changed since its dawn thousands of years ago. I hope to use this website to craft a story of understanding between different civilizations and eras citing writers like … Continue reading New website: "A history of artificial intelligence"
Chinese scientists recently created gene edited babies using the controversial CRISPR-Cas9 technique. Scholars have alarmed the world about the ethical questions raised by genetic engineering. Writers also grappled with the recent explosion of machine learning and its effects. This includes the science behind how computers make decisions. This way they can determine its effects on society. … Continue reading How to improve your moral reasoning in the digital age
"Truth Coming Out of Her Well" - Jean-Léon Gérôme (1896)To speak of our own intellectual character requires a tremendous amount of humility and generosity. To speak broadly, intellectual character is all about embracing truth, criticism, and ideas in a way that's justified, fair, and ethical. It's very easy for many scholars and students to treat their … Continue reading How to maintain intellectual character in an era of fake news
Pondering difficult questions of her own cultural background, German author Nora Krug asks the questions of what belonging is and what that means to her. To belong to a culture of Germans responsible for the unspeakable atrocities of World War II meant Krug was challenging the very idea that she should belong to that culture. … Continue reading How war shapes a country: a review of Nora Krug’s "Belonging"
Tasks like discerning difference between modern and postmodern illness would prove difficult for anyone without appropriate training in the arts and humanities. What is and what isn’t a fact has never been obvious or uncontroversial. There was no golden age of truth. Given the present day notions of post-truth in an era of decreasing trust towards … Continue reading Physician Rita Charon on how stories matter to medicine
This is the story of how I won. This is the story of how I spoke out against wrongdoing that sought to hurt me fundamentally as a human being. I overcame these struggles with the fearlessness that has been given to me. The world is full of moral ambiguities and existential horrors. Yet I made … Continue reading The story of how I won
In Hiking with Nietzsche: On Becoming Who You Are, American professor of philosophy John Kaag shows how important and salient philosophy's role in everyday life is. By hiking through mountains and experiencing what the Swiss Alps have to offer, Kaag illustrates a view of Nietzsche's life that provides an intimate understanding of the challenges Nietzsche … Continue reading How to become who you are, according to Nietzsche
Meandering through information from different disciplines is difficult for anyone - be them a scientist, philosopher, or anything else. On his website and in this interview, we'll take a look at how Adam Kruchten learned to figure out what guided him in his passions and how he applies both scientific and philosophical thinking to understanding statistics. HA: Adam, … Continue reading An interview with Adam Kruchten, a Renaissance scholar of the highest calibre
I'm proud to announce the launch of SeqAcademy.org, a website to teach others RNA-Seq and ChIP-Seq analysis even with no prior programming experience.This project was the result of the NIH April Data Science Hackathon, at which researchers from across the globe met to work on projects here at the NIH. Our group created SeqAcademy, an … Continue reading SeqAcademy: An educational pipeline for RNA-Seq and ChIP-Seq analysis
"Everyone should have a deep understanding of science." It seems like a lofty ideal. While it's one thing for the general public to respect scientists for their work, it's another to ask them to understand it on a deep level. As scientists and science writers share knowledge with others, we get a glimpse into their … Continue reading Science capturing the public’s imagination