Want to Fight Online BS? We've Got Your Crash Course

WIRED

Malign forces are waging a battle for your brain. It's tempting to throw up your hands, declare ourselves in a "post-truth" world, and give up trying to make sense of it all. But that means ceding the public sphere to dissemblers and propagandists. We at WIRED are here to help. Our new video series, Argument Clinic, provides a crash course in critical thinking to help you spot–and combat–nonsensical arguments online.


Suggestion: Just put on some ambient noise and do nothing for 5 minutes

Mashable

This post is part of Hard Refresh, a soothing weekly column where we try to cleanse your brain of whatever terrible thing you just witnessed on Twitter. The internet's deep well of ambient noise websites are usually touted as productivity hacks -- as in, "listening to soft rain sounds while you sit at your desk will help you work faster." That might be true (in fact, it probably is), but I don't really care. In my opinion, ambient noise shouldn't be relegated to the background. It should be the main attraction.


Learn how to play piano for less than $20 by taking an online course

Mashable

If you didn't like piano lessons as a kid, then you might be missing out. Chances are, playing the piano has been on your bucket list for some time now, but you don't have the time or energy to sign up for lessons. This online class, appropriately called Learn How to Play The Piano, can help. The course is available 24/7 and features nine modules (a total of 12 hours of content) that will take you from beginner to tolerable piano player in no time. First, you'll learn the importance of middle C and how to play with your right and left hands separately.


Tech billionaire pays $10K to die and have his brain uploaded online

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Entreprenuer Sam Altman is one of 25 people on a waiting list at Nectome, a startup company that says it is able to upload a person's brain into a computer so they can live forever A Silicone Valley tech-billionaire is paying $10,000 to be killed so his brain can be preserved forever. Entrepreneur Sam Altman is one of 25 people on a waiting list at Nectome, a startup company that says they can upload the contents of a person's brain and store it on a computer. But in exchange for eternally preserving his mind, the 32-year-old will have to die in a process similar to physician-assisted suicide - which is only legal in five US states. Somewhat ironically, the company Altman founded - Y Combinator - funds startups like Nectome. The process he's signed up for involves embalming the brain so it can later be simulated onto a computer, according to the MIT Technology Review.


Can exercising the mind improve our abilities, or is it just another self-improvement fantasy?

Popular Science

A half-hour south of Baltimore, in a suburban office park, Kate Ortman is holding an open house. She's the proprietor of Brain Training of Maryland, a facility specializing in cognitive training programs aimed at one goal: improving brain function. About three-dozen curious visitors have shown up on this Sunday in late October. One of the employees giving demos is Kate's son, Greg, a soft-spoken 27-year-old. People watch colored bars on a computer screen blink as he claps in time to a program called Interactive Metronome, pausing to explain how it had helped him.