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During exchanges at prime minister's questions, the Tory leader mocked Mr Brown for talking of Titian at 90, when he said in fact he had died age 86. Shortly afterwards a Wikipedia user registered at Conservative HQ moved his date of death forward. The party admitted an "over-eager" member of staff had been responsible...

2009-02-11

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The True Knowledge answer engine is a technology capable of answering questions put to it on any topic.
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The "theory of everything" is one of the most cherished dreams of science. If it is ever discovered, it will describe the workings of the universe at the most fundamental level and thus encompass our entire understanding of nature. It would also answer such enduring puzzles as what dark matter is, the reason time flows in only one direction and how gravity works. Small wonder that Stephen Hawking famously said that such a theory...

2010-03-04

 physics universe theory mathematics cosmology relativity truth nature
All we can ever know are the guesses or interpretations our mind creates about what is going on. To create these guesses, we can only draw on basic human neuroanatomy and on our past experience. Since no two people ever have exactly the same neuroanatomy or experience, no two people ever interpret anything in exactly the same way. This is frightening. It means that each of us lives alone, in our own world of meaning.

2010-06-21

 lying psychology deception reality neuroscience meaning understanding uncertainty truth
Red faces in Washington? Well yes, almost certainly, and probably in a significant number of other capitals too, not least in the Middle East where a series of leaders and senior figures in Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Abu Dhabi are quoted as urging Washington to bomb Iran's nuclear programme...

2010-11-28

 embassy spying WikiLeaks politics secret international USA embarrassment truth reality leak whistleblower
For rolling news outlets Wikileaks has been a dream come true with thousands of US embassy cables dribbling out titbits of sensitive information and providing new headlines on a daily and even hourly basis. But for the US government, the revelations are less welcome.

2010-12-07

 WikiLeaks uncomfortable truth journalism leak whistleblower Julian Assange clampdown
We're not driven only by emotions, of course—we also reason, deliberate. But reasoning comes later, works slower—and even then, it doesn't take place in an emotional vacuum. Rather, our quick-fire emotions can set us on a course of thinking that's highly biased, especially on topics we care a great deal about. ... Given the power of our prior beliefs to skew how we respond to new information, one thing is becoming clear: If...

2011-04-18

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