Science and Technology

Psychedelic drugs as therapy

Submitted by SJW on 6 June, 2018 - 12:14 Author: Todd Hamer
Micro dose

On 19 April 1943, Swiss chemist Albert Hoffmann ingested a small dose of a chemical he had synthesised and experienced the world’s first LSD trip. His experience ushered in two decades of experimentation and clinical research into psychedelic drugs until it was cut short by prohibition in 1970.

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The Bolsheviks, Stalin and science
Trofim Lysenko
SJWTue, 01/05/2018 - 22:03

In the discussions prompted by centenary of the first workers’ government, little has been said about the Bolsheviks and their science policies.

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The return of racist science
racist brain
SJWWed, 28/03/2018 - 18:44

A recent article by Gavin Evans in the Guardian has drawn attention to a resurgence in the idea that race and intelligence are linked.1 These terms, though commonly used, are quite difficult to define…and for good reason. (see separate boxes)

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Democracy and social mediaSJWWed, 28/03/2018 - 17:56

The scandal surrounding how Facebook shared with a Cambridge psychologist, and his firm (Global Science Research) the personal information of 50 million users, without their explicit consent, has revealed a gruesome network of right-wing academic, political and business connections.

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We're here because we're here
Stephen Hawking
AWLSat, 17/03/2018 - 19:15

We’re here because we’re here

Les Hearn wrote this review of a Brief History of Time in 1989 for Socialist Organiser. We reprint it as a tribute to Stephen Hawking who died on 14 March.

In 1963, when he was a student, Stephen Hawking was told he had motor neurone disease and had possibly two years to live. Now, confined to a wheelchair, unable to move, breathing through a hole in his windpipe, communicating by computer and voice synthesiser, he is one of the world’s leading theoretical physicists.

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Will the counter-revolution be tweeted?
Retweet
SJWWed, 14/03/2018 - 11:39

False news spreads on Twitter much faster than truth. Researchers at MIT have published the results of research into 126,000 fact-checkable stories tweeted or retweeted between 2006 and 2017 (bit.ly/false-t).

True stories rarely reached more than 1000 people through retweeting; the top 1% of false-news tweet-cascades got to 10,000 or more.

True reports took six times as long as falsehoods to reach 15,000 people. Falsehoods were 70% more likely to be retweeted than truths.

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What Google Search figures teach us
Google Trends
martinMon, 08/01/2018 - 17:08

Some political tides are flowing our way a bit, but not as much as we might hope. Google's latest figures from their web search engine, released in December 2017, show that the number of people taking to the web to find out more about "socialism" is increasing in Britain, though modestly.

The worldwide picture is less encouraging. It shows spikes after the economic crash in 2008-9, and in early 2016, with publicity for Sanders and Corbyn, but no increasing trend.

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1980s ozone layer to return by... 2050MatthewWed, 18/10/2017 - 12:35

Good news! The ozone hole is shrinking at last, a rare success for collective action in response to scientific evidence.1 Unfortunately, it will take until 2050 to return to its 1980 levels.

This is because the chemicals largely responsible for its depletion are very stable and those already released will persist in the atmosphere until then, even if no more emissions take place. It’s 30 years since the signing of the Montreal Protocol which aimed to tackle the problem of the accelerating destruction of the ozone layer by chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs).

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Uber: workers’ loss?MatthewWed, 04/10/2017 - 12:20

James Farrar, chair of the United Private Hire Drivers’ branch of the IWGB union, spoke to Solidarity about working for Uber and the cancellation of their licence.


I am a founder as well as the chair of the United Private Hire Drivers’ (UPHD) branch of the IWGB union.

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I need to make your clothes, shine your boots and drive your motorcycle

Submitted by Matthew on 26 July, 2017 - 8:28 Author: Colin Applebaum

Even those outside the tech space would struggle to have missed the recent hype around automation and artificial intelligence (AI). Fuelled by rapid developments in technological innovation hyped in the last two years, although mostly developed over the last two decades, many cerebral types suggest we may be at the start of be some significant changes in capitalist production. They even gave it a grandiose name: “The Fourth Industrial Revolution”.

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