“It’s going to take a crisis to galvanize young people” politically.
Tesla Motors’ secret weapon is not its electric supercar
Most electric vehicles putter out of juice in under 100 miles. Charging empty automobile batteries can take forever. That means you’re limited to grocery store runs and daily commutes.
Palo Alto-based Tesla Motors realized it cannot solve just the range problem. Its Model S luxury sedan, equipped with the largest battery configuration, delivers an EPA-rated 265 miles.
Tesla is working on battery technology to extend driving range and recently announced plans for a $5 billion, 10 million square foot battery “gigafactory.” But, that is a hard problem to crack and certainly not a short-term fix.
At a time when advances in science and technology have changed our understanding of our mental and physical selves, it is easy for some to dismiss the discipline of philosophy as obsolete. Stephen Hawking, boldly, argues that philosophy is dead.
Not according to Rebecca Newberger Goldstein. Goldstein, a philosopher and novelist, studied philosophy at Barnard and then earned her Ph.D. in philosophy at Princeton University. She has written several books, won a MacArthur “Genius Award” in 1996, and taught at several universities, including Barnard, Columbia, Rutgers, and Brandeis.
Goldstein’s forthcoming book, Plato at the Googleplex: Why Philosophy Won’t Go Away, offers insight into the significant—and often invisible—progress that philosophy has made. I spoke with Goldstein about her take on the science vs. philosophy debates, how we can measure philosophy’s advances, and why an understanding of philosophy is critical to our lives today.
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The Ashland BRT line has become a referendum on the city’s evolution.
A micro-cottage community offers a national template for homeless housing projects.
Often you need to hit bottom before you can start working your way back up. We Southern Democrats are basically at that point. With control of only two of 22 legislative bodies, three of 11 governors’ mansions and precious few other statewide offices, Southern Democrats are an endangered species indeed. In 1969, Republican strategist Kevin Phillips…
If the favorite dropped out, the Democratic race would suddenly be wide open. But who would be left?