Reading List for June 9, 2017

What Pushes A Person to Suicide? On Nautilus, Taylor Beck writes about the emerging understanding that it is often in the grip of mania, rather than depression, that a person takes their own life.

The Road Not Taken: The Poem Everyone Loves and Everyone Gets Wrong It’s not the Road Less Traveled; that’s just the beginning of the misconceptions. This is a fascinating critique of a beloved, utterly misunderstood poem.

The Dark Secret at the Heart of AI On MIT’s Technology Review, Will Knight writes about the unsettling revelation that the scientists who develop AI don’t really understand how they come to their conclusions and reach their goals. Our current understanding: They just do.

The Thoughts of a Spider Web Quanta Magazine explores the remarkable hypothesis that spiders store some of their memory in their webs, making them an external extension of the spider’s brain.

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