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Monday October 21st, 2019 night edition

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That’s because, researchers say, our brains do their best to keep us from dwelling on our inevitable demise.

A study found that the brain shields us from existential fear by categorising death as an unfortunate event that only befalls other people.

“The brain does not accept that death is related to us,” said Yair Dor-Ziderman, at Bar Ilan University in Israel.

Being shielded from thoughts of our future death could be crucial for us to live in the present.

The protection may switch on in early life as our minds develop and we realise death comes to us all.

To investigate how the brain handles thoughts of death, Dor-Ziderman and colleagues developed a test that involved producing signals of surprise in the brain.

Arnaud Wisman, a psychologist at the University of Kent, said people put up numerous defences to stave off thoughts of death. »

Mick Mulvaney Melts Down Under Brutal Grilling By Fox’s Chris Wallace

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At one point, Wallace asked Mulvaney whether he had offered his resignation to Trump in the wake of the blowback and criticism he received over the press briefing.

Mulvaney said the topic was “absolutely not” discussed with the president, adding that he is “very happy working there.”.

Wallace seized on the “hospitality business” comment and pressed Mulvaney if the president understood why it “looked lousy.” »

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Nintendo Switch Achieves 15 Million Units Sold Milestone in North America

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The Nintendo Switch, including its recently released new version, the Nintendo Switch Lite, has sold more than 15 million units in North America since the console’s launch in March 2017, according to Nintendo’s internal data.

Additionally, over the first nine months of 2019, Nintendo Switch sales in North America were up more than 20% compared to the same period last year.

Nintendo Switch sales in North America have surpassed that figure, and its worldwide sales of 36.87 million units, as of June 30 this year, have already more than doubled the Wii U’s lifetime sales. »

Facebook isn’t free speech, it’s algorithmic amplification optimized for outrage – TechCrunch

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The problem is that Facebook doesn’t offer free speech; it offers free amplification.

What you read on Facebook is determined entirely by Facebook’s algorithm, which elides much — censors much, if you wrongly think the News Feed is free speech — and amplifies little.

The larger issue, though, is that Facebook seems to think that if an algorithm is content-agnostic, it is therefore fair. »