People Like Retro Cocktails Of Cheesy Euphoria

From our ever popular series, Headlines In The Guardian We Can Answer:

Shunned by hipsters, adored by local Scots, they’re the fringe’s biggest show. How did this retro cocktail of cheesy euphoria become such a phenomenon?

Although, to be fair, this should be filed slightly differently, under subheads in The G etc.

As to why the answer is equally obvious. Art is challenging, disruptive, meaningful. Cheesy euphoria is what those in the arts world call what people like.…

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Because Disabled Access Costs Money

Another in our series of Guardian Headlines We Can Answer:

Why aren’t new homes fully accessible for older and disabled people?
David Brindle

It costs money to provide such disabled access. Further, resources are by definition scarce. We thus need to direct out ability to do things where that employment of the scarce resources adds the most value, produces the greatest benefit.

Note that this isn’t about profits, or capitalism, or markets. It’s just a simple statement of fact.…

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The Four Day Week Is Already Here By Any Reasonable Standard

A useful and interesting violation of Betteridge’s Law (that any newspaper headline with a question mark can be answered “No”) is this about that four day week experiment in New Zealand:

Could a four-day working week become the new norm for British employees?


The only detail is when?

For this is just one of the things we humans do as we become richer, we take some part of that new wealth as more leisure.…

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Could Psychedelics Transform Mental Health?

In an interesting violation of Betteridge’s Law an addition to our ever popular series of Headlines We Can Answer.


Could psychedelics transform mental health?

As Allen Ginsburg pointed out, drugs of various kinds have been transforming mental health for some time now:

I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness, starving hysterical naked, dragging themselves through the negro streets at dawn looking for an angry fix angelheaded hipsters burning for the ancient heavenly connection to the starry dynamo in the machinery of the night.

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From Our Series, Newspaper Headlines We Can Answer

Actually, our ever popular series, Newspaper Headlines We Can Answer:

Machines may beat us in debate, but will they ever have the human touch?


Next question?

In slightly more detail, the human touch is that very thing which we insist that only humans can do and given that definition it becomes tautological. Sure, machines might learn to do more and more but that just shrinks the fields of human touch, not abolishes them.

And the implication of this is that we’re not going to run out of jobs whatever the machines do learn to do.…

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