Why We Drive review – a motorist puts his foot down

Matthew Crawford’s heartfelt riposte to a ‘smart’ future of driverless cars is persuasive and thought-provoking Five years ago I sat around a table of Google executives at the company’s Mountain View headquarters in California. They took turns explaining the virtues of their prototype driverless car, in which I had just meticulously navigated the streets of nearby Palo Alto. The coming revolution in automobiles, they suggested, which the car no doubt represented, would make transit more efficient, smarter, safer and far less prone to human error. Moreover, in transforming drivers into passengers it would free them up to do “more productive”, “less stressful” things (by which the Google VPs no doubt meant: “Give them more time to stare at their phones”). …

Couple Confronted By Activists After They Were Caught Painting Over BLM Mural In Northern California Town

A video of a couple painting over a “Black Lives Matter” mural in the northern California town of Martinez has sparked outrage across the internet. The incident happened on the Fourth of July when the man and woman, sporting some red white and blue clothing, were confronted by a group of protesters in front of the county courthouse in the city.    View this post on Instagram   TSR STAFF: Christina C! @cdelafresh ___ A video of a couple painting over a “Black Lives Matter” mural in the northern California town of Martinez has sparked outrage across the internet. ___ The incident happened on the Fourth of July when the man and woman, sporting some red white and blue clothing, …

Stop making sense: why it’s time to get emotional about climate change | Rebecca Huntley

The science has been settled to the highest degree, so now the key to progress is understanding our psychological reactions It took me much longer than it should have to realise that educating people about climate change science was not enough. Due perhaps to my personality type (highly rational, don’t talk to me about horoscopes, please) and my background (the well-educated daughter of a high school teacher and an academic), I have grown up accepting the idea that facts persuade and emotions detract from a good argument. Then again, I’m a social scientist. I study people. I deal mostly in feelings, not facts. A joke I like to tell about myself during speeches is that I’m an expert in the …

Hottest front-room seats: the best theatre and dance to watch online

From live-streams of new plays to classics from the archive, here are some of the top shows online now or coming soon – this page is updated daily Lockdown laughs: where to watch online comedy The National Theatre at Home initiative has reached a huge global audience, with productions streamed for free online on Thursdays at 7pm and then available for seven days. Les Blancs by Lorraine Hansberry, directed by Yaël Farber and starring Sheila Atim, Danny Sapani and Gary Beadle, is available until 9 July. Then there’s The Deep Blue Sea, Terence Rattigan’s portrait of emotional turmoil in postwar Britain, staged by Carrie Cracknell and starring Helen McCrory (9-16 July); and Peter Shaffer’s Amadeus, directed by Michael Longhurst, with …