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  1. Weird

    Do Knock-Offs Show the Value of the Original? [Video]

    Knock-offs are everywhere! From faux Rolexes on the street to those fake Tickle Me Elmos to that one actually-kind-of-cool laser-gun-robot that clearly was supposed to be like Megatron I had as a kid. Turns out, knock-offs is a ubiquitous and powerful phenomena, and of course we see it every day. In the latest PBS Idea Channel video, host Mike Rugnetta offers a thoughtful point-and-counterpoint on the subject. Sometimes the counterfeit is just as good as the "real thing" or better, and he tells you why. Then again, buying knock-offs has its consequences.

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  2. Entertainment

    Futurama Just Might Be the Best Argument Against Transhumanism [Video]

    Look, I'm not going to pretend that I'm a font of knowledge when it comes to transhumanism. The idea's a neat one though. In a nutshell, we'll eventually reach a point where technology will supplant all our involuntary problems like aging. PBS Idea Channel, however, thinks that Futurama might perhaps be the best argument against transhumanism. Whether you agree or disagree, host Mike Rugnetta makes an interesting argument.

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