Lots of Old Ideas in Science
The article 20 new ideas in science gave me a feeling of deja vu as I considered how old some of the allegedly-new ideas were. For example:
Humans are still evolving
This has been around at least since Nietzsche. It became unpopular (at least outside comic books) owing to its use by the Ideology That Must Not Be Named … especially since the supposed “supermen” got their butts kicked by us mongrels.
There's no such thing as time
This has been around since H. G. Wells and has had scientific backing starting with Einstein.
Enhanced humans are coming
This will only cost 6 million dollars. On a more serious note, we've had physical enhancements ever since the invention of peg legs and eyeglasses. We've had mental enhancements ever since the invention of writing.
Everything is information
In the beginning was the Word … (I am dubious on the grounds that I think hardware had to come first.)
Understanding consciousness is no longer an impossible dream
This is a repeat from the psychoanalytic era if not the phrenology era. Maybe we understand our minds (and maybe we can jump over our shadows) this time but I'm not betting on it.
Prepare for aliens
We've been preparing for centuries. We're still waiting.
Humans are not special
This dates backs at least to Charles Darwin (on a scientific level) and Jeremy Bentham (on a philosophical level).
We can do big physics in small labs
This is the old idea. Traditionally, With love and string and sealing wax was physics kept alive. The big labs were a formerly-new idea that's ebbing.
Language is the key to thought
Isn't this the Sapir–Whorf hypothesis?