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77 years. Interests: Contemporary society problems, quality of life, happiness, understanding and changing ourselves - everything based on scientific evidence. Artificial Intelligence Foundation Latvia, http://www.artificialintelligence.lv Editor.

Ukraine Is Winning the War

http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2014/08/kiev-is-winning-the-war-109935.html#.U_OiocWSw4o he fog of war, the ADHD of cable news and the smears of Russian propaganda have combined to obscure some important good news in this dismal summer. In the historic fight over the future of democracy in Ukraine, Kyiv … Continue reading

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SELF-ORGANIZATION IN BIOLOGY AND ECONOMICS

This report reviews some of the basic relationships between energy, entropy, order, and information, especially in the context of self-organizing dissipative systems. It has two parts. Four general ideas are discussed in the first part: (I) Information (negative entropy) can … Continue reading

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How the worst moments in our lives make us who we are

Writer Andrew Solomon has spent his career telling stories of the hardships of others. Now he turns inward, bringing us into a childhood of adversity, while also spinning tales of the courageous people he’s met in the years since. In … Continue reading

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Louie Schwartzberg: Nature. Beauty. Gratitude.

Nature’s beauty can be easily missed — but not through Louie Schwartzberg’s lens. His stunning time-lapse photography, accompanied by powerful words from Benedictine monk Brother David Steindl-Rast, serves as a meditation on being grateful for every day. (Filmed at TEDxSF.) … Continue reading

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Motils: Putins nupat ir pietiekami ļauns

http://tencinusarunas.wordpress.com/2014/07/26/motils-putins-nupat-ir-pietiekami-launs/ Degradācija.

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Debt: Eight Reasons This Time is Different

http://ourfiniteworld.com/2014/07/07/debt-eight-reasons-this-time-is-different/#more-39101  

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Why “Green Energy” is Economic Nonsense

Here are some sample superior energy articles in the current Newsletter — U.S. Fracking Has ‘Cut Carbon More Than The Whole World’s Wind And Solar’ Brookings: Economically, Wind & Solar are the Worst Options Why “Green Energy” is Economic Nonsense Bill … Continue reading

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Satversmes preambulas priekšlikums

Lai veidotu mūsdienīgu valsti, mēs, Latvijas iedzīvotāji, Satversmes preambulā ierakstām savas valsts pārvaldes pamatprincipus.   1. Mēs esam Zemes civilizācijas daļa, kura apzinās savu esību, iespējas, uzdevumu un atbildību. Mēs apzināmies, ka esam primātu pēcteči, kuru izdzīvošanai un attīstībai nepieciešama … Continue reading

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Kāda ir dzīves jēga?

Šīs atbildes raksturo mūsu sabiedrību un tajā valdošo filosofisko nabadzību un jucekli. Sākot ar vienkāršu darbošanos, turpinot ar konkrētiem mērķiem (piemēram, jēga ‘būtu jāmeklē dzīves daudzveidības un atšķirību baudīšanā’), un mēģinot pateikt kaut ko vispārīgāku (vēlme ‘sasniegt izvirzītos mērķus un būt … Continue reading

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Historical Dynamics: Why States Rise and Fall

Many historical processes exhibit recurrent patterns of change. Century-long periods of population expansion come before long periods of stagnation and decline; the dynamics of prices mirror population oscillations; and states go through strong expansionist phases followed by periods of state … Continue reading

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Russia and the Ukraine – The Worrisome Connection to World Oil and Gas Problems

What is behind the Russia/Ukraine problem? It seems to me that what we are seeing is Russia’s attempt to fix a two-part problem: Some oil and gas exporters, including Russia, are not receiving enough oil and gas revenue to meet … Continue reading

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Why Standard Economic Models Don’t Work–Our Economy is a Network

The story of energy and the economy seems to be an obvious common sense one: some sources of energy are becoming scarce or overly polluting, so we need to develop new ones. The new ones may be more expensive, but … Continue reading

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The Three Biggest Right-Wing Lies About Poverty

Lie #1: Economic growth reduces poverty. Lie #2: Jobs reduce poverty. Lie #3: Ambition cures poverty. http://readersupportednews.org/opinion2/277-75/24228-the-three-biggest-right-wing-lies-about-poverty

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American Socrates

oam Chomsky, whom I interviewed last Thursday at his office at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, has influenced intellectuals in the United States and abroad in incalculable ways. His explications of empire, mass propaganda, the hypocrisy and pliability of the … Continue reading

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Kā strādā mūsu smadzenes

Viss, ko mēs darām un domājam, ierakstās smadzenēs, veido to saturu un – mūsu rīcību. Citādi tas vienkārši nav iespējams. Kad lielākā dzīves maratona daļa noskrieta, tad nāk atskatīšanās, pārdomu un vērtējumu laiks. Ja mēs iemācāmies nepatīkamas atmiņas no apziņas … Continue reading

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Grūtups

Izdarījis pašnāvību. Kad kādā žurnālā lasīju, kā viņš paziņo, ka viņam katra lieta ir izaicinājums, tad nodomāju, ka es gan negribētu būt viņa vietā. Nav patiesīguma, taisnīguma vai godīguma, ir tikai izaicinājums un nauda, ko maksā par vinnēšanu. Tas nenoliedzami … Continue reading

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Domas

http://vk.com/v5umm Filmas: http://vk.com/xfilm

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The psychology of your future self

Dan Gilbert “Human beings are works in progress that mistakenly think they’re finished.” Dan Gilbert shares recent research on a phenomenon he calls the “end of history illusion,” where we somehow imagine that the person we are right now is the … Continue reading

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Adventures in the Land of Illness

Esejā Sam Harris pasaka to, ko uzzina visi cilvēki: mūsu ķermenis gatavojas nāvei, un katram no mums to ir jāpieredz un jāpieņem. No Harris sabiedrības mums ir dažas atšķirības:  mums nav (lielākajai daļai) tādu līdzekļu un medicīnas iekārtu, tādēļ pie … Continue reading

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Energy articles

Here are some sample superior energy articles — Why the Best Path to a Low-Carbon Future is Not Wind or Solar Power   (Many excellent point in this Brookings report!) Why Renewables Haven’t Destroyed the Grid – Yet! How Warren … Continue reading

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Three myths about corruption

Trinidad and Tobago amassed great wealth in the 1970s thanks to oil. But in 1982, a shocking fact was revealed — that 2 out of every 3 dollars earmarked for development had been wasted or stolen. This has haunted Afra … Continue reading

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Save the oceans, feed the world!

What’s a marine biologist doing talking about world hunger? Well, says Jackie Savitz, fixing the world’s oceans might just help to feed the planet’s billion hungriest people. In an eye-opening talk, Savitz tells us what’s really going on in our … Continue reading

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Why good leaders make you feel safe

What makes a great leader? Management theorist Simon Sinek suggests, it’s someone who makes their employees feel secure, who draws staffers into a circle of trust. But creating trust and safety — especially in an uneven economy — means taking … Continue reading

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East/West differences in meditation: Spirituality or technique

Date: May 13, 2014 Source: University of Oslo Summary: In Western tradition, meditation is linked to a personal relationship with God. Asiatic meditation places more emphasis on techniques, according to new research. Meditation is practiced in Norway as well as … Continue reading

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LU lekcijas internetā

http://www.openminded.lv/par-projektu/ LU Open Minded ir sadarbībā ar Latvijas Universitāti veidota klātienes un tiešsaistes izglītības iniciatīva, kas piedāvā pilnveidot sevi un aizrautīgi izzināt aktuālas tēmas kopā ar Latvijas labākajiem lektoriem. LU Open Minded misija ir bakalaura līmeņa zināšanas, kas tradicionāli bijušas … Continue reading

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