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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.

Limits to Growth was right. New research shows we’re nearing collapse

Four decades after the book was published, Limit to Growth’s forecasts have been vindicated by new Australian research. Expect the early stages of global collapse to start appearing soon Piles of crushed cars at a metal recycling site in Belfast, … Continue reading

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Artificial Intelligence May Doom The Human Race Within A Century

An Oxford philosophy professor who has studied existential threats ranging from nuclear war to superbugs says the biggest danger of all may be superintelligence. Superintelligence is any intellect that outperforms human intellect in every field, and Nick Bostrom thinks its … Continue reading

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Scenes From D-Day, Then and Now

Tomorrow, June 6, 2014, will be the 70th anniversary of the D-Day Allied invasion of Europe in World War II. Seven decades ago, the largest amphibious invasion in history took place, changing the course of the war. Nearly 200,000 Allied … Continue reading

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Skaistums

Šovakar iekāpu savā personīgajā lidmašīnā (ieslēdzu internetu, TV un audio pastiprinātāju), aizlidoju uz Itāliju (izvēlējos interneta vietni https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c9CCqVyQcso) un piedalījos koncertā “Andre Rieu Romantic Paradise”. Kad ārā tumšs vakars un rudens vējš spēlē savas dziesmas, tad ir labi aizceļot uz … Continue reading

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Sveiciens no citiem medību laukiem

Nevaimanājiet un neraudiet ne šodien, ne pēc tam. Tā raudāšana mūsu kultūrās ieveidojusies no nezināšanas. Šodien mēs skaidri zinām, ka pēc fiziskā ķermeņa nāves mēs visi turpinām dzīvot citos. Tajos, kuros esam daļu no sevis atstājuši. Totāla, pilnīga esksistences izzušana … Continue reading

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WAKING UP

Exploring the Mind by Sam Harris, http://www.samharris.org/blog/item/chapter-one In the beginning of one’s meditation practice, the difference between ordinary experience and what one comes to consider “mindfulness” is not very clear, and it takes some training to distinguish between being lost … Continue reading

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Alkohola patēriņa rādītāji pasaulē (WHO atskaite 2014)

“Alkohols ir inde, kas pakāpeniski nogalina organismu. Alkohols iznīcina smadzenes un ar katru izdzerto malku padara cilvēku neatgriezeniski stulbāku. Alkohols samazina vēl nedzimušo bērnu ģenētisko potenciālu un palielina kroplu jaundzimušo skaitu. Augsts alkohola patēriņa līmenis sabiedrībā liecina par ļoti lielām … Continue reading

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Ukraine Is Winning the War

http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2014/08/kiev-is-winning-the-war-109935.html#.U_OiocWSw4o The 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 sistēma, … 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

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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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