Monthly Archives: December 2012

HERETICAL THOUGHTS ABOUT SCIENCE AND SOCIETY [8.8.07]

FREEMAN DYSON is professor of physics at the Institute for Advanced Study, in Princeton. His professional interests are in mathematics and astronomy. Among his many books are Disturbing the Universe, Infinite in All Directions Origins of Life, From Eros to … Continue reading

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Jonathan Sacks: The Moral Animal

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/24/opinion/the-moral-animal.html London IT is the religious time of the year. Step into any city in America or Britain and you will see the night sky lit by religious symbols, Christmas decorations certainly and probably also a giant menorah. Religion in … Continue reading

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Kā pareizi sagatavoties vecumam

Ko izvēlēties trešo, kad pirmās divas vēlēšanās izpildītas?

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WHAT NEUROLOGY CAN TELL US ABOUT HUMAN NATURE

A talk with Vilayanur Ramachandran [2.21.12] Topic: MIND So here is something staring you in the face, an extraordinary syndrome, utterly mysterious, where a person wants his normal limb removed. Why does this happen? There are all kinds of crazy … Continue reading

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Laimes meklētāji

Visus laimes meklētājus mēs varam iedalīt 3 kategorijās. Pirmie kā Oļģerts Kroders (grāmatā ‘Es mēģinu būt patiess’) – iet cauri dzīvei savu talantu un skaistuma piepildīts un savu neapzināto vajadzību dzīts. Un dzīves beigās, mēnesi pirms nāves pēdējā intervijā pasaka: – “Nav dzīvei jēgas. Nav nekādas jēgas. Nav.” Otri ir kā Remarks: savos sapņos izveidotā pasaulē viņi ir iemācījušies, uzzinājuši, izsapņojuši, kā viņi būs laimīgi, kā cilvēks var būt laimīgs, un nepārtraukti mēģina savus sapņus dzīvē piepildīt … un nepārtraukti meklē un … kļūdās. Fakti saka, ka kaut kas nav kārtībā, ka reālā dzīve nesakrīt ar viņu sapņiem, bet … Continue reading

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IS HUMANITY SUICIDAL?

Edward O. Wilson; Frank B. Baird Jr.. Imagine that on an icy moon of Jupiter — say, Ganymede — the space station of an alien civilization is concealed. For millions of years its scientists have closely watched the earth. Because … Continue reading

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HUMANITY IN TIME AND SPACE.

Free Inquiry, Spring 2001 v21 i2 p42, Victor J. Stenger. Since Galileo first turned his telescope on the heavens, scientific instruments have steadily expanded our view of the universe. Now we can peer far beyond the puny range of unaided … Continue reading

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The rulers of the United States have embarked on policies that violate the principles of open society.

(philosophical theories of Karl Popper) George Soros. New Statesman (1996), Dec 16, 2002 v131 i4618 p41(3) GEORGE SOROS recalls how the writings of Karl Popper were the formative influence on his life, and argues that, since II September, the Bush administration has … Continue reading

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Vai rīkstniecība strādā?

I have to confess that my mother hired a “water witch” and water was indeed struck.  I don’t think there is any woo-woo factor going on here.  If there is some actual physical connection with this I suspect it has to do … Continue reading

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Guardians of knowledge

To silence any type of speculation is dangerous.  Certain people then become the guardians of knowledge.  If only experts on business could speak, no one could ever question the economy. If only experts on religion could speak, you could not … Continue reading

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Oliver Sacks debunks near-death and out-of-body experiences, as well as religious “revelations”

I’ve been reading Tanya Luhrmann’s best-selling book, When God Talks Back: Understanding the American Relationship with God, which describes her four years of association with an evangelical Christian sect. (You should read it!) Luhrmann is an anthropologist, and sought to … Continue reading

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The Search for Scientific Truth Leads to God

Yury I. Kulakov Novosobirsk State University, Novosobirsk, Russia kulakov@nauka.nsu.ru ABSTRACT: At the dawn of the twenty-first century, many now realize that the opposition of science and religion has been exhausted. Today, unification of the two is imperative. The first step in this direction is recognizing … Continue reading

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Pārdomas par cilvēka dzīvi jeb Uz kurieni šobrīd iet cilvēce?

Šveices fiziķis, ķīmiķis, izgudrotājs un publicists Valters Kistlers (Walter Kistler) uz cilvēka dzīvi skatās no zinātnes perspektīves. Tāda ir viņa dzīve, viņa pārdomas par cilvēci un tās attiecībām ar dabu. Viņa pieraksti satur domas par to, ko nozīmē dzīvot produktīvu, … Continue reading

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A QUICK COMPARISON OF CAPITALISM, SOCIALISM AND THE “JUST THIRD WAY”

A QUICK COMPARISON OF CAPITALISM, SOCIALISM AND THE “JUST THIRD WAY” Center for Economic and Social Justice, © April 2000 (updated) Capitalism Socialism “Just Third Way” / Political power accessible to all; economic power concentrated in a wealthy elite / … Continue reading

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“Web of Debt”: The Inner Workings of the Monetary System

A review of Ellen Brown’s book By Stephen Lendman URL of this article: http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=13510 Global Research, May 6, 2009 This is the first of several articles on Ellen Brown’s superb 2007 book titled “Web of Debt,” now updated in a … Continue reading

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Marta Harnecker: Conquering a new popular hegemony

http://links.org.au/node/3038    “In recent years, and in increasingly more countries, growing multitudes have rebelled against the existing order and without a defined leadership have taken over plazas, streets, highways, towns, parliament, but, despite having mobilized hundreds of thousands of people, … Continue reading

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Reinvention: How To Be Perfect

Changing your behavior is possible. Start by taking small steps and using positive reinforcement. By Hara Estroff Marano, published on January 01, 2004 – last reviewed on December 04, 2012 It’s the new year. You’ve probably got lots of ambitious plans … Continue reading

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Turn Down Your Brain’s Worry Center

Control worrying by controlling your brain’s worry patterns Published on October 9, 2012 by Susan Krauss Whitbourne, Ph.D. in Fulfillment at Any Age Worry is a natural emotion that occurs when we feel threatened. However, many of our worries are … Continue reading

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Meaning of Life

I’m wonder what people mean when they talk about having a “meaningful life”. Seriously, what does a “meaningful life” mean? Anne You can go through life in many ways. If there is a small light under your feet, you see a small … Continue reading

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.Carl Sagan – Profound Words of Wisdom .

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Carl Sagan – Pale Blue Dot

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p86BPM1GV8M mp3:   http://www.mediafire.com/?5y1r0meyq1w#! http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=endscreen&v=j2oXFWKpJiA&NR=1 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gCfemmxqaRg http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6FFWHR9AiJo

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The Beginning of Everything: New Paradigm Shift for the Infant Universe

ScienceDaily (Nov. 29, 2012) — A new paradigm for understanding the earliest eras in the history of the universe has been developed by scientists at Penn State University. Using techniques from an area of modern physics called loop quantum cosmology, … Continue reading

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Hello, Higgs Boson: LHC’s New Particle Looks Like the Real Thing

How ‘Higgsy’ is this particle? More work needs to be done By Rebecca Boyle Posted 07.04.2012 at 10:15 am 16 Comments Proton-Proton Collision A simulation of the two-photon channel shows what ATLAS sees when the decay of a Higgs boson … Continue reading

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Janine Shepherd: A broken body isn’t a broken person

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It’s your right to be informed!

The seemingly impossible is possible. We can have a good world. Researcher Hans Rosling uses his cool data tools to show how countries are pulling themselves out of poverty. He demos Dollar Street, comparing households of varying income levels worldwide. … Continue reading

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