Monthly Archives: January 2013

Model dependent realism

According to the idea of model dependent realism, our brains interpret the input from our sensory organs by making a model of the outside world. We form mental concepts of our homes, trees, other people, the electricity that flows from … Continue reading

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For 40 Years, This Russian Family Was Cut Off From All Human Contact, Unaware of World War II

In 1978, Soviet geologists prospecting in the wilds of Siberia discovered a family of six, lost in the taiga Read more: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history-archaeology/For-40-Years-This-Russian-Family-Was-Cut-Off-From-Human-Contact-Unaware-of-World-War-II-188843001.html#ixzz2JSio43Eg

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2013 : WHAT *SHOULD* WE BE WORRIED ABOUT?

Geoffrey Miller, Evolutionary psychologist, NYU Stern Business School and University of New Mexico; author of The Mating Mind and Spent Chinese Eugenics China has been running the world’s largest and most successful eugenics program for more than thirty years, driving China’s … Continue reading

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Future population v resources. Humans are not a plague.

Sir David Attenborough is once again in the news, arguing that humans are a plague on the earth. He has been an excellent presenter over the years, but he does himself no favours by making such claims. Doomsayers are invariably wrong. I’ve … Continue reading

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Catholic Hospital Shows Full Range of Hypocrisy

Bernard de Mandeville said: “No habit or quality is more easily acquired than hypocrisy, nor any thing sooner learned than to deny the sentiments of our hearts and the principle we act from: but the seeds of every passion are … Continue reading

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Model-dependent realism

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia,  Jump to: navigation, search Model-dependent realism is a controversial philosophical approach to scientific inquiry, which accepts that reality can always be interpreted in a number of different ways, and focuses on how well our models … Continue reading

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Polls in Science

Quantum theory is based on a clear mathematical apparatus, has enormous signi ficance for the natural sciences, enjoys phenomenal predictive success, and plays a critical role in modern technological developments. Yet, nearly 90 years after the theory’s development, there is still … Continue reading

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Afghanistan 2014: How the US will Lose Yet another fruitless War

Only one thing is certain in 2014: it will be a year of American military defeat.  For more than a decade, U.S. forces have fought many types of wars in Afghanistan, from a low-footprint invasion, to multiple surges, to a … Continue reading

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Skaistums. Cilvēki un mūzika

Take  www.youtube.com Andre Rieu – Romantic Paradise. There will be Part 1 and Part 2, 2008, and many more. Connect your PC via the HDMI cable to TV. If your TV doesn’t have HDMI or PC inputs, take the audio … Continue reading

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Increasing longevity and electronic immortality. 3Bn people to live forever.

I have written and lectured many times on this topic, but it’s always worth doing an occasional update.  Anyone under 35 today will likely have access to electronic immortality and live forever.Well, not forever, but until the machines running their minds fail. … Continue reading

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How to live forever

MIT were showing on Horizon how they can activate areas of a mouse brain using light beams. That’s fine if you have optical fibres going into the brain. I have always considered that being able to stimulate and read and … Continue reading

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A theory of everything won’t provide all the answers

  We shouldn’t be obsessed with finding a theory of everything, says Lisa Randall, one of the world’s most prominent theoretical physicists   Doesn’t every physicist dream of one neat theory of everything? There are lots of physicists! I don’t think … Continue reading

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What Westerners can learn from tribal societies

Jared Diamond changed the way we understand the modern world with his Pulitzer-prizewinning book, Guns, Germs, and Steel. Now he looks to tribal communities to see how we all once lived. Alison George asks him what the West has got right, and which ways … Continue reading

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Arm Yourselves with Knowledge!

“We are grateful to the Washington Post, The New York Times, Time Magazine and other great publications whose directors have attended our meetings and respected their promises of discretion for almost 40 years. It would have been impossible for us … Continue reading

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Latvia’s Economic Disaster Heralded as a Neoliberal “Success Story”: A Model for Europe and the US?

A generation ago the Chicago Boys and their financial supporters applauded General Pinochet’s anti-labor Chile as a success story, thanks mainly to its transformation of their Social Security into Employee Stock Ownership Plans (ESOPs) that almost universally were looted by … Continue reading

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Tautas balss

Komponists I. Kalniņš uzrakstījis ‘atklātu vēstuli visiem latviešiem’. Tas ir tik pašiznīcinošs teksts, ka to nevajag atkārtot . Bet nra komentāri, kaut parupji, ne pārāk smalki rakstīti, ir tik patiesi, ka dažus ir vērts lasīt. Skarbi, nenoliedzami traģiski un  tuvu īstenībai. … Continue reading

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When creative machines overtake man: Jürgen Schmidhuber at TED

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KQ35zNlyG-o&list=PL194623EBA834DB77&index=11 Scientist and artist, co-director of the Swiss Artificial Intelligence Lab IDSIA in Lugano Machine intelligence is improving rapidly, to the point that the scientist of the future may not even be human! In fact, in more and more fields, … Continue reading

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Morality is a Culturally Conditioned Response

Tā vien šķiet, ka Rietumu filosofi nav apzinājuši un nelieto pamatprincipus, bet daudz vārdus gan. To apliecina autora izteikums ‘100% of people agreed it would be wrong to sexually fondle an infant even if the infant was not physically harmed … Continue reading

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Journalism

Journalism has over the last few decades shifted to a sort of gonzo reporting, where they want to amplify the conflict aspect of things.  I think in the US the one person who was at the vanguard of this was … Continue reading

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Extraordinary 298-Million-Year-Old Forest Discovered Under Chinese Coal Mine

American and Chinese scientists are flabbergasted after discovering a giant 298-million-year-old forest buried intact under a coal mine near Wuda, in Inner Mongolia, China. They are calling it the Pompeii of the Permian period because, like the ancient Roman city, … Continue reading

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2013: What are the pressing scientific issues for the nation and the world

The bulk of the problems we face are ultimately due to ignorance: lack of knowledge and understanding at one level or another. This has always been the case in the past, and will certainly continue to be so in the future. … Continue reading

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Our Final Century

Lecture and book by Sir Martin Rees http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3qF26MbYgOA After some 6 billion years the Sun will die. But before that happens, any type of intelligence that exists then will be as different from us as we are different from bacteria. Our … Continue reading

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Financial Crisis Latvia

Full Text here:  http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-01-07/why-austerity-works-and-fiscal-stimulus-doesn-t.html After five years of financial crisis, the European record is in: Northern Europe is sound, thanks to austerity, while southern Europe is hurting because of half- hearted austerity or, worse, fiscal stimulus. The predominant Keynesian thinking has been … Continue reading

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Paving the Way for Commercial Fusion Power Plants

Oct. 8, 2012 — Latest results from the Joint European Torus (JET) fusion device are giving researchers increasing confidence in prospects for the next-generation ITER project, the international experiment that is expected to pave the way for commercial fusion power … Continue reading

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Has the Kyoto protocol done more harm than good?

17:33 03 January 2013 by Fred Pearce http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn23041-has-the-kyoto-protocol-done-more-harm-than-good.html Fifteen years after its painful birth in Kyoto, Japan, the world’s first legally binding agreement to limit emissions of greenhouse gases ended this week. For some it is a victorious conclusion. The 37 … Continue reading

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