Monthly Archives: August 2013

How to turn a democracy into a STASI authoritarian state

How to turn a democracy into a STASI authoritarian state in 10 easy steps: 1. Misuse the concept of a Top Secret government document (say, the date of D-Day) and extend classification to trillions of mundane documents a year. 2. … Continue reading

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Is Pain a Functional Necessity?

http://ieet.org/index.php/IEET/more/suntzu20130810 I have been active in transhumanism for several years and in most cases I find myself in agreement with many preferences, values and assumptions prevalent in Transhumanism. Transhumanism is an ideology of plausibles, arguables and fictionals. In other words … Continue reading

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Beyond MDMA

UTOPIAN PHARMACOLOGY Mental Health in the Third Millennium MDMA and Beyond Can safe, sustainable analogues of MDMA be developed? There is an urgent need for non-neurotoxicempathogens and entactogens suitable for lifelong use. Alas no single “magic bullet” yet exists that replicates the subjective effects of … Continue reading

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Postkoloniālisma Sindroms Latvijā.

Postkoloniālisma sindroms ir vairāk vai mazāk tipisks visām neatkarību atguvušām valstīm. Tam raksturīga plaša emocionāla amplitūda. No vienas puses tā ir eiforija, ko izraisa ticība, ka neatkarības atgūšana automātiski atrisinās visas agrākā režīma laikā samilzušās problēmas, no otras puses – … Continue reading

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The love hormone is two-faced

Oxytocin has long been known as the warm, fuzzy hormone that promotes feelings of love, social bonding and well-being. It’s even being tested as an anti-anxiety drug. But new Northwestern Medicine research shows oxytocin also can cause emotional pain, an entirely new, darker … Continue reading

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Cognitive Biases in Evaluating Human Life

One of the greatest feats of the human brain is its ability to filter a vast amount of information into a manageable stream of relevant information. Evolution has sculpted the course of this stream in order to maximize fitness, ensuring … Continue reading

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Austra Skujiņa – laikmeta spogulis

Dzeja.  Viens no daudziem. Frakā un cilindrī, iesprostots dogmu, morāles, aizspriedumu būros, ir šodienas cilvēks. Viņš dzīvo, lai dzīvotu, nīst, mīl, strādā tik sevis dēļ… Un izgaist kā papirosdūmi, aizmirstas ātrāk kā dziesmas par mīlu, mirst līdzi laikmetam savam! … Lielās dzīves … Continue reading

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Free Online Courses and Education – List

http://www.thepicky.com/internet/free-online-courses-and-education/ Many top universities offer free online courses (OpenCourseWare) to enhance your personal knowledge or advance in your current fields. This includes MIT, Stanford, Berkeley, Harvard and Princeton. While most of the courses don’t offer any certification or education credit, … Continue reading

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Nepietiekama informētība

Mēs dzīvojam nepietiekamas informētības apstākļos Mūsdienīgā skatījumā cilvēks ir tūkstošiem gadu ilga evolūcijas procesa gadījuma notikumu veidojums. Ja nelietojam pirmatnējo cilšu ticējumus un mūsdienīgas fantāzijas, bet tikai to, ko redz, pārbauda un pierāda mūsdienu zinātne, tad mēs sevi redzam kā … Continue reading

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