Monthly Archives: August 2014

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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