Monthly Archives: December 2014

5 Popular Beliefs That Are Holding Humanity Back

Hopefully most of you reading this can recognize that as scare-mongering for hateful dipshits. But here’s the thing: Many of you do worry about overpopulation in general. But that’s just common sense, right? Too many people, not enough food, water, … Continue reading

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The True Meaning of Christmas (That Everyone Forgets)

Let’s say we find out an asteroid is going to hit the earth at some point over the next three months. It may kill all of us, it may kill some of us, it may splash harmlessly into the ocean … Continue reading

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Putin’s Groundhog Day: The Russian people keep paying the price for their leaders’ incompetence

In the bad old days, Russia’s facsimile of an economy would crash every time the price of oil did. The government would go broke, the currency would collapse, and ordinary people would see their standard of living evaporate. Now if … Continue reading

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The day Einstein feared has arrived

And yet, they are all interacting with humans–just not in  a way to which you are accustomed. Chances are they are spending most of that time streaming videos and audio files, or they are playing online games.  I suppose in … Continue reading

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The Year in Ideas

http://yearinideas.ted.com/2014/?utm_source=newsletter_weekly_2014-12-20&utm_campaign=newsletter_weekly&utm_medium=email&utm_content=talk_of_the_week_button   What were the most powerful ideas of 2014? Watch this video recap of the Year in Ideas — and click through to an interactive playlist of great talks from the past year. E.g., Pia Mancini and her colleagues want … Continue reading

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Skaistums

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Vecāku pedagoģija jeb bērnu audzināšanas pamatprincipi

Pirmā saruna. Mātes un tēva pienākumiem cilvēku ir jāsāk gatavot jau kopš mazotnes. Māte atved uz mūsu skolu savu meitu. Māte nav mainījusies kopš tā laika, kad 10 gadus atpakaļ paņēma no galda eksāmena biļeti un bez sagatavošanās nolika vēstures … Continue reading

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What would make a happier society?

Lecture 3 What would make a happier society? Some evidence Policy implications Work, job security and stress Secure families and communities Mental health Personal and political freedom A philosophy of life Mood control Relations with others The moral vacuum The … Continue reading

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Knowledge and the Meaning of Human Life

Carlo Cellucci, Professor of Logic at La Sapienza, University of Rome http://w3.uniroma1.it/cellucci Abstract: In this paper I discuss the view, put forward by several people from Aristotle to Russell, that knowledge is the ultimate purpose and meaning of human life, and … Continue reading

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The Brain and the Meaning of Life.

by Paul Thagard The mind does not just have concepts and beliefs, but also attaches values to them. When the brain is representing some aspects of the world, it is simultaneously valuing it. The brains reaction to sensory stimulus comes … Continue reading

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Mūsdienīgas domas par cilvēka apziņu.

Vēsture. Daudzi mūsdienu zinātnieki un mākslīgās inteliģences speciālisti saka, ka mēs pašlaik nezinām, kas ir apziņa un kā tā darbojas.  Tādēļ mēs nevaram uzrakstīt tai atbilstošu programmu. Oksfordas Universitātes matemātikas un teorētiskās fizikas profesors R.Penrouzs grāmatā The Emperor’s New Mind … Continue reading

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Zatlera reformu partija jeb skats uz pagātni

Pirms dažiem gadiem es Zatleram aizsūtīju vēstuli: Mīļie cilvēki! Jūs neapzināties, ka pakāpiens, uz kuru esat atvēzējušies uzkāpt, ir aptuveni 10 reizes augstāks, nekā tas šķiet. Sabiedrības problēmu risināšana ir tik grūts uzdevums, ka tās daļēji atrisinātas tikai nedaudzās vietās … Continue reading

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15 GLOBAL CHALLENGES FOR HUMANITY

https://docs.unocha.org/sites/dms/Documents/Global_Challenges_Policy_Brief_Jan10.pdf http://earthsky.org/human-world/humanity-winning-on-global-challenges-yet-world-is-unstable http://eravisions.eu/stocktaking/60 There are lots of ways you could summarise the most pressing questions of this century and draw up a list of priorities. The UN’s post-2015 agenda is one example, outlining a to-do list to replace the Millennium … Continue reading

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The state of the future: 2013–14

The “State of the Future” is a comprehensive annual overview of the present global situation and prospects for humanity. It integrates forecasts, trends, and judgments of thought leaders and scholars from around the world, sharing important future possibilities to improve … Continue reading

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THE COLLECTED PAPERS OF ALBERT EINSTEIN

If any scientist in recent memory deserves to have every one of their words captured and distributed widely, it’s Albert Einstein. Surprisingly, many of his writings have been hard to get a hold of, especially in English; he wrote an … Continue reading

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Can Intelligence Bring Universes Into Being?

One frustration I had in my radio debate with Sean Pitman was that the topic kept changing in such a rapid-fire way that it was not really possible to discuss anything properly. Happily, I have no such restrictions here at … Continue reading

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Europe has 13.4 million too few honeybee colonies to properly pollinate its crops

The discovery, made by scientists at the University’s Centre for Agri-Environmental Research (CAER), shows that demand for insect pollination is growing five times as fast as the number of honeybee colonies across Europe as farmers grow more insect-pollinated oil crops, … Continue reading

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The Burden of Proof

ScienceBlogs » Life Science The Burden of Proof [Starts With A Bang] Posted: 27 Dec 2013 12:57 PM PST “Never waste your time trying to explain who you are to people who are committed to misunderstanding you.” –Dream Hampton Perhaps … Continue reading

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God Created Gravity: Why the U.S. Can’t Keep Pace With Slovenia

Two recent headlines appearing within a few days of each other should have warranted greater attention: “School Science Lesson Claims Gravity Was Created by God” and “Best Education in the World: Finland, South Korea Top Country Rankings, U.S. Rated Average.” … Continue reading

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