Monthly Archives: January 2015

Interviewer gets fucked by Noam Chomsky

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Hitler’s Children

There’s a really good 5-part series available on YouTube called “Hitler’s Children”. It’s based on narrative and footage and interviews with five people who were in the Hitler Youth (and one woman who was in the Bund). At the time … Continue reading

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Edward O. Wilson about Humanity

Humanity did not descend as angelic beings into this world. Nor are we aliens who colonized Earth. We evolved here, one among many species, across millions of years, and exist as one organic miracle linked to others. The natural environment … Continue reading

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This Time We’re Taking the Whole Planet With Us

http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/this_time_were_taking_the_whole_planet_with_us_20110307/ Hedges is correct but the problem isn’t technology or science, Hedges seems to go down that road sometimes. These problems are solvable, at least in principle if not in fact. We require sane limits on population, wiser use of technology … Continue reading

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Class Warfare, the Final Chapter

“There’s class warfare, all right, but it’s my class, the rich class, that’s making war, and we’re winning.” -Warren Buffett to The New York Times, November 26, 2006 Those who manipulate the unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government. … Continue reading

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Emergence

We often try to understand problems by taking apart and studying their constituent parts. But emergent problems can’t be understood this way. Emergent systems are ones in which many different elements interact. The pattern of interaction then produces a new … Continue reading

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Science and religion

Many religions now come before us with ingratiating smirks and outspread hands, like an unctuous merchant in a bazaar… Science is incompatible with faith because the essence of science is scepticism. Nothing is taken on faith. Nothing is held as … Continue reading

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The human understanding

The human understanding when it has once adopted an opinion draws all things else to support and agree with it. And though there be a greater number and weight of instances to be found on the other side, yet these … Continue reading

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Mind the Gap

Making It in the Modern World The issue of the comparative advantages or disadvantages of different cultures is complicated and getting more so because with modernity and globalization, our lives are getting more complicated. We are all in each other’s … Continue reading

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Richest 1% will have more Wealth than rest of Humankind by 2016

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The question is not whether we can upload our brains onto a computer, but what will become of us when we do

by Michael Graziano, a neuroscientist, novelist and composer. He is a professor of neuroscience at Princeton University. His latest book is Consciousness and the Social Brain.  http://aeon.co/magazine/technology/virtual-afterlives-will-transform-humanity/ The piece is as most ‘philosophical discussions’: author ignores many important and essential parts and … Continue reading

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2015 : WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT MACHINES THAT THINK?

To arrive at the edge of the world’s knowledge, seek out the most complex and sophisticated minds, put them in a room together, and have them ask each other the questions they are asking themselves. http://edge.org/contributors/what-do-you-think-about-machines-that-think Frank Tipler:  AI’s Will … Continue reading

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‘Us’ versus ‘Them’

1.  As noted earlier, I am an Enlightenment cultural imperialist.  I think that we in the “developed”/western world should be unashamed and unabashed in saying to the Islamic world (and anyone else), “Our culture values free expression and rejects violence … Continue reading

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The singularity: fact or fiction?

Abstract In this paper I seek to shed light on the notion of a ”technological singularity”. First I start off by defining it as a kind of artificial intelligence that is capable of selfimproving thus rapidly increasing in intelligence, letting … Continue reading

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Europe Rediscovers Nationalism

Analysis In his latest novel, French writer Michel Houellebecq presents a controversial situation: The year is 2022, and France has become an Islamicized country where universities have to teach the Koran, women have to wear the veil and polygamy is … Continue reading

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What Drives People to the Extreme

Principles of Evolutionary Psychology We all know the adage, “If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail.” I propose the following variant adage: “If all you have is a human mind, everything looks like a situation … Continue reading

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The No-Go Zones of Europe

Increased Muslim immigration to Europe has created small areas which are essentially countries within countries which European law enforcement officials have dubbed “No-Go Zones.” Rowan Scarborough of the Washington Times recently described what’s happening in France: Muslims segregated from French … Continue reading

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Filling the Void

Filling the Void Brian Horn Imagine there’s no Heaven It’s easy if you try No hell below us Above us only sky Imagine all the people Living for today… Imagine there’s no countries It isn’t hard to do Nothing to … Continue reading

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Es pirms tevis

Tā ir britu rakstnieces Jojo Moyes grāmata ‘Me Before Yoy’  par mīlestību. Tādu limbisko smadzeņu veidotu pieķeršanos, kura abiem rada ne tikai  dziļu vajadzību un gandrīz patoloģisku atkarību, bet dod arī tik pat dziļu piepildījumu un gandarījumu, kādu iepazīt un … Continue reading

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Oil and the Economy: Where are We Headed in 2015-16?

By Gail Tverberg. The price of oil is down. How should we expect the economy to perform in 2015 and 2016? Newspapers in the United States seem to emphasize the positive aspects of the drop in prices. I have written Ten … Continue reading

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