Monthly Archives: January 2016

The Rich, the Right, and the Facts: Deconstructing the Income Distribution Debate

In 1992, economist Paul Krugman, now a New York Times columnist, published this article in the Fall issue of  “The American Prospect”. Today, his assertions hold up, especially in answer to the conservative critics of Thomas Piketty’s “Capital in a Twenty-First … Continue reading

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Is Vast Inequality Necessary?

How rich do we need the rich to be? That’s not an idle question. It is, arguably, what U.S. politics are substantively about. Liberals want to raise taxes on high incomes and use the proceeds to strengthen the social safety … Continue reading

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Džeks Londons: Kā es kļuvu par sociālistu

Es kļuvu par sociālistu tieši tāpat kā savulaik teitoņu pagāni kļuva par kristiešiem – manī sociālismu burtiski iedauzīja. Savas pārvērtības laikā es ne tikai netiecos pēc sociālisma, bet pat pretojos tam. Es biju ļoti jauns, naivs un lielā mērā arī … Continue reading

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Most threats to humans come from science and technology, warns Hawking

Speaking ahead of his BBC Reith Lecture on black holes, Stephen Hawking discusses the danger inherent in progress and the chances of disaster on Earth, The human race faces one its most dangerous centuries yet as progress in science and technology … Continue reading

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OpenAI

They’re funding a new organization, OpenAI, to pursue the most advanced forms of artificial intelligence — and give the results to the public: https://medium.com/backchannel/how-elon-musk-and-y-combinator-plan-to-stop-computers-from-taking-over-17e0e27dd02a#.pvfezaeqr there’s now a new entry, with a twist. It’s a non-profit venture called OpenAI, announced today, that vows … Continue reading

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Русский социализм закончился на Капри. Возродится ли он?

http://razumru.ru/science/authority/einstein.htm Я весьма благодарен Н. Абдулгамидову за то, что он привлёк наше внимание к исключительно интересной и авторитетной статье А. Эйнштейна. Знакомство с нею позволяет возобновить, так сказать, с «чистой страницы» разговор о судьбах социализма (и коммунизма) вообще и в России в частности. Прежде … Continue reading

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Par nacionālnodevējiem, zemes lielīpašniekiem, maksātnespējas administratoriem un “zemes piespiedu nomu” pilsētās

015. gada 20. decembrī analītiskais TV raidījums “De facto” skāra sen sasāpējušu un smagu tēmu – tā dēvēto “zemes piespiedu nomu” pilsētās. Raidījumā “Ietekmīgākie zemes iznomātāji – maksātnespējas administratori” izskanēja šādas, manuprāt, svarīgākās tēzes: – Zemi, kas piesaistīta daudzām Rīgas … Continue reading

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In 2115, when our descendants look back at our society, what will they condemn as our greatest moral failing?

In 100 years it will not be acceptable to use genderised words such as ‘he’ or ‘she’, which are loaded with centuries of prejudice and reduce a spectrum of greys to black and white. We will use the pronoun ‘heesh’ … Continue reading

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What will be the next step in human evolution?

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Will violence always be with us?

Jo Hedesan Violence does not exist only in human society; it is an expression of the need for survival in all living things. A wolf is violent toward sheep; so is a bull fighting another bull for the right to … Continue reading

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Ģenētiski modificēta pārtika izraisa nopietnus veselības traucējumus

Tiesa apstiprināja, ka franču zinātniekam Žilam Ērikam Seralini (Gilles-Eric Seralini (1960)) bija taisnība, kad viņš paziņoja, ka zinātnisko pētījumu laikā, kuros uz žurkām eksperimentēja ar ģenētiski modificētu kukurūzu, tika konstatēts, ka žurkām no tā rodas nopietni veselības traucējumi, tai skaitā … Continue reading

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The Brain in Love

Why do we crave love so much, even to the point that we would die for it? To learn more about our very real, very physical need for romantic love, Helen Fisher and her research team took MRIs of people … Continue reading

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What makes a good life?

http://www.ted.com/talks/robert_waldinger_what_makes_a_good_life_lessons_from_the_longest_study_on_happiness?utm_source=newsletter_weekly_2016-01-02&utm_campaign=newsletter_weekly&utm_medium=email&utm_content=talk_of_the_week_button#t-462224 What keeps us happy and healthy as we go through life? If you think it’s fame and money, you’re not alone – but, according to psychiatrist Robert Waldinger, you’re mistaken. As the director of a 75-year-old study on adult … Continue reading

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Ja tu atklāj, ka jāj uz beigta zirga…

Viss ir tieši tā. Bet tie, kas uz beigtajiem zirgiem jāj, tie šos komentārus nelasa. Man izskatās, ka beigtie zirgi pasmejas paši par sevi. Ar šādu zirgu viņi ir jājuši vienmēr, ja vajadzēs, viņi izveidos darba grupu, izpētīs un zirgu … Continue reading

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