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77 years. Interests: Contemporary society problems, quality of life, happiness, understanding and changing ourselves - everything based on scientific evidence. Artificial Intelligence Foundation Latvia, http://www.artificialintelligence.lv Editor.

Role of Wages of the Common Worker in Oil Prices, Collapse

http://ourfiniteworld.com/2015/02/25/role-of-wages-of-the-common-worker-in-oil-prices-collapse/#more-39649 In their book Secular Cycles, Peter Turchin and Surgey Nefedof point out the important role falling wages of the common workers played in early collapses. I got to thinking that this might be an issue with our current situation … Continue reading

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Skaistums

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Seeking the Truth about Ukraine

February 20, 2015, marks the one-year anniversary of the heinous slaughter of protesters and police by neo-Nazi snipers who transformed a relatively peaceful protest against Ukraine’s democratically elected president, Viktor Yanukovych, into a violent anti-Russia coup. To this day, the … Continue reading

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Why we all need to practice emotional first aid

http://www.ted.com/talks/guy_winch_the_case_for_emotional_hygiene?utm_source=newsletter_weekly_2015-02-21&utm_campaign=newsletter_weekly&utm_medium=email&utm_content=quote We’ll go to the doctor when we feel flu-ish or a nagging pain. So why don’t we see a health professional when we feel emotional pain: guilt, loss, loneliness? Too many of us deal with common psychological-health issues on … Continue reading

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What the 1% Don’t Want You to Know

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QzQYA9Qjsi0&feature=em-subs_digest-vrecs Economist Paul Krugman explains how the United States is becoming an oligarchy – the very system our founders revolted against. On a global view it is an interesting question. Inequality is acceptable until it promotes society’s progress. Very rich … Continue reading

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Too many worlds

Nobody knows what happens inside quantum experiments. So why are some so keen to believe in parallel universes? by Philip Ball In July 2011, participants at a conference on the placid shore of Lake Traunsee in Austria were polled on what … Continue reading

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EROI — A Tool To Predict The Best Energy Mix

Modern society was born a hundred and fifty years ago when coal began providing sufficient energy to make lots and lots of steel and steam, lifting ordinary citizens out of poverty and into the newly-developing middle class. Soon after, we … Continue reading

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The Lunch Question

By Ian Morris At an event in Beijing last November, I had the good fortune to meet the French economist Thomas Piketty, who has sold 1.5 million copies of his book, Capital in the Twenty-First Century, since it was first published in … Continue reading

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The Putin-Did-It Conspiracy Theory

Exclusive: A new truce agreement in Ukraine rekindles hope that the bloodshed can be reduced if not stopped, but Official Washington’s gross misunderstanding of the crisis, blaming everything on Russia’s President Putin, raises doubts and portends a potentially grave catastrophe, writes Robert … Continue reading

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Mindvalley Academy

If you’re like millions around the world, you may be frustrated with the state of the education system. A system which leaves us in debt, grants degrees that don’t guarantee jobs or happiness, earns us only ordinary jobs that are … Continue reading

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The last astronaut: the cycle of human spaceflight is coming to an end

http://cassandralegacy.blogspot.com/2015/02/the-last-astronaut-cycle-of-human.html Nothing brings into focus our society’s problems better than this.  Look at all that we could be doing and learning out there, yet our politicians and business leaders are so narcissistic that they have no interest in furthering human … Continue reading

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What really caused the Paris killings?

The points raised in these paragraphs in particular are not appreciated in the US: “There’s actually a direct and obvious connection between the two. The United States, along with the Saudi kingdom, has been fostering for decades these militant Islamic … Continue reading

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Do gut bacteria control your mind?

http://www.kurzweilai.net/do-gut-bacteria-control-your-mind?utm_source=KurzweilAI+Daily+Newsletter&utm_campaign=2c723d77d1-UA-946742-1&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_6de721fb33-2c723d77d1-282027874 Do gut bacteria control your mind? August 20, 2014   Bacteria within you — which outnumber your own cells about 100 times — may be affecting both your cravings and moods to get you to eat what they want, … Continue reading

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Siri’s Inventors Are Building a Radical New AI

When Apple announced the iPhone 4S on October 4, 2011, the headlines were not about its speedy A5 chip or improved camera. Instead they focused on an unusual new feature: an intelligent assistant, dubbed Siri. At first Siri, endowed with a … Continue reading

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What will be the most important driver of change in the future?

http://www.kurzweilai.net/ted-what-will-be-the-most-important-driver-of-change-in-the-future?utm_source=KurzweilAI+Daily+Newsletter&utm_campaign=eba21c5875-UA-946742-1&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_6de721fb33-eba21c5875-282027874 My list. 1. Human greed, human nature not restricted, known and understood enough. The consequences of inequality. 2. Wars and conflicts, co called ‘terrorism’ (created and induced by Western societies). 3. Missing knowledge for global problem solutions. Degradation of … Continue reading

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What is consciousness?

Posted on January 17, 2014 by Linas Vepstas … and can we implement it in OpenCog?  I think we can.  It might not even be that hard!   Consciousness isn’t this magical pixie dust that it’s often made out to … Continue reading

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Ten Years to the Singularity

December 26, 2014 by Ben Goertzel It would require a different way of thinking about the timing of the Singularity, says AGI pioneer Ben Goertzel, PhD. Rather than a predictive exercise, it would require thinking about it the way an … Continue reading

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Interviewer gets fucked by Noam Chomsky

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9CKpCGjD8wg&feature=em-subs_digest-vrecs https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oB1q2tdb-Gw&src_vid=9CKpCGjD8wg&feature=iv&annotation_id=annotation_511748  

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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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