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Year 1935. Interests: Contemporary society problems, quality of life, happiness, understanding and changing ourselves - everything based on scientific evidence.

How To Be a Systems Thinker

A Conversation With Mary Catherine Bateson [4.17.18] Until fairly recently, artificial intelligence didn’t learn. To create a machine that learns to think more efficiently was a big challenge. In the same sense, one of the things that I wonder about is how … Continue reading

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Profesionālās izglītības kompetences centrs – muļķība vai sazvērestība?

Kompetenču izglītība – reformas bez vajadzības Maija Kūle grāmatā ‘Eirodzīve’ raksta, ka viņa problēmu izpratnē priekšroku dod nevis sazvērestības teorijām, bet vienkāršam skaidrojumam: daudzu procesu pamatā ir nevis kādas sazvērestības, bet vienkārša muļķība. Droši vien, ka daudzos gadījumos tā arī ir, … Continue reading

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On Michael Shermer’s defence of moral realism

https://coelsblog.wordpress.com/2018/05/04/on-michael-shermers-defence-of-moral-realism/#comment-12685 Empty talking. All human values are created by humans. Platonic world and religions are not based on evidence. They are our images. Schermer shows the main contemporary problem: nobody defines the most important, the basic moral principle and human … Continue reading

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NASA successfully tests next-generation space reactor

NASA and the US Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) have announced that the next-generation Kilopower Reactor Using Stirling Technology (KRUSTY) nuclear reactor has passed its initial demonstration tests. NASA is developing its Kilopower system, which is a 10-kilowatt reactor … Continue reading

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How to Pick a Career (That Actually Fits You)

Our life is a river, our inherited needs, tendencies and talents (mostly not known to us) collaborate with life stream’s random events and make a direction. The most important – to realize, to see self. Get know what is most … Continue reading

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Par Ilmāra Rimšēviča aizturēšanas iemesliem

https://infoagentura.wordpress.com/2018/02/21/par-ilmara-rimsevica-aizturesanas-iemesliem/#comment-5469 Citāts: “Lai gan nekādi pierādījumi šim apgalvojumam netiek doti, tas izskatās pietiekami patiess”. Šis izteikums liecina, ka varbūt notiek uzbrukums bez pierādījumiem. KNAB esot iesniegta kaut kāda Norvik bankas ‘sūdzība’, kuras saturu nevienam neatklāj. Tādējādi lasītājam nav iespējams pašam … Continue reading

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Ultralow power artificial synapses using nanotextured magnetic Josephson junctions

Superconducting ‘synapse’ could enable powerful future neuromorphic supercomputers Fires 200 million times faster than human brain, uses one ten-thousandth as much energy February 7, 2018 NIST’s artificial synapse, designed for neuromorphic computing, mimics the operation of switch between two neurons. … Continue reading

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Meaning of Life: Science Reveals Our Deepest Purpose

It is interesting to see thoughts and positions about very important aspect of our lives in our societies – thoughts about deaf, eternal life and the sense of life. Example. In a flashback scene in the 1977 film Annie Hall, Woody Allen’s … Continue reading

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The Doomsday Clock is now two minutes before midnight

Scientists move clock ahead 30 seconds, closest to midnight since 1953 January 25, 2018 (credit: Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists) Citing growing nuclear risks and unchecked climate dangers, the Doomsday Clock — the symbolic point of annihilation — is now … Continue reading

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Mākslīgā inteliģence, pašreizējais stāvoklis, problēmas un nākotnes vīzija

Anotācija. Rakstā dotas svarīgākās definīcijas, īsi aplūkoti nozīmīgākie brīvi pieejamie sasniegumi un labākās publikācijas, aplūkotas zināmas un dažas jaunas problēmas, un izvērtētas nākotnes iespējas. Ievads. Mākslīgā inteliģence ir viens no mūsu laika svarīgākajiem atklājumiem, kas, iespējams, izmainīs cilvēces attīstības gaitu. … Continue reading

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Smaidošas domas

Es apzinos, ka 99% cilvēku tos nespēs pieņemt, bet labāk turpinās pašreizējo skrējienu uz savu galu. Tādēļ smaidam par to, kas nav iespējams. Sākot ar šodienu likumi visā pasaulē: 1. Visaugstākā cilvēces vērtība: saglabāt un nodot tālāk vienīgo mums zināmo matērijas apziņas … Continue reading

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A Video Game Analogy to Our Energy Predicament

The way the world economy is manipulated by world leaders is a little like a giant video game. The object of the game is to keep the world economy growing, without too many adverse consequences to particular members of the … Continue reading

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Every Friday Is Black Friday: Why Our Addiction to Consumption and Growth Is Killing Us

A general view of the inbound area of the Amazon.com MPX5 fulfillment center on November 17, 2017 in Castel San Giovanni, Italy. “In seeking to defend the living world from the maelstrom of destruction,” writes Monbiot, “we might believe we … Continue reading

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This Horrifying ‘Slaughterbot’ Video Is The Best Warning Against Autonomous Weapons

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A Chinese AI passed the national medical licensing exam, so technically it’s a doctor

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Over 15,000 Scientists Just Issued a ‘Second Notice’ to Humanity

Humanity is not taking the urgent steps needed to safeguard our imperiled biosphere,” over 15,000 scientists warned in a letter published Monday. (Photo: NASA) More: https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/11/13/over-15000-scientists-just-issued-second-notice-humanity-can-we-listen-now?utm_term=Over%2015%2C000%20Scientists%20Just%20Issued%20a%20%27Second%20Notice%27%20to%20Humanity.%20Can%20We%20Listen%20Now&utm_campaign=%27All%20Out%20Class%20War%27%20on%20a%20Planetary%20Scale%20%7C%20Your%20Week%20In%20Review%20&utm_content=email&utm_source=Act-On+Software&utm_medium=email&cm_mmc=Act-On%20Software-_-email-_-%27All%20Out%20Class%20War%27%20on%20a%20Planetary%20Scale%20%7C%20Your%20Week%20In%20Review%20-_-Over%2015%2C000%20Scientists%20Just%20Issued%20a%20%27Second%20Notice%27%20to%20Humanity.%20Can%20We%20Listen%20Now By failing to adequately limit population growth, reassess the role of an economy rooted in … Continue reading

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Why the idea that the world is in terminal decline is so dangerous

From all sides, the message is coming in: the world as we know it is on the verge of something really bad. From the Right, we hear that ‘West’ and ‘Judeo-Christian Civilisation’ are in the pincers of foreign infidels and … Continue reading

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The most important issue scientist should say to society

This is not the annual Edge question but the answer is mine. The most important question is happiness. How to live a happy life? The main problem of our societies is that we are not getting prepared for happiness. Instead … Continue reading

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Māris Subačs: Pārāk liela gudrība nav laimes pazīme

Homo sapiens laime ir indivīda iespēja piepildīt, apmierināt lielas vajadzības. Pamatā ir ģenētiski mantotās, un tās tiek izkoptas (vai sakropļotas) ārējo faktoru (ģimene, skola, sabiedrības kultūra) ietekmē. Jo lielākas vajadzības tiek piepildītas, jo lielāka laimes sajūta. To objektīvi var mērīt … Continue reading

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Some thoughts about our future

Dennett is a singular figure in American culture: a white-haired, white-bearded 74-year-old philosopher whose work has mined the questions that erupt at the places where science, technology and consciousness meet. His subject is the brain and how it creates meaning … Continue reading

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Christopher Columbus: No Monuments for Murderers?

… in fundamental ways, Columbus’ world is not so different from the world we live in today. Big countries continue to dominate “lesser” nations. The quest for profit is still paramount. The world is still sliced in two between the … Continue reading

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What makes a good life? Lessons from the longest study on happiness

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 development, … Continue reading

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Human Nature: Paleolithic Emotions, Medieval Institutions, God-Like Technology

Creativity might just be the defining trait that makes us human, says E.O. Wilson, two-time Pulitzer Prize winner and acclaimed ‘Father of Biodiversity’. But what exactly is the modern Homo sapiens, anyway? Wilson calls us an evolutionary chimera, picking up … Continue reading

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SCIENTIFIC NATURALISM

The success of the Scientific Revolution led to the development of the worldview of scientific naturalism, or the belief that the world is governed by natural laws and forces that can be understood, and that all phenomena are part of … Continue reading

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