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Year 1935. 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.

Why aren’t the poor storming the barricades?

It is fallacious to argue that because no one is storming the castle, no real injustice exists. But maybe income inequality isn’t really a problem. “Overall material well-being” should be our lodestar, the Cato report reads, and an individual’s lifetime level … Continue reading

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The Long Thaw: How Humans Are Changing the Next 100,000 Years of Earth’s Climate

David Archer, Winner of the 2009 Walter P. Kistler Award, The Foundation For the Future, One of The Australian’s Best Books of 2009 If you think that global warming means slightly hotter weather and a modest rise in sea levels that will … Continue reading

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How China’s Currency Policies Will Change the World

The recent fluctuations in China’s currency typify the best and worst of a globalized world, where developments in one place can instantly change the political and financial calculations of governments in others. For most of human history, the communities, cultures … Continue reading

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The Nations That Will Be Hardest Hit by Water Shortages by 2040

Water access is going to be one of the most pressing issues of the 21st century. As climate change dries out the already dry areas and makes the wet ones wetter, we’re poised to see some radical civilizational shifts. For … Continue reading

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Deflationary Collapse Ahead?

Both the stock market and oil prices have been plunging. Is this “just another cycle,” or is it something much worse? I think it is something much worse. Back in January, I wrote a post called Oil and the Economy: Where … Continue reading

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Cyberscience and 21st-century education

Technology changes at an exponential rate, yet engineering courses and curricula may take years or even decades to change. If you compare course requirements and Ph.D. examinations from 20 years ago with today’s, you’d find little difference, in part due … Continue reading

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Par globālo cīņu un tās metodēm

Politikā ir divi galvenie mērķu panākšanas līdzekļi – karš un diplomātija. Viss, kas nav karš, ir diplomātija. Pie tam diplomātija arī ir karš. Gadās tā, ka diplomātiskās uzvaras pretiniekiem ir daudz graujošākas nekā uzvara karā. Piemēram, ASV uzvarēja karā Japānu … Continue reading

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The Requirements and Possibilities of Creating Conscious Systems

Lyle N. Long1 The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA 16802, Distinguished Professor, Aerospace Engineering, Bioengineering, and Mathematics, AIAA Fellow. Troy D. Kelley2 Army Research Laboratory, Aberdeen, MD 20783, Engineering Psychologist, Human Research and Engineering Directorate. American Institute of Aeronautics and … Continue reading

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Awakening the Horrors of the Ancient Hothouse — Hydrogen Sulfide in the World’s Warming Oceans

In the context of increasing ocean hypoxia and stratification, we might do well to remember that we are tiny, weak beings at the mercy of great natural forces which we can barely conceive or understand. Forces that we have unwittingly, … Continue reading

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Tumbling Down the Rabbit Hole Toward a Second Great Dying? World Ocean Shows Signs of Coming Extinction.

The last time Earth experienced a Great Dying was during a dangerous transition from glaciation and to hothouse. We’re doing the same thing by burning fossil fuels today. And if we are sensitive to the lessons of our geological past, we’ll … Continue reading

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Debating the Morality of Hiroshima

By George Friedman Each year at this time — the anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima — the world pauses. The pause is less to mourn the dead than to debate a moral question: whether the bombing was justified and, … Continue reading

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How the World Really Works

– The luckiest, fittest, smartest, with the capability for ruthlessness survive – always have – always will – Resources are finite and therefore ownership is a zero sum game – The strong always take from the weak – if they … Continue reading

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The death of bees explained

Colony collapse disorder (CCD), a name coined in 2006, describes a honeybee colony that has lost the vast majority of its worker bees, with only a queen, nurse bees and immature bees remaining. While the phenomenon has existed throughout the … Continue reading

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Atbildība

Šogad Jaunatnes dziesmu un deju svētkos no visas Latvijas Rīgā tika savesti 13 tūkstoši bērnu, kuriem, apģērbtiem nacionālajos tautas tērpos, grandiozos kopkoros bija jādzied latviešu tautas dziesmas. Ļoti simboliski: latviešu bērni ir Latvijas nākotne un šī valsts ir izveidota priekš … Continue reading

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Elon Musk and Stephen Hawking Among Hundreds to Urge Ban on Military Robots

Elon Musk and Stephen Hawking, along with hundreds of artificial intelligence researchers and experts, are calling for a worldwide ban on so-called autonomous weapons, warning that they could set off a revolution in weaponry comparable to gunpowder and nuclear arms. … Continue reading

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Elite, voters, democracy?

The US has always had a large fraction of uninformed voters.  On some level I think that is an inevitable result of expanding the franchise.  Playing political theorist here, one could imagine a system under which the only people who … Continue reading

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Economic system

My toy economic system: A village with 6 people: a farmer, a baker, and a shoemaker, each with one assistant.  With their assistants, the farmer grows enough wheat to keep the baker supplied, the baker bakes enough bread to keep … Continue reading

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Par cilvēka “slinkajām” smadzenēm

Vai jūs esat ievērojuši, ka jo vecāks kļūstat, jo ar mazāku prieku ķeraties pie darba, kurš nav pierasts vai ir saistīts ar lielu uzmanības koncentrāciju un nezināmu iemaņu apgūšanu? Atklāšu jums mazu noslēpumu: iemīļoto avīžu (autoru) lasīšana, darbs labi zināmā … Continue reading

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Dārgi izmaksā tāds blīkšķis…

Žēl, ļoti žēl, ka nav vairs tautā populāro kupleju sacerētājs – Jānis Dreslers. Kurš gan nezina tādu divrindi no četrām – Dārgi izmaksā tāds blīkšķis, Kontuzēts līdz plecam īkšķis… Man gan šoreiz noder tikai divi pirmie vārdi – Dārgi izmaksā… … Continue reading

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Scientists Build Case for ‘Sixth Extinction’ … and Say It Could Kill Us

Even conservative calculations show the world is in the midst of a sixth mass extinction that’s being caused by our species — and is likely to lead to humanity’s demise if unchecked, scientists reported Friday. The scientists’ analysis, published in the … Continue reading

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Bill Gates’ nuclear firm plans hot, salty push into power

The nuclear power firm being hailed by Bill Gates as the answer to mankind’s future energy needs is planning a proprietary approach to an old atomic idea to further its global ambitions. TerraPower is an offshoot of patent holding company … Continue reading

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Scientific model supported by UK Government Task Force flags risk of civilization’s collapse by 2040

New scientific models supported by the British government’s Foreign Office show that if we don’t change course, in less than three decades industrial civilisation will essentially collapse due to catastrophic food shortages, triggered by a combination of climate change, water … Continue reading

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Amusing Ourselves to Death

What’s your evidence for the claim that young people are not that engaged intellectually and that the population is becoming less intellectually capable? Relative to what? Despite all the crap on TV (what else is new?) and misinformation on the … Continue reading

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The Trouble With Scientists

Sometimes it seems surprising that science functions at all. In 2005, medical science was shaken by a paper with the provocative title “Why most published research findings are false.”1 Written by John Ioannidis, a professor of medicine at Stanford University, … Continue reading

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Mazās piezīmes par lielajiem procesiem

Salīdzieniet. Un domājiet.  “Klusu, netīreļi”. Tāda sajūta pēc brauciena uz Ukrainu. Arkādijs Tigajs 09.03.2015 https://tencinusarunas.wordpress.com/2015/05/28/klusu-netireli-tada-sajuta-pec-brauciena-uz-ukrainu-arkadijs-tigajs-09-03-2015/ Mai28by Ivars Līdaka Autors ir Ļenfiļm režisors, scenārists, aktieris, rakstnieks Kā galveno noteikumu “Ukrainas krīzes” izbeigšanai Krievija lika priekšā Kijevai parakstīt saistības nestāties NATO. Ukraina piekrita … Continue reading

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