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About basicrulesoflife

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.

What has gone wrong with oil prices, debt, and GDP growth?

Our economy is a mystery to almost everyone, including economists. Let me explain the way I see the situation: If an economy is already reaching limits because of the long-term battle between diminishing returns and rising complexity, the use of … Continue reading

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The real problem

It looks like scientists and philosophers might have made consciousness far more mysterious than it needs to be What is the best way to understand consciousness? In philosophy, centuries-old debates continue to rage over whether the Universe is divided, following … Continue reading

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How the news distorts our worldview

Alisa Miller, head of Public Radio International, talks about why — though we want to know more about the world than ever — the media is actually showing us less. Eye-opening stats and graphs.

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Maps that show us who we are

What does the world look like when you map it using data? Social geographer Danny Dorling invites us to see the world anew, with his captivating and insightful maps that show Earth as it truly is — a connected, ever-changing … Continue reading

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Wild thing

How and why did humans domesticate animals – and what might this tell us about the future of our own species? However we choose to use this technology, it’s likely that anything we do to animals will reflect back on … Continue reading

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Krievijas armijas izvešana

Andris Pauls Pāvuls:  1994. gadā strādāju 5. Saeimā apvienības „Tēvzemei un Brīvībai” frakcijā un paralēli izmeklēšanas komisijā, kura, citu starp, izvērtēja PSRS armijas izvešanas procesu un par to atbildīgo personu rīcību. Īsumā: tika izvesti PSRS armijas „dzelži” (pārsvarā lielgabarīta) kopā … Continue reading

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Complexity and Stupidity: A Conversation with David Krakauer

In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris talks to biologist David Krakauer about information, complex systems, and the future of humanity. David Krakauer is President and William H. Miller Professor of Complex Systems at the Santa Fe … Continue reading

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The AI revolution: The Road to Superintelligence

http://waitbutwhy.com/2015/01/artificial-intelligence-revolution-1.html http://waitbutwhy.com/2015/01/artificial-intelligence-revolution-2.html Note: The reason this post took three weeks to finish is that as I dug into research on Artificial Intelligence, I could not believe what I was reading. It hit me pretty quickly that what’s happening in the … Continue reading

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Interesanti

Mūsdienu sabiedrībās vērojam dažas problēmas. 1. Aiz viedokļu dažādības mēs esam pazaudējuši pamatpatiesības. 2. Sabiedrība sadalījusies daudzās grupās, kuru pārstāvji bieži viens par otru nekā nezina. Katras grupas dalībnieki lieto savas jēdzienu definīcijas (vai vienkārši nelieto), raksta ‘zinātniskas’ publikācijas un … Continue reading

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Kaut kas labs

Un vēl mākslas darbs: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sfOi-ATv-QM

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Why Are Finland’s Schools Successful?

Teachers in Finland spend fewer hours at school each day and spend less time in classrooms than American teachers. Teachers use the extra time to build curriculums and assess their students. Children spend far more time playing outside, even in … Continue reading

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Dažas derīgas, bet ne jaunas domas

LNK tāpat kā LA, tāpat kā daudzu citu latviešu problēma ir, atvainojiet par tiešu atklātību, aprobežota un maziska nostāja, no kā izriet daudzas citas problēmas, kuras Latviju ir novedušas līdz pašreizējam katastrofālajam stāvoklim. Tāpēc kaut cik gudri cilvēki Latvijas apstākļos … Continue reading

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How to Pick Your Life Partner

How to Pick Your Life Partner – Part 2 By Tim Urban This is Part 2. Part 1 is here. Often, the key to succeeding at something big is to break it into its tiniest pieces and focus on how … Continue reading

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The Marriage Decision: Everything Forever or Nothing Ever Again

By Tim Urban, http://waitbutwhy.com/2016/09/marriage-decision.html?utm_source=List&utm_campaign=81b09a85be-Marriage_Decision_09_01_2016&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_5b568bad0b-81b09a85be-51770449&mc_cid=81b09a85be&mc_eid=e25f08ef06 There’s not really any normal way to start a relationship. Some people go on a date, and then another date, and then another, and one day it’s just clear to both of them that they’re in a … Continue reading

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Priekšsatu spēks

http://aumprakse.lv/prieksstatu-speks/ Visas dzīvās būtnes veido apkārtējās vides modeļus (vairāk skat. Nancy Cartwright, http://www.tc.umn.edu/~giere/MMM4_TXT.pdf, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nancy_Cartwright_(philosopher)). Cilvēki savā apziņā veido arī sevis modeli (apziņa ir sevis modelis) un nepārtraukti to ‘darbina’ – aplūko savu rīcību, pašreizējo stāvokli un pagātnes un nākotnes notikumus. … Continue reading

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Dzīves jēga

“Eksistence, fiziskā pasaule pamatos ir spēle. Tai nepastāv nekāda nepieciešamība. Tā nekur nedodas. Tai nav nekāda mērķa, kurā nokļūt. Paskaties uz tiem cilvēkiem, kas dzīvo, lai aizietu pensijā, kas atliek ietaupījumus nebaltām dienām. 65. gadu vecumā viņiem vairs nav palikusi enerģija. Un … Continue reading

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Likumi

“… likumi ir jāformulē tā, lai to jēga būtu saprotama katram vidusmēra pilsonim, nevis tikai dažiem augstākās klases juristiem. Bet šāda pieeja ir viena no daudzajām “padomju atliekām”, kas ir pilnīgā pretrunā ASV juridiskajai praksei, kurā likumi tiek apzināti sarežģīti … Continue reading

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Wer nicht weiss, der muss glauben

Kas nezin, tas ir spiests ticēt.  

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Сколько стоят бомбардировки в Сирии

Последнее время всё чаще можно услышать мнение о том, что действия российской авиации в Сирии — это непозволительное расточительство в условиях кризиса. MIR_MAG аргументированно доказывает, что бомбежки ИГИЛ стоят не сильно дороже обычной боевой подготовки в мирное время.

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Происхождение жизни

Итак, я держу наконец эту книгу в руках. Увесистый, надо сказать, кирпич. Ник Лэйн в книге “Энергия, секс и самоубийство: митохондрии и смысл жизни” (о ней тоже бы надо написать!) говорит о случившемся в конце XX века радикальном изменении отношения … Continue reading

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My spotless mind

Imagine purging life’s disturbing events. If you could alter or mute your worst memories would you still remain yourself? Imagine you’re the manager of a café. It stays open late and the neighbourhood has gone quiet by the time you … Continue reading

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Знак неравенства.

Росстат впервые с начала кризиса зафиксировал рост неравенства населения по доходам, то есть увеличение так называемого индекса Джинни. Но это лишь один из показателей. На самом деле мы знаем, что в России расслоение сильно выше, чем опубликованные данные Росстата. Это неравенство — следствие той модели, которая была выстроена в нашей … Continue reading

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Dažas normālas filmas

У Варвары Стрельниковой – 28-летней провинциалки из города Выборга – есть мечта всей ее жизни. Она хочет поднять отечественный цветочный бизнес. В институте она даже защитила на эту тему диплом. Теперь дело остается за малым – воплотить свой проект в … Continue reading

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Model-making machines

Our minds are model-making machines. Simple external world models we create for mechanical movements are true: we can predict rather exactly what will happen if we make some movement, for example, when we play tennis. In our lifetime we create more … Continue reading

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MYTHS ABOUT ELECTROMAGNETIC HYPERSENSITIVITY AND MULTIPLE CHEMICAL SENSITIVITY

As if we didn’t have enough things to worry about already, now we are being told to fear our toasters. A typical headline trumpets “The Effects of Invisible Waves.” We are increasingly exposed to electromagnetic radiation from cell phones, cell … Continue reading

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