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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.

Reductionism and Unity in Science

One problem encountered when physicists talk to philosophers of science is that we are, to quote George Bernard Shaw out of context, divided by a common language. A prime example concerns the word “reductionism”, which means different things to the … Continue reading

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BIOLOGICAL AND MACHINE INTELLIGENCE (BAMI)

Biological and Machine Intelligence (BAMI) is a living book authored by Numenta researchers and engineers. Its purpose is to document Hierarchical Temporal Memory, a theoretical framework for both biological and machine intelligence. While there’s a lot more work to be … Continue reading

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A Savage Ecology: Peak Humanity, Extinction Events, and the Great Homogenization

We live in an age of one technical device, the digital computer, and it has a thousand faces. This is a sign of stagnation, not exponential innovation.How could this be? It is presumed that the exponential growth of processing power represents an exponential … Continue reading

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The real oil limits story; what other researchers missed

Virtually no one realizes that the economy is a self-organized networked system. There are many interconnections within the system. The real situation is that as prices rise, supply tends to rise as well, because new sources of production become available at … Continue reading

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Ментальная и эмоциональная манипуляция людьми

http://whatisgood.ru/theory/media/mentalnaya-i-emocionalnaya-manipulyaciya-lyudmi/ Par Krievijas masu mēdijiem Par Krievijas (vai tikai?) masu mēdītājiem Электронная книга Мораль XXI века http://www.litres.ru/dario-salas/moral-xxi-veka/?just_bought=1 Тем не менее весь мир подвержен прямым или косвенным ментальным манипуляциям, цель которых – подчинить граждан чьим-то темным интересам. Людей убеждают, воздействуя на их подсознание: … Continue reading

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Which patients are easiest to operate on?

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Pašreizējais mirklis

Laimes pētnieki saka, ka laimīgi mēs esam par tik, par cik laimīgi esam tagad, pašreiz. Es domāju, ka tas ir pareizs, bet nepilnīgs izteikums. Pašreizējam mirklim saturu un nokrāsu, nozīmi un jēgu piešķir tas, ar kādu izjūtu mēs dzīvojam. Ar … Continue reading

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Our Decline in (Pre-)Historical Context

http://www.thewildernist.org/article/our-decline-in-pre-historical-context We are not the first society to suffer decline. For all of the recent technological advances, our problems are the same ones that confronted the ancient Maya, Mesopotamians, Egyptians, Romans, Aztecs, Incas, and others. Scholars used to search for … Continue reading

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Кто такой Путин!? Запрещенное видео на ТВ

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Aiz vecuma garlaicības

Aiz vecuma garlaicības Mazs dzejolis iešaujas prātā Pēc brīža kā nederīgu To gribas jau iemest sārtā. Bet nav jau tā uguns, kas kuras Nav buru kuģa, jūrā kas brauc. Klusi, mierīgi , prātīgi turos Nav balss, kas uz priekšu sauc. Kur … Continue reading

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What’s gone wrong with the world?

Things seem to be getting worse all the time: climate change, terrorism, pandemics, migration, economic chaos… the list goes on. All these problems have grown too big and too complex for any individual nation to solve. But instead of collaborating, … Continue reading

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Industrial Civilization Headed for ‘Irrevesible Collapse’

http://www.alternet.org/economy/nasa-funded-study-industrial-civilization-headed-irreversible-collapse-due-inequality  

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Why we have a wage inequality problem

by Gail Tverberg Wage inequality is a topic in elections around the world. What can be done to provide more income for those without jobs, and those with low wages? Wage inequality is really a sign of a deeper problem; … Continue reading

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Vai spējam ietekmēt planētas klimatu?

Mūsu civilizācijas tehnoloģiskā varenība liek domāt, ka spējam ietekmēt Zemes siltumnīcas efektu. Vai tā ir? Papētīsim skaitļus! Saules starojums sasniedz Zemes virsmu un sasilda to. Sasilusī planētas virsma izstaro siltumu, kuru uztver un saglabā atmosfērā esošās gāzes. To sauc par … Continue reading

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Vai mūsdienu zinātne apliecina Dieva esamību?

Saruna ar fiziķi Vjačeslavu Kaščejevu http://www.kasjauns.lv/lv/news/?news_id=184757&news_com=1&news_sort=asc&news_offset=9#comments Jautājums: Vai, piemēram, mīlestību vajag izskaidrot ar ķīmiskiem procesiem? Atbilde: pārspīlēta redukcionisma vilkšana tajās dzīves situācijās un jautājumos, kurās tas nenes nekādu labumu, tikai atklāj pazemības trūkumu un aroganci. Man tas nesimpatizē, jo tā … Continue reading

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Sustainability: Game human nature

Finding ways to adapt natural tendencies and nudge collective action is central to the well-being of future generations. Hundreds of studies in behavioural economics and other social sciences, conducted over the past few decades, have established that people often make … Continue reading

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Future generations

illustration by Anna Parini The effects on distant tomorrows of the decisions we make today have never been greater. As we change our planet, ourselves and, potentially, our descendants, in ever more dramatic ways, this issue of Nature takes stock: … Continue reading

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Pagrimums

How a TV Sitcom Triggered the Downfall of Western Civilization https://medium.com/@thatdavidhopkins/how-a-tv-sitcom-triggered-the-downfall-of-western-civilization-336e8ccf7dd0#.hitc23aip Tur pagrimumu var labi redzēt. Pārsteidzoši, es nemaz nezināju, ko tajos raidījumos rāda. Kad ieraudzīju, ka tur tiek rādīta viegla debilitāte, no tās izvairījos ‘visus šos garos gadus’. Daži … Continue reading

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A Scientific Approach to Moral Reasoning

Edward O. Wilson is the Pellegrino University Research Professor and Honorary Curator in Entomology at Harvard University. His article in this issue is drawn from his book Consilience, published by Knopf. Šajā rakstā Vilsons atturīgi un neuzbāzīgi iedod mums mūsdienīgu vērtību un … Continue reading

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On the Need for Significant Reform in University Education

This paper discusses the need for academia to be more responsive to the needs of students and society. The slow speed of change in academia is causing our educational programs to lose value. Technology has been advancing at an exponential … Continue reading

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Our economic growth system is reaching limits in a strange way

http://ourfiniteworld.com/2016/03/17/our-economic-growth-system-is-reaching-limits-in-a-strange-way/ Economic growth never seems to be as high as those making forecasts would like it to be. This is a record of recent forecasts by the International Monetary Fund: 1. Rising debt is an issue because fossil fuels give us … Continue reading

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Ticējumi

Šodien Rietumos atdzimusi interese par kāda veida neskaidriem , smieklīgiem un bieži vien atklāti bezjēdzīgiem ticējumiem, kuri, ja tie būtu pareizi, norādītu uz intriģējošāku Visuma uzbūvi, bet kuri, ja tie nav pareizi, liecina tikai par mūsu garīgo nekārtīgumu, stingras pārliecības … Continue reading

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Nemirstība

Katrs cilvēks savas dzīves laikā sagatavo pasauli tiem, kuri atnāks šajā pasaulē vēlāk. Katrs atstāj iespaidu uz pasauli, labu vai sliktu, un pēc tam nomirst. Viņa mūžā padarītie labie un ļaunie darbi paliek, un to pēdas saglabājas uz visiem laikiem. … Continue reading

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Knowledge and Beliefs

Nav šaubu, ka zināšanas (kā objektīvi patiesas un pārbaudītas tēzes atšķirībā no ticējumiem kā objektīvi nepatiesām un nepārbaudītām tēzēm, kuru īpašs gadījums ir reliģiskie ticējumi) pieaug. Tur, kur parādās zināšanas, tās agri vai vēlu izspiež ticējumus un kļūst par visiem … Continue reading

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The power of doubt

What do you do when your firmly held beliefs turn out not to be true? When Casey Gerald’s religion failed him, he searched for something new to believe in — in business, in government, in philanthropy — but found only … Continue reading

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