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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.

Воспоминания о войне

Об авторе Родился 7 апреля 1923 года в селе Погорелка Мологского района Ярославской области. Отец — Никулин Николай Александрович (1886–1931), окончил Санкт-Петербургский университет. Мать — Никулина (Ваулина) Лидия Сергеевна (1886–1978), выпускница Бестужевских курсов. Супруга — Григорьева Ирина Сергеевна (1930 г. рожд.), … Continue reading

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How Politicians are bought

Speaking fee money isn’t just money, it is easy money.  In one appearance, for one hour, Clinton can make $125,000 to $500,000.  At an hourly rate, that’s between $250 million to $1 billion annually.  It isn’t the case that Clinton is a … Continue reading

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The Rich, the Right, and the Facts: Deconstructing the Income Distribution Debate

In 1992, economist Paul Krugman, now a New York Times columnist, published this article in the Fall issue of  “The American Prospect”. Today, his assertions hold up, especially in answer to the conservative critics of Thomas Piketty’s “Capital in a Twenty-First … Continue reading

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Is Vast Inequality Necessary?

How rich do we need the rich to be? That’s not an idle question. It is, arguably, what U.S. politics are substantively about. Liberals want to raise taxes on high incomes and use the proceeds to strengthen the social safety … Continue reading

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Džeks Londons: Kā es kļuvu par sociālistu

Es kļuvu par sociālistu tieši tāpat kā savulaik teitoņu pagāni kļuva par kristiešiem – manī sociālismu burtiski iedauzīja. Savas pārvērtības laikā es ne tikai netiecos pēc sociālisma, bet pat pretojos tam. Es biju ļoti jauns, naivs un lielā mērā arī … Continue reading

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Most threats to humans come from science and technology, warns Hawking

Speaking ahead of his BBC Reith Lecture on black holes, Stephen Hawking discusses the danger inherent in progress and the chances of disaster on Earth, The human race faces one its most dangerous centuries yet as progress in science and technology … Continue reading

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OpenAI

They’re funding a new organization, OpenAI, to pursue the most advanced forms of artificial intelligence — and give the results to the public: https://medium.com/backchannel/how-elon-musk-and-y-combinator-plan-to-stop-computers-from-taking-over-17e0e27dd02a#.pvfezaeqr there’s now a new entry, with a twist. It’s a non-profit venture called OpenAI, announced today, that vows … Continue reading

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Русский социализм закончился на Капри. Возродится ли он?

http://razumru.ru/science/authority/einstein.htm Я весьма благодарен Н. Абдулгамидову за то, что он привлёк наше внимание к исключительно интересной и авторитетной статье А. Эйнштейна. Знакомство с нею позволяет возобновить, так сказать, с «чистой страницы» разговор о судьбах социализма (и коммунизма) вообще и в России в частности. Прежде … Continue reading

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Par nacionālnodevējiem, zemes lielīpašniekiem, maksātnespējas administratoriem un “zemes piespiedu nomu” pilsētās

015. gada 20. decembrī analītiskais TV raidījums “De facto” skāra sen sasāpējušu un smagu tēmu – tā dēvēto “zemes piespiedu nomu” pilsētās. Raidījumā “Ietekmīgākie zemes iznomātāji – maksātnespējas administratori” izskanēja šādas, manuprāt, svarīgākās tēzes: – Zemi, kas piesaistīta daudzām Rīgas … Continue reading

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In 2115, when our descendants look back at our society, what will they condemn as our greatest moral failing?

In 100 years it will not be acceptable to use genderised words such as ‘he’ or ‘she’, which are loaded with centuries of prejudice and reduce a spectrum of greys to black and white. We will use the pronoun ‘heesh’ … Continue reading

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What will be the next step in human evolution?

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Will violence always be with us?

Jo Hedesan Violence does not exist only in human society; it is an expression of the need for survival in all living things. A wolf is violent toward sheep; so is a bull fighting another bull for the right to … Continue reading

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Ģenētiski modificēta pārtika izraisa nopietnus veselības traucējumus

Tiesa apstiprināja, ka franču zinātniekam Žilam Ērikam Seralini (Gilles-Eric Seralini (1960)) bija taisnība, kad viņš paziņoja, ka zinātnisko pētījumu laikā, kuros uz žurkām eksperimentēja ar ģenētiski modificētu kukurūzu, tika konstatēts, ka žurkām no tā rodas nopietni veselības traucējumi, tai skaitā … Continue reading

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The Brain in Love

Why do we crave love so much, even to the point that we would die for it? To learn more about our very real, very physical need for romantic love, Helen Fisher and her research team took MRIs of people … Continue reading

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What makes a good life?

http://www.ted.com/talks/robert_waldinger_what_makes_a_good_life_lessons_from_the_longest_study_on_happiness?utm_source=newsletter_weekly_2016-01-02&utm_campaign=newsletter_weekly&utm_medium=email&utm_content=talk_of_the_week_button#t-462224 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 … Continue reading

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Ja tu atklāj, ka jāj uz beigta zirga…

Viss ir tieši tā. Bet tie, kas uz beigtajiem zirgiem jāj, tie šos komentārus nelasa. Man izskatās, ka beigtie zirgi pasmejas paši par sevi. Ar šādu zirgu viņi ir jājuši vienmēr, ja vajadzēs, viņi izveidos darba grupu, izpētīs un zirgu … Continue reading

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Jānis Kučinskis: Visapkārt vieni oligarhi

http://www.delfi.lv/aculiecinieks/news/sabiedriba/janis-kucinskis-visapkart-vieni-oligarhi.d?id=38891031 Autors tik skaisti un saprotami uzrakstījis. Vairākums pasaules zinātnieku tik labi neraksta. Bet tas lai paliek viņiem un sistēmai, kurā viņi darbojas. Viņi arī ir produkts. J. Kučinskis ir patstāvīgs domātājs, kurš pats sevi izglītojis, un, kā tas dažreiz gadās, nav … Continue reading

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Pārdomas. 2015.10.27 hirss.lv

“Vispirms teikšu, ka mēs dzīvojam melu pilnā pasaule. Solījumi viens par otru skaistāki birst kā no pārpilnības raga īpaši jau priekšvēlēšanu laikā. Bet faktiski neviens nekad par solījumu pildīšanu pat nedomā.” http://doveiks.lv/2015/11/02/prof-ilmars-hirss-tomer-par-begliem/#comment-3077 Paldies par patiesīgumu. Ja Latvijas radio un TV … Continue reading

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Britain is no more a Christian nation than a White nation

Sometimes I pine for the days when British politicians did not “do God”. They realised that, in a nation where only half of us now believe in God, such talk is unnecessarily divisive. But David Cameron is reckoned to have … Continue reading

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Ziemassvētki

Man ar tiem Ziemassvētkiem ir tā, ka to milzīgas iekšējas harmonijas un tīrības sajūtu, kādu iepazinu bērnībā baznīcā, dzīves nezināšanas un neprašanas laikā esmu pazaudējis. Gandrīz. Kaut kur dziļi un reti vēl uzpeld. Un tad arī apzinos, ka tā bija … Continue reading

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Par Tuvajiem Austrumiem, islāma pasauli un Turciju

https://infoagentura.wordpress.com/2015/12/20/par-tuvajiem-austrumiem-islama-pasauli-turciju-un-nepieciesamibu-necilvecibas-draudu-iespaida-visiem-cilvekiem-apvienoties/ Pagarais raksts liecina par milzīgu ieguldīto darbu, zināšanām un savu pozīciju, uz kuru balstās izteiktie spriedumi. Tā kā pie labā toņa nepieder citu viedokļu apstrīdēšana vai kritizēšana, ja kritizētājs pats nedod neko labāku, tad nerakstīšu par to, kam nepiekrītu … Continue reading

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Svetlanas Aļeksijevičas Nobeļa lekcija (Saprast sarkanos). 2015

Laureāte atklāti un godīgi, sapresēti kā tabletē apraksta traģiskās krievvalodīgās pasaules pastāvīgumu un mainīgumu. Mums tas tikpat godīgi nozīmē viņu agresivitāti, juceklīgumu un totālo manipulējamību no “roģinas” puses. Bet tulkojot jau kuro reizi piezagās doma par marksisma-staļinisma-ļeņinisma līdzību kultūrmarksismam. Cits … Continue reading

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Tim Peake boards International Space Station and reports on ‘beautiful launch’

The 26m horsepower rocket engines burned 270 tonnes of kerosene and liquid oxygen in nine minutes to rendezvous with the space station, which circles the planet at 17,500mph, 248 miles above the surface. 11.03am GMT The Soyuz rocket launches on … Continue reading

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How humans are driving the sixth mass extinction

Scientists have been warning for decades that human actions are pushing life on our shared planet toward mass extinction. Such extinction events have occurred five times in the past, but a bold new paper finds that this time would be … Continue reading

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WHY YOU SHOULD NOT TRY TO BE THE PERFECT LOVER

Lovesickness is actually at the core of consumer culture. With every purchase, modern-day shoppers have an opportunity to broadcast our personalities, wealth and good taste to potential lovers, says Dall’Aglio. “We only accumulate objects in order to communicate with other minds,” he says. … Continue reading

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