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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.

Gail Tverberg: Why There’s No Economically Sustainable Price For Oil Anymore

Producers need higher prices that the public can’t afford. Actuary Gail Tverberg returns to provide an update on where we are in the global energy story. Her outlook is not rosy: she doesn’t see a path for society to transition … Continue reading

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2017: The Year When the World Economy Starts Coming Apart

Some people would argue that 2016 was the year that the world economy started to come apart, with the passage of Brexit and the election of Donald Trump. Whether or not the “coming apart” process started in 2016, in my … Continue reading

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Helen Fisher: Technology hasn’t changed love. Here’s why

In our tech-driven, interconnected world, we’ve developed new ways and rules to court each other, but the fundamental principles of love have stayed the same, says anthropologist Helen Fisher. Our faster connections, she suggests, are actually leading to slower, more … Continue reading

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A better way to talk about love

In love, we fall. We’re struck, we’re crushed, we swoon. We burn with passion. Love makes us crazy and makes us sick. Our hearts ache, and then they break. Talking about love in this way fundamentally shapes how we experience … Continue reading

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Paradox of Progress

LETTER FROM THE NIC CHAIRMAN Thinking about the future is vital but hard. Crises keep intruding, making it all but impossible to look beyond daily headlines to what lies over the horizon. In those circumstances, thinking “outside the box,” to … Continue reading

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Is Gravitation Interaction or just Curved-Spacetime Geometry?

Abstract.  As there have still been attempts to regard gravity, a 100 years after Einstein’s general relativity, not as a manifestation of the non-Euclidean geometry of spacetime, but as a physical field (and therefore as a force), it is high … Continue reading

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Complexity or some simple thoughts about consciousness and intelligence

All atoms and molecules, all living beings and human made things are emergent property devices, all chemical reactions and human mental processes are emergent property processes. We are accustomed to say that the systems and processes are complex or complicated, … Continue reading

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Violence brought us Trump, but Nonviolent Protest will Stop Him

What’s next? That is the big question facing this country after the election. And many people have been sharing their thoughts on that over social and traditional media, over dinner conversations, at the office and on the bus with complete … Continue reading

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BRAINSTORM: The Power and Purpose of the Teenage Brain

Dr. Dan Siegel shares his research findings and dispels the negative myths of adolescence prevalent in the media. He also reveals how crucial brain development between ages 12 and 24 prepares young people to thrive as interdependent adults. Dr. Siegel’s … Continue reading

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An Open Letter to Jesus Christ

D.M. Bennett’s An Open Letter to Jesus Christ was first published in the November 1875 issue of the Truth Seeker It is quite possible some people may deem it improper that a letter addressed to the distinguished personage named above … Continue reading

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Īstā dzīve

Īstā dzīve sākas tad, kad cilvēks sastopas ar izmisumu un bezizeju saprotot, ka nekādas citas dzīves nebūs. Ka liktenis ir tieši tāds un ka pieredzi nav iespējams atcelt. Un ka daudz ko nav spēka mainīt. Ka ar tuvajiem un mīļajiem … Continue reading

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This is the most dangerous time for our planet

As a theoretical physicist based in Cambridge, I have lived my life in an extraordinarily privileged bubble. Cambridge is an unusual town, centered around one of the world’s great universities. Within that town, the scientific community which I became part … Continue reading

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US Power Will Decline Under Trump, Says Futurist Who Predicted Soviet Collapse

Johan Galtung, a Nobel Peace Prize-nominated sociologist who predicted the collapse of the Soviet Union, warned that US global power will collapse under the Donald Trump administration. The Norwegian professor at the University of Hawaii and Transcend Peace University is … Continue reading

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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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