Category Archives: Understand and Manage Ourselves

Pagājušie gadsimti ar nezināšanu, nesaprašanu, pirmatnējo cilšu ticējumiem un aizspriedumiem ir pagājuši. Pagājuši tikai tiem, kas iedrošinās mācīties jaunus jēdzienus, izveidot jaunus priekšstatus un vērtības.

Pure logical thinking can’t yield us any knowledge of the empirical world; all knowledge of reality starts from experience and ends in it.
A. Einstein.

Mēs varam saprast citus tikai tad, kad saprotam sevi.

Carl Sagan on God

  Carl Sagan’s Best Arguments Of All Time: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_D4DyJHKqfg

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The Conceptual Penis as a Social Construct: A Sokal-Style Hoax on Gender Studies

The Hoax The androcentric scientific and meta-scientific evidence that the penis is the male reproductive organ is considered overwhelming and largely uncontroversial. That’s how we began. We used this preposterous sentence to open a “paper” consisting of 3,000 words of … Continue reading

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Our world outsmarts us

Social problems are fantastically complex, while human minds are severely under-engineered. Is democracy doomed? When mulling over possible reasons for the alarming nastiness associated with the recent presidential election in the United States, I am reminded of my grade-school bully. … Continue reading

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The Crisis of Western Civilization

Between 1935 and 1975, Will and Ariel Durant published a series of volumes that together were known as “The Story of Civilization.” They basically told human history (mostly Western history) as an accumulation of great ideas and innovations, from the … Continue reading

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Dažas domas par mums

Mūsu problēmām ir divi dažādi avoti: pirmais ir informācijas apstrādes likumi, no kuriem nav iespējams izvairīties; otrs ir cilvēka evolūcijas mantojums, kas nav optimāls, nav piemērots mūsu dzīvei, bet kuru var ieraudzīt, saprast, un savu izvēli nedaudz un uzmanīgi pakārtot … Continue reading

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Carl Sagans Cosmos – Episode 10 – The Edge of Forever

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What Romantic Regime Are You In?

Polina Aronson spent her first 16 years in Russia. There, people tend to regard love as a sort of divine madness that descends from the heavens. Love is regarded, as the sociologist Julia Lerner put it, as “a destiny, a … Continue reading

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Daniel Dennett: ‘The whole singularity stuff is distracting us from more pressing problems

We’re only just starting to wake up to the potential outcomes of the technology that we’re inventing but increasingly don’t understand. Human co-operation and trust aren’t givens. They’re the byproducts of a cultural process that can be reversed. And civilisation … Continue reading

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Misticism on a full scale or COSMIC CONSCIOUSNESS

The assertion means that we humans, or we who are conscious beings, are significantly intertwined with what physicists call the physical universe, which they assert is “living” and “conscious,” and responds to human minds. That “the universe” affects humans is … Continue reading

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Carl Sagan: We Humans Are Capable Of Greatness

Videos Every thinking human being has to watch. And know and live with it.

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10 Steps for Getting Over Humiliation

I doubt that anyone gets through life without ever feeling utterly humiliated. But what should you do when it happens to you?Humiliation can feel so intensely painful and debilitating that advice for dealing with it may seem futile. Maybe in … 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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Complexity or some simple thoughts on 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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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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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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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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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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Dažas domas

Š.g. 16. jūlija žurnālā Ieva redaktore Inita Sila:  Kad es ieminos kaut ko par nāvi vai savām bēdām, apkārtējie tā kā novēršas, it kā es kaut ko nepiedienīgu runātu, jo to skaļi neapspriež. Nāve nez’ kāpēc ir kļuvusi par tabu … Continue reading

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How your brain constructs reality

There are two sets of rules in accordance with which the information processing systems (IPS) create the notion of self and the models of external world. The first one is the rules the all IPS are subjected, they are some … Continue reading

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Dzīves mākslinieki

Mēs esam limbisko smadzeņu pārvaldīti, dominēti un pakļauti dzīvnieki. Tas nozīmē, ka mūsu rīcību galvenokārt, droši vien par 80-90 %, nosaka emociju piepildīšanas vajadzības. Lielākā daļa cilvēku rīkojas, to neapzinoties, sevi šāda liela laika mērogā nevērojot, nezinot, neapzinoties un nesaprotot. … Continue reading

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Evolving Curricula for an Exponential World

today’s students often spend time learning very difficult material that they don’t need, while getting no exposure to critical information that is important to achieving success in the digital age. Many of our society’s technical failures are due to poorly … Continue reading

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