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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.

Pozner

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The most important issue scientist should say to society

This is not the annual Edge question but the answer is mine. The most important question is happiness. How to live a happy life? The main problem of our societies is that we are not getting prepared for happiness. Instead … Continue reading

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Māris Subačs: Pārāk liela gudrība nav laimes pazīme

Homo sapiens laime ir indivīda iespēja piepildīt, apmierināt lielas vajadzības. Pamatā ir ģenētiski mantotās, un tās tiek izkoptas (vai sakropļotas) ārējo faktoru (ģimene, skola, sabiedrības kultūra) ietekmē. Jo lielākas vajadzības tiek piepildītas, jo lielāka laimes sajūta. To objektīvi var mērīt … Continue reading

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Some thoughts about our future

Dennett is a singular figure in American culture: a white-haired, white-bearded 74-year-old philosopher whose work has mined the questions that erupt at the places where science, technology and consciousness meet. His subject is the brain and how it creates meaning … Continue reading

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Christopher Columbus: No Monuments for Murderers?

… in fundamental ways, Columbus’ world is not so different from the world we live in today. Big countries continue to dominate “lesser” nations. The quest for profit is still paramount. The world is still sliced in two between the … Continue reading

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What makes a good life? Lessons from the longest study on happiness

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 development, … Continue reading

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Human Nature: Paleolithic Emotions, Medieval Institutions, God-Like Technology

Creativity might just be the defining trait that makes us human, says E.O. Wilson, two-time Pulitzer Prize winner and acclaimed ‘Father of Biodiversity’. But what exactly is the modern Homo sapiens, anyway? Wilson calls us an evolutionary chimera, picking up … Continue reading

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SCIENTIFIC NATURALISM

The success of the Scientific Revolution led to the development of the worldview of scientific naturalism, or the belief that the world is governed by natural laws and forces that can be understood, and that all phenomena are part of … Continue reading

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What computers teach us about getting along

BY SIMON DEDEO SEPTEMBER 14, 2017 http://nautil.us/issue/52/the-hive/is-tribalism-a-natural-malfunction From an office at Carnegie Mellon, my colleague John Miller and I had evolved a computer program with a taste for genocide. This was certainly not our intent. We were not scholars of … Continue reading

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Кен Йебсен: Наш враг – это СМИ порождающие в нас безразли

https://doveiks.lv/2017/09/29/%D0%BA%D0%B5%D0%BD-%D0%B9%D0%B5%D0%B1%D1%81%D0%B5%D0%BD-%D0%BD%D0%B0%D1%88-%D0%B2%D1%80%D0%B0%D0%B3-%D1%8D%D1%82%D0%BE-%D1%81%D0%BC%D0%B8-%D0%BF%D0%BE%D1%80%D0%BE%D0%B6%D0%B4%D0%B0%D1%8E%D1% https://kenfm.de/alles-rechtsruck-oder-was/ Pareizi. Bet mūsu problēmas ir daudz, daudz plašākas. Viens no labākajiem skatījumiem ir Noam Chomsky. Bet arī šeit viens ir ieraugāms: Peļņas pacelšana vērtības līmenī noved pie tā, ka sabiedrībā izplatās, neapzināti tiek kultivēta vienaldzība, cinisms un vērtību … Continue reading

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Dažas domas par svarīgāko cilvēka dzīvē

Jau lasījām, ka mēs esam emociju mašīnas (skat., piemēram, Marwin Minsky, The Emotion Machine), tas nozīmē, ka galvenokārt mūsu domāšanu un rīcību nosaka vairāk vai mazāk apzināta vēlēšanās saņemt, piedzīvot pozitīvas emocijas, vai, kā tautā saka, laimi. Šī laimes sajūta … Continue reading

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What Christians believe about evolution and the supposed naivety of atheists

https://coelsblog.wordpress.com/2017/09/19/what-christians-believe-about-evolution-and-the-supposed-naivety-of-atheists/ It is understandable that Christian commentators want to denigrate atheists. A common tactic is to claim that atheists think that most Christians are Biblical literalists and thus only criticise fundamentalist and literalist religion. The atheist is thus painted as … Continue reading

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Knowing More and Understanding Less in the Age of Big Data

http://www.kurzweilai.net/the-internet-of-us-knowing-more-and-understanding-less-in-the-age-of-big-data?utm_source=KurzweilAI+Weekly+Newsletter&utm_campaign=9a2f209cbd-UA-946742-1&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_147a5a48c1-9a2f209cbd-282047602 We used to say “seeing is believing”; now googling is believing. With 24/7 access to nearly all of the world’s information at our fingertips, we no longer trek to the library or the encyclopedia shelf in search of answers. … Continue reading

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Scientific Naturalism: A Manifesto for Enlightenment Humanism

ABSTRACT The success of the Scientific Revolution led to the development of the worldview of scientific naturalism, or the belief that the world is governed by natural laws and forces that can be understood, and that all phenomena are part … Continue reading

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The UN calls for an end on the War on Drugs and “prevention and treatment” as a replacement

The World Health Organization and the United Nations have called for drugs to be decriminalized, the war on drugs put to end, and a shift to a “prevention and treatment” way of addressing the problem. Pro-cannabis and anti-heroin mural in … Continue reading

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Как воровали в СССР

Вопреки расхожему мнению, на бытовом уровне в СССР воровство существовало повсеместно, но при этом среди самих мелких воришек таковым не считалось. http://maxim-nm.livejournal.com/331398.html?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=02_06_weekly&media например обвесить в магазине или изменить состав блюд в общепите, принести с завода пару подшипников, слить десятка два … Continue reading

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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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