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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.

Searching for Stars on an Island in Maine

Alan Lightman, Searching for Stars on an Island in Maine Review by Michael Shermer: What he calls the Central Doctrine of Science—the assumption that “all properties and events in the physical universe are governed by laws, and those laws hold true at … Continue reading

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New Dark Age

As the world around us increases in technological complexity, our understanding of it diminishes. Underlying this trend is a single idea: the belief that our existence is understandable through computation, and more data is enough to help us build a … Continue reading

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Life is suffering, art is supreme – not anymore

‘Life,’ Arthur Schopenhauer wrote in a typical mood in 1818, ‘is deeply steeped in suffering, and cannot escape from it; our entrance into it takes place amid tears, at bottom its course is always tragic, and its end is even … Continue reading

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In pain after a breakup? These three strategies can help you ease the suffering, study shows

The higher you rise, the harder you fall. With love being one of the most powerful emotions we feel, its end can bring some of the most heartwrenching moments we ever experience. After a particularly painful breakup, it’s hard to … Continue reading

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The Age of Perplexity: Rethinking the World we Knew

The technological revolution and globalization have opened up an “age of perplexity”: Perplexity in the face of changes that affect not only our lives, but the future of humanity and for which we don’t have guidelines or instructions to operate … Continue reading

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Science and Pseudoscience

BY HARRIET HALL, M.D. We live in a post-truth, anti-intellectual world where intuition, “common sense,” and fake news are often preferred to scientific evidence, and where pseudoscience is often presented as valid science. Assuming that truth exists and is worth … Continue reading

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О «самом гениальном изобретении»

«Самое гениальное изобретение … Бога  – это смерть. И если бы не было смерти, вообще, мне кажется, ничего бы не было. Мы бы не развивались. А когда ты живешь и каждый день ты думаешь: может быть, сегодня – твой последний … Continue reading

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How To Be a Systems Thinker

A Conversation With Mary Catherine Bateson [4.17.18] Until fairly recently, artificial intelligence didn’t learn. To create a machine that learns to think more efficiently was a big challenge. In the same sense, one of the things that I wonder about is how … Continue reading

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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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