Quantum life: The weirdness inside us
03 October 2011 by Michael Brooks
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Ideas from the stranger side of physics could explain some...
To know or believe anything, is to go back to the initial principle of perception, and to take reality as physical fact. Though it is within this area of study, that scientists, physicists and theorists are deciphering the root of perception, and questioning if what is seen, is reality as we know it.
If you were to measure a distance with an...
Wow I just took 150mg of slow release seroquel XL for the 2nd day in a row and can no longer visualise my words and emotions as an abstract visual sign language, only retaining the ability to practice my handwriting in my head. Instead the data looks like one diagonal line, like a mower trying to start up but it won't...
We are living in a time of uncertainty and insecurity; We cling to what we have, yet we are surrounded by false projections and illusions of a mortgaged future. We are transforming towards a genuine love and understanding of beauty and this will reveal all that is possible. Society is beginning to harmonize with the idea that deeply-fathomed...
Just as the essence of perception is not sensing objects but apprehending them, even if we can only apprehend them through the mediation of sense, so the paradigm of a real world is not its sensible imaginability but its intelligible apprehensibility. I do not mean by this that anything which can be conceived by the intellect is thereby shown to...
Say this blanket represents all the matter and energy in the universe, okay? This is me, this is you, And over here, this is the Eiffel Tower, right, it’s Paris! The universe is an infinite sphere whose center is everywhere and whose circumference is nowhere. Nobody sits like this rock sits. You rock, rock. The rock just sits and is. You show...
Science fiction authors Richard Morgan and Greg Egan have described mind uploading and “backup copies” as a practical technology for immortality. Of course, “carbon chauvinists” often speak against mind uploading, and some have interesting things to say.
The perils of mind uploading
In The Perils of Mind Uploading, science fiction...
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Summary: A space junk reclaimer discovers that a synthetic species has decided to brazenly and briskly takeover Megacomplec and replace humanity which had finally arranged itself into a utopia of automated megacities on several planets.
The conflict is between Bunks' preferences for future conditions or his life.
His limbs are having more...
Going by the standard of supply and demand, a Human life is worth as much as it costs to save the cheapest Human life, unless some people are worth more than others.
I asked how much it costs to save the cheapest million Human lives on average in and indirectly explained how peoples' actions and what they think it costs contradict.
Time does not flow, as space does not flow.
We move through time and space as a single unit. We interact within the moment and with the objects occupying the space around us.
The Images seem to be frozen in time and existing within a predetermined space. We end up capturing illusions of our own perceptions. Our memories can be distorted,...
There is a long ongoing discussion about the financial systems which gained even more momentum following the recent financial crisis (AKA credit crunch).
Many voices are being heard, almost all throwing terms and slogans arguing their perspective to be the ultimate one, fast to show the errors of other perspectives.
About half way through Kreidler's lecture he shows a project where he samples 7.5 thousand tunes in 33 seconds and takes the paperwork to court in a van laden with paper, it is quite special.
So sampling other people's music to 'break new ground in music' is finally legal (in the UK so I...
from neurons to self
by Rodolfo R. Llinas
This essay arose out of a set of talks given at The University of St. Andrews
in Scotland, where Professor Glen Cottrell had graciously invited
me to give the American Alumni Lectures in 1989. Little did I know then
that St. Andrews would be back in my life, when, in 1998, my son...
Part One: Elation
The city seemed to move—swelling, as though engrossed and enraptured by its own primal rhythm. People, shapes—figures and cascading blurs wrapped among themselves—drifted and were shook apart as though figments of some imaginary lightplay, distant memories of a fleeting and forgotten past. His mind lingered and fell...
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n. the imaginary committee of elders that keeps a running log of your mistakes, steadily building their case that you’re secretly a fraud, a coward, a doofus and a douche, and who would’ve successfully...