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Stephen Hawking This is the most dangerous time for our planet  …  we have the means to destroy our world but not to escape it  …  rejection of the elites in both America and Britain  …  cry of anger by people who felt they had been abandoned  …  rise of artificial intelligence is likely to extend this job destruction deep  …  economic inequality  …  This is inevitable, it is progress, but it is also socially destructive.  …  Instagram nirvana is not available there  …  climate change  …  we need to break down, not build up, barriers within and between nations.  …  I am an enormous optimist for my species; but /The Guardian/16-11-03

energy storage technologies  …  High-Performance One-Body Core/Shell Nanowire Supercapacitor Enabled by Conformal Growth of Capacitive 2D WS2 Layers  …  capacitive materials for supercapacitor devices owing to their intrinsically layered structure and large surface areas  …  an exceptional charge–discharge retention over 30,000 cycles owing to their structural robustness /16-11-24

Sean Carroll, The Big Picture: On the Origins of Life, Meaning, and the Universe Itself

Our goal is to offer plausibility sketch that the world can ultimately be understood on the basis of naturalism. We don't know how life began, or how consciousness works, but we can argue that there's little or no reason to look beyond the natural world for the right explanations. We can always be wrong in that belief; but then again, we can always be wrong about any belief.

 …  science is precluded from making statements about supernatural forces because these are outside its provenance. Not really. Science should be interested in determining the truth, whatever that truth may be- natural, supernatural or otherwise.
Is it possible that God exists, and communicates with human beings in ways that circumvent our ordinary senses? Absolutely. As Plantinga correctly points out, if theism is true,  … 
 … two competing propositions: one is that God Exists,  …  the other is naturalism, which would explain such experiences the same way it would explain dreams or hallucinations or other impressions  …  To decide between them, we need to see which one coheres better with other things we believe about the world.
Given the profound and deeply personal nature of prayer, meditation, and contemplation, it can seem frivolous or diminishing to relate them to psychedelics or the activity of neurons, or even to dispassionate scientific investigation of any sort. But if we wont to undertake our journey to the best possible understanding of the world with the intellectual honesty it deserves, we always have to question our beliefs, consider alternatives, and compare them with the best evidence we can gather. It may be the case that transcendent experiences arise from a direct connection with a higher level of reality, but the only way to know is to weight that idea against what we learn from the world by looking at it.


Quantum Brain  …  fragile quantum states may be able to exist for hours or even days in our warm, wet brain  …  quantum consciousness  …  quantum effects might indeed play some role in human cognition  …  nuclear spins of phosphorus atoms  …  the brain to function like a quantum computer  …  Roger Penrose .. “microtubules”  …  migratory birds have a “quantum compass”  …  human sense of smell could be rooted in quantum mechanics  …  quantum neuroscience  …  Would a different isotope, like the much more rare lithium-6, produce the same results?  …  lithium-6 can remain entangled longer  …  entanglement must then have some chemically feasible means of influencing how neurons fire in some way.  …  transporting quantum information stored in the qubits throughout the brain.  …  Posner molecules  …  The evidence is building up that we can explain everything interesting about the mind in terms of interactions of neurons /16-11-14

With Trump, coal wins, planet loses  …  climate change a “hoax”  …  he made clear what his plans were in the areas of energy and the environment  …  More than you might think  …  fate of the planet will be decided by global economic forces more than by any particular treaty or set of regulations.  …  The liberal-left just lost the ‘battle’ against climate change.  …  And, in hundreds and hundreds of years, the impacts of the fossil fuels that we’re now burning will still be playing out. /16-11-11

Donald Trump to the Presidency is nothing less than a tragedy for the American republic, a tragedy for the Constitution, and a triumph for the forces, at home and abroad, of nativism, authoritarianism, misogyny, and racism.  …  we will bid farewell to the first African-American President—a man of integrity, dignity, and generous spirit  …  People can behave foolishly, recklessly, self-destructively in the aggregate just as they can individually.  …  Fascism is not our future—it cannot be; we cannot allow it to be so—but this is surely the way fascism can begin.  …  Why not leave the country? But despair is no answer. To combat authoritarianism, to call out lies, to struggle honorably and fiercely in the name of American ideals—that is what is left to do. That is all there is to do. /The New Yorker/16-11-09

It looks like scientists and philosophers might have made consciousness far more mysterious than it needs to be  …  conscious experience is seen as deeply grounded in how brains and bodies work together  …  David Chalmers’s ..‘hard problem’  …  mapping their phenomenological properties (subjective first-person descriptions of what conscious experiences are like) onto underlying biological mechanisms (objective third-person descriptions)  …  brain is almost as active during dreamless sleep as it is during conscious wakefulness  …  consciousness seems to depend on how different parts of the brain speak to each other  …  But during conscious states, a typical echo ranges widely over the cortical surface, disappearing and reappearing in complex patterns. Excitingly, we can now quantify the complexity of these echoes by working out how compressible they are  …  Complexity measures of consciousness  …  To measure is to know.  …  what brains do, not just where they do it  …  the differences between what the brain expects and what it receives  …  perception is a controlled hallucination  …  which aspects of predictive perception go along with consciousness?  …  people consciously see what they expect, rather than what violates their expectations  …  ‘alpha rhythm’ .. 10 Hz .. whose function so far has remained elusive  …  experience of being you  …  selfhood is also best understood as a complex construction generated by the brain  …  introspection can be a poor guide  …  Instead of ‘I think therefore I am’ we can say: ‘I predict (myself) therefore I am.’ The specific experience of being you (or me) is nothing more than the brain’s best guess of the causes of self-related sensory signals.  …  We are conscious selves because we too are beast machines – self-sustaining flesh-bags that care about their own persistence. /16-11-07

Świadomość własnej egzystencji, a zwłaszcza jej przemijalności, zmusiła ludzkość do permanentnego poszukiwania radosnych sensów i tym samym do tłumienia bezsensowności przypadku, na jaki jesteśmy skazani. Zmagania prawdziwego bezsensu z wymyślonym sensem to – obok walki o przeżycie – główne zajęcie człowieka. Wydaje się prawdopodobne, że jesteśmy ofiarą „błędu” ewolucyjnego, który polega na preferowaniu wrażliwości i świadomości  …  w sposób przekraczający potrzeby przeżycia. /Maria Anna Potocka, Nowa estetyka, przypis 6 str. 57/16-11-07

The idea that humans are ephemeral  …  compared to the workings of nature isn’t as persuasive as it once was.  …  Holocene  …  Anthropocene  …  radically and permanently disrupted by human activity  …  The development of agriculture 10,000 years ago, and the Industrial Revolution in the middle of the 19th century  …  Great Acceleration—the sudden and dramatic jump in consumption that began around 1950  …  huge rise in global population, an explosion in the use of plastics, and the collapse of agricultural diversity  …  This dizzying Copernican shift threw both God and man into question.  …  A single mine in Canada’s tar sands region moves 30 billion tons of sediment annually, double the quantity moved by all the worlds’ rivers combined.  …  everyone born after 1963 has radioactive matter in their teeth  …  60 billion chickens are killed for human consumption each year  …  Single-use plastic  …  Humans created 5 billion gigabytes of digital information in 2003; in 2013 it took only 10 minutes to produce the same amount of data.  …  we have decisively shifted the balance /16-11-05

Solidarity: A word in search of flesh  …  Who will outsmart who, and who will be kicked out first? This is the job market, and probably society at large, reduced to the level of a TV reality show, writes Bauman. /Zygmunt Bauman/Eurozine/16-11-05

new anthropomorphism  …  animals as instinct-driven and incapable of thought  …  the shared biology of human and animal consciousness  …  Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are?  …  from obviously intelligent species, like chimpanzees and elephants, into less-understood animals  …  rats have also been found to possess empathy, a capacity sometimes said to define humanity  …  Joseph LeDoux  …  people shouldn’t hasten to understand them in terms of our own  …  dolphins, elephants, orangutans, magpies and most recently manta rays, are able to recognize themselves in a mirror …   …  We still use ourselves as a measuring stick  …  but fish?  …  seemingly expressionless faces  …  insects possess evolutionarily ancient brain structures  …  If those deer mothers can respond to a human baby’s cry, might they be imagining how that baby feels?  …  mental state attribution refers to the tendency of animals to project thoughts and feelings onto other animals  …  It seems to have been an evolutionarily favored way of making sense of the living world.  …  Turtles may turtle-pomorphize, frogs frog-pomorphize /16-10-26

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