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Polin /14-11-21

A Worm's Mind In A Lego Body ... (C. elegans) is tiny and only has 302 neurons. These have been completely mapped ... the connectome and implemented an object oriented neuron program ... sensors and effectors provided by a simple LEGO robot /14-11-18

... the essence of good science writing is not the sharing of particular ideas, but the sharing of general approaches to perceiving the world. Psychologists use the term metacognition to label how we think about our thoughts, and a truly great popular science book changes how we approach the business of thinking, rather than the specific things we think about. ... how you approach the task of consuming information ... you perceive the same people, places, objects, ideas and concepts through a more sophisticated lens /14-11-18

For optimal system performance, update your Bible as often as possible. VERSION 1.0: Original release. Heavens, Earth, formless void. ... VERSION 2.3 New “Rosary” feature allows user to bypass help toolbar and speak directly with Mary. ... VERSION 5.0: Slavery-incompatible. For continuing access to slavery, use previous versions of Bible. ... VERSION 6.5 “Black people” now known as “people.” ... 6.11 “Gay Marriage” expansion pack (available in certain areas). 6.12 “God” feature removed entirely. Replaced with “The Cloud.” /14-11-17

Do you have any idea how fast you were evolving? /14-11-17

The human brain contains roughly 86 billion neurons and trillions, perhaps hundreds of trillions, of intricate interconnections among those neurons. And exactly zero convincing theories of how it all works. ... neuroscience needs more data ... fine-grained details, like the exact locations of neural synapses on the recipient cell bodies, can be critical. ... Big data alone aren’t enough. ... missing ingredient is theory. ... cognition is modeled as a series of "production rules" that use our memories to generate our physical and mental actions. ... Neuroscience needs to welcome mathematicians, engineers, computer scientists, cognitive psychologists, and anthropologists into the fold. /14-11-17

Physicists are searching for evidence of an ancient collision with another universe. /14-11-13

... ghost, angel or otherworldly being ... neuroscientists have figured out how to conjure those spirits—or at least the perception of them—in the lab. /14-11-13

Humans have innate grasp of probability Children are born with a sense of number, and the roots of our mathematical abilities seem to exist in monkeys, chickens and even salamanders. But evidence has suggested that the ability to assess the chances of a future event is not as innate. /14-11-05

... whether our universe is statistically typical among the infinite variety of universes. ... our universe as one of countless bubbles in an eternally frothing sea. ... A peculiar, life-friendly bubble is all we could expect to observe. ... infinity sabotages statistical analysis. ... the two-headed-cow question demands an answer. ... life-engendering elements like carbon could not arise. Thus, a universe with much heavier Higgs particles could never be observed. ... depended on how the scientists defined time in the first place. ... an immortal watcher who soars through the multiverse counting events, such as the number of observers. ... The most entropy is produced, and therefore the most observers exist, when universes contain equal parts vacuum energy and matter. /14-11-05

Radical theory ... A quantum world arising from many ordinary ones ... It is a fundamental shift from previous quantum interpretations ... ‘many worlds’ approach, pioneered by the US theorist Hugh Everett III in the 1950s, relies on the worlds branching out independently from one another, and not interacting at all ... By contrast, ... 'many interacting worlds' approach. /14-10-25

Super-Intelligent Humans Are Coming Genetic engineering will one day create the smartest humans who have ever lived. ... The genetic study of cognitive ability suggests that there exist today variations in human DNA which, if combined in an ideal fashion, could lead to individuals with intelligence that is qualitatively higher ... we should add super-geniuses to mammoths on the list of wonders to be produced in the new genomic age. ... The corresponding ethical issues are complex ... the rich and powerful will be the first beneficiaries. ... inequality of a kind never before experienced in human history. /14-10-22

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