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explaining the universe through testing and factual observation  …  the particular mind-set that scientists have  …  healthy skepticism  …  experimental mind  …  nothing is ever completely settled  …  The scientific orientation has proved immensely powerful.  …  double our lifespan  …  people often resist  …  Bad science has a pattern, and helping people recognize the pattern  …  Having a scientific understanding of the world is fundamentally about how you judge which information to trust.  …  neuroscience and computerization are shaping understanding of everything from free will to how art and literature have evolved over time  …  Education may expose people to science, but it has a countervailing effect as well, leading people to be more individualistic and ideological. /16-06-20

We are living in a computer simulation  …  not in the real world  …  Elon Musk  …  The likelihood that we are living in “base reality,” he concluded, was just “one in billions.”  …  virtual reality and the mapping of the human brain  …  our far-future descendants  …  consciousness can be simulated in a computer  …  millions of ancestor simulations could be run by a single computer in the future  …  the simulation argument bears some resemblance to the one made by René Descartes .. undetectable “evil demon”  …  posthuman  …  cheat death by uploading their minds into computers  …  Watson has won “Jeopardy!”  …  nervous system of a roundworm  …  theological implications in the idea that we are living in a simulation  …  nested simulations .. in a recursive loop  …  afterlife may turn out to be an infinite journey into ever-higher levels of simulation  …  it gives atheists a way to talk about spirituality  …  impossibility of ultimate knowledge about the universe in which we live /16-06-13

Quantum Questions  …  quantum computers made by D-Wave Systems  …  which queries might benefit from these quantum machines  …  100 million times faster  …  the catch-22 of quantum computing: The quantum features only work when they’re not being observed, so observing a quantum computer to check if it’s exploiting quantum behavior will destroy the quantum behavior being checked.  …  quantum annealers should be able to outperform classical computers in certain narrow computing domains .. protein folding .. route planning  …  to do an impossible calculation  …  Quantum factorization of 56153 with only 4 qubits  …  maximum clique problem  …  NP-hard optimization problem  …  Toward Better Tests /16-06-13

good teacher  …  The secret to stellar grades and thriving students is teachers.  …  myth that good teachers are born, not made  …  to make ordinary teachers great  …  Teaching is a mass profession: it cannot grab all the top graduates  …  schools neglect their most important pupils: teachers themselves  …  Good teachers set clear goals, enforce high standards of behaviour and manage their lesson time wisely  …  where pupils do best, for example Finland, Singapore and Shanghai  …  Money is less important than you might think /16-06-10

Switzerland's voters rejects basic income plan  …  77% opposed the plan, with only 23% backing it.  …  The supporters had also argued that since work was increasingly automated, fewer jobs were available for workers.  …  Switzerland is the first country to hold such a vote. /16-06-06

basic income for all Swiss citizens  …  an unspecified minimum income sufficient to insure a “dignified existence”  …  getting a salary without working for it is a civil right  …  Thomas More’s “Utopia”  …  Libertarians have homed in on an income guarantee as a low-friction, low-bureaucracy way to take care of the poor  …  well-paying jobs are disappearing, either to other countries with cheaper labor or to automation,  …  a mere two per cent of workers would stop working entirely  …  They are debating whether they should work less. /16-06-06

Stephen Hawking angered supporters of Donald J. Trump  …  Hawking called Trump “a demagogue who seems to appeal to the lowest common denominator,”  …  Moments after Hawking made the remark, Google reported a sharp increase in searches for the terms “demagogue,” “denominator,” and “Stephen Hawking.”  …  Trump’s campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, said. “If Professor Hawking wants to do some damage, maybe he should try talking in English next time.”  …  Hawking attempted to clarify his remark about the presumptive Republican Presidential nominee, telling a reporter, “Trump bad man. Real bad man.” /16-06-01

Babies are born helpless, which might explain why humans are so clever  …  Human intelligence is a biological mystery  …  much cleverer than their closest living relatives, the chimpanzees, they are also much cleverer than seems strictly necessary  …  to prove Pythagoras’s theorem  …  power-hungry brains suck up around a quarter of their body’s oxygen supplies  …  Perhaps intelligence is a result of sexual selection  …  it is an ornament that, by virtue of being expensive to own, proves its bearers’ fitness  …  simply humanity’s good fortune  …  Another idea is that human cleverness arose out of the mental demands of living in groups whose members are sometimes allies and sometimes rivals  …  another idea .. humans may have become so clever thanks to another evolutionarily odd characteristic: namely that their babies are so helpless  …  feedback loop, in which the pressure for clever parents requires ever-more incompetent infants /16-05-30

A molecule made by trees can seed clouds, suggesting that pre-industrial skies were less sunny than thought  …  the masking effect, and in turn the warming effects of carbon dioxide, might have been overestimated  …  Cosmics Leaving Outdoor Droplets (CLOUD)  …  to speculate whether trees emit these compounds in part because there is a benefit to them in making their own climate  …  This really does touch on the Gaia hypothesis /Nature/16-05-26

Bridge Finite-Infinite Divide  …  A surprising new proof is helping to connect the mathematics of infinity to the physical world  …  infinite objects exist  …  Ramsey’s theorem for pairs  …  RT22  …  finitistically reducible  …  partial realization of Hilbert’s program  …  to weave infinity completely into the fold of finitistic mathematics  …  Banach-Tarski paradox  …  does mathematics ultimately have its roots in reality?  …  the paradise which Cantor has created for us  …  Kurt Gödel  …  When looking for a set of axioms that yield all true mathematical statements and never contradict themselves, you always need another axiom  …  between the idealization and the concrete realizations  …  infinite sets exist insofar as we know how to reason about them  …  how exactly do they play a role? And what is the connection?  …  mathematicians and philosophers  …  the picture has gotten quite complicated /16-05-26

Christian preacher who became an atheist  …  a self-proclaimed "extremist", Dan Barker  …  66-year-old now defends a life free of any supernatural authority  …  I would counsel people to pray for healing. That’s dangerous.  …  God: the Most Unpleasant Character in All Fiction  …  The God Delusion  …  Religion is really a tool to control  …  I believed that a snake spoke human language. I believed that a fish swallowed a human being. It was stupid. Something happens to the brain. You get delusional.  …  “The non-religious, the secular, the freethinker. When are we going to be taken seriously enough, when right now about a quarter of our population on this continent is thoroughly non-religious?” /16-05-25

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