“Perhaps the real challenge in AI is not consciousness but is . . .” by Mike Zonta, H.W., M.

Perhaps the real challenge in AI (artificial intelligence) is not consciousness but is sexuality.  Just as we cannot separate ourselves from our consciousness (indeed it is the essence of who we are), we cannot separate ourselves from our sexuality either.  So even if AI creators could eventually come up with an AI which is self-consciously … Continue reading “Perhaps the real challenge in AI is not consciousness but is . . .” by Mike Zonta, H.W., M.

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Nietzsche on Truth, Lies, the Power and Peril of Metaphor, and How We Use Language to Reveal and Conceal Reality

By Maria Popova (brainpickings.org) “The need of reason is not inspired by the quest for truth but by the quest for meaning,” Hannah Arendt wrote in her incisive meditation on the vital difference between thinking and knowing. “Knowledge consists in the search for truth,” Karl Popper cautioned in considering truth and the dangers of relativism. “It is not the search for … Continue reading Nietzsche on Truth, Lies, the Power and Peril of Metaphor, and How We Use Language to Reveal and Conceal Reality

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Nobel-Winning Physicist Niels Bohr on Subjective vs. Objective Reality and the Uses of Religion in a Secular World

By Maria Popova (brainpickings.com) In the autumn of 1911, just as the dawn of quantum mechanics and Einstein’s groundbreaking theory of relativity were unsettling our understanding of existence, some of the world’s most influential physicists were summoned to Brussels for the Solvay Conference — an invitation-only gathering that would become a turning point for modern physics … Continue reading Nobel-Winning Physicist Niels Bohr on Subjective vs. Objective Reality and the Uses of Religion in a Secular World

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“Does the Language We Speak Affect Our Perception of Reality?” by Philip Perry

December 4, 2016 (BigThink.com) Cartoonist’s portrayal of Ali Abdullah Saleh, former president of Yemen.   Ethnobotanist and hallucinogenic scion Terrence McKenna said in one of his lectures that, “Culture is your operating system.” Through hallucinogenic drugs, McKenna posited, one could shed that operating system for a time and gain union with nature, other humans, and even an … Continue reading “Does the Language We Speak Affect Our Perception of Reality?” by Philip Perry

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“Edward Carpenter and Oscar Wilde: Ideal and Real Marriage” by John M. Clum

Any study of the relationship of gay writers to the discourse on heterosexual marriage in modern drama must begin with Oscar Wilde (1854–1900), but while Wilde was basking in his all-too-brief success as a West End playwright, Edward Carpenter (1844–1929) was writing one of the works that would make him both a canonical gay writer … Continue reading “Edward Carpenter and Oscar Wilde: Ideal and Real Marriage” by John M. Clum

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A few words from “Views from the Real World” by G.I. Gurfjieff (contributed by Randy Ramsley)

NEW YORK, FEBRUARY 24, 1924 – Influences. If you wish to hear new things in a new way, you must listen in a new way. This is necessary not only in the work but also in life. You can become a little more free in life, more secure, if you begin to be interested in … Continue reading A few words from “Views from the Real World” by G.I. Gurfjieff (contributed by Randy Ramsley)

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“What is real?” by Meinard Kuhlmann from “Scientific American” (August 2013)

Dr. Meinard Kuhlmann Physicists speak of the world as being made of particles and force fields, but it is not at all clear what particles and force fields actually are in the quantum realm. The world may instead consist of bundles of properties, such as color and shape. Physicists routinely describe the universe as being made … Continue reading “What is real?” by Meinard Kuhlmann from “Scientific American” (August 2013)

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Herman Melville’s Passionate, Beautiful, Heartbreaking Love Letters to Nathaniel Hawthorne

By Maria Popova (brainpickings.org) The summer when nineteen-year-old Emily Dickinson met the love of her life — the orphaned mathematician-in-training Susan Gilbert, who would come to be the poet’s greatest muse, her mentor, her primary reader and editor, her fiercest lifelong attachment, her “Only Woman in the World” — another intense, label-defying love was igniting in the … Continue reading Herman Melville’s Passionate, Beautiful, Heartbreaking Love Letters to Nathaniel Hawthorne

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THE TRUTH ABOUT ISLAM AND DEMOCRACY (WITH ANWAR IBRAHIM)

Deconstructed (theintercept.com) February 14 2019, 3:03 a.m. HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS OF MUSLIMS the world over live in democracies of some shape or form, from Indonesia to Malaysia to Pakistan to Lebanon to Tunisia to Turkey. Tens of millions of Muslims live in — and participate in — Western democratic societies. The country that is on course to have … Continue reading THE TRUTH ABOUT ISLAM AND DEMOCRACY (WITH ANWAR IBRAHIM)

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Capitalism is Dangerous for Your Mental Health

What if it’s not we who are sick, but an entire society that is incompatible with humanity’s social needs? Jimmy Wu Follow Jan 10, 2019 (Medium.com) Apartments in Ivanovo, Russia. (Natalya Letunova, Unsplash) Half of all adults in the U.S. will develop at least one mental illness during their lifetime, with 45 million experiencing psychiatric disorders in any given year. … Continue reading Capitalism is Dangerous for Your Mental Health

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