“Two insights about RHS” by Mike Zonta, H.W., M.

1)  What I learned from watching TV:  Heard this female therapist in the BBC series Sherlock say that when remembering something, it’s not just the mind that remembers, but the body as well. 2)  I was thinking about the term “straw man” while walking yesterday.  See definition below: straw man ˌstrô ˈman/ noun: straw man … Continue reading “Two insights about RHS” by Mike Zonta, H.W., M.

The pandemic exposes human nature: 10 evolutionary insights

Benjamin M. Seitza,1, Athena Aktipisb, David M. Bussc, Joe Alcockd, Paul Bloome, Michele Gelfandf, Sam Harrisg, Debra Liebermanh, Barbara N. Horowitzi,j, Steven Pinkerk, David Sloan Wilsonl,and Martie G. Haseltona,1 Edited by Michael S. Gazzaniga, University of California, Santa Barbara, CA, and approved September 16, 2020 (received for review June 9, 2020) Insight 7: We Have … Continue reading The pandemic exposes human nature: 10 evolutionary insights

Two slits and one hell of a quantum conundrum (from Michael Kelly)

Below this message is a review ofm a book, from the journal Nature, about the still-unresolved double-slit experiment. By ‘unresolved’ I mean having a satisfying sense of why this happens the way it does. Although we can describe the effects of the experiments, as described in the review, as showing that quantum particles also have wave … Continue reading Two slits and one hell of a quantum conundrum (from Michael Kelly)

“The Two Friends Who Changed How We Think About How We Think” by Cass R. Sunstein and Richard Thaler

December 7, 2016 (NewYorker.com) The book “The Undoing Project: A Friendship That Changed Our Minds,” by Michael Lewis, tells the story of the psychologists Amos Tversky, left, and Daniel Kahneman, right. Photograph Courtesy Barbara Tversky In 2003, we reviewed “Moneyball,” Michael Lewis’s book about Billy Beane and the Oakland A’s. The book, we noted, had become … Continue reading “The Two Friends Who Changed How We Think About How We Think” by Cass R. Sunstein and Richard Thaler

“Scientists Have Recorded the Sound of Two Black Holes Colliding, and You Can Hear It Too” by Philip Perry (bigthink.com)

Two black holes swirling around one another. LIGO/Caltech/MIT/Sonoma State (Aurore Simonnet).   June 8, 2017 Something happened 3 billion years1 ago that changed the makeup of our prodigious universe forever. Two enormous black holes collided, resulting in an intense explosion and forming a solitary object 49 times as massive as our sun. The explosion formed … Continue reading “Scientists Have Recorded the Sound of Two Black Holes Colliding, and You Can Hear It Too” by Philip Perry (bigthink.com)

Craig Hamilton: Countercultures, Conspiracy Theories, and Everything in Between

by Carter Phipps | Feb 9, 2021 | Podcast | carterphipps.com QAnon. The hidden dangers of 5G. The nefarious secret plans of Bill Gates. The global cabal of pedophiles. Massive election fraud. Jewish space lasers. Conspiracy theories have grown like weeds during the pandemic and everyone, it seems, is trying to understand why. And this is not just a phenomenon on the … Continue reading Craig Hamilton: Countercultures, Conspiracy Theories, and Everything in Between

Embracing Extinction

Will Buddhism change to face humanity’s impending peril? By Stephen Batchelor FALL 2020 (tricycle.org) ‘Everything,” declared Gotama at the opening of the Fire Sermon in the 5th century BCE, “is burning.” On reading these words today I cannot but think of the steady warming of the delicate atmosphere that envelops this planet. Disquietingly prophetic, Gotama understood how the forces that … Continue reading Embracing Extinction

Book: “The Age of Surveillance Capitalism: The Fight for a Human Future at the New Frontier of Power”

The Age of Surveillance Capitalism: The Fight for a Human Future at the New Frontier of Power by Shoshana Zuboff  The challenges to humanity posed by the digital future, the first detailed examination of the unprecedented form of power called “surveillance capitalism,” and the quest by powerful corporations to predict and control our behavior. In this … Continue reading Book: “The Age of Surveillance Capitalism: The Fight for a Human Future at the New Frontier of Power”

Feminized Civilization and Its Discontents

Thoreau’s studied contempt for popular writing L.D. Burnett · Nov 29, 2020 · Medium.com Not everyone thinks civilization is a good idea. Take Henry David Thoreau, the nature lover, the Transcendentalist, the friend of Emerson, the author of Walden. For Thoreau, the term “civilization” was not a marker of cultural achievement, but rather a sign of cultural decay. We see this … Continue reading Feminized Civilization and Its Discontents