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Something from Nothing? Richard Dawkins and Lawrence Krauss Discuss Cosmology, Origins of Life & Religion Before a Packed Crowd

Something from Nothing? Richard Dawkins and Lawrence Krauss Discuss Cosmology, Origins of Life & Religion Before a Packed Crowd | cognition | Scoop.it

Something from Nothing? Richard Dawkins and Lawrence Krauss Discuss Cosmology, Origins of Life & Religion Before a Packed Crowd

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Richard Dawkins needs no introduction. Lawrence Krauss barely needs an introduction — although we’ll tell you that he’s a leading voice in theoretical physics and the author of the recent book, A Universe from Nothing: Why There Is Something Rather than Nothing. (We recommend watching this lecture to get familiar with his work.) In February, the two scientists met up at Arizona State University and spent two hours in a freewheeling conversation, touching on evolution, cosmology, religion, and other topics. They spoke before a packed house, but Shirley Films was good enough to post the video online, and you can watch it above. Another conversation — this one recorded at The Australian National University on 10 April 2012 — can be viewed here.

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How to Generate a Good Idea | Moments of Genius | Big Think

How to Generate a Good Idea | Moments of Genius | Big Think | cognition | Scoop.it

Several years ago, Tom DeMarco and Timothy Lister conducted a study that measured the productivity of computer programmers. Their data set included more than 600 programmers from 92 companies. According to Susan Cain, author of the recently released book Quiet: The Power of Introverts, DeMarco and Lister found that what distinguished the best programmers was not experience or salary, but privacy: personal workspace and freedom from interruption.

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danijel drnić's comment, March 2, 2013 4:27 PM
..in general the way we been thinking how to learn is pretty wrong. I m more like on intellectual cognitional state of our minds. How ? The way we learn is totally complicates our lives and not just ruin our future way of comprehending things but in wider meanings on our thoughts process flow. After all this text is prove, some 40% don't like to be disturbed. So to be disconcerted is not issue in knowledge but in intellectual deduction from early stages, when we learn things as kids and later in schools. My opinion is as I mention in almost every text about cognition is that we will suffer a huge damage over that what first Knowledge or Intellectual way ?? We all should think over that.
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FORA.tv - Series: Holy Robot! The Current State of Artificial Intelligence

FORA.tv - Series: Holy Robot! The Current State of Artificial Intelligence | cognition | Scoop.it
Depending on how you look at it, robotic development is either much further along than anyone could hope or it’s still all science fiction. In the manufacturing industry, robots are now handling more work and at a much greater and more precise pace than any humans ever could. It’s a similar story in space exploration where, at least for the foreseeable future, unmanned spacecraft will do the work of astronauts. But when it comes to robots that move and reason like humans, we have a long way to go before we approach anything that Issac Asimov envisioned.
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"Money is a sign of poverty"

"Money is a sign of poverty" | cognition | Scoop.it

Much of today's ideological and cultural conflicts can be seen as a conflict between two incompatible currency systems: the traditional industrial, material currency system, and the emerging post-industrial immaterial currency system. The conflict between these two systems will continue to grow deeper (until we leap-frog into abundance), and it is already a more important and fundamental societal conflict than the traditional left-right or socialist-conservative conflict which belongs within the industrial paradigm. Everyone who claims allegiance to progress and the future should embrace the emergent post-industrial paradigm, and promote choices, practices and policies that will further and hasten its arrival. This includes stepping out of the industrial paradigm and stop wasting time and energy on outdated concepts like «left-wing» and «right-wing».

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Free Science Fiction Classics on the Web: Huxley, Orwell, Asimov, Gaiman & Beyond

Free Science Fiction Classics on the Web: Huxley, Orwell, Asimov, Gaiman & Beyond | cognition | Scoop.it

Between 1951 and 1953, Isaac Asimov published three books that formed the now famous Foundation Trilogy. Many considered it a masterwork in science fiction, and that view became official doctrine in 1966 when the trilogy received a special Hugo Award for Best All-Time Series, notably beating out Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings. Eventually, the BBC decided to adapt Asimov’s trilogy to the radio, dramatizing the series in eight one-hour episodes that aired between May and June 1973. Thanks to The Internet Archive you can download the full program as a zip file, or stream it online: Part 1 |MP3| Part 2 |MP3| Part 3 |MP3| Part 4 |MP3| Part 5 |MP3| Part 6 |MP3| Part 7 |MP3| Part 8 |MP3|

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Neuroskeptic: Facial Expressions of Emotion Still Culturally Universal

Neuroskeptic: Facial Expressions of Emotion Still Culturally Universal | cognition | Scoop.it
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Waking Life ☞ animated film focuses on the nature...

Waking Life ☞ animated film focuses on the nature... | cognition | Scoop.it
Waking Life ☞ animated film focuses on the nature of dreams, consciousness, and existentialism
Waking Life is an American animated film (rotoscoped based on live action), directed by Richard...
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Horizon, 2011-2012, Out of Control?, How Big is the Unconscious Mind?

Horizon, 2011-2012, Out of Control?, How Big is the Unconscious Mind? | cognition | Scoop.it
Scientists are presented with a tricky question: how big is the unconscious mind?
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Reuben Binns: Social Knowledge and the Web

Social Knowledge and the Web Reuben Binns Web Science DTC ECS, University of Southampton


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Superstitions are essential. For better or for worse, they are a natural component of our cognition

Superstitions are essential. For better or for worse, they are a natural component of our cognition | cognition | Scoop.it
By many accounts, Bjorn Borg is one of the greatest tennis players of all time. The former world no. 1 won 11 Grand Slam titles between 1974 and 1981. Most remarkably, he won 82 percent of all th...
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Frans de Waal: Moral behavior in animals | Video on TED.com

Frans de Waal: Moral behavior in animals | Video on TED.com | cognition | Scoop.it
TED Talks Empathy, cooperation, fairness and reciprocity -- caring about the well-being of others seems like a very human trait.
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A Declaration of the Independence of Cyberspace

A Declaration of the Independence of Cyberspace | cognition | Scoop.it

Twelve years later.... how does it ring now?

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A Neuroscientist's Quest to Reverse Engineer the Human Brain: Scientific American

A Neuroscientist's Quest to Reverse Engineer the Human Brain: Scientific American | cognition | Scoop.it

"You are your connectome." M.I.T. scientist Sebastian Seung describes the audacious plan to find the connectome--a map of every single neuron in the brain.


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Design Fiction: Neri Oxman, “Imaginary Beings: Mythologies of the Not Yet”

Design Fiction: Neri Oxman, “Imaginary Beings: Mythologies of the Not Yet” | cognition | Scoop.it
*You'd think that Prof Oxman would be cerebral enough without a heaping helping of Jorge Luis Borges, but come on, this is the Pompidou.http...

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The Worlds Weirdest Book

The Worlds Weirdest Book | cognition | Scoop.it
A truly unique work of fiction, ‘The Codex Seraphinianus‘ is a book that appears to be a visual encyclopedia of some unknown world or dimension. Written down in one of that worlds beautiful curving languages, the book by Italian artist, architect and industrial designer Luigi Serafini, explains the odd inhabitants and their colorful behaviors. The book was created between 1976 and 1978 and for the low price of about $500.00 you can ponder over your own copy… then again, if you can’t afford that, check out the video at the bottom.
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Insights in Human Knowledge, From the Minds of Babies

Insights in Human Knowledge, From the Minds of Babies | cognition | Scoop.it
Elizabeth S. Spelke studies infants and toddlers to understand how the brain works by determining what, if anything, humans are born knowing.

 

What Dr. Spelke is really doing, he said, is what Descartes, Kant and Locke tried to do. “She is trying to identify the bedrock categories of human knowledge. She is asking, ‘What is number, space, agency, and how does knowledge in each category develop from its minimal state?’ ”

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The Irrationality of Irrationality: The Paradox of Popular Psychology

The Irrationality of Irrationality: The Paradox of Popular Psychology | cognition | Scoop.it

In 1996, Lyle Brenner, Derek Koehler and Amos Tversky conducted a study involving students from San Jose State University and Stanford University....

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Alternating gender incongruity: A new neuropsychiatric syndrome providing insight into the dynamic plasticity of brain-sex

Alternating gender incongruity: A new neuropsychiatric syndrome providing insight into the dynamic plasticity of brain-sex | cognition | Scoop.it
Between the two extreme ends of human sexuality – male and female – lie a poorly understood and poorly studied spectrum of ambiguously defined sexual identities that are very much a part of the human condition but defy rigid classification. “Bigender” is a recently formed sub-category of transgenderism, describing individuals who experience a blending or alternation of gender states.
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Philosopher John Searle Defines Consciousness

Philosopher John Searle Defines Consciousness | cognition | Scoop.it
'Consciousness is real and irreducible -- you can't get rid of it.' Understanding what it means to be human and, more specifically, the...
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To Infinity and Beyond: BBC Untangles the Most Exponential Mystery

To Infinity and Beyond: BBC Untangles the Most Exponential Mystery | cognition | Scoop.it
'There are infinitely many infinities, each one infinitely bigger than the last.' From BBC's fantastic Horizon series -- which previously...
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Crowd-Sourcing Brain Research Leads to Breakthrough

Crowd-Sourcing Brain Research Leads to Breakthrough | cognition | Scoop.it
In “an example of social networking in science,” data from more than 100 centers identified genes that play a role in intelligence and memory.

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About Artbrain | Artbrain

About Artbrain | Artbrain | cognition | Scoop.it
5 Statements on Neuroaesthetics: Neuroaesthetics has generated new tools with which to understand and elucidate the history and the production of art.
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Future Is Wild

Future Is Wild | cognition | Scoop.it
Imagine a world far, far into the future.

 

An international team of eminent scientists was formed to predict the future and its new life forms in five million, 100 million and 200 million years.

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A Man. A Woman. Just Friends?

A Man. A Woman. Just Friends? | cognition | Scoop.it

We have trouble with mentorship, the asymmetric love of master and apprentice, professor and student, guide and guided; we have trouble with comradeship, the bond that comes from shared, intense work; and we have trouble with friendship, at least of the intimate kind. When we imagine those relationships, we seem to have to sexualize them....

... Friendship between the sexes may no longer be a political issue, but it is an issue of liberation: the freedom to love whom you want, in the way that you want. Maybe it’s time that we all took it out of the closet.

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TechTalks: David Brin

Futurist, Science Fiction Author, Scientist, Avocate for a Transparent Society.
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