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The Blog : Everything and Nothing : Sam Harris

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Sam Harris, neuroscientist and author of the New York Times bestsellers, The End of Faith, Letter to a Christian Nation, and The Moral Landscape.
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Brexit, Trumpism named words of the year

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(CNN)So it turns out Britain's voters aren't the only ones backing Brexit. The term -- a fixture in headlines around the world throughout 2016 -- has been named Word of the Year.

Brexit -- a portmanteau, blending "Britain" with "exit" -- describes the UK's impending departure from the European Union, in the wake of a controversial referendum on the issue in June.
The team of lexicographers behind the Collins Dictionary say it is the most visible English term of the past year.

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"We believe that the obvious increased use of 'Brexit' (up 3,400% in 2016), its significant impact in British politics and Britain's exit from the EU make it a word not only primed for history books but also as Collins' Word of the Year," the team said in a statement.
The language experts looked at all English media -- from newspapers, to radio and social media -- to draw their conclusion.
Brexit's roots can be traced back to 2012, when economist Ebrahim Rahbari coined the term "Grexit" as a shorthand for "Greek exit," referring to Greece's potential withdrawal from the eurozone as a result of its economic crisis.
But it is not the first time the world of politics has conjured up a word that took on a life of its own.
The new 'Watergate'?
Back in 1972, "Watergate" became part of the Oxford English Dictionary after a scandal that began with a burglary in the Washington Watergate Hotel led to the eventual resignation of President Nixon.
The "-gate" suffix has since been used to denote scandals from 'winegate' (chemicals used to transform vinegar into fake wine) to 'horsegate' (frozen lasagnas containing horse meat) and 'bridgegate'.


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Helen Newstead, head of language content at Collins, believes Brexit will soon overthrow Watergate.
"Brexit' is arguably politics' most important contribution to the English language in over 40 years, since the Watergate scandal ... [and] 'Brexit' is proving even more useful and adaptable," she said.
Some of the new words created from Brexit include "brexiteers" -- those who voted for the UK to leave the EU -- and "bremorse" -- the feeling of regret experienced by those who chose to leave, and then changed their mind.
'Mic drop,' 'hygge' contenders
Besides Brexit, the team at Collins shortlisted other nine words as strong contenders for the top prize.
"Trumpism" -- a controversial statement attributed to US presidential contender Donald Trump -- was one of the most popular.
"Depending on your point of view, [Trumpism] can be held up either as evidence of the man's ability to make America great again or else as proof of his unfitness to hold the highest political office," explained the Collins' team.
"Mic drop" -- "a theatrical gesture in which a person drops (or imitates the action of dropping) a hand-held microphone to the ground as the finale to a speech or performance" -- as demonstrated by US President Barack Obama at a recent dinner also made the list.
Other top terms included "throw shade," "hygge" -- the Danish concept of "creating cosy and convivial atmospheres that promote wellbeing" and "snowflake generation" -- new young adults who are seen as less resilient than previous generations.
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What Happens When Robots Eliminate All Our Jobs?

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Paul Krugman says were running out of jobs--because theyre all being automated. But can we sit back and let bots do all the work without going into...
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Tom Campbell: Virtual Reality: Why It's A Better Model Than String Theory and Holographic Universe

In this fascinating interview, physicist Tom Campbell, formerly with and now a consultant for NASA, discusses the current problems facing the scientific community's search for a Grand Unified Theory of Everything. String theory, holography, zero-point field theory, and other vogue models have failed to produce any significant results other than speculation, conjecture, and contradiction-hampered popular films such as 'What the Bleep Do We Know?' While Campbell doesn't merely criticize these theories, he offers a fresh interpretation of the root of the problem: the Double Slit Experiment.

Campbell also discusses information theory, virtual reality, process fractals, the quantum erasure experiments, video games, and the unavoidably primary role of conscious observers within our reality.

Through what he calls the data base, he also discusses accessing the Larger Consciousness System. Yes, His Big TOE derives a Supreme Being.

Tom has excelled as a working scientist, a professional physicist dedicated to pushing back the frontiers of cutting edge technology, large-system simulation, technology development and integration, and complex system vulnerability and risk analysis. 


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​The Worst Lies You've Been Told About the Singularity

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You've probably heard of a concept known as the Technological Singularity — a nebulous event that's supposed to happen in the not-too-distant future.
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High culture is being corrupted by a culture of fakes

High culture is being corrupted by a culture of fakes | Knowledge | Scoop.it
Roger Scruton: Universities are propagating nonsense where the fake intellectual invites you to conspire in his own self-deception
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Seven Themes for the Coming Decade

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Understanding long-term trends is an important tool in identifying opportunities and risks. STEEP analysis looks at the world through five different perspectives – Social, Technological, Economic, Ecological, and Political.

The following are the major themes that are presently shaping the future...


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Einstein for the Masses

Prof. Ramamurti Shankar, J.R. Huffman Professor of Physics & Applied Physics, gives an introduction to Einstein's Theory for a lay audience. The only prepara...
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The Big Bang for Beginners : Starts With A Bang

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"It took less than an hour to make the atoms, a few hundred million years to make the stars and planets, but five billion years to make man!" -George Gamow Let's pretend that, for all of our history on Earth,...
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Aggregation and curation: two concepts that explain a lot about digital change – The Shatzkin Files

Aggregation and curation: two concepts that explain a lot about digital change – The Shatzkin Files | Knowledge | Scoop.it
Aggregation and curation: two concepts that explain a lot about digital change...
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Nathalie Miebach’s Sculptural Soundtracks for Storms

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What stormy weather has to do with Stormy Weather and the cross-pollination of poetry and precision.
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The Blog : Everything and Nothing : Sam Harris

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Sam Harris, neuroscientist and author of the New York Times bestsellers, The End of Faith, Letter to a Christian Nation, and The Moral Landscape.
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Andy Lieberman: Social entrepreneurs, not charities, will help the next billion out of poverty - San Jose Mercury News 

Andy Lieberman: Social entrepreneurs, not charities, will help the next billion out of poverty - San Jose Mercury News  | Knowledge | Scoop.it
A Santa Clara University center is in the vanguard of using technology and the power of micro businesses to improve lives.

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Tom Campbell: Virtual Reality: Why It's A Better Model Than String Theory and Holographic Universe

In this fascinating interview, physicist Tom Campbell, formerly with and now a consultant for NASA, discusses the current problems facing the scientific community's search for a Grand Unified Theory of Everything. String theory, holography, zero-point field theory, and other vogue models have failed to produce any significant results other than speculation, conjecture, and contradiction-hampered popular films such as 'What the Bleep Do We Know?' While Campbell doesn't merely criticize these theories, he offers a fresh interpretation of the root of the problem: the Double Slit Experiment.

Campbell also discusses information theory, virtual reality, process fractals, the quantum erasure experiments, video games, and the unavoidably primary role of conscious observers within our reality.

Through what he calls the data base, he also discusses accessing the Larger Consciousness System. Yes, His Big TOE derives a Supreme Being.

Tom has excelled as a working scientist, a professional physicist dedicated to pushing back the frontiers of cutting edge technology, large-system simulation, technology development and integration, and complex system vulnerability and risk analysis. 


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▶ Keith Jarrett - Over the Rainbow - YouTube

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A Collection of Essays About What We Should Fear

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There’s the fiscal cliff, the continued European economic crisis, the perpetual tensions in the Middle East. But what about the things that may happen in twenty, fifty, or a hundred years?
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Will humans continue to evolve during multigenerational space missions?

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Scientific American has posted an interview and podcast with Portland State University anthropologist Cameron Smith about the ways in which humans might evolve during extended missions in space. Given the intense timeframes involved, Smith speculates about the various ways in which Darwinian pressures will continue to shape human evolution. Just because we're in space, he argues, doesn't mean evolution has stopped. But while Smith is right about our need to adapt to space, his vision of how it will come about is utterly wrong — and here's why.


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Cyborg America: inside the strange new world of basement body hackers

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The Verge is a technology-focused news publication founded in 2011 by Joshua Topolsky and Marty Moe in partnership with Vox Media and its CEO Jim Bankoff.
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Manufacturing Consent: Noam Chomsky and the Media (1992)

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If you've spent time on a college campus, you'll have heard the name Noam Chomsky uttered in reverent tones.
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Higgs signal gains strength : Nature News & Comment

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Latest analyses from the Large Hadron Collider boosts case for particle.
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Everything You Thought You Knew About Learning Is Wrong

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Taking notes during class? Topic-focused study? A consistent learning environment? All are exactly opposite the best strategies for learning...
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The God gap - FT.com

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Religion for Atheists: A Non-Believer’s Guide to the Uses of Religion, by Alain de Botton, Hamish Hamilton, RRP£18.99, 320 pages The Importance of Religion: Meaning and Action in our Strange World, by Gavin Flood, Wiley-Blackwell, RRP£17.99, 272...
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Against Politics: 15 Book Recommendations — Against Politics

Hans Reichenbach was one of the greatest 20th century empiricist philosophers and his brand of empiricism is distinguished by a greater emphasis on the probabilistic nature of knowledge and pragmatism.
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The 11 Best Science Books of 2011

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From Infinity to Fibonacci, or what religious mythology has to do with the inner workings of field science.
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