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Soul loss: the shaman's diagnosis of our existential complaints - Dream Gates

Soul loss: the shaman's diagnosis of our existential complaints - Dream Gates | Pahndeepah Perceptions | Scoop.it
The greatest contribution of the ancient shamans to our medicine and healing today is the understanding that in the course of any life we are liable to suf
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This Flower-Filled Abandoned House Is Bringing A Bit Of Life Back To Detroit

This Flower-Filled Abandoned House Is Bringing A Bit Of Life Back To Detroit | Pahndeepah Perceptions | Scoop.it

Late one evening this month, a woman appeared in the second-story window of an abandoned house overlooking a Detroit freeway. A spotlight illuminated her face as she flung handfuls of white petals down to the crowd gathered outside a venue that felt more like the setting of a dark fairytale than a fundraiser.

Branches of bright yellow forsythia hung over the doorways, catching visitors’ hair as they walked through the home, now owned by florist Lisa Waud. Grape hyacinths sprouted up through the floorboards that a month ago had been hidden by several feet of debris, left behind by the house's former owners. White flowers sat in the crumbling toilet. Moss oozed out of the corners. Foliage pushed through one wall’s wooden slats, exposed by the worn-down plaster.

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The dawn of artificial intelligence

The dawn of artificial intelligence | Pahndeepah Perceptions | Scoop.it
“THE development of full artificial intelligence could spell the end of the human race,” Stephen Hawking warns. Elon Musk fears that the development of artificial intelligence, or AI, may be the biggest existential threat humanity faces. Bill Gates urges people to beware of it.

Dread that the abominations people create will become their masters, or their executioners, is hardly new. But voiced by a renowned cosmologist, a Silicon Valley entrepreneur and the founder of Microsoft—hardly Luddites—and set against the vast investment in AI by big firms like Google and Microsoft, such fears have taken on new weight. With supercomputers in every pocket and robots looking down on every battlefield, just dismissing them as science fiction seems like self-deception. The question is how to worry wisely.
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Magic Mushrooms Create a Hyperconnected Brain

Magic Mushrooms Create a Hyperconnected Brain | Pahndeepah Perceptions | Scoop.it
The research, which was published today (Oct. 28) in the Journal of the Royal Society Interface, is part of a larger effort to understand how psychedelic drugs work, in the hopes that they could one day be used by psychiatrists — in carefully controlled settings — to treat conditions such as depression, Expert said. [Trippy Tales: The History of 8 Hallucinogens]
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Shamans and scientists

Shamans and scientists | Pahndeepah Perceptions | Scoop.it
In 1999, three molecular biologists travelled to the Peruvian Amazon to see whether they could obtain bio-molecular information in the visions they had in sessions orchestrated by an indigenous shaman. They had no previous experience of ayahuasca shamanism or of the Amazon, though they did have an interest in alternative healing traditions and shamanism. Their age ranged from the late-30s to mid-60s. One worked as a scientist in an American genomics company. Another was a professor at a French University and a member of the National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS). The third taught in a Swiss University and was a director of a research laboratory.
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The Untold Story of Silk Road | WIRED

The Untold Story of Silk Road | WIRED | Pahndeepah Perceptions | Scoop.it

"...Ross had a flash of insight. “The idea,” he wrote in his journal, “was a website where people could buy anything anonymously, with no trail whatsoever that could lead back to them.” He wrote that he’d “been studying the technology for a while but needed a business model and strategy.”

Like most libertarians, Ross believed that drug use was a personal choice. And like all people paying attention, he observed that the war on drugs was a complete failure. The natural merchandise for his new enterprise would be drugs. “I was calling it Underground Brokers,” Ross wrote, “but eventually settled on Silk Road.”

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David Simon and the Two Americas

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"America is a country that is now utterly divided when it comes to its society, its economy, its politics. There are definitely two Americas. I live in one, on one block in Baltimore that is part of the viable America, the America that is connected to its own economy, where there is a plausible future for the people born into it. About 20 blocks away is another America entirely. It's astonishing how little we have to do with each other, and yet we are living in such proximity.

There's no barbed wire around West Baltimore or around East Baltimore, around Pimlico, the areas in my city that have been utterly divorced from the American experience that I know. But there might as well be. We've somehow managed to march on to two separate futures and I think you're seeing this more and more in the west. I don't think it's unique to America.

I think we've perfected a lot of the tragedy and we're getting there faster than a lot of other places that may be a little more reasoned, but my dangerous idea kind of involves this fellow who got left by the wayside in the 20th century and seemed to be almost the butt end of the joke of the 20th century; a fellow named Karl Marx.

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The Myth of Working Your Way Through College

The Myth of Working Your Way Through College | Pahndeepah Perceptions | Scoop.it
A lot of Internet ink has been spilled over how lazy and entitled Millennials are, but when it comes to paying for a college education, work ethic isn't the limiting factor. The economic cards are stacked such that today’s average college student, without support from financial aid and family resources, would need to complete 48 hours of minimum-wage work a week to pay for his courses—a feat that would require superhuman endurance, or maybe a time machine.
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3quarksdaily: The Spectre of History: Thoughts on an Islamic Reformation

3quarksdaily: The Spectre of History: Thoughts on an Islamic Reformation | Pahndeepah Perceptions | Scoop.it
The powerless, freed from the responsibility of consequences, can wallow in their misery, create imaginary histories, and nurture delusions of promised grandeur. In imposing their new order, the European powers took away both the capacity of governance from Muslim rulers and the possibility of challenges to this governance from reformers, leaving a vacuum in political thinking. In time, this vacuum was filled by the detritus of history - revivalist ideologies and fantasies in the quest to reclaim a mythical lost state of purity and virtue – leading directly to the situation before us today.
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To Blend or Not to Blend - Matt Perger

I don’t believe the majority of coffee-drinking customers are quite ready to appreciate and understand why roasters have suddenly dropped blends from their offering. Blends still hold a special place in customer’s hearts; they’re the flag-bearer for the business; the gateway to the rest of your offering. Don’t get me wrong: I’m definitely a strong advocate for exposing customers to unique and special coffees. I’m just wary of how we go about that as an industry.

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Atomic Hong-Ou-Mandel Experiment: Helium atoms put in same quantum state, start appearing in same place

Atomic Hong-Ou-Mandel Experiment: Helium atoms put in same quantum state, start appearing in same place | Pahndeepah Perceptions | Scoop.it

Quantum mechanics has so many counterintuitive features that it seems possible to learn a new one every month. Today's lesson involves particles that are set into the same quantum state and effectively become indistinguishable. Once they are indistinguishable, they start behaving that way, showing up in the same place even when we'd expect to see them distributed at random. In today's issue of Nature, a paper describes getting atoms to behave this way, blurring the lines between a quantum probability function and what we think of as a physical object.


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blurring the lines between probability and object

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Trappist Monks Are Trying to Save Venezuela's Dying Coffee Industry

Trappist Monks Are Trying to Save Venezuela's Dying Coffee Industry | Pahndeepah Perceptions | Scoop.it
Up until the ban on coffee exports, Monasterio Trapense used to ship 150 kilos of coffee per week to be sold in the US—and even got away with it for a while after the ban, but it was short-lived. After the ship carrying what would be their last shipment left port, they were contacted by the head of the National Guard and told that that was it. No more of their coffee would be leaving Venezuela.
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This seems more important than many actions that humans undertake, helping each other.

 

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Luciano Floridi on the Philosophy of Information

Luciano Floridi on the Philosophy of Information | Pahndeepah Perceptions | Scoop.it

The philosophy of information is a new area of research. We didn’t study it when we were students, partly because we didn’t realise that the glasses were on our noses. There’s a lot of philosophy from the ancient Greeks to the present day that discusses what we now think of as the philosophy of information, it’s just that it wasn’t called that, and the focus of our society, our cultural interest, wasn’t on this particular concept. But in ethics, for instance, when you discuss what it takes to make the right decision, it takes a well-grounded rational, well-informed agent. In Epistemology the foundation of knowledge requires some initial of information that you need to justify, warrant, and support. And so on. The philosophical discourse has always included an interest in what we would today call information.

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►Greek Mythology: “Athena, Goddess of Wisdom”.-

►Greek Mythology: “Athena, Goddess of Wisdom”.- | Pahndeepah Perceptions | Scoop.it
“Minerva, the Goddess of Wisdom and Knowledge” by Willem De Poorter. (17th century).

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The Island of Knowledge: How to Live with Mystery in a Culture Obsessed with Certainty and Definitive Answers

The Island of Knowledge: How to Live with Mystery in a Culture Obsessed with Certainty and Definitive Answers | Pahndeepah Perceptions | Scoop.it

...a celebration of human achievement and a gentle reminder that the appropriate reaction to scientific and technological progress is not arrogance over the knowledge conquered, which seems to be our civilizational modus operandi, but humility in the face of what remains to be known and, perhaps above all, what may always remain unknowable.

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UH Researchers Create Lens to Turn Smartphone into Microscope - University of Houston

UH Researchers Create Lens to Turn Smartphone into Microscope - University of Houston | Pahndeepah Perceptions | Scoop.it
Researchers at the University of Houston have created an optical lens that can be placed on an inexpensive smartphone to amplify images by a magnitude of 120, all for just 3 cents a lens.
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At the Blackboard

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I want to share with you something I’ve learned. I’ll draw it on the blackboard behind me so you can follow more easily [draws a vertical line on the blackboard]. This is the G–I axis: good fortune–il
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Kurt Vonnegut talks about story telling. Quite brilliant, really. 

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Why Tesla’s announcement is such a big deal: The coming revolution in energy storage

Why Tesla’s announcement is such a big deal: The coming revolution in energy storage | Pahndeepah Perceptions | Scoop.it
The major upshot of more and cheaper batteries could be a much greener planet.
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Why Does a Cup of Single-Origin Coffee Cost $3.50?

Why Does a Cup of Single-Origin Coffee Cost $3.50? | Pahndeepah Perceptions | Scoop.it

In an ideal world, you’d be able to trust exactly where your beans come from when the package says “Yirgacheffe, Ethiopia,” and what it took for the farmers to produce them. While new certifications and standards are improving things, the coffee supply chain remains murky. In the best cases, farmers can see their premium beans bought directly at global auctions for high prices ($50 per pound for a Brazilian farm’s recent Cup of Excellence–winning beans). At worst, the coffee supply chain is fraught with middlemen who will game the system and swap out premium beans for lower-grade coffee. This hurts everyone in the chain, but especially the farmers and coffee cooperatives who don’t get the full value for their beans in the open market..."

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Achieving Escape Velocity: Breaking Free from the Impact Failure of Applied Philosophy

Achieving Escape Velocity: Breaking Free from the Impact Failure of Applied Philosophy | Pahndeepah Perceptions | Scoop.it

As in the sciences, the humanities also feel the pressure to demonstrate societal relevance. Applied philosophy is a natural place to look. But how has it fared in terms of having an impact?"

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What Will Education Look Like in a More Open Future?

Technology and rapidly evolving student needs are influencing how schools can think about trust, autonomy and collaboration.

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Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, April 17, 11:16 AM

Moving into the open access virtual world. I have enjoyed 11 years as a virtual librarian and I LOVE what I do.  Learning commons has never been more ubiquitous and democratic as we share and glean from each other.

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Oscillation - Berfrois

Oscillation - Berfrois | Pahndeepah Perceptions | Scoop.it
We propose a pragmatic romanticism unhindered by ideological anchorage. Thus, metamodernism shall be defined as the mercurial condition between and beyond irony and sincerity, naivety and knowingness, relativism and truth, optimism and doubt, in pursuit of a plurality of disparate and elusive horizons. We must go forth and oscillate!
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How the US Became an Oligarchy

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According to a new study from Princeton University, American democracy no longer exists.
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Democracy schmocracy

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New instrument dates old skeleton before 'Lucy'; 'Little Foot' 3.67 million years old

New instrument dates old skeleton before 'Lucy'; 'Little Foot' 3.67 million years old | Pahndeepah Perceptions | Scoop.it
A skeleton named Little Foot is among the oldest hominid skeletons ever dated at 3.67 million years old, according to an advanced dating method. Little Foot is a rare, nearly complete skeleton of Australopithecus first discovered 21 years ago in a cave at Sterkfontein, in central South Africa. Stone tools found at a different level of the Sterkfontein cave also were dated at 2.18 million years old, making them among the oldest known stone tools in South Africa.
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