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The Fabric of the Cosmos with Brian Greene: Watch the Complete NOVA Series Online

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Forget about inclined planes and pulleys. In this series from the PBS program NOVA, physics is presented as an exotic, mind-bending realm.
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Fermi Paradox, Doomsday Argument, Simulation Hypothesis—is our view of reality seriously flawed?

Fermi Paradox, Doomsday Argument, Simulation Hypothesis—is our view of reality seriously flawed? | Wisdom 1.0 | Scoop.it
There are three interlocking statistical arguments concerning the nature of the universe in which we live and which provide what I believe to be a strongly convincing indication that our view of reality is seriously flawed on a massive scale. Let’s begin by asking a simple question…
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For Ever Amber, ennobling working class and marginalized communities - we make money not art

For Ever Amber, ennobling working class and marginalized communities - we make money not art | Wisdom 1.0 | Scoop.it
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Lana Wachowski receives the HRC Visibility Award - YouTube

HRC President Chad Griffin presents director and producer Lana Wachowski with the HRC Visibility Award at the 2012 HRC San Francisco Gala. Lana speaks of her...
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The Embodied Brain: Towards a Radical Embodied Cognitive Neuroscience

The Embodied Brain: Towards a Radical Embodied Cognitive Neuroscience | Wisdom 1.0 | Scoop.it
Provisional publication freely available here.

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Hear a “DNA-Based Prediction of Nietzsche’s Voice:” First Attempt at Simulating Voice of a Dead Person

Hear a “DNA-Based Prediction of Nietzsche’s Voice:” First Attempt at Simulating Voice of a Dead Person | Wisdom 1.0 | Scoop.it
Whether they submit to his mighty philosophical influence, resist it with all their own might, or fall somewhere in between, everyone who's read the pronouncements of Friedrich Nietzsche (find his ebooks here) recognizes his voice — well, his textual voice, that is.
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How Clocks Changed Humanity Forever, Making Us Masters and Slaves of Time

How Clocks Changed Humanity Forever, Making Us Masters and Slaves of Time | Wisdom 1.0 | Scoop.it
In 1983, the Harvard economic historian David Landes wrote an influential book called Revolution in Time:
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Crafting the Ultimate Post-Industrial Design Brief Using Biomimicry

Crafting the Ultimate Post-Industrial Design Brief Using Biomimicry | Wisdom 1.0 | Scoop.it
By Adiel Gavish "What the industrial age has done is take life away from the planet and turn it into goods and services," Paul Hawken stated at the 2014 VERGE Conference in San Francisco this past December. The annual event put on by Joel Makower, a former Biomimicry 3.8 Board Member and GreenBiz.com brings corporations…
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Cosmic Evolution and the Meaning of Life - Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies

Cosmic Evolution and the Meaning of Life - Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies | Wisdom 1.0 | Scoop.it
Are there trends in evolution — cosmic, biological, and cultural — that support the claim that life is meaningful, or is becoming meaningful, or is becoming increasingly meaningful?

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Why can’t the world’s greatest minds solve the mystery of consciousness? | Oliver Burkeman

Why can’t the world’s greatest minds solve the mystery of consciousness? | Oliver Burkeman | Wisdom 1.0 | Scoop.it
The long read: Philosophers and scientists have been at war for decades over the question of what makes human beings more than complex robots
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Complexity Theory: A short film - YouTube

A short film about complexity theory and the shift in paradigm from the Newtonian clockwork universe to complex systems. Enjoy : ) From http://www.fotonlabs.com
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Emergence: A unifying theme for 21st century science

Emergence: A unifying theme for 21st century science | Wisdom 1.0 | Scoop.it

When electrons or atoms or individuals or societies interact with one another or their environment, the collective behavior of the whole is different from that of its parts. We call this resulting behavior emergent. Emergence thus refers to collective phenomena or behaviors in complex adaptive systems that are not present in their individual parts.

 

By David Pines, Co-Founder in Residence, Santa Fe Institute

https://medium.com/sfi-30-foundations-frontiers/emergence-a-unifying-theme-for-21st-century-science-4324ac0f951e


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A Letter from Hunter S. Thompson that Changed My Life

A Letter from Hunter S. Thompson that Changed My Life | Wisdom 1.0 | Scoop.it
Dear Hume,

You ask advice: ah, what a very human and very dangerous thing to do! For to give advice to a man who asks what to do with his life implies something very close to egomania. To presume to point a man to the right and ultimate goal — to point with a trembling finger in the RIGHT direction is something only a fool would take upon himself.

I am not a fool, but I respect your sincerity in asking my advice. I ask you though, in listening to what I say, to remember that all advice can only be a product of the man who gives it. What is truth to one may be disaster to another. I do not see life through your eyes, nor you through mine. If I were to attempt to give you specific advice, it would be too much like the blind leading the blind.

“To be, or not to be: that is the question: Whether ’tis nobler in the mind to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune, or to take arms against a sea of troubles … ” (Shakespeare)

And indeed, that IS the question: whether to float with the tide, or to swim for a goal. It is a choice we must all make consciously or unconsciously at one time in our lives. So few people understand this! Think of any decision you’ve ever made which had a bearing on your future: I may be wrong, but I don’t see how it could have been anything but a choice however indirect — between the two things I’ve mentioned: the floating or the swimming.

But why not float if you have no goal? That is another question. It is unquestionably better to enjoy the floating than to swim in uncertainty. So how does a man find a goal? Not a castle in the stars, but a real and tangible thing. How can a man be sure he’s not after the “big rock candy mountain,” the enticing sugar-candy goal that has little taste and no substance?

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Yuk Hui, Andreas Broeckmann (eds.): 30 Years After Les Immatériaux: Art, Science and Theory (2015) — Monoskop Log

Yuk Hui, Andreas Broeckmann (eds.): 30 Years After Les Immatériaux: Art, Science and Theory (2015) — Monoskop Log | Wisdom 1.0 | Scoop.it
Writings on art, culture, and media technology
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How flexible is gender? What about sexual orientation? — Gender and Sexual Orientation as Aesthetic Expressions by Crispin Sartwell — Aeon Ideas

How flexible is gender? What about sexual orientation? — Gender and Sexual Orientation as Aesthetic Expressions by Crispin Sartwell — Aeon Ideas | Wisdom 1.0 | Scoop.it
 
There are few things we know as intimately, and few things that are as mysterious to us, as gender and sexual orientation. At the moment, the fashion seems to be to treat them as biological or genetic facts, baseline immovable features of h...
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Hear Michel Foucault’s Lecture “The Culture of the Self,” Presented in English at UC Berkeley (1983)

Hear Michel Foucault’s Lecture “The Culture of the Self,” Presented in English at UC Berkeley (1983) | Wisdom 1.0 | Scoop.it
United States in the last years of his life, particularly his time as a lecturer at UC Berkeley, proved to be extraordinarily productive in the development of his theoretical understanding of what he saw as the central question facing the contemporary West: the question of the self.
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"The technique of confession, central even to secular psychoanalysis, informs a subjectivity that, for Foucault, always develops under the ever-watchful eyes of normalizing institutions. But in “The Culture of the Self,” Foucault reaches back to ancient Greek conceptions of “care of the self” (epimelieia beautou) to locate a subjectivity derived from a different tradition—a counterpoint to religious confessional and Freudian subjectivities and one he has discussed in terms of the technique of “self writing.” (The Care of the Self also happens to be the subtitle of the third volume of Foucault’s History of Sexuality, and “The Culture of the Self” the title of its second chapter.)"

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Read Chez Foucault, the 1978 Fanzine That Introduced Students to the Radical French Philosopher

Read Chez Foucault, the 1978 Fanzine That Introduced Students to the Radical French Philosopher | Wisdom 1.0 | Scoop.it
The recent “adjunct walk out day” has reminded people outside academia—at least those who paid any attention—of the decaying state of American higher education, a condition driven in part by a searing undercurrent of anti-intellectualism in U.S. political culture.
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Interview: Bruce Sterling on the Convergence of Humans and Machines « NextNature.net

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Bacterial Stigmergy: An Organising Principle of Multicellular Collective Behaviours of Bacteria

The self-organisation of collective behaviours often manifests as dramatic patterns of emergent large-scale order. This is true for relatively “simple” entities such as microbial communities and robot “swarms,” through to more complex self-organised systems such as those displayed by social insects, migrating herds, and many human activities. The principle of stigmergy describes those self-organised phenomena that emerge as a consequence of indirect communication between individuals of the group through the generation of persistent cues in the environment. Interestingly, despite numerous examples of multicellular behaviours of bacteria, the principle of stigmergy has yet to become an accepted theoretical framework that describes how bacterial collectives self-organise. Here we review some examples of multicellular bacterial behaviours in the context of stigmergy with the aim of bringing this powerful and elegant self-organisation principle to the attention of the microbial research community.

 

Bacterial Stigmergy: An Organising Principle of Multicellular Collective Behaviours of Bacteria
Erin S. Gloag, Lynne Turnbull, and Cynthia B. Whitchurch

Scientifica
Volume 2015 (2015), Article ID 387342, 8 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2015/387342


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Why animals eat psychoactive plants

Why animals eat psychoactive plants | Wisdom 1.0 | Scoop.it
Johann Hari, author of Chasing the Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs, learns about drunk elephants, the stoned water buffalo, and the grieving mongoose.
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The Wisdom of Alan Watts in Four Thought-Provoking Animations

The Wisdom of Alan Watts in Four Thought-Provoking Animations | Wisdom 1.0 | Scoop.it
Perhaps no single person did more to popularize Zen Buddhism in the West than Alan Watts. In a sense, Watts prepared U.S. culture for more traditionally Zen teachers like Soto priest Suzuki Roshi, whose lineage continues today, but Watts did not consider himself a Zen Buddhist.
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God is on the ropes: The brilliant new science that has creationists and the Christian right terrified

God is on the ropes: The brilliant new science that has creationists and the Christian right terrified | Wisdom 1.0 | Scoop.it
A young MIT professor is finishing Darwin's task — and threatening to undo everything the wacky right holds dear
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What is Given in Experience ? A Review of Isabelle Stengers "Penser avec Whitehead" | bruno-latour.fr

What is Given in Experience ? A Review of Isabelle Stengers "Penser avec Whitehead" | bruno-latour.fr | Wisdom 1.0 | Scoop.it
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