Archive for May, 2011

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What’s happening to this country…

Tuesday, May 31st, 2011

There’s really no words for this video.  A half-deaf Indian woodcarver is walking down the sidewalk, working on a carving.  A police officer pulls up, yells, “Hey, hey! Put the knife down.  PUT THE KNIFE DOWN!”  The Indian man is confused, begins to turn around and is gunned down in the back before he even […]

STM – Introduction – The Big Picture

Wednesday, May 25th, 2011

Let’s now look at the universe and life from the largest perspective possible.  The best “big picture” perspective I’ve found on this can be found in Ray Kurzweil’s book The Singularity Is Near.  He looks at the world from the standpoint of increasing order and information.  To him, the evolution of everything, including ourselves, is […]

Life Is Good

Saturday, May 21st, 2011

Isn’t it glorious to finally find out something you’ve been wanting to learn for years?  I had been struggling to understand how our brain works with numbers, and what numbers are.  I began thinking, “I wish a neuroscientist would focus on mathematics, showing which brain circuits are involved in numerical thinking, and how we do […]

STM: Introduction – Existence Is Weird

Saturday, May 21st, 2011

“The reason why certain people turn to philosophy, why I became a philosopher, since I was a little boy, I always felt that existence as such was weird.  I mean, here we are.  Isn’t that odd?” – Alan Watts I want you to imagine we’re together on a park bench.  We’ve never met before, and […]

Hold Up While I Kidnap You

Tuesday, May 17th, 2011

Imagine if you were kidnapped tonight, were injected with an agent which kept you fast asleep for an unknown duration of time, and then awoke lying on the floor in this place. What sort of thoughts and emotion does this sight evoke in you?  What would you be thinking?  Would you be completely overwhelmed?  I […]

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