Posted 1 week ago

David Chalmers: How do you explain consciousness?

David Chalmers: How do you explain consciousness? #brain #mind #philosophy

In this TED talk, David Chalmers gives a summary of the problem whose name he coined, the hard problem of consciousness.

via David Chalmers: How do you explain consciousness? – YouTube.

It seems like people who’ve contemplated consciousness fall into two groups, those who are bothered by the hard problem, and those who are not.  In…

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Science is about both ideas and data gathering.

Science is about both ideas and data gathering. #science #philosophy

Stan asked for my thoughts on this article: Science is becoming a cult of hi-tech instruments – Philip Ball – Aeon.

The tools of science are so specialised that we accept them as a kind of occult machinery for producing knowledge. We figure that they must know how it all works. Likewise, histories of science focus on ideas rather than methods — for the most part, readers just want to know what…

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Posted 1 week ago

How to divide up the wealth

How to divide up the wealth #philosophy #economics

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via Buried Treasure – Existential Comics.

If you don’t know much about these guys, Marx wants to divide up in the communist manner, Rawls wants you to evaluate societal rules as if you don’t know what your role in society will be (i.e. rich, poor, etc), Hobbes wants to talk about the social contract you…

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The natural, the supernatural, and the nature of science

The natural, the supernatural, and the nature of science

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I think Braterman makes an important point here. Acting like naturalism is a principle of science, instead of just a result of it, is both wrong and dangerous since it gives science the appearance of being just as dogmatic as any ideology.

Originally posted on Scientia Salon:

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Science, it is often said, is restricted in principle to the search for natural…

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The Lowest Difficulty Setting in Action

The Lowest Difficulty Setting in Action

Originally posted on Whatever:

I noted a couple of years ago that Straight White Male is the lowest difficulty setting in the game called life(in particular the Western civilization variant of it). This annoyed many a straight white male, who didn’t see his life as being particularly “easy.” Noting that “lowest difficulty” is not the same as “easy” did not assuage this agitation. And well, I can…

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The size of the observable universe is complicated.

The size of the observable universe is complicated. #astronomy #cosmology #science

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Artist’s logarithmic scale conception of the observable universe with the Solar System at the center, inner and outer planets, Kuiper belt, Oort cloud, Alpha Centauri, Perseus Arm, Milky Way galaxy, Andromeda galaxy, nearby galaxies, Cosmic Web, Cosmic microwave radiation and Big Bang’s invisible plasma on the edge. By Pablo Carlos Budassi

The radius of the observable universe is often stated to…

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Posted 1 week ago

Are you alone? (In the universe) #science #philosophy

This a cool video on what we are and where we came from.  We are, each of us, a temporary intersection of matter and energy that is part of the overall whole of the universe, patterns of elementary particles that have, at least for a while, achieved self awareness.

Posted 1 week ago

Nick Lucid on mass and energy

I’m a bit busy today, but thought I’d leave you with this Science Asylum video on the difference between mass and energy.  

Posted 2 weeks ago

Does the mind affect quantum mechanics?

Does the mind affect quantum mechanics?

Tom Hartsfield at Real Clear Science has a nice short piece that explains why your mind isn’t involved (at least not directly) in what happens in quantum mechanics: Does the Mind Affect Quantum Mechanics? | RealClearScience.

Every measurement that you can name boils down to an interaction. You poke the quantum system with something (light, a tiny probe, a thermometer, a calorimeter, a laser,…

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Posted 2 weeks ago

IBM spending $3 billion to rethink decades-old computer design

IBM spending $3 billion to rethink decades-old computer design

Types of Carbon Nanotubes

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A reminder that quantum computing isn’t necessarily the only way forward in processor technology: IBM spending $3 billion to rethink decades-old computer design – Computerworld.

IBM will pour US$3 billion into computing and chip materials research over the next five years, as it rethinks computer design and looks to a future that may not involve silicon chips.

The computer…

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