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Cytaty, ostatni miesiąc (tu są wszystkie, większą czcionką)
… a big abstract noun – truth – is at the heart of a cultural crisis
… Alfred Tarski’s famous example from the 1930s, “Snow is white” is true if and only if snow is white.
… True beliefs took humans to the moon, false ones led to a space shuttle exploding shortly after take-off.
… trust in religious texts and leaders, learned experts and the enduring folk wisdom called common sense
… Now, it seems, virtually nothing is universally taken as an authority.
… Picasso’s famous aphorism “Art is a lie that makes us realize truth”.
… believers have retorted that religion is concerned with a different kind of truth from that of science and so cannot be falsified by it .. Stephen J. Gould .. “Non-Overlapping Magisteria”
… Christ’s tomb was found empty .. It’s a rare Christian who says this doesn’t matter at all.
… Truth is not relative, but we relate to it in innumerable ways. /17-09-24
Tectonic Coincidence of Mexico’s
… whether the two temblors—on September 8th and 19th—were connected
… both exceptions to some general geophysical rules
… classic subduction-zone events. In fact, neither was
… megathrust events
… to distinguish causality from coincidence /17-09-24
Philosophy as the Las Vegas
… Philosophy is always going to be the default home of non-naturalists and anti-naturalists. Since no other discipline will take them seriously
… What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas!
… it’s philosophy, and who takes that seriously?
… whether the universe was created exactly six minutes ago
… sort of quarantine barrier between philosophers' doscourses and the general run
… Philosophy at its best is informed play of the highest orderand a propre ingredient in any naturalistic vision of inquiry. /Daniel C. Dennett/17-09-23
From galaxies far far away!
… cosmic rays with individual energies of several Joules
… rate of arrival of cosmic rays is ~6% greater from one half of the sky than from the opposite one,
… outside the Milky Way
… only about 1 per sq km per year
… 5.2 standard deviations (a chance of about two in ten million) /17-09-23
… Fancy feathers or (in humans) symmetrical faces have been cast not as instruments of sexual selection, but as “honest signals” of some greater underlying fitness.
… Genes, rather than traits, became what natural selection selected.
… Richard Prum .. THE EVOLUTION OF BEAUTY
… this “aesthetic” courtship, says Prum, creates an environment, temperaments and rituals — a sort of culture — that give the female sexual choice, autonomy and safety.
… selecting for males who allow females autonomy and choice.
… catalog of Things Natural Selection Can’t Explain but Sexual Selection Easily Can includes homosexuality, a tendency toward monogamy, both sex’s taste and capacity for sex outside of female fertility periods
… When sex offers orgasm at relatively low pregnancy risk, it provides a way not just to reproduce but to assess potential mates’ attention to female desires, tastes and choices.
… This is why beauty should not be seen as merely the stamp of quality assurance that conventional evolutionary theory thinks it is. Beauty, rather, forms the foundation of an entire, complex evolutionary dynamic — one that can influence how we treat each other. /17-09-23
… Examining the science and supernaturalism of Buddhism
… it is helpful and therapeutic
… practicing Vipassana, or “insight” meditation
… Buddha is conceived as a wise man and self-help psychologist, not as a divine being
… This nimble-footed doubleness may indeed hold profound existential truths
… The sitter becomes less selfish and more selfless.
… Buddhist doctrine and practice anticipate and affirm the “modular” view of the mind favored by much contemporary cognitive science. Instead of there being a single, consistent Cartesian self that monitors the world and makes decisions, we live in a kind of nineties-era Liberia of the mind, populated by warring independent armies implanted by evolution, representing themselves as a unified nation but unable to reconcile their differences, and, as one after another wins a brief battle for the capital, providing only the temporary illusion of control and decision.
… the fixed self is an illusion imprinted by experience
… Meditation .. is not a metaphysical route toward a higher plane.
… Whether or not evolutionary psychology is a real or a pseudoscience—opinions vary
… Christianity try to tiptoe past the doctrines of Heaven and Hell, so that Hell becomes “the experience of being unable to love,” or Heaven a state of “being one with God”
… why a scientific explanation of that kind has seldom arisen in Buddhist cultures.
… meditation practice—the draining away of the stories we tell compulsively about each moment in favor of simply having the moment
… Can any old faith point a new way forward?
… A faith practice with an authoritarian structure sooner or later becomes a horror; a faith practice without an authoritarian structure sooner or later becomes a hobby. /17-09-13
W Traktacie o malarstwie Leonardo da Vinci udziela młodemu
adeptowi sztuki malarskiej takiej oto rady:
… nie zawadzi zatrzymać się czasem, by obserwować plamy na murach albo popiół ogniska, albo chmury czy błoto, albo inne podobne rzeczy. Jeśli będziesz w nie patrzył, znajdziesz tam czarujące pomysły, pobudzające umysł malarza do nowych pomysłów, tak do kompozycji bitew, zwierząt, ludzi, jak do rozmaitych układów krajobrazu i rzeczy potwornych, jak diabły i tym podobne. Przysporzy ci to sławy. Albowiem rzeczy pogmatwane pobudzają umysł do nowych inwencji. /Jakub Jernajczyk Portrety przypadku/17-09-13
… THE human face is a remarkable piece of work.
… is crucial to the formation of complex societies.
… the face’s ability to send emotional signals
… In America facial recognition is used by churches to track worshippers’ attendance
… Apple’s new iPhone is expected to use it to unlock the homescreen
… Facebook’s bank of facial images cannot be scraped by others, but the Silicon Valley giant could obtain pictures of visitors to a car showroom, say,
… China’s government keeps a record of its citizens’ faces
… to track criminals, but at enormous potential cost to citizens’ privacy.
… one gay man, and one straight man, the algorithm could attribute their sexuality correctly 81% of the time. Humans managed only 61%
… If your partner can spot every suppressed yawn, and your boss every grimace of irritation, marriages and working relationships will be more truthful, but less harmonious.
… Relationships might become more rational, but also more transactional.
… Change is coming. Face up to it. /17-09-11
Cassini’s 13 years of stunning Saturn science
… in pictures
… Twenty years ago .. Florida morning
… 3.5-billion-kilometre journey and 13 years spent circling Saturn
… Geysers on Enceladus spray water vapour and ice mixed with organic molecules into space.
… Sunlight glints off lakes of liquid hydrocarbons on Titan.
… Saturn's 60-plus moons
… Just 100 metres or so thick, Saturn’s rings are shaped by many moons and moonlets embedded within.
… The moon Pan clears a pathway within the rings known as the Encke Gap.
… Thunderclouds barrelled across Saturn’s northern hemisphere in 2010–11.
… the mission will come to a close soon /Nature/17-09-02
universal basic income
… Adopting a universal basic income for all people can help society think creatively with new ideas, develop new industries — and free-up people to work on important future projects. This practical social support program can grow as science & technology rapidly evolve, becoming part of world abundance. .. Ray Kurzweil
… Mark Zuckerberg .. a renewed sense of purpose .. Our generation will have to deal with tens of millions of jobs replaced by automation like self-driving cars
… We’re all going to make mistakes, so we need a society that focuses less on locking us up or stigmatizing us.
… We are clearly headed toward a situation where everyone can live very well
… The fantastic price-performance gains we’ve seen in information technology is coming to physical products, food, energy /17-08-28
Odds for Lucky Mutations
… SOS response, a DNA repair mechanism that bacteria employ when their genomes are damaged, during which dozens of genes become active and the rate of mutation goes up. Those extra mutations are more often detrimental than beneficial, but they enable adaptations
… Is the upsurge in mutations merely a secondary consequence of a repair process inherently prone to error? Or, .. is the increase in the mutation rate itself an evolved adaptation
… harsh environments cause nonrandom mutations
… It has also been to find a plausible mechanism consistent with the rest of molecular biology that could make lucky mutations more likely.
… more mutation specifically in regions of the yeast genome where it could be most adaptive
… are mutations always random?
… variation in the number of gene copies might be a response to stresses or hazards in the environment
… purposefully adaptive response
… The small number of cells that did the right thing were at such an advantage that they were able to outcompete everything else
… They may also seem reminiscent of the outmoded, pre-Darwinian ideas of .. Lamarck
… mechanism that has arisen entirely through Darwinian selection of random mutations
… The Adaptive Mutation Debate
… they can adapt by elevating their mutation rate to promote genetic change.
… evolution can get speeded up
… chemotherapy-resistant cancers /17-08-28
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