Interesting Links and Articles

  • The Philoctetes Center Multidisciplinary Study of the Imagination “was established to promote an integrated, interdisciplinary approach to the understanding of creativity and the imaginative process.”
  • I’m not looking, honest! “[Kazuhiro Yokota, of Osaka University in Japan, and his colleagues] managed to do what had previously been thought impossible: they probed reality without disturbing it. Not disturbing it is the quantum-mechanical equivalent of not really looking. So they were able to show that the universe does indeed exist when it is not being observed.” (The Economist, Mar 5th 2009)
  • IBM plans ‘brain-like’ computers “‘We are attempting a 180 degree shift in perspective: seeking an algorithm first, problems second. We are investigating core micro- and macro-circuits of the brain that can be used for a wide variety of functionalities.'” (BBC News, Friday, 21 November 2008)
  • The coming evangelical collapse “We are on the verge – within 10 years – of a major collapse of evangelical Christianity. This breakdown will follow the deterioration of the mainline Protestant world and it will fundamentally alter the religious and cultural environment in the West.” (Michael Spencer, Tue Mar 10, 2009)
  • The Happiness of the People “America’s current leaders seem to be leading us down the path to European-style social democracy. But although it makes for pleasant lives, the European model stifles human flourishing and erodes the civic and cultural institutions and habits that make for a vibrant, sustainable, and satisfying way of life. Moreover, critics of the European model are about to get a boost from scientific discoveries in neuroscience and genetics that human nature is not malleable, which will undercut the foundations of social democracy. The answer: American exceptionalism, in which individuals freely unite to construct a civic culture. What follows is the text of Charles Murray’s Irving Kristol Lecture, delivered at AEI’s Annual Dinner at the Washington Hilton on March 11, 2009.” (Charles Murray, March 12, 2009)
  • Is That Your Final Answer? Study Suggests Method For Improving Individual Decisions “Dialectical bootstrapping is a method by which an individual mind averages its’ own conflicting opinions, thus simulating the ‘wisdom of the crowd.’ In other words, dialectical bootstrapping enables different opinions to be created and combined in the same mind.” (ScienceDaily, Mar. 14, 2009)
  • The Equality Trust “believe[s] that in order to gain substantial improvements in the real quality of life of the populations of developed countries it is necessary that differences in income and wealth are greatly reduced. […] However, differences in income and wealth will only be reduced when there is a widespread public understanding of the benefits which greater equality can bring to all of us. “
  • Living Well is More Important then Organic Fruit “Please go out there and do. Live. Don’t be the same as yesterday. Don’t live vicariously online. Don’t use language that has no meaning or talk ideas you don’t really live. Don’t hide. Don’t copy others or live their ideas or life. Don’t fear doing your thing. Don’t fear doing. Instead of reading a decorating magazine, paint that room. Instead of thinking of baking, do up a cake. Run, walk, bike. Put that self help book down and pick up yourself.”
  • ‘Eye for an eye’ approach does not pay, study “Living by the motto ‘an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth’ makes people less happy and successful, a study has found.” (John Bingham, 25 Mar 2009)

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