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  + + + LINKS + + + —– Abraham Loeb: How to Search for Dead Cosmic Civilizations When exploring habitable worlds around other stars, we might therefore find planets with burnt-up surfaces, abandoned mega-structures or planetary atmospheres rich with poisonous gases and no sign of life. Even more intriguing is the possibility that we will

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LINKS Into the Empty: Designer Realities: Coming To A Life Near You! With UFO’s and other things which officially ‘do not exist’ for large segments of the population, there’s no need to wonder ‘where they are from’ if you aren’t seeing them: You’re simply not part of the club of people who are. Witnesses are

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LINKS David Chapman: Desiderata for Any Future Mode of Meaningness: The atomization of culture, society, and self has liquefied experience. This mode contributes the critical realization that perfect coherence is neither necessary nor even desirable. At a practical, intuitive, kinesthetic level, we have become much more tolerant of nebulosity: of paradox, volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and

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ALIENS Pam Weintraub: After centuries searching for extraterrestrial life, we might find that first contact is not with organic creatures at all When our first encounter or detection finally occurs, it could be a machine intelligence that appears in our sights. The idea is not truly new. Back in the 1940s, the mathematician John von

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BLOCKCHAIN There’s a new religion based on blockchain: …there’s now a religion built on the Ethereum blockchain. Its founder, Matt Liston, is the former CEO of Augur, a blockchain-supported prediction platform. Liston’s departure from Augur was contentious, and just last week he filed a lawsuit for $152 million against his former employer. Liston unveiled his

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MUSIC Music as a repellant — Bach at the Burger King: Baroque music seems to make the most potent repellant. “[D]espite a few assertive, late-Romantic exceptions like Mussorgsky and Rachmaninoff,” notes critic Scott Timberg, “the music used to scatter hoodlums is pre-Romantic, by Baroque or Classical-era composers such as Vivaldi or Mozart.” Public administrators seldom

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ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE What If the AI Revolution Is Neither Utopia nor Apocalypse, but Something in Between? We need to be wary of the millenarian narrative when we’re considering technological developments and the Singularity and existential risks in general. Maybe this time is different, but we’ve cried wolf many times before. There is a more likely,

What the Hell is Going on in the World? LINKS 02/19/18

NATURE The sounds of skating on black ice:   PERSONAL SOVEREIGNTY  Jordan Greenhall on the Jordan Peterson notion of “clean up your room” as personal sovereignty: Sort yourself out. First. When it comes to relating to the world, remember, the world starts with you. Before you can begin to extend yourself into the complex dance

What the Hell is Going on in the World? LINKS 02/17/18

  CALIFORNIA Elizabeth Nolan Brown on the condition of some of California women’s prisons: Women imprisoned at California’s Santa Rita Jail say they’re being housed in filthy conditions, denied basic hygiene products, pressured to have abortions, subjected to incessant strip searches, and forced to endure many other manners of cruel and inhumane treatment from guards

What the Hell is Going on in the World? LINKS 01/29/18

    MYSTERIES This piece is a little old (from last spring) but interesting: Cicada 3301: The Mysterious Recruiting of the Intellectual Elite. Cicada 3301 is ultimately a think tank. They do no advocate illegal activities, nor do they involve themselves in hacking of any kind. The group is exclusively dedicated to researching and developing

What the Hell is Going on in the World? LINKS 01/10/18

CITIES London may now be more dangerous than New York City: While both London and New York have populations of around 8 million, figures suggest you are almost six times more likely to be burgled in the British capital than in the US city, and one and a half times more likely to fall victim