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The Modern Da Vinci’s 5 Rules of Success. EXISTENTIAL FILMS - a list by Dr-Faustus. Philosophy will be the key that unlocks artificial intelligence. To state that the human brain has capabilities that are, in some respects, far superior to those of all other known objects in the cosmos would be uncontroversial.

Philosophy will be the key that unlocks artificial intelligence

The brain is the only kind of object capable of understanding that the cosmos is even there, or why there are infinitely many prime numbers, or that apples fall because of the curvature of space-time, or that obeying its own inborn instincts can be morally wrong, or that it itself exists. Nor are its unique abilities confined to such cerebral matters. Nihilism. Special issue: What is reality? Cookies on the New Scientist website close Our website uses cookies, which are small text files that are widely used in order to make websites work more effectively.

Special issue: What is reality?

To continue using our website and consent to the use of cookies, click away from this box or click 'Close' Find out about our cookies and how to change them Log in Your login is case sensitive I have forgotten my password close My New Scientist Look for Science Jobs What is reality? (Image: Carol & Mike Werner/Visuals Unlimited/Getty) WHEN you woke up this morning, you found the world largely as you left it. Even trying to define what we mean by "reality" is fraught with difficultyRead more. To sleep less and dream more. If for a moment God were to forget that I am a rag doll and granted me a piece of life, I probably wouldn't say everything that I think; rather, I would think about everything that I say.

To sleep less and dream more

I would value things, not for their worth but for what they mean. Albert Einstein Anecdotes. ALBERT Einstein was three or four years old before he could speak and seven before he could read, and slouched his way through school.

Albert Einstein Anecdotes

He also had some trouble remembering his address - Later he saw that light travels as both a wave and as particles called quanta, mostly because it has to ... And Einstein also got rid of the ether as a valid concept of physics. And he went on to find that Light had mass, and space and time were simply space-time - and the universe might be shaped like a saddle.

After Einstein emigrated to the United States in 1933, his every bon mot was duly recorded, and his personal quirks, such as very rarely wearing socks, were eagerly added to a fast-growing legend about the Einstein, and no longer Einstein the physicist. Einstein's famous absentmindedness was not always so benign. Below are some Albert Einstein anecdotes. Greatly relieved, his parents asked why he had never said a word before. To sleep less and dream more. Bertrand Russell. Of all forms of caution, caution in love is perhaps the most fatal to true happiness.

Bertrand Russell

Bertrand Arthur William Russell, 3rd Earl Russell (May 18, 1872 – February 2, 1970) was a British philosopher, logician, mathematician, historian, and social critic. In 1950, he was awarded a Nobel Prize in Literature. See also: The Problems of Philosophy (1912) Political Ideals (1917) Marriage and Morals (1929) The Conquest of Happiness (1930) Mortals and Others (1931-35) 35 Questions That Will Change Your Life. The Four Great Errors. The Four Great Errors German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche in his work Twilight of the Idols, perhaps primarily known for the immortal maxim: "Out of life's school of war: What does not destroy me, makes me stronger.

The Four Great Errors

", pointed out the four great errors which we constantly use to misinterpret reality and thus create many illusions that are used to show the world in a more convenient light for us. The first error, which is also the most dangerous one, is mistaking the cause and effect, or in another words, mistaking the effect for the cause; an error that is the most recent and yet the most ancient habit of humankind, as Nietzsche says. This error is even praised by people as religion and morality, which always try to limit them with encouragement or prohibition of certain actions. CCT Map 1-Can computers have free will? The first-ever naturally occurring gears are found on an insect's legs. Gears are a potent symbol of human industry, a sign of mechanical wonder or a cold assembly line.

The first-ever naturally occurring gears are found on an insect's legs

If you had to pick something to stand against the natural world, they'd be a pretty likely pick — except that as it turns out, insects discovered them first. In a paper published today in Science, Malcolm Burrows and Gregory Sutton of the University of Cambridge reveal that the plant-hopping Issus coleoptratus leaps with the aid of a pair of tiny, one-way gears, the first functional ones ever found on an animal. The gears aren't connected all the time. One is located on each of the insect's hind legs, and when it prepares to jump, the two sets of teeth lock together. As a result, the legs move in almost perfect unison, giving the insect more power as the gears rotate to their stopping point and then unlock.

Despite their usefulness, the gears only exist for part of the insect's life.