3. 2. 1. Simone Weil - Wikipedia. Not to be confused with Simone Veil, a French politician.
Simone Weil (/veɪ/; French: [simɔn vɛj]; 3 February 1909 – 24 August 1943) was a French philosopher, mystic, and political activist. After her graduation from formal education, Weil became a teacher. She taught intermittently throughout the 1930s, taking several breaks due to poor health and to devote herself to political activism, work that would see her assisting in the trade union movement, taking the side of the Anarchists known as the Durruti Column in the Spanish Civil War, and spending more than a year working as a labourer, mostly in auto factories, so she could better understand the working class. Taking a path that was unusual among twentieth-century left-leaning intellectuals, she became more religious and inclined towards mysticism as her life progressed. Weil wrote throughout her life, though most of her writings did not attract much attention until after her death.
Biography Weil at age 13. Early life Chomsky On Anarchism. Anarcho-syndicalism. Anarcho-syndicalism (also referred to as revolutionary syndicalism) is a theory of anarchism which views revolutionary industrial unionism or syndicalism as a method for workers in capitalist society to gain control of an economy and, with that control, influence broader society.
Syndicalists consider their economic theories a strategy for facilitating worker self-activity and as an alternative co-operative economic system with democratic values and production centered on meeting human needs. The basic principles of anarcho-syndicalism are solidarity, direct action (action undertaken without the intervention of third parties such as politicians, bureaucrats and arbitrators) and direct democracy, or workers' self-management.
The end goal of anarcho-syndicalism is to abolish the wage system, regarding it as wage slavery. Anarcho-syndicalist theory therefore generally focuses on the labor movement. History. The Relevance of Anarcho-syndicalism, Noam Chomsky interviewed by Peter Jay. Meeting Spain's last anarchist. Syndicalist Party - Wikipedia. The Syndicalist Party (Spanish: Partido Sindicalista; Catalan: Partit Sindicalista) was a left-wing political party in Spain, formed by Ángel Pestaña in 1932.
Cipher Machines. Deprogram Yourself: 10 Fake Documents That Changed The World. Jenkins. Are we alone? Setting some limits to our uniqueness. Are humans unique and alone in the vast universe?
This question—summed up in the famous Drake equation—has for a half-century been one of the most intractable and uncertain in science. But a new paper shows that the recent discoveries of exoplanets combined with a broader approach to the question makes it possible to assign a new empirically valid probability to whether any other advanced technological civilizations have ever existed. And it shows that unless the odds of advanced life evolving on a habitable planet are astonishingly low, then human kind is not the universe's first technological, or advanced, civilization.
Parallel Universes: Theories & Evidence. Is our universe unique?
This single-celled, brainless slime can 'learn' without a nervous system. While intelligence can be an extremely complex thing to define, we can all agree that a prerequisite for being clever is having a brain - preferably with a nervous system attached.
But what about single-celled organisms? Can they be intelligent? Well, if you believe that intelligence stems from the brain, like most researchers do, then the answer is no, but a new study hints that there's more to this story than we think, because a brainless slime organism has shown signs of learning. While we’re nowhere near a situation like in 1988’s The Blob, with sentient goo causing unmitigated chaos, researchers from Toulouse University in France have witnessed 'habituation learning' in a brainless slime. This means that the slime, over time, learned to avoid certain stimuli the same way that more complex creatures do. Eucalyptus. Some eucalyptus species have attracted attention from horticulturists, global development researchers and environmentalists because of desirable traits such as being fast-growing sources of wood, producing oil that can be used for cleaning and as a natural insecticide, or an ability to be used to drain swamps and thereby reduce the risk of malaria.
Outside their natural ranges, eucalypts are both lauded for their beneficial economic impact on poor populations:22 and criticised for being "water-guzzling" aliens, leading to controversy over their total impact. Description Size and habit A mature eucalyptus may take the form of a low shrub or a very large tree. There are three main habits and four size categories that species can be divided into. Scientists have created the first ever porous liquid. You're probably familiar with porous rocks – rocks that can hold and filter liquids – and now scientists from Queen's University in Belfast have created a synthetic liquid with similar properties.
The newly developed substance has a huge range of potential uses, including being able to capture harmful carbon emissions to prevent them from entering the Earth's atmosphere. The porous liquid collects and absorbs gas through its pores, and researchers think it could open up new ways to collect and filter chemicals without relying on solid materials for the job: that obviously gives manufacturers and scientists much more flexibility. Teddy Girls: The Style Subculture That Time Forgot. On reflection, the paring of the aristocratic flamboyancy of an Edwardian gent with the rebellious attitude of American rock and roll shouldn't have worked – but it did.
This sartorial hybrid, engineered by the Teddy Boys of the 1950s and later adopted by their feisty female counterpart, Teddy Girls (also known as Judies) – created a strangely alluring visual identity, one which set them apart from their contemporaries in a decade where youth culture was finally carving out an aesthetic of its own. Sharply-suited Teds (whose name derives from ‘Edwardian’) might look remarkably smart to a contemporary eye – particularly when positioned against fellow groups of teenagers, like the punks who threatened to puncture the fabric of society with their safety pins – but their reality was more rebellious than it initially seems.
Sorry, but there are no giant caverns inside Rosetta comet. A new study spearheaded by researchers from the Rheinische Institut für Umweltforschung an der Universität zu Köln, Germany, has used data collected by ESA's Rosetta spacecraft to establish that the comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko (67P) is devoid of any large interior caverns.
It had previously been theorized that the relatively low mass of the comet in regard to its volume may have resulted from cavernous hollows within the celestial wanderer. Mankind has sent robotic pioneers to a grand total of eight comets since the advent of space exploration. Whilst these explorers have been successful in solving numerous mysteries regarding the nature of these celestial bodies, the riddle remains as to why comets possess such a low density. The new study looked to shed light on the question, making use of Rosetta's Radio Science Experiment (RSI) to probe the interior of 67P for large hollows by measuring the gravitational effect exuded by the comet on the probe's radio signal to Earth. New Horizons sheds light on Pluto's floating hills. X-rays and nanoparticles combine to kill cancer deep in the body. Cancer may be terrifying, but cancerous cells aren't actually that difficult to kill.
The tricky bit is doing so without killing the host or making them dreadfully ill in the process. The key is treatments that only target the cancer cells while leaving the surrounding healthy tissue alone. By combining X-rays with nanoparticles, a team of researchers from the Centre for Nanoscale BioPhotonics (CNBP) in Australia has found a way of combating cancer deep inside the body in this way using a simple chemical. According to the CNBP, one chemical that cancer cells are particularly vulnerable to is singlet oxygen.
Implantable device translates thought into action for people with spinal injuries. Not just for smart dead guys. Carmina Burana. The Wheel of Fortune from Carmina Burana Carmina Burana (/ˈkɑrmɨnə bʊˈrɑːnə/; Latin for "Songs from Beuern" ("Beuern" is short for Benediktbeuern) is the name given to a manuscript of 254 poems and dramatic texts mostly from the 11th or 12th century, although some are from the 13th century. The pieces are mostly bawdy, irreverent, and satirical. They were written principally in Medieval Latin; a few in Middle High German, and some with traces of Old French or Provençal.
German universities face funding fears as states scrap fees. The German city state of Hamburg has abolished tuition fees at its universities, a pattern being repeated across Germany Photograph: Fabian Bimmer/AP The German university fee system is on the brink of collapse after another state confirmed it would abolish charges for students following a change in local government. John Tyndall. John Tyndall FRS (2 August 1820 – 4 December 1893) was a prominent 19th century physicist. William Tyndale. X Club. The X Club was a dining club of nine men who supported the theories of natural selection and academic liberalism in late 19th-century England. Thomas Henry Huxley was the initiator: he called the first meeting for 3 November 1864. The club met in London once a month—except in July, August and September—from November 1864 until March 1893, and its members are believed to have wielded much influence over scientific thought.
The members of the club were George Busk, Edward Frankland, Thomas Archer Hirst, Joseph Dalton Hooker, Thomas Henry Huxley, John Lubbock, Herbert Spencer, William Spottiswoode, and John Tyndall, united by a "devotion to science, pure and free, untrammelled by religious dogmas. " According to its members, the club was originally started to keep friends from drifting apart, and to partake in scientific discussion free from theological influence.
Background Social connections Naturalism. Naturalism. Hylomorphism. Hylomorphism is a philosophical theory developed by Aristotle, which conceives being (ousia) as a compound of matter and form. The word "hylomorphism" is a 19th-century term formed from the Greek words ὕλη hyle, "wood, matter" and μορφή, morphē, "form. " Matter and form Aristotle defines X's matter as "that out of which" X is made. For example, letters are the matter of syllables. Thus, "matter" is a relative term: an object counts as matter relative to something else. Losing Aaron: Bob Swartz on MIT's Role in His Son's Death. Losing Aaron: Bob Swartz on MIT's Role in His Son's Death. Fitbit Announces Three New Wearables, Including a Fancy 'Super Watch' Fitbit Fitbit, one of the dominant players in today’s increasingly saturated fitness tracking space, today announced a trio of wearables of the wrist-worn variety.
While the wearable space already has an overwhelming number of offerings, like the Garmin Vivosmart, the Misfit Flash, and Polar’s smart fitness watches, wearing something on your wrist is, as Apple emphasized in its Apple Watch hype, very personal. A Head-Up Display for Your Car That Lets You Race Yourself. GhostDash creates a virtual car to follow for those who want to improve their racing skills. Text 2 Mind Map – The text-to-mind-map converter. Physicists have finally proved the existence of a new superconductive state, first proposed 50 years ago. Zeno's paradoxes. GSM - Addresses and Identifiers. Five Best Mind Mapping Tools. DIKW Pyramid. German Universities Excellence Initiative. Exploratree - Exploratree by FutureLab.
Labs - Multicolr Search Lab. Understand color theory with these 7 facts - = Designer Blog. Goethe on the Psychology of Color and Emotion. Mind Mapping Software - Create Mind Maps online. Understanding corruption. Brain, know. Social Media. Home Automation Server. My own experiments.
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Virtual Body. New quantum computer device takes advantage of a loophole in causality. The Problem with the Data-Information-Knowledge-Wisdom Hierarchy - David Weinberger. Knowledge engineering. T. S. Eliot: The Rock.