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You can have some fun with people whose anticipations get out of sync with what they believe they believe. I was once at a dinner party, trying to explain to a man what I did for a living, when he said: "I don't believe Artificial Intelligence is possible because only God can make a soul." At this point I must have been divinely inspired, because I instantly responded: "You mean if I can make an Artificial Intelligence, it proves your religion is false?" He said, "What?" I said, "Well, if your religion predicts that I can't possibly make an Artificial Intelligence, then, if I make an Artificial Intelligence, it means your religion is false. Either your religion allows that it might be possible for me to build an AI; or, if I build an AI, that disproves your religion." Bayesian Judo - Less Wrong Bayesian Judo - Less Wrong
El Centro Zen Bodai Shin los invita a participar de la visita del Venerable Geshe Ngawang Sherap, Monje Budista Tibetano que estará en Venezuela desde el 9 al 21 de julio del 2013, donde vamos a disfrutar de sus enseñanzas. En esta oportunidad su visita contara con diferentes conferencia que tratan temas que van desde, quien es el verdadero responsable de nuestra felicidad y sufrimiento, como entendemos al mundo y al individuo, recordándonos como el Buda nos enseña la paz interior y cual el propósito de nuestra vida. También tendremos dos retiros durante las jornadas de los fines de semana del 12 al 14 y del 19 al 21 donde se podrá estudiar y meditar sobre temas muy importantes del Budismo como son como es el camino a la iluminación, titulado una “Montaña de Bendiciones” y el hermoso “Sutra del corazón” que es la quintaesencia del Budismo y particularmente en el Budismo Zen. Centro Zen Bodai Shin Centro Zen Bodai Shin
Draw the Line: Finding Your Work-Life Balance What’s the thing only *you* can do well? Top Weekend Reads: The Least Valuable Colleges & Majors This week's most popular links. #labrat: Are Daily Logbooks Worth the Work? The 99 Percent - It's not about ideas. It's about making ideas happen.

The 99 Percent - It's not about ideas. It's about making ideas happen.

Brain Pickings

By: Maria Popova “Through our scopes, we see ourselves. Every new lens is also a new mirror.” Given my longtime fascination with the so-termed digital humanities and with data visualization, and my occasional dabbles in the intersection of the two, I’ve followed the work of data scholars Erez Aiden and Jean-Baptiste Michel with intense interest since its public beginnings. Now, they have collected and contextualized their findings in the compelling Uncharted: Big Data as a Lens on Human Culture (public library) — a stimulating record of their seven-year quest to quantify cultural change through the dual lens of history and digital data by analyzing the contents of the 30,000 books digitized by Google, using Google’s Ngram viewer tool to explore how the usage frequency of specific words changes over time and what that might reveal about corresponding shifts in our cultural values and beliefs about economics, politics, health, science, the arts, and more. Brain Pickings