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Richard Wiseman

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Science, Reason and Critical Thinking Religion vs. Humanism: Isaac Asimov on Science and Spirituality by Maria Popova “The soft bonds of love are indifferent to life and death.” Science and religion have a long history of friction as diametric opposites. But some of humanity’s greatest minds have found in science itself a rich source of spirituality, from Albert Einstein’s meditation on whether scientists pray to Richard Feynman’s ode to the universe to Carl Sagan on the reverence of science to Bucky Fuller’s scientific rendition of The Lord’s Prayer to Richard Dawkins on the magic of reality . Here comes a wonderful addition from the mind of beloved science fiction author Isaac Asimov , found in the altogether indispensable It’s Been a Good Life ( public library ) — a revealing selection of Asimov’s letters, diary entries, and his three prior autobiographies, In Memory Yet Green (1979), In Joy Still Felt (1980), and the posthumously published I. Asimov succinctly recapitulates his philosophy: I have never, not for one moment, been tempted toward religion of any kind. Donating = Loving

JustBeenPaid Science vs. Religion: 50 Famous Academics on God by Maria Popova Decoding divinity, or what the great intellectuals of our time have to say about science and spirituality. The dialogue between science and religion is among humanity’s oldest and most controversial, drawing each era’s greatest thinkers into some of history’s most heated debates. I can’t believe the special stories that have been made up about our relationship to the universe at large, because they seem to be too simple, to connected, too local, too provincial. My favorite has to be Brian Cox, at around 18:30, who echoes my own belief that curiosity is more important than knowledge — an alternative route to intellectual inquiry that offers an antidote to the fundamental human discomfort with the unknown. The speakers, in order of appearance: 1. via @kirstinbutler Donating = Loving Bringing you (ad-free) Brain Pickings takes hundreds of hours each month. You can also become a one-time patron with a single donation in any amount: Brain Pickings has a free weekly newsletter.

Isaac Asimov on the Thrill of Lifelong Learning, Science vs. Religion, and the Role of Science Fiction in Advancing Society by Maria Popova “It’s insulting to imply that only a system of rewards and punishments can keep you a decent human being.” Isaac Asimov was an extraordinary mind and spirit — the author of more than 400 science and science fiction books and a tireless advocate of space exploration, he also took great joy in the humanities (and once annotated Lord Byron’s epic poem “Don Juan”), championed humanism over religion, and celebrated the human spirit itself (he even wrote young Carl Sagan fan mail). Like many of the best science fiction writers, he was as exceptional at predicting the future as he was at illuminating some of the most timeless predicaments of the human condition. In a 1988 interview with Bill Moyers, found in Bill Moyers: A World of Ideas (public library) — the same remarkable tome that gave us philosopher Martha Nussbaum on how to live with our human fragility — Asimov explores several subjects that still stir enormous cultural concern and friction. Painting by Rowena Morrill

Top eleven: grandes impostores de ayer, hoy y siempre Decía Churchill que “puedes engañar a todos durante un tiempo o puedes engañar a algunos durante todo el tiempo, pero jamás podrás engañar a todos durante todo el tiempo”. A continuación, algunos de los más grandes impostores de ayer, hoy y siempre. Quién es: Enric Marco Quién decía ser: Un superviviente del Holocausto Cómo lo hizo: En su empecinada obsesión por la notoriedad, Marco aprovechó la coincidencia de unas iniciales para convertirse en un superviviente del campo de concentración de Flossenburg y, ulteriormente, la voz de los supervivientes españoles. Cómo le pillaron: El historiador Benito Bermejo advirtió el embuste en 2005 y Enric se vio obligado a reconocer su condición de impostor. Huella en la cultura popular: El documental “Ich bin Enric Marco”, infinidad de artículos periodísticos y, últimamente, el reportaje “Verdadero o falso”, donde Marco se convierte en epítome del embustero profesional. El de la foto es Rob, pero Michael debía de ser clavadito. Quién es: Frank Abagnale

Blogging--It's Good for You Self-medication may be the reason the blogosphere has taken off. Scientists (and writers) have long known about the therapeutic benefits of writing about personal experiences, thoughts and feelings. But besides serving as a stress-coping mechanism, expressive writing produces many physiological benefits. Research shows that it improves memory and sleep, boosts immune cell activity and reduces viral load in AIDS patients, and even speeds healing after surgery. Scientists now hope to explore the neurological underpinnings at play, especially considering the explosion of blogs. Flaherty, who studies conditions such as hypergraphia (an uncontrollable urge to write) and writer’s block, also looks to disease models to explain the drive behind this mode of communication. The frontal and temporal lobes, which govern speech—no dedicated writing center is hardwired in the brain—may also figure in.

Το πρωτο αθωο θυμα στην Κερατεα Ένα μικρό αγγελούδι που δεν πρόλαβε καν να δει το φως του Αττικού ήλιου έφυγε από κοντά μας μια ημέρα μετά την βάρβαρη εισβολή των ΜΑΤ στην πόλη της Κερατέας. Μια νεαρή μητέρα η οποία κυοφορούσε το τρίτο της παιδάκι υπέστη ισχυρό σοκ όταν αλλόφρονες αστυνομικοί των ΜΑΤ έφτασαν κάτω από το διαμέρισμά της και με πρωτοφανή αγριότητα άρχισαν να εκτοξεύουν χημικά προς κάθε κατεύθυνση χωρίς να υπολογίζουν τίποτα. Από τις φωνές και τους δυνατούς κρότους των χειροβομβίδων κρότου – λάμψης τα δύο μικρά παιδάκια της οικογένειας τρομοκρατήθηκαν και ανήμπορα να αναπνεύσουν από τα δακρυγόνα και τα αέρια πιπεριού, έπεσαν σχεδόν λιπόθυμα στο πάτωμα. Η νεαρή μητέρα τους, όταν τα είδε να σωριάζονται μπροστά της, υπέστη ισχυρό νευρικό κλονισμό με αποτέλεσμα να διαταραχθεί ανεπανόρθωτα η κύηση του εμβρύου και λίγες ώρες μετά απέβαλε, παρά τις υπεράνθρωπες προσπάθειες των γιατρών να κρατήσουν το έμβρυο στη ζωή. Κουράγιο φίλοι μας.

Poe's Law Poe's Law states:[1] It is an observation that it's difficult, if not impossible, to distinguish between parodies of fundamentalism or other extreme views and their genuine proponents, since they both seem equally insane. For example, some conservatives consider noted homophobe Fred Phelps to have been so over-the-top that they argue he was a "deep cover liberal" trying to discredit more mainstream homophobes. [edit] History Poe's Law was originally formulated by Nathan Poe in August 2005.[2] The law emerged at the Creation & Evolution forum on the website Christianforums.com.[3] Like most such places, it had seen a large number of creationist parody postings. The law caught on and has since slowly leaked out as an Internet meme. [edit] Earlier Sightings Although Nathan Poe's version is the one that has become canon, there are two earlier sightings of the same idea floating around Usenet from "back in the day". [edit] Expansion of the concept [edit] A Poe [edit] Poe's Corollary [edit] See also

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