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How Consciousness Evolved and Why a Planetary "Übermind" Is Inevitable

How Consciousness Evolved and Why a Planetary "Übermind" Is Inevitable
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Collective consciousness World's Scariest Hotel Pool? Holiday Inn Shanghai's Glass-Bottom Pool Hangs Over 24-Story Drop (PHOTO) When it comes to hotels, a room with a view is desirable, but a pool with a view is something special, especially when that view is 24 stories straight down. Part of the hotel's 30-meter indoor pool hangs out past the building's edge, and is constructed with a glass bottom, giving swimmers the sensation of swimming in the sky. A spokesperson for the InterContinental Hotels Group, parent company of Holiday Inn, told CNN: "We wanted to provide our guests a unique swimming experience, and let them feel they're vacationing even in a bustling city." If swimming in the sky is not exactly your thing, maybe you'd prefer a dip in the world's largest swimming pool, in Chile's San Alfonso del Mar Resort? Or if all of this talk of beautiful pools in foreign lands has got you hankering for a vacation, get some destination ideas with our slideshow of the world's most memorable swimming pools. Check out the views of Shanghai's skyline below.

On transforming conversations around Indigenous health – #IHMayDay One of the clear themes from the recent #IHMayDay Twitter-fest was the value of changing the questions asked and the stories told about the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Arising out of some of those discussions, Mikaela Jade and Ruth Mirams, co-founders of the consultancy, Paramodic, write about four questions they have found to be transformative. Start really closing the gap with these four questions Mikaela Jade and Ruth Mirams write: In the day’s most unsurprising news, Indigenous people throughout Australia (and the world) face poorer health outcomes than non-Indigenous people. Health is defined the state of being free from illness or injury. This frames the conversation focusing on the gap, and not on closing it. If we let people define the health problems in our communities as ‘Indigenous problems’, we let them put us in a box, and we don’t hold them to account for the difference in health outcomes between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.

Discourse on the Origin and the Foundations of Inequality Among Men / Jean-Jacques Rousseau To the Republic of Geneva Magnificent, most honorable, and sovereign lords Convinced that only the virtuous citizen may justifiably give his native land honours which it can accept, I have been working for thirty years to become worthy of offering you public homage; and since this happy occasion supplements in part what my efforts have not been able to accomplish, I believed that I would be permitted here to follow the zeal which animates me rather than the right which ought to act as my authorization. Having had the good fortune to be born among you, how could I reflect on the equality which nature has set among men and on the inequality which they have instituted, without thinking about the profound wisdom with which both of these, happily combined in this State, work together in a manner most closely approaching natural law and most favourable to society to maintain public order and the happiness of individuals? I am, with the most profound respect,

30 Questions to Ask Yourself Before You Die {Via studioflowerpower on etsy} “Rather than money, than fame, than love…give me truth.” ~ Thoreau I woke up this morning and my life clock marked 30. My first sleep-deprived idea was to pack a small suitcase, get on the first train, move to another country, change my name, change my hair color (or get plastic surgery if needed), and start from scratch. When I don’t know how to deal with life, I hide sometimes. And others, I fight it. By now, I’m good at both: fighting and disappearing. A true warrior doesn’t feel forced to do either, but moves through and with and for life, like water. So after I washed my face and considered the costs of running and those of fighting, I decided to do neither and have some juice instead. {Alkaline Espresso / Click for recipe.} We are a constant process, an event, we’re change. As such, our smaller houses, our temporary homes can only be made of cards. Loving the questions means to love yourself. How much have you loved? You. Comments

Qualia In philosophy, qualia (/ˈkwɑːliə/ or /ˈkweɪliə/; singular form: quale) are what some consider to be individual instances of subjective, conscious experience. The term "qualia" derives from the Latin neuter plural form (qualia) of the Latin adjective quālis (Latin pronunciation: [ˈkʷaːlɪs]) meaning "of what sort" or "of what kind"). Examples of qualia include the pain of a headache, the taste of wine, or the perceived redness of an evening sky. As qualitative characters of sensation, qualia stand in contrast to "propositional attitudes".[1] Daniel Dennett (b. 1942), American philosopher and cognitive scientist, regards qualia as "an unfamiliar term for something that could not be more familiar to each of us: the ways things seem to us".[2] Erwin Schrödinger (1887–1961), the famous physicist, had this counter-materialist take: The sensation of color cannot be accounted for by the physicist's objective picture of light-waves. Definitions[edit] Arguments for the existence of qualia[edit] E. J.

Minecraft Partners With United Nations For Urban Planning Minecraft changed the video game industry by selling millions of downloads of an indie game. Now the free-form building game is inviting players to help redesign real-world locations around the world. Minecraft creator Mojang announced yesterday in a blog post that it is teaming up with United Nations Habitat to upgrade 300 public spaces by 2016. The project, called Block by Block, enlists local youth to improve their neighborhoods. Block by Block is the international version of a previous Mojang project known as My Blocks (Mina Kvarter in Swedish), organized in conjunction with Swedish Building Services. Mojang managing director Carl Manneh wrote: “It has proven to be a great way to visualize urban planning ideas without necessarily having architectural training. The first Block by Block site, in Nairobi, Kenya, is “already in the planning phase.”

Why Australia's Collaborative Economy Is Worth $46 billion - B&T Unlocking the power of the collaborative crowd is a key solution to Australia’s productivity and innovation challenges according to new Deloitte research commissioned by Google Australia. In its Collaborative Economy report, Deloitte Access Economics has put a value on the benefit, and it is big: $46 billion per year – value of faster-growing, profitable businesses with collaboration at their core$9.3 billion per year – value if companies make the most of opportunities to collaborate more. In addition to the economic modelling and research of collaboration’s* place in Australian businesses, 1000 employees and business managers were surveyed – in established markets and new players and across industries and geographies. Other key research findings include: Deloitte Digital national leader Frank Farrall said: “What we have found is a strong correlation between collaboration and the performance of Australian companies.

It's Called 'De-Extinction' — It's Like 'Jurassic Park,' Except It's Real : The Picture Show Sorry to disappoint, but science writer Carl Zimmer says we're not going to bring back dinosaurs. But, he says, "science has developed to the point where we can actually talk seriously about possibly bringing back more recently extinct species." It's called "de-extinction" — and it's Zimmer's cover story for National Geographic's April issue. Resurrection Tintypes To capture the mood of this story, National Geographic hired tintype photographer Robb Kendrick. Hide caption The bucardo, or Pyrenean ibex, lived high in the Pyrenees until its extinction in 2000. Hide caption Though it looked like a wolf and was called a Tasmanian tiger, the thylacine was actually a marsupial — a relative of kangaroos and koalas. In 2003, he tells Morning Edition's Steve Inskeep, scientists took some DNA that had been rescued from the very last bucardo, a type of wild goat that had recently gone extinct. How de-extinction works is complicated, and that's what the National Geographic article is for.

50 Life Secrets and Tips Memorize something everyday.Not only will this leave your brain sharp and your memory functioning, you will also have a huge library of quotes to bust out at any moment. Poetry, sayings and philosophies are your best options.Constantly try to reduce your attachment to possessions.Those who are heavy-set with material desires will have a lot of trouble when their things are taken away from them or lost. Possessions do end up owning you, not the other way around. Become a person of minimal needs and you will be much more content.Develop an endless curiosity about this world.Become an explorer and view the world as your jungle. Read “Zen and the Art of Happiness” by Chris Prentiss.This book will give you the knowledge and instruction to be happy at all times regardless of the circumstances.

Is Consciousness Universal? For every inside there is an outside, and for every outside there is an inside; though they are different, they go together. —Alan Watts, Man, Nature, and the Nature of Man, 1991 I grew up in a devout and practicing Roman Catholic family with Purzel, a fearless and high-energy dachshund. It was only later, at university, that I became acquainted with Buddhism and its emphasis on the universal nature of mind. As a natural scientist, I find a version of panpsychism modified for the 21st century to be the single most elegant and parsimonious explanation for the universe I find myself in. We Are All Nature's Children The past two centuries of scientific progress have made it difficult to sustain a belief in human exceptionalism. Consider my Bernese mountain dog, Ruby, when she yelps, whines, gnaws at her paw, limps and then comes to me, seeking aid: I infer that she is in pain because under similar conditions I behave in similar ways (sans gnawing).