“The atomic bomb didn’t end the war”

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According to Peter Kuznick

It was Soviet intervention, not the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, that caused Japan to surrender.

MOST AMERICANS CLING TO the myth that the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in August 1945, by forcing Japan’s surrender without a U.S. invasion, saved the lives of a half million or more American boys. Nothing, however, could be further from the truth.

As the National Museum of the U.S. Navy makes clear, the atomic bombs had little to do with the end of the war. The museum’s display on the bombings unambiguously states that the atomic bombings “made little impact on the Japanese military. However, the Soviet invasion of Manchuria … changed their minds.” As shocking as this may be to Americans today, it was well known to military leaders at the time. In fact, seven of America’s eight five-star officers in 1945 said that the bombs were either militarily unnecessary, morally reprehensible or both.

“The new Ecat SKL is the masterpiece of my life.”

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According to Andrea Rossi

In September, Covid 19 permitting, we will have an important third party nominated by a Partner that will control the measurements remaking them. Therefore for now you are just taking my word, right or wrong as it might be, albeit I think I am right. The new Ecat SKL is the masterpiece of my life. It works in closed loop and generates the electric energy to fuel itself, plus generates 4 kWh/h of electric energy. […] More work has to be done, but now for a couple of weeks I will take my holidays, because I am very tired. A big step forward has been done. We should possibly have an electric engine with infinite autonomy, it seems. We’ll see.

“You have friends and relatives to shoot holes in your dreams”

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According to Phil La Duke

Don’t worry that your dreams aren’t realistic or that you might not achieve them — after all, you have friends and relatives to shoot holes in your dreams. Instead, ask not, “What if I fail?” but rather, “What if I succeed?” Worry about failure is pointless and destructive; the surest way to be a failure is to spend time worrying about it. Your goals won’t just accomplish themselves; you will have to have a plan, and you’ll have to work that plan.

The experimental evidence for psi

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According to “The experimental evidence for parapsychological phenomena: A review.” by Etzel Cardeña in American Psychologist, May 24 , 2018.

This article presents a comprehensive integration of current experimental evidence and theories about so-called parapsychological (psi) phenomena. Throughout history, people have reported events that seem to violate the common sense view of space and time. Some psychologists have been at the forefront of investigating these phenomena with sophisticated research protocols and theory, while others have devoted much of their careers to criticizing the field. Both stances can be explained by psychologists’ expertise on relevant processes such as perception, memory, belief, and conscious and nonconscious processes. This article clarifies the domain of psi, summarizes recent theories from physics and psychology that present psi phenomena as at least plausible, and then provides an overview of recent/updated meta-analyses. The evidence provides cumulative support for the reality of psi, which cannot be readily explained away by the quality of the studies, fraud, selective reporting, experimental or analytical incompetence, or other frequent criticisms. The evidence for psi is comparable to that for established phenomena in psychology and other disciplines, although there is no consensual understanding of them. The article concludes with recommendations for further progress in the field including the use of project and data repositories, conducting multidisciplinary studies with enough power, developing further nonconscious measures of psi and falsifiable theories, analyzing the characteristics of successful sessions and participants, improving the ecological validity of studies, testing how to increase effect sizes, recruiting more researchers at least open to the possibility of psi, and situating psi phenomena within larger domains such as the study of consciousness. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2018 APA, all rights reserved)

 

In your time of dying, you’ll ask for a carebot, not for a nurse

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Artificial empathy will exceed human abilities by 2030, because the human capacity for empathy is greatly exaggerated, especially sustained empathy for grievous suffering.

Soon a carebot will be able to comfort you 24 hours a day without weariness on its part or any need for guilt feelings on yours, and it will just get better and better at soothing you with every hour as it learns to know you and your responses.

A carebot will have infinite patience and no disgust. It will delicately use superhuman strength all day and all night, because it can be directly plugged into the power grid, and won’t need to drag around heavy batteries that need to be recharged.

A carebot will not just use the facial expressions of its patient, but all vital signs, with a built-in model of pain and suffering that few caregivers will have experienced first-hand, because they have not been tortured by life-ending disease.