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About bradpierce

Brad develops EDA languages and synthesis tools. He has a Ph.D. in Computer Science from UCLA.

The mind of a starfish and the soul of a machine

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According to Eagle Feather

Çatalhöyük, for example, doesn’t sound like any kind of verdant paradise that would have naturally tended to overpopluation. Only a harsh environment was able to hold mankind in check as far as population was concerned. Most primitive tribes that were not based on the cult of the warrior were Socialistic and even Communistic. Such tribes usually existed in very harsh climates where resources were thin and where the main enemy was nature (or weather) itself.
Tribes that lived in areas of ‘easy living’ quickly reached population levels that made humans the enemy rather than natural forces. As a result these tribes were based on warrior cults. Warrior cults are what transformed into governments. Governments or kings are what gave birth to city-states, empires and what we call civilization.

A human population not controlled by nature led to over-population about 6000 years ago. Over population led to the need for sewers and sewers are best brought into existence by ‘civilizations’. War, fears, greed, over population called into existence CIVILIZATION. Such mega-communities (or civilization) of mankind were little different than ant dens or large beehives. But man is not a hive creature. His brain is designed for harsh survival in a small troop or clan of fellow humans. Even 10 Billion Chimps living on earth would be less damaging to the earth than just 500 million humans. 6 Billion T-Rexs’ would be less damaging to earth than 6 billion humans.

No method of economy is going to bring sustained peace or health to mankind. Socialism worked well in small tribes. The modern cult of the warrior that is ‘capitalism’ certainly will not work either, since the first rule of true war is ignore all rules. Capitalism always leads to monopolies and control of government through bribes.

The failings of the US constitution were many, and what actually produced a sense of freedom in the USA was the wilderness it took by force from the Native tribes and Mexico. Why heck, even the Blacks found that they could live more or less free by just going West. Every U.S. citizen was free out west. And this sense of freedom was what percolated back east to keep it somewhat free. Once this wilderness was fenced off and all the important land grabbed up by the rich capitalists the sense of freedom in the USA began to vanish. It was then that big government could take control and that mega-corporations could take over the government .

But what was the Wild West? It was a semi-return to small settlements and the individualistic man. People in that environment even practiced a kind of voluntary socialism. When one man needed a barn, everyone would pitch in and help build it.

However, civilization is a virtual creature with a virtual mind. It lives for millennia, while its cells (humans) live for but moments. This creature has the mind of a starfish and the soul of a machine. It is actually a kind of virtual machine. Nature will NEVER survive it. No, law, custom, or rule will ever tame it for more than a few human generations. Earth’s biosphere is toast, and this means that your arguments are all about arranging deck chairs on this Titanic.

“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)