22 NOV 2017 by ideonexus

 Removing Prepositions in Defining Thought

Having turned my back on propositions, I thought, what am I going to do about this? The area where it really comes up is when you start looking at the contents of consciousness, which is my number one topic. I like to quote Maynard Keynes on this. He was once asked, “Do you think in words or pictures?” to which he responded, “I think in thoughts.” It was a wonderful answer, but also wonderfully uninformative. What the hell’s a thought then? How does it carry information? Is it like ...
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30 NOV 2015 by ideonexus

 Specialization is for Insects

A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.
Folksonomies: communism socialism
Folksonomies: communism socialism
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23 MAY 2015 by ideonexus

 Pastafarianism

Most of us do not believe a religion – Christianity, Islam, Pastafarianiasm – requires literal belief in order to provide spiritual enlightenment. That is, we can be part of a community without becoming indoctrinated. There are many levels of belief. By design, the only dogma allowed in the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster is the rejection of dogma. That is, there are no strict rules and regulations, there are no rote rituals and prayers and other nonsense. Every member has a say i...
Folksonomies: secularism
Folksonomies: secularism
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19 MAR 2015 by ideonexus

 The Umwelt Bubble

The biologist Jakob von Uexküll’s term Umwelt refers to a concept about the subjective world of an organism. The world can be imagined as a soap bubble, which surrounds each individual and contains signifying markers relevant only to the world of that specific creature. This soap bubble, or Umwelt, is actively created by the individual organism in a process of forming a perception of reality, which is guided by the organism’s design, its physiology, and its needs. According to Uexküll,...
Folksonomies: perception transhumanism
Folksonomies: perception transhumanism
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By Laura Beloff's "The Hybronaut Affair: A Ménage of Art, Technology, and Science"

22 APR 2014 by ideonexus

 WHERETO Mnemonic for Lessons

Learning Activities: What learning experiences and instruction will enable students to achieve the desired results? How will the design W = Help the students know Where the unit is going and What is expected? Help the teacher know Where the students are coming from (prior knowledge, interests)? H = Hook all students and Hold their interest? E = Equip students, help them Experience the key ideas and Explore the issues? R = Provide opportunities to Rethink and Revise their understandings...
Folksonomies: education teaching
Folksonomies: education teaching
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Acronym for key elements to hit in any teaching activity.

16 JUL 2013 by ideonexus

 Systems Science as a Subset of Other Sciences

Systems science is best seen as a science that consists of nested sub-sciences. It is presented most compactly using the notation of set theory. Let A represent a science of description. Let B represent a science of design. Let C represent a science of complexity. Let D represent a science of action (praxiology). Let E represent systems science. Then A ⊂ B ⊂ C ⊂ D ⊂ E illustrates the concept that we can learn something of systems science by first learning a science of description. ...
Folksonomies: science systems science
Folksonomies: science systems science
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Using set notation... an interesting way to describe the field.

23 JUN 2012 by ideonexus

 What Drives the Mind of a Science Writer?

The design of a book is the pattern of reality controlled and shaped by the mind of the writer. This is completely understood about poetry or fiction, but it is too seldom realized about books of fact. And yet the impulse which drives a man to poetry will send a man into the tide pools and force him to report what he finds there. Why is an expedition to Tibet undertaken, or a sea bottom dredged? Why do men, sitting at the microscope, examine the calcareous plates of a sea cucumber and give th...
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We understand that fictional books are crafted to present a worldview, but we forget the same is true of nonfiction.

21 JUN 2012 by ideonexus

 Benjamin Franklin Thwarts the Will of God

When Benjamin Franklin invented the lightning-rod, the clergy, both in England and America, with the enthusiastic support of George III, condemned it as an impious attempt to defeat the will of God. For, as all right-thinking people were aware, lightning is sent by God to punish impiety or some other grave sin—the virtuous are never struck by lightning. Therefore if God wants to strike any one, Benjamin Franklin [and his lightning-rod] ought not to defeat His design; indeed, to do so is hel...
Folksonomies: science religion
Folksonomies: science religion
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His lightning rod is condemned by the religious.

23 APR 2012 by ideonexus

 Consciousness is the Last Mystery

Human consciousness is just about the last surviving mystery. A mystery is a phenomenon that people don't know how to think about—yet. There have been other great mysteries: the mystery of the origin of the universe, the mystery of life and reproduction, the mystery of the design to be found in nature, the mysteries of time, space, and gravity. These were not just areas of scientific ignorance, but of utter bafflement and wonder. We do not yet have the final answers to any of the questions ...
Folksonomies: science consciousness
Folksonomies: science consciousness
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Not because we don't understand it, There are lots of things we don't understand, but because we don't even know how to think about it.

28 JAN 2012 by ideonexus

 Laws of Physics as God's Laws

The subsequent course of nature, teaches, that God, indeed, gave motion to matter; but that, in the beginning, he so guided the various motion of the parts of it, as to contrive them into the world he design'd they should compose; and establish'd those rules of motion, and that order amongst things corporeal, which we call the laws of nature. Thus, the universe being once fram'd by God, and the laws of motion settled, and all upheld by his perpetual concourse, and general providence; the same...
Folksonomies: physics natural law
Folksonomies: physics natural law
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Boyle describes an atomic philosophy of nature.