02 JAN 2018 by ideonexus

 Humanity vs Ideolog Quote

"If your belief is in disagreement with my humanity, I don't have to be tolerant of that. I don't have to make room for that. There's not room in a big tent for you to negotiate away my humanity and call it your political or ideological leaning." -@MsPackyetti
Folksonomies: humanity ideology
Folksonomies: humanity ideology
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16 JUL 2013 by ideonexus

 What is a Person?

What is a person? This seems like an easy question, but appearances can be deceiving. Throughout the long sweep of human history, the answer to the question of what a person is has continually changed. Was a woman a person, or was she a piece of property? Or was she even a liability, something that had to be compensated for with a dowry before a man’s family would agree to take her on? Was a man alien to their immediate culture a person? Not if you were of African descent in the United Sta...
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A great passage on the history of personhood and its possible future.

27 JUN 2013 by ideonexus

 Psychology Studies Sample WEIRD Humans

[This paper is] about another exotic group: people from Western, Educated, Industrialized, Rich, and Democratic (WEIRD)societies. In particular, it’s about the Western, and more specifically American, undergraduates who form the bulk of the database in the experimental branches of psychology, cognitive science, and economics, as well as allied fields(labeled the “behavioral sciences”). [...] Who are the people studied in behavioral science research? A recent analysis of the top journa...
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A culture not representative of the species.

18 MAR 2013 by ideonexus

 Buckminster Fuller's Rules for Knowing if He Was on the R...

I assumed that nature would "evaluate" my work as I went along. If I was doing what nature wanted done, and if I was doing it in promising ways, permitted by nature's principles, I would find my work being econom¬ ically sustained—and vice versa, in which latter negative case I must quick¬ ly cease doing what I had been doing and seek logically alternative courses until I found the new course that nature signified her approval of by pro¬ viding for its physical support. Vherefore, I co...
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If he was creating artifacts that would help the human race survive, nature, he found, would provide for all his needs.

18 MAR 2013 by ideonexus

 Humans are "Tool Complexes"

Humans are tool complexes—hands for certain tasks, feet, ears, teeth. etc., for others. Using their human tool complexes, human minds, comprebending variable interrelationship principles, invent detached-from-self tools—the bucket can lift out more water from the well than can a pair of cupped human hands—that are more special-case-effective but not used as frequently as their organically integral tools. Humans invent craft tools and industrial tools. The latter are all the tools that c...
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Similar to a memeplex body of knowledge or a biological complex of living things.

08 JUN 2012 by ideonexus

 Are Humans Parasites?

A lot of people ask, 'Do you think humans are parasites?' It's an interesting idea and one worth thinking about. People casually refer to humanity as a virus spreading across the earth. In fact, we do look like some strange kind of bio-film spreading across the landscape. A good metaphor? If the biosphere is our host, we do use it up for our own benefit. We do manipulate it. We alter the flows and fluxes of elements like carbon and nitrogen to benefit ourselves—often at the expense of the b...
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If so, then we are very bad at it since we appear to be killing our only host.

06 JUN 2012 by ideonexus

 Humanity is Like a Baby

Humanity is at the very beginning of its existence—a new-born babe, with all the unexplored potentialities of babyhood; and until the last few moments its interest has been centred, absolutely and exclusively, on its cradle and feeding bottle.
Folksonomies: metaphor humanity
Folksonomies: metaphor humanity
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Centered on its cradle and its bottle.

07 MAY 2012 by ideonexus

 Losing the Human Perspective in the Vastness of the Cosmos

When I pause and reflect on our expanding universe, with its galaxies hurtling away from one another, embedded within the ever-stretching, four-dimensional fabric of space and time, sometimes I forget that uncounted people walk this Earth without food or shelter, and that children are disproportionately represented among them. When I pore over the data that establish the mysterious presence of dark matter and dark energy throughout the universe, sometimes I forget that every day—every twe...
Folksonomies: humanity universe scale
Folksonomies: humanity universe scale
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Tyson talks about how easy it is to forget human dilemmas when we consider the immense size of our Universe.

03 MAR 2011 by ideonexus

 The Flow of Semen Every Sixty Seconds

Humanity pumps 53.4 billion liters of bloodper minute, but that red river is not surprising; it must flow to sustain life.  At the same time, humanity's male organs eject forty-three tons of semen, and the point is that though each ejaculation is also an ordinary physiological act, for the individual it is irregular, intimate, not overly frequent, and not even necessary. Besides, there are millions of old people, children, voluntary and involuntary celibates, sick people, and so forth. And y...
Folksonomies: science humanity statistics
Folksonomies: science humanity statistics
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While this statistic is fictional, it is plausible and thought-provoking considering how Stanislaw Lem philosophizes on it.