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General Misc. / 'How the Brain Creates a Timeline of the Past'
« on: February 14, 2019, 01:15:40 am »
This article at quanta might of interest to some of you here.

The Almanac: PON Edition / ARC: TWP Chapter 2
« on: August 23, 2018, 10:39:52 pm »
Images, stark and dry, of the Steppe assailed him. The other women tearing at his mother's hair, clawing at her face, clubbing her with rocks, stabbing her with sticks. Mother. A bawling infant hoisted from her yaksh, tossed into the all-cleansing fire--his blond-haired half-brother. The stone faces of the men turning away from his look . . .

From TDTCB chapter 12:
Then, two seasons later, the other women strangled his mother for giving birth to a blonde girl. As they raised her corpse on the vulture poles, he began to understand what had actually happened.

Can anybody explain this?

Philosophy & Science / Axolotl genome sequenced
« on: July 07, 2018, 12:15:43 am »

Regarding the Neanderthal discussion we had a couple of days ago. This magazine is just awesome in general, thanks Madness or whoever it was for showing it to me.

A talk by Nima Arkani-Hamed about the same thing discussed in those talks I linked to in my other thread. This one seems to be a bit easier to understand for laymen:

Philosophy & Science / Somatic growth, aging, and longevity
« on: January 17, 2018, 03:38:05 am »
Rejoice fellow manlets, for God has let us drink deeper from the chalice of life:

Philosophy & Science / How to see a memory
« on: January 14, 2018, 01:42:07 am »
I guess the best way to post these is to make a thread for each one. Thought some of you guys might be interested in this

Philosophy & Science / Random interesting science related stuff
« on: January 10, 2018, 08:15:29 pm »
This is a thread for random interesting science related stuff.
I'll start off:
This is physics talk I'm watching right now. It's about the fine tuning of the universe. It's not too hard to follow the broad ideas for a layman. Link: Why is there a Macroscopic Universe? (Nima Arkani-Hamed)

This is a cool little video where they hooked some heart cells to some gelatine/gold-ray thingy.
Robotic ray is part animal, part machine

Brian Cocks talks a little bit about heat death. It's very poetic and there's one line in particular that moves me near the end.
Death of the Universe

Some creepy illusion stuff

Synchronized oscillations of a synthetic quorum clock in bacteria.
The related article is behinid a pay wall but there's an article describing the article here.

Philosophy & Science / Gods as Topological Invariants
« on: December 20, 2017, 11:11:04 pm »

Philosophy & Science / What do you believe? (Redux)
« on: November 13, 2017, 03:23:32 pm »
I believe that there is a God, in a very trivial and general sense. And free will is trivially false.

Life (capital L) as we know it is basically a system that works towards two things: increased complexity (intelligence) and decreased chaos (entropy).
Entropy will always increase for an isolated system.
In that sense, life is not ontologically different from the rest of matter. Free energy goes in, the system consumes to maintain a steady state, heat comes out.
What is special about is that we are configurations of matter aware of ourselves and the universe. I would love to live long enough to see how it all ends.

The No-God / The Mutilated: A Census
« on: September 03, 2017, 06:16:53 pm »
The Mutilated <3

Has anybody grasped the meaning of this yet? I asked about it in the AMA and got this reply
Is that what he says?
. There's something I'm not grasping. Any ideas?

[EDIT Madness: Title, still doing [TUC Spoilers] until Tuesday.]

The Unholy Consult / [TUC SPOILERS] Mu'miorn
« on: July 25, 2017, 02:19:35 pm »
Just a small thing. I noted that the glossary has him listed as living from ?-4132 but I can't remember seeing him mentioned anywhere beside in Immiriccas/Sorweel's thoughts. Did I miss something?

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