Archive for April, 2013

Moore’s Law and the Origin of LifeAs life has evolved, its complexity has increased exponentially, just like Moore’s law. Now geneticists have extrapolated this trend backwards and found that by this measure, life is older than the Earth itself.

via Moores Law and the Origin of Life | MIT Technology Review.

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Unknown unknown solutions haunt the mediocre without their knowledge. The average detective does not realize the clues he or she neglects.  The mediocre doctor is not aware of the diagnostic possibilities or treatments never considered.  The run-of-the-mill lawyer fails to recognize the winning legal argument that is out there.  People fail to reach their potential as professionals, lovers, parents and people simply because they are not aware of the possible.  This is one of the reasons I often urge my student advisees to find out who the smart professors are, and to get themselves in front of those professors so they can see what smart looks like.

via The Anosognosic’s Dilemma: Something’s Wrong but You’ll Never Know What It Is (Part 1) – NYTimes.com.

Crucial to Buddhism is the reflexive change from the object to the thinker himself: first, we isolate the thing that bothers us, the cause of our suffering; then we change not the object but ourselves, the way we relate to (what appears to us as) the cause of our suffering: “What was extinguished was only the false view of self. What had always been illusory was understood as such. Nothing was changed but the perspective of the observer.”73

via Slavoj Žižek on Buddhism and the Self | Postcards from Žižek | Big Think.

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via Blogs, Articles and Videos from the World’s Top Thinkers and Leaders | Big Think.