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This week, we’re recognizing boundary-breaking electrical engineer Edith Clarke. Ms. Clarke was the first woman professionally employed as an electrical engineer in the U.S., the first to present a paper before the IEEE and later became the first female IEEE Fellow. She is most known for her work on power transmissions, and subsequently finding simple ways to explain her solutions to the engineering community.
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Ocumetics Bionic Lens could give you vision 3x better than 20/20
Dr. Garth Webb, an optometrist in British Columbia invented the Ocumetics Bionic Lens which allow its user to see three times better than 20/20 vision without wearing glasses or contacts.

The process would be identical to cataract surgery. Within ten minutes, a patient's sight would be immediately corrected. 

Webb, who is the CEO of Ocumetics Technology Corp., has spent the last eight years and about $3 million researching and developing the Bionic Lens. Webb's efforts also brought attention from some of the top ophthalmologists in the world.

"There's a lot of excitement about the Bionic Lens from very experienced surgeons who perhaps had some cynicism about this because they've seen things not work in the past. They think that this might actually work and they're eager enough that they all wish to be on the medical advisory board to help him on his journey," says Dr. Vincent DeLuise, an ophthalmologist who teaches at Yale University in New Haven, Conn., and at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City.

According to Webb, the Bionic Lens could be available in Canada and elsewhere in about two years, depending on regulatory processes in various countries.

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I found this quote very hard to follow. How do they manage to be not influenced by others? I have an ego that I have hard time to suppress. What's the cure? Religion?
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I'm not going to argue details +Erlend Ervik You can make as many assumptions as you want, but that's besides the point.
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I haven't read anything as great as this for quite a while.
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Does Recognizing a lack of free will matter? Here are 3 Compelling Reasons that indicate it Does

By dictionary definition, free will is defined as "the ability make choices unimpeded by prior causes".  For free will to be possible, you would need to be aware of all the factors that determine your thoughts and actions, and you would need to have complete control over those factors. 

This doesn't imply that you are not free to choose, you are merely not free to make that choice unimpeded by prior causes, whether they be preexisting preferences, feelings, external factors, or (most likely) a massive combination of them all.

With this in mind, here are the reasons that recognizing a lack of free will is significant:

1 - Science

From a scientific perspective, specifically with regards to neurology, recognizing a lack of free will is vital.

There was a time when epilepsy was thought by some to be the result of demonic possession. If this was your view, you'd have no incentive to even consider the possibility of finding a genuine cure or treatment. Thanks to advances in science, we are aware the condition is a neurological disorder, and neurologists are able to focus on the actual cause of the problem.

Yet there is still much about the brain that remains a mystery. If scientific research is limited because of faulty assumptions, it could have devastating consequences. One of these assumptions is a view that free will exists.

Imagine a man who, despite having always been a fine upstanding citizen and family man, is found to have beaten his neighbor rendering her unconscious. This horrendous act is deplorable, and few would argue it seems to lack any morality.

Yet what might change if you later discover this man has a tumor in his head adding tremendous pressure to his frontal lobe. This condition is known to entirely change the demeanor of a person, often in uncharacteristically aggressive ways. What if doctors determine that removing this tumor will restore the man to his previous law abiding self. Was morality really the issue?

Though the situation remains complicated, you would certainly view things differently. But take the example further. Suppose neurologists discover matter in the brain that is the root of aggressive behavior. If excessive aggression is found to be a genetic mutation, would it make sense to correct the issue in the same manner that we remove a tumor?

If you assume free will, there is no reason to consider such a possibility, just as if you assume a seizure is a demonic possession, you lack any incentive to try and find a genuine cause. 

In some aspects, science already does this. We have treatments for things like depression, which necessitates a view that these mindsets are not freely chosen. But an assumption of free will suggests that any choice is unimpeded by factors such as chemical imbalances. 

Recognizing a lack of free will permits you to capably view every choice with a corresponding cause, and thus seek solutions to undesirable states of mind.

Neurologists have no issue recognizing a lack of free will. The risk is that if enough societal or political pressure were to prevent scientific studies on the brain on the basis that choice is not significantly tied to specific causes, science could face unnecessary restrictions or be completely stymied - which would be an appalling situation. 

2 - Empathy/Compassion

If a child is brutally beaten at home and then acts aggressively at school, it is easy to recognize the root of this behavior falls outside of his control. Had you experienced the same abuse, your personality, your feelings about the world around you, and the choices you make would inevitably be different. The reason you are aware of this is because you empathize - putting yourself in another's mindset and relating to their feelings.

Understanding that free will does not exist gives reason to expand this empathy to all human action.

No matter who you encounter, if you imagine that you we're born with the same genetics, had the same upbringing, had exactly the same set of life experiences, you would be precisely the same person making the same choices.

Even the worst possible person you can think of was born with particular genetics and had a lifetime of experiences that resulted in him being who he is. When you understand this, you see things differently.

That isn't to say you agree with everyone's views or condone bad choices, only that you recognize that there are reasons for compassion even if you disagree. If you infer free will, this level of consideration in nonexistent - you are left only to assume bad choices stem from bad people.

Without free will, you look at choice in an entirely different context. Recognizing this concept has diffused and avoided uncountable disagreements, and makes interacting with others significantly easier. You become far less judgmental.

3 - Influence

Lacking free will does not imply you are unreceptive to reason. What you read, what you experience, who you associate with, what other people say, these things will all influence your mindset and affect your future choices. 

Understanding that free will does not exist heightens your attention to influence. The moment you recognize that every choice is the result of a prior cause, you are much more inclined to do your best to ensure those causes are as positive or helpful to you as possible. 

We all know that even a single event, if it is traumatic enough, can entirely change the scope of a person's life. But causality implies every event changes life in some capacity, even if its negligibly small. The problem is you can never know how large an impact any event might have. 

You don't need freewill to influence others, which should be of particular importance to anyone with children. If your child witnesses an argument between you and your spouse, and you exhibit certain behaviors such as lying, that will be an element that influences your child's decision making process.

There is no way to determine if it is an aspect that will be mostly inconsequential, be forgotten, or perhaps surface in some negative way at a later date. It is merely one more influencing factor piled onto her lifetime of experience that shapes her decision making process. 

There is a significant difference between thinking only some experiences matter versus knowing that everything matters. When you recognize this, you discover how easy it is to dismiss detrimental thoughts that emerge in your mind that otherwise would have inconspicuously entered your decision making process - the result being you become far more introspective.

What you think matters - what causes you to think matters even more.

If you find this topic fascinating, here's more on Free Will:
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The first step in developing a control program is the definition of the control task. The control task specifies what needs to be done and is defined by those who are involved in the operation of the machine or process. The second step in control program development is to determine a control strategy, the sequence of processing steps that must occur within a program to produce the desired output control.

This is also known as the development of an algorithm.
Documents about the arrangement of the PLC system are the I/O and the internal address assignment table, and the register address assignment table
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Religion and Free Will come in pair. Atheists should not believe in Free Will. They are not compatible. 
Many religious theists, especially Christians, argue that only their religion creates a secure foundation for free will and thus also the ability to make moral choices. The point of this argument is to prove that atheism is incompatible with free will and moral choices - and, by implication, morality itself.
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+Erlend Ervik The best word is "compatibility", some may feel okay to be atheist with the belief of free will, but I don't. It takes some thoughts, not immediately obvious..
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Why doesn't every schoool have one of these?! A $260 kit helps teach neuroscience via mind control
For just $260, you can buy an electronic device that will give you mind control. The device was developed by neuroscientist and engineer Greg Gage, who founded a company called Backyard Brains with...
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Electrical-Engineer-to-be, dedicated to science since 2011. I love brain-teasing mathematical puzzles, optical illusions, philosophical paradox, and drama conflicts questing the meaning of our lives as well as the fragility of our perception.  I'm more serious than funny, more passionate than sarcastic, and more cynical than gullible, but .. I like being casual and funny and enjoying this life as well.

Born in China, but not Made in China, I had strong repulsion against Communism and theocracy, or other forms of dictatorship/absolutism; for that reason, I don't recognize and claim myself Chinese although with somewhat cultural legacy, so related compliment and curiosity are not appreciated - asking me what I think about Chinese eating placenta and dissidents being prosecuted? I would easily see this as asking me why I did it. I have no obligation and filial feeling toward my birthplace.

Power or Piety, describes my religious view. I believe it's more of an utility and obligation to believe in being servants with sins rather than being desire-driven, undisciplined person with arrogance. In another word, it's a choice of moral reference. When the power, public or private, becomes untamed, it's better to believe in God than to believe in no God. The value of religions in the history and some area of the world can not be erased. It's the dark age and industrial revolution twined together that make our world progress. Now I choose a neutral stance after going through the extremes. I'm agnostic and having slight favor toward the belief of atheism. I'm holding the view that God represents metaphysical UNKNOWN. I don't follow any organized religion for religious purpose. I believe that Bible, Koran, and other religious scripts are like fairy tales, we should not interpret it as if it's the word by God. We get the good thing from them, and abandon the bad things from them, because I think they were all written by humans, who make mistakes just like us. 

Philosophy, the linguistic algebra of history; Science, the rules running the multiverse, are the path I came along and the end I reside in. Expanding my structure of knowledge and filling the matrix of analogies is my ultimate spiritual goal. 

My core value and belief is that via helping others I can have strength and sympathy not jealousy and complaint. Zooming out in the country level, I seek for two things as the core values - Democracy and Science; I'm an idealist. 

I studied different languages and linguistics, so I'm still going to try my best to be trilingual, but electronics is both my hobby and career. It's an on-going conflict probably in the rest of my life between the two lifestyles I wish for. I want to own the world through the languages, but I also like exploring the nature, the law of physics for inventing and making stuff. 

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