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Again, this Thursday I join two other astrophysicists in a presentation and discussion about "The Physics of Free Will!" At UCSD's new Arthur C. Clarke Center for Human Imagination, where the sciences and arts come together to explore humanity's most unique gift. 

http://imagination.ucsd.edu/_wp/news/the-physics-of-free-will/

(http://imagination.ucsd.edu -- get on the mailing list by emailing: lauramartin@ucsd.edu)
The University of California, San Diego and the Arthur C. Clarke Foundation have launched a new center to understand, enhance and enact the gift of human imagination. The mission of the Center is to help society become more effective at harnessing imagination. This pursuit will bring together ...
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I think it's important to identify the presuppositions in examining this concept. "Free will" as commonly defined, presupposes an agent, but that agent, the doer, is probably not what we think it is. The agent itself may be nothing more than a thought, made up of the streams of sensory inputs and conceptualizations. If that's the case, then asking if "it" has free will is a non-starter. It might be more accurate to ask what forces interact when making choices, and what influences those forces, and how can we cultivate or encourage the making of "good" choices and/or lessen the influences that lead to "bad" choices.
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And now what you’ve been waiting for… a tentative map of Pluto proposed place names! And for Charon. Pluto features many explorers and discoverers… plus some noted monsters. But Charon?  Charon’s craters and regions are tentatively named for… sci fi characters!  Kirk Crater… Sulu Crater… Ripley Crater … Skywalker Crater… Vader Crater plus some creators of sci fi like Kubrick, Clarke and Butler.  Zowee!  
(Notice the majority of Charon that’s still blurry?  Okay, there’s still time for me and my creations!)
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Problem-solving for the future: 30 technologies that will save lives in the next 15 years...
A panel of 60 health experts creates a short list of easy-to-use devices and treatments that could dramatically improve global health
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If the AI deems them worth saving.
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My mid-week posting is sure to stir things up.  Yes... Black Lives Matter! But after so many incidents lately, of awful abuse caught on video, is it possible that there's an additional chant that would be even more valuable? And more pragmatic in ending the two-hundred year chain of injustice? What rallying cry would that be?  I go into detail here... but the short of it is: "Give us more tech!"

http://davidbrin.blogspot.com/2015/07/black-lives-matter-sure-but-also-demand.html
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+Harry Jamieson problem with those statistics: the victims of police shooting are not, by and large suspected of homicide. Thus, that cannot account for the disproportionate number of black victims. In fact, it makes homicide statistics irrelevant, and their introduction a form of red herring.

The most likely explanation for the discrepancy is a tendency of police to shoot non-white suspects of other crimes and infractions (which, of course, far outnumber those suspected of homicide, which is a relatively infrequent crime) disproportionately.
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Terrific journalism and a real life adventure story! Read this riveting tale of goodguy “pirates” against villain pirates as eco-vigilantes tail and pursue the most notorious, Interpol-listed rogue fish poaching ship. “Industrial-scale violators of fishing bans and protected areas are a main reason more than half of the world’s major fishing grounds have been depleted and by some estimates over 90 percent of the ocean’s large fish like marlin, tuna and swordfish have vanished.” Vividly illustrated, this cat and mouse saga has a dramatic conclusion… and a lesson that we need better law at sea.
For 110 days and across two seas and three oceans, crews stalked a fugitive fishing ship considered the world’s most notorious poacher.
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So, that went well...
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Following the elevated and philosophical tone of my previous posting - about our variable human HORIZONS of inclusion, worry and hope... this new one may seem a melting pot of political rants!  Still, it all adds up. Some of those "horizons" are close at-hand.
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+David Brin As an eminent representative, would you be rather, say, pleased or displeased, if "cult of the shifting horizons" was to become therefore synonym to science-fiction?
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At the borderlands between science and science fiction are the highly elevated interviews of Robert Lawrence Kuhn’s “Closer to Truth” television series. I was honored to be included along with mavens like Francisco Ayala, Paul Davies Max Tegmark, Alan Guth and so on.  In this mashup, Kuhn alternates some of my excerpts with those of Nick Bostrom, Martin Rees, Marvin Minsky and Ray Kurzweil, creating in effect a debate over whether or not we are currently living in a simulation. Repackaged by Space.com. Or browse the list of wonderful topics at the show’s main site, http://www.space.com/30124-is-our-universe-a-fake.html
http://www.closertotruth.com/about/episode-listing
Could we actually be living in the Matrix? You might be surprised.
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+Mike DeSimone The reason is because of intelligent design. The designer, God loved birds that are not anus fuckas
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Our Weekend post has cool space news... but also begins a series in which I hope to fully catalog upward towards a hundred hypothetical explanations for the Fermi Paradox!  Why do we see no signs (so far) of the long-expected ET civilizations? I've been in this for 30 years and have studied it (probably) as thoroughly as anyone.  Time to share.  (And you ETs listening in right now? Yes you. I'm baaaaack! ;-)
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+David Brin​ makes sense. Maybe in a few million years the galaxy might feel a bit crowded for our descendants :).

Although I would add the things I mentioned mean something stronger than just no super ancients. It also means fewer cumulative civilizations (historically). Which combined with the various proposed civilization filters, and short time windows, might just make it hard for us to overlap with any civilization light cones in our lifetimes.

I of course am just speculating and genuinely hope we find something. 
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Cool! A panoramic tour of the International Space Station: Click to zoom and explore...
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An interesting look back at one of the first-ever widely televised debates, and one that transfixed the U.S. with matters of science, as Edward Teller and Linus Pauling confronted each other over war, peace, and atmospheric nuclear testing.
A version of this piece originally appeared in Issues in Science and Technology. On Feb. 20, 1958, in the midst of an escalating number of nuclear weapons tests worldwide—25 in 1955, 55 in 1957, nearly 120 in 1958—two scientists met in San Francisco for a live televised debate over nuclear...
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The creative benefits of sarcasm. Oh really?
Despite sarcasm’s nasty reputation, new research finds that it can boost creativity and problem-solving in the workplace.
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So you think you've detected sarcasm. Now what?
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Technicians have begun assembling the world's largest radio telescope, with a dish the size of 30 football grounds, deep in the mountains of southwest China's Guizhou Province. Yesterday afternoon, they began to assemble the telescope's reflector, which is 500 meters in diameter, compared to Puerto Rico's Arecibo Observatory, which is 300 meters. "Having a more sensitive telescope, we can receive weaker and more distant radio messages. It will help us to search for intelligent life outside of the galaxy and explore the origins of the universe," Wu Xiangping, director-general of the Chinese Astronomical Society said.

Okay fine. But please read the first few chapters of Liu Cixin’s epic Science Fiction novel (and current Hugo Award nominee) THE THREE BODY PROBLEM. That will teach you caution not to press SEND with any “outgoing messages.” Listening is good.
China has begun assembling the world's largest radio telescope called FAST deep in the mountains of Guizhou Province.
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Whatever we see acoupla light years now are stale history. No way to kniw
what's up there today. This is a waste of time.
If there's technology to know events that occurred in the universe, in the
past; please use it to find murders that haven't been unmasked...in several
unresolved murder cases.
These space searches don't solve no terrestrial problems, u kno'.
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Scientist, Author, Futurist, Public speaker: David Brin’s novels have been translated into more than twenty languages, including NY Times Best-sellers that have won Hugo and Nebula awards. His latest, Existence, looks at the threats facing us forty years in the future. His 1989 thriller, Earth, foreshadowed cyber-warfare, the Web, and global warming. A 1998 Kevin Costner film was loosely adapted from the post-apocalyptic novel, The Postman. The Uplift novels, including Startide Rising, and The Uplift War consider a future where humans raise animals to sentient levels. Foundation's Triumph brought a grand finale to Isaac Asimov's famed Foundation Universe. 

Brin is also a scientist and futurist who appears frequently on television ("Life After People," "The Universe," "the Architechs") discussing topics as diverse as surveillance technology, astronomy, SETI, nanotechnology and national defense. His non-fiction book -- The Transparent Society: Will Technology Make Us Choose Between Freedom and Privacy? -- won the 2000 Freedom of Speech Award of the American Library Association

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