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Joscha Bach
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The Trump Principle
I'll accept this if he also says the idea of electing him president was just a suggestion. https://t.co/16nYZjaREG — Paul Graham (@paulg) May 12, 2016 I wonder of Donald Trump may be one of the most misunderstood politicians of our time. When he entered the...

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How to build an artificially intelligent plant
The amazing wondering animal Ani Liu just asked me how I would start to build an artificially intelligent plant. That is a beautiful question! Here is what came up. 1. To begin, identify an area where a plant would meaningfully benefit from additional cogni...

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Marvin Minsky
Marvin Minsky has passed away from us last night. Right before I got the sad news, I had spent an hour in a conversation with a friend in on the other side of the continent, discussing how Marvin has influenced our work and out way of looking at what makes ...

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No, the universe is not a brain.
At Forbes, Ethan Siegel asks if the universe may be alive. This might bring us to the question what it means to be alive. When biologists started their field, they could only define it by extension (e.g. animals, plants and other similarly animated things),...

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Why I don't think that Quantum Computers will work, ever
I have just made a bet that quantum computers will not turn out to be better than classical computers within the next fifteen years. I would rather want to bet on "ever", but how could I win such a bet? We could also do a lifetime thing: if you die before t...

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Four Gods
When I follow discussions between atheists and enlightened catholics, I notice that they often talk past each other, due to entirely different ideas about what is meant by 'God'. After I found God for myself (not a religious one, but an Aristotelian one), I...

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Controversies on Campus
Last week, the notable writer and feminist Germaine Greer  gave an invited lecture at Cardiff University, which sparked fierce protest and thousands of signatures against her appearance, because Greer has repeatedly expressed the belief that biological male...

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Rethinking Quantum Mechanics and Inverted Spacetime from a Computationalist Perspective
Warning: Speculative physics bullshit by a non-physicist Nature just published a short commentary on a possible quantum theoretical foundation of space time . In short, it suggests that spacetime is not the reason why particles get entangled with each other...

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Why Twitter was right to replace stars with hearts, and why you hate it
Last Tuesday, Twitter replaced its appreciation expressor button, pictured as a star, with a heart. Instead of "favs", twitter users will now send "likes" to each other when they want to express that they feel positively disposed towards a 140 character str...

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On Knowledge and Normativity
Let us explore some thoughts about which extend knowledge about anything is the result of a social negotiation, and consequently, to which degree reality is a social construct. Let me start with embarrassing myself a bit and relate a bit of personal history...
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