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Christian Existentialism does away with living for the afterlife and belief in an omnipotent God.

For me, it means looking at God and prayer in a different way.
The Transfigurist is an extraordinary exploration of science, religion, technology, and spirituality.
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The evolution of music and instruments keep them relevant in the transhuman age.
 
WHY DOES THE music in Blade Runner resonate so deeply? Because Vangelis, the mad genius Greek who wrote and performed the score, relied primarily on one instrument: the Yamaha CS-80.

The thing that made this ’70s-era synthesizer so special was an inspired feature called “Polyphonic Pressure.” The CS-80 was one of the last keyboards where a note’s volume could be tweaked by varying the finger pressure on a key. The resulting acoustic-like voicing was eerie and remarkably expressive. By massaging individual keys to varying degrees, Vangelis could summon the plaintive cries of tin foil unicorns or replicants in love. Alienation and melancholy never sounded so good.

Like Roy and Pris, though, the CS-80 was doomed. In 1980, when killjoy accountants cited high production costs and shrinking profit margins, management pulled the plug. Just like that, Polyphonic Pressure vanished from the Yamaha lineup.

For musicians who mourned the passing of this iconic analog synth, there’s reason to rejoice. After 35 years, the next-gen polyphonic pressure instruments have arrived. On the electronic music circuit they’re known as PMCs: polyphonic multi-dimensional controllers. It’s the “multi” bit that’s important. Unlike Vangelis’ beloved CS-80, which could sense movement in one dimension, these sophisticated MIDI machines can sense finger movement in three dimensions simultaneously—in addition to controlling volume, a musician can also change a note’s pitch and timbre in real time.


Linnstruments photographed in Roger Linn’s home on March 19, 2015. CHRISTIE HEMM KLOK/WIRED
It’s revolutionary, and the manifesto goes something like this: The MIDI keyboard, that ubiquitous human interface popularized by Brit synth bands during the Reagan administration, is dino-tech. Thanks to progress in smart materials, sensors, software, and computing power, an improved 3-D pressure-sensitive interface has emerged to take its place. These instruments have liberated musicians, enabling them to play complex and hauntingly beautiful music the likes of which has never been heard before.
The human-friendly touch controls on the Linnstrument allow electronic musicians to realize previously unattainable levels of expressiveness and nuance.
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I much prefer the tiny elephant over encouraging people to shoot at "aliens" in the workplace!

Love Google, but man they need to get out in public more often!
 
Augmented reality start-up Magic Leap has released a mind-boggling video that dramatically dissolves the boundary between real and virtual. In the video, we
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Can AI also learn compassion and empathy?
 
Latest from: #Empathy & #Compassion Magazine
- Center for Building a Culture of Empathy
http://CultureOfEmpathy.com
A 2013 study conducted by researchers from the University of Wisconsin-Madison found that behavioral changes also resulted in more altruistic behavior in volunteers. For this study, the researchers asked volunteers to engage in compassion meditation, an ancient Buddhist technique to increase caring feeling for people who are suffering. According to the university press release, 30 minutes of compassion training every day for two weeks resulted in...
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"After the Civil War, the slave patrols were disbanded and whites could no longer overtly use race to sanction legally the whipping or brutalizing of blacks. The law enforcement aspects of the slave patrols were assumed by police forces while their lawless, vigilante aspects were taken up by groups such as the Ku Klux Klan."
 
"..insight into the historical reasons for the pattern of racially targeted law enforcement in the United States..": http://newswise.com/articles/book-on-slave-patrols-reveals-roots-of-race-based-policing
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The notion of Godhood is tied very closely to the idea of Power. In some systems, God is perceived as all-knowing, all-powerful. That women (or gay men, or non-whites, or children...) are excluded from the notion of Godhood suggests that they need, by necessity, defer to those who reflect the image of God.
But if humanity is "made in the image of God," then all of humanity can reflect the divine. 
What would it mean for our country and our world if we genuinely respected the marginal voices and allowed them to shape our systems?
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Joan of Arc, just 19 when tried as a heretic and burned alive at the stake, had the conviction of heart to believe she was loved by God. 
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This is untrue . This is a quote from planned parenthood:
"He’s a bona fide gynotician who has no business making laws dictating women’s access to health care. We can’t let a gynotician like Cruz take his out-of-touch agenda on women’s health to the White House."

  http://www.plannedparenthoodaction.org/elections-politics/blog/ted-cruz-president/
 
Planned Parenthood Supports Cruz '16
I want to say a big thank you to Planned Parenthood for putting aside their historical partisanship and coming out in support of the government's right to regulate a uterus. While I'm grateful for every award, and literally desperate for recognition, this e...
I want to say a big thank you to Planned Parenthood for putting aside their historical partisanship and coming out in support of the government's right to regulate a uterus. While I'm grateful for every award, and liter...
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Support Basic Income?
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I just signed a petition to The Massachusetts State House, The Massachusetts State Senate, The United States House of Representatives, The United States Senate, and President Barack Obama: As poverty, homelessness, and huger continue to rise, it is time to consider a solution everyone from Richard Nixon to Martin Luther King could agree on - Basic Income. Giving everyone money to afford the basic necessities of life is the best, most efficient, a...
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Yikes! This is an example of theology posing as science. 
How can this come from a medical school at a university? Hopefully, it is the citation and not the research that is at the root.
Thoughts?
 
SURGEON SAYS HUMAN BODY COULD NOT HAVE EVOLVED
"In a recent paper titled "Dissecting #Darwinism ," Baylor University Medical Center surgeon Joseph Kuhn described serious problems with #Darwinian #evolution .1 He first described how life could not possibly have come from chemicals alone, since the information residing in #DNA required an input from outside of nature.2
He then addressed Darwinism's inability to account for the all-or-nothing structure of cellular systems, including the human body. As a medical doctor, Kuhn not only knows the general arrangement of the human body's visible parts, he also understands the interrelated biochemical systems that sustain and regulate all of those parts. He recognized that the human body contains an all-or-nothing system in which its core parts and biochemicals must exist all at once for the body to function."
We all know that it is absolutely impossible for our body organs to have evolved separately. Without the heart to pump the blood to the brain how could we humans exist?. Or anything for that matter? How about the veins that the blood runs through? Which came first? This is only one of the many problems with the #theory of evolution.. These are things that had to be ALL TOGETHER at the same time to work properly. WE were CREATED by GOD!
http://www.icr.org/article/surgeon-says-human-body-did-not-evolve/
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Great commentary. This is the AI issue more immediately serious than "killer robots." Thanks +Matthew J Price for sharing.
 
The money now spent on developing “artificial intelligence” or AI for finance, equities or commodities trading etc vastly exceeds the AI research budgets at the top 100 universities, combined.  And nearly all of it is done in secret, to develop programs whose ferocious drives are predatory, parasitical and all-devouring insatiable. That’s some combination!  As I have said repeatedly, “Skynet” won’t come out of the military.  It will come out of the portions of our economy that win every political battle and every tax break.  Indeed, what better clue that our AI overlords have already… come awake?
Smart-beta ETFs use machines to outperform humans and now account for $400 billion, but some can be less than brilliant.
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