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Going Mental

Einstein's Double Edged Sword

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about 1 year ago
by Joi Ito

I think it’s important to have people who inspire people to think.  But it’s really, really bad to have gurus who you look for the answer from because I think the key is, you want to question authority for yourself.   So to the extent that an Einstein gets people to want to open the black box ...

Going Mental

Don't Blame Religion for All Violence

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about 1 year ago

There are some religion-bashers out there who make it sound as though religion is the source of all violence and conflict in the world.  Richard Dawkins has come close to saying something like that, so did Christopher Hitchens. And it’s just empirically false.   The greatest bloodshed in the ...

Inventing the Future

ETA For Hypersonic Weapons: 2025

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about 1 year ago

What's the Latest Development? US military officials report that hypersonic weapons -- which would fly at more than five times the speed of sound -- could be available as soon as 2025, given current research and development progress. Earlier this month, the Air Force/DARPA experimental X-51A ...

Going Mental

Anxiety = Uncertainty X Powerlessness

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about 1 year ago

Anxiety is the most prevalent emotion in most organizations in the United States today.   Anxiety has two component parts.  It’s what you don't know and what you can't control. So anxiety equals uncertainty times powerlessness.  So the way you could work this equation is the following ...