Re: Time is Not Real. It Is a Human Perception.
Time is real and would exist whether life on Earth existed or not, since change has been around since the Universe began. If the Universe has always existed, then so has change and therefore, time.
Why life exists could just be that life is inevitable given the proper mix of organic molecules, warm enough temperatures, energy and time. Life has more than likely taken hold on planets and/or moons of other stars, just as it has here. There are so many planets being discovered beyond our star system, that they are the norm, rather than the exception. I feel that life, too, will be found to be common, as well. As for intelligence, one could question whether the average of all human's minds would be considered "intelligent" on an advanced, more civilized alien's wisdom scale.
Life is a happy consequence or accident. Time is just how change is measured. For planets to form without life around newly ignited stars will require time/change, whether life is ever there or not, for motion and orbits and gravity to do their evolving work.
And yes, if a tree falls in the woods, and no one is there to hear it, it does, still make a sound. Nature does NOT need humans to exist and change, period.
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The Oxfam report prompted Anand Giridharadas to tweet: "Don't be Pinkered into everything's-getting-better complacency."
- A new report by Oxfam argues that wealth inequality is causing poverty and misery around the world.
- In the last year, the world's billionaires saw their wealth increase by 12%, while the poorest 3.8 billion people on the planet lost 11% of their wealth.
- The report prompted Anand Giridharadas to tweet: "Don't be Pinkered into everything's-getting-better complacency." We explain what Steven Pinker's got to do with it.
Moans, groans, and gripes release stress hormones in the brain.
Could you give up complaining for a whole month? That's the crux of this interesting piece by Jessica Hullinger over at Fast Company. Hullinger explores the reasons why humans are so predisposed to griping and why, despite these predispositions, we should all try to complain less. As for no complaining for a month, that was the goal for people enrolled in the Complaint Restraint project.
Participants sought to go the entirety of February without so much as a moan, groan, or bellyache.
- Facebook and Google began as companies with supposedly noble purposes.
- Creating a more connected world and indexing the world's information: what could be better than that?
- But pressure to return value to shareholders came at the expense of their own users.
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