Whoa, Baby, You Better Be Sure You Can Ride That Horse!

It's possible that the American psyche is due for a shift in the tectonic arrangement of its value system to bring it more into line with the realities of the modern world. French writer André Malraux once asked a Catholic priest what he had learned from a lifetime of hearing confessions.The priest immediately told him, "There is no such thing as an adult person." That considered opinion seems to have a fundamentally substantial basis in fact. People’s motivations are engraved in stone at a very tender age, and then they use whatever knowledge and sophistication they acquire to advance their childish agenda.And they expect to be humored and indulged. This theory of grown idiots subsuming humanity to their infantile illusions has never been more evidently showcased than in twenty-first century America, where a high-ranking administration official boldly proclaimed to an observer, "We are an empire. Reality is whatever we say it is."Whoa, Baby, You Better Be Sure You Can Ride That Horse!

Russia sends its first android to space

The Russian-built FEDOR was launched on a mission to help ISS astronauts.

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Technology & Innovation
  • Russia launched a spacecraft carrying FEDOR, a humanoid robot.
  • Its mission is to help astronauts aboard the International Space Station.
  • Such androids can eventually help with dangerous missions likes spacewalks.
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Human extinction! Don't panic; think about it like a philosopher.

Most people think human extinction would be bad. These people aren't philosophers.

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Politics & Current Affairs
  • A new opinion piece in The New York Times argues that humanity is so horrible to other forms of life that our extinction wouldn't be all that bad, morally speaking.
  • The author, Dr. Todd May, is a philosopher who is known for advising the writers of The Good Place.
  • The idea of human extinction is a big one, with lots of disagreement on its moral value.
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this incredibly rich machinery – with Antonio Damasio

Picking up where we left off a year ago, a conversation about the homeostatic imperative as it plays out in everything from bacteria to pharmaceutical companies—and how the marvelous apparatus of the human mind also gets us into all kinds of trouble.

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  • "Prior to nervous systems: no mind, no consciousness, no intention in the full sense of the term. After nervous systems, gradually we ascend to this possibility of having to this possibility of having minds, having consciousness, and having reasoning that allows us to arrive at some of these very interesting decisions."
  • "We are fragile culturally and socially…but life is fragile to begin with. All that it takes is a little bit of bad luck in the management of those supports, and you're cooked…you can actually be cooked—with global warming!"



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