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Who Are You

“If you see fraud and do not say fraud, you are a fraud.” — Nicholas Nassim Taleb
“We must all either wear out or rust out, every one of us. My choice is to wear out.” — Theodore Roosevel
“It’s not what happens to you, but how you react to it that matters.” — Epictetus
“The best revenge is not to be like that.” — Marcus Aurelius
“There is good in everything, if only we look for it.” — Laura Ingalls Wilder
“Character is fate.” — Heraclitus
“Every man I meet is my master in some point, and in that I learn of him.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson
“This is not your responsibility but it is your problem.” — Cheryl Strayed
“Waste no more time arguing what a good man should be. Be one.” — Marcus Aurelius
“You are only entitled to the action, never to its fruits.” — Bhagavad Gita
“Self-sufficiency is the greatest of all wealth.” — Epicurus
“Tell me to what you pay attention and I will tell you who you are.” — Jose Ortega y Gasset
“Better to trip with the feet than with the tongue.” — Zeno
“Space I can recover. Time, never.” — Napoleon Bonaparte
“You never know who’s swimming naked until the tide goes out.” — Warren Buffett
“Search others for their virtues, thyself for thy vices.” — Benjamin Franklin
“The world was not big enough for Alexander the Great, but a coffin was.” — Juvenal
“To improve is to change, so to be perfect is to have changed often.” — Winston Churchill
“Judge not, lest you be judged.” — Jesus
“Time and patience are the strongest warriors.” — Leo Tolstoy
“No one saves us but ourselves / No one can and no one may.” — Buddha

Parkinson’s Law

IT is a commonplace observation that work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion. Thus, an elderly lady of leisure can spend the entire day in writing and despatching a postcard to her niece at Bognor Regis. An hour will be spent in finding the postcard, another in hunting for spectacles, half-an-hour in a search for the address, an hour and a quarter in composition, and twenty minutes in deciding whether or not to take an umbrella when going to the pillar-box in the next street. The total effort which would occupy a busy man for three minutes all told may in this fashion leave another person prostrate after a day of doubt, anxiety and toil.

Is Our News Bought?

Several of the so-called national security experts at CNN that you see on television every night have direct links to the nation of Qatar, a terror-funding, Islamist enclave in the Middle East that has placed itself on the warpath against America’s most important regional allies.

Much of the information broadcasted to the American public is propaganda paid for by organizations that have special interests in motivating the American public.

How to Change Your Mind

What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence by Michael Pollan

This book explains the mind better than most. The spiritual event can be created with manipulating the brain with chemicals. Each individual has a perception of reality and forms shortcuts to evaluate experiences so the body can survive and comprehend the information the senses are providing. Drugs fog the learned shortcuts and open the mind to more imagination that seems so real.

We have much to learn about the brain and its functions. Let the scientists do the testing and leave the Tim Leary’s to manipulating politics.

Politics, Religion, Intelligence

Life is not easy and requires sifting through lots of information and experience which is filtered through our perceptions. Then we have self generated feelings, emotions, senses, memory, unconscious, imagination, unknowns, etc. Much of the brain’s activity is formed by neuron connections formed by habits.

We view the world in these individual ways as the genetic code makes our unique combination of brain chemicals the skew brain operations. Life is only as we know it and practice behavior that encourages good subjective feelings.

On the other side we have reality that is cause and effect of some factors we are aware of and many factors that are unknown. Nature that uses laws both know and unknown to produce cause and effect does not have the human qualities each of us is endowed with. This means most all the perceptions of fairness, morality, equality, etc. are human constructs. Human constructs form both politics and religion. Some human constructs define intelligence.

Intelligence allows us to have better probability to affect things that happen. Keep all this in mind the next time you take an action of any kind including eating, voting, working, consuming, thinking, believing, and any other human activity that continues humanity.

Sapiosexual

Would the genetics be passed on to the children?
Similarities in brain activity could be used to predict friendships
Results are evidence that people tend to befriend people who think in a similar way, scientists say
“Our results suggest that friends process the world around them in exceptionally similar ways.”

The scientists said their research is consistent with the concept of “neural homophily” – the idea that people tend to be friends with individuals who see the world in a similar way.

“The notion that people tend to resemble their friends is an enduring intuition, as evidenced by the centuries-old adage, ‘birds of a feather flock together’,” they wrote in the paper documenting their study, which was published in the journal Nature Communications.

CRISPR

CRISPR can be described as a pair of designer molecular scissors because of its core function: to home in on specific 20 letter DNA sequences and cut apart both strands of the double helix. This function allows gene-editing so the scientists can do repair and changes in the genes which are the maps for the cells that make life.

This opens the door to many questions about ethics, morals, religion, laws and many other areas for example designer humans or the perhaps the end of death. Our society is wasting its time on emotional candy as we have a a responsibility to control the course of humanity. Why is the media spending time on people’s sex lives when the whole future is depended on the citizens understanding science and the few using it to meet their idea of what the future should be?

“A Crack in Creation” by Jennifer A. Doudna

Holoplayer

Holoplayer

Good bye VR head sets.

Inequality, Fair and Reasonable

“In a paper published in April in the journal Nature Human Behaviour called ‘Why people prefer unequal societies’, a team of researchers from Yale University argue that humans – even as young children and babies – actually prefer living in a world in which inequality exists. It sounds counter-intuitive, so why would that be? Because if people find themselves in a situation where everyone is equal, studies suggest that many become angry or bitter if people who work hard aren’t rewarded, or if slackers are over-rewarded.
For example, in one study, a group of six- to eight-year-olds was tasked with divvying up erasers among two boys who cleaned a room as rewards. Researchers found that, if they told the group of children that both boys did a good job, and then gave the group an odd number of erasers, the kids made the unanimous decision to throw away the extra eraser rather than give it to one of the boys as an unfair bonus.
And yet? When the researchers told the kids that one boy worked harder than the other, the group awarded the extra prize to the harder worker.
“We argue that the public perception of wealth inequality itself being aversive to most people is incorrect, and that instead, what people are truly concerned about is unfairness,” says Christina Starmans, a psychology post-doc at Yale who worked on the paper.”

John Galt Speaks

” You have cried that man’s sins are destroying the world and you have cursed human nature for the unwillingness to practice the virtues you have demanded .Since virtue, to you, consists of sacrifice, you have demanded more sacrifices at every successive disaster. In the name of a return to morality, you have sacrificed all those evils which you held as the course of you plight. You sacrificed justice to mercy. You have sacrificed independence to unity. You have sacrificed reason to faith. You have sacrificed wealth to need. You have sacrificed self-esteem to self-denial, You have sacrificed happiness to duty.”

Atlas Shrugged

Perhaps we need more debate about lifestyles.

Dansette