Changed, about, luckyme0 (so easy to get carried away), Interests: History of ‘Cultural Religions’; Humanism; Psychology; Reading; Popular Science; School Ethos; Progressive Family Philosophy; History; Family; Parenting; Psychology; Horse Riding; Sailing; Rescue Boat Driver; Skiing (Teppichswinger); TV Documentaries; Motorbike Cross Country Riding; Volunteer Sports Stewarding; Writing; Primitive Man; Pre-history; Social Anthropology; British Humanist Association; BHA; Meaning of Life; The Big Questions; Where am I; What am I; Why am I; Knowledge; Education; Globalisation; Family History.
22 April 2016 Oh sh.t!, it’s ‘Earth Day’ – My son says, ‘Humans Need Not Apply’ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Pq-S557XQU And, Hollywood has most of the fundamental answers to most of the most fundamental questions, ref, The ‘Borg’, so on…
‘Perhaps that’s life. You are born to die; that’s a fact; when is not a certain; it’s what you do between that makes it yours!
Reply – Born to die, because we are biological (they/scientist reckon, now, that if we find any Aliens, they will be machines; death will be, shortly in geo time, overcome by humans). ‘Do between’ is a massive question, so is, ‘when is not a certain’ and ‘makes it yours’; is another one. You have, just about, ‘blown my fuse’!
Anthropology : – The horrific Paris attacks carried out by the Islamic State have signified the war with the jihadists has arrived in Europe. But how has the ideology of war and bloodshed infected the minds of people from Europe? What is the deadly allure of Islamic… https://www.rt.com/shows/sophieco/322242-isis-paris-attacks-war/ Dr Scott Atran is on Sophie&Co. “And yet life itself, the joy of living, was the target of Islamic extremists with a burning hatred for these very freedoms on Friday night, killing well over 100 people. They did not attack infrastructure, politicians, military personnel, or sites of historical or cultural significance. They targeted innocent people, going about their lives, trying to make it through this difficult and complicated world with a modicum of fun and lightness. Something we all aspire to” the BHA.
“Civilization, we may say, has advanced (very slowly socially, if at all) only at the cost of a struggle between science (Latin for knowledge) and superstition (superstition, being: most religions, connected to government i.e., governments that are not fully secular by design, and its people that havn’t been ‘de-mystified’, ref, ‘Inside The Medieval Mind’ that is prevelant today, in many parts of the world @ http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b009s80l/inside-the-medieval-mind-1-knowledge ) working on the intelligence of the participants, a struggle of whose progress the legal status of torture and the social status of astrology (not, ‘astronomy’, some get confused with ‘astrology’, an ‘ignorant person’, on our TV the other night, educated, but very muddled), might serve as indicators” – Today, this really does include, a complete tolerance to any and all forms of sexual orientation, obviously, those people, and their countries, that may be trusted with modern weapons (nuclear weapons) have to show a ‘modicum, of some form of modernistic civilisation’, otherwise, they should not be trusted – Evan Davis and Shimon Peres BBC Newsnight 18/05/2015 40 minutes into the programme @ http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b05w96jz/newsnight-18052015 Evil can always come out to play, “Mr Nice Guy, or, even, Mr Average” – ‘The Gulag Archipelago’ Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn. ‘Inside The Medieval Mind’ – ‘To our medieval forebears the world could appear mysterious, even enchanted. Sightings of green men, dog heads and alien beings were commonplace. The world itself was a book written by God. But as the Middle Ages grew to a close, it became a place to be mastered, even exploited’ http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b009s80l/inside-the-medieval-mind-1-knowledge
“Chomsky asserts that authority, unless justified, is inherently illegitimate, and that the burden of proof is on those in authority. If this burden can’t be met, the authority in question should be dismantled. Authority for its own sake is inherently unjustified” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Noam_Chomsky – And, “Violence is sometimes right, ‘respect’ for authority is always wrong”.
Great TV – I have rattled on about this (amazing pottiness) for years. We, UK, inherently, do ourselves down, as a people, and a nation! We could have become ‘cloned’ by the Americans, and, only just, avoided it, dare I say it, “With our past ‘greatness’ (‘owning’ most of the world, only,150 yrs ago) and our heritage and the ownership of the, fantastic, and imaginative culture, UK!” http://www.bbc.co.uk/…/dominic-sandbrook-let-us-entertain-y… The making of steel (Midlands 1960’s ‘dystopia’) to ‘Heavy Metal Bands’ of the 1960’s, ‘you start ‘head banging’ and you feel OK’! Keep an eye out for this series, ‘something awesome’, in our age of:- http://www.culturechange.org/cms/index.php… And, “Factors of instability for a disturbed population: Are Americans fukked?”
Years of campaigning and worry (argument and writing,, in my case, embarrassingly, to all my children’s school’s) for our children’s sake (dogma and charlatanism, fundamental religiosity) of ‘some’ religious teachings in our schools is now over at last! This should be the ‘norm’ worldwide, for the obvious reasons (dangers of ‘global gullibility’), but I do think; this will probably not happen tomorrow (Kansas, USA, and its, ‘Flying Spaghetti Monster’). Brainwashing of, ‘Creationism’, and the so called, nonsense of, ‘Intelligent Design’, also, banned in all ‘Science Classes’ https://humanism.org.uk/2015/09/01/first-teaching-of-evolution-in-new-primary-national-curriculum-gets-underway-in-english-schools/
“Teachers say they are seeing “Victorian conditions” with pupils arriving at school hungry and not wearing the right clothes needed for the weather. The NASUWT teachers’ union says schools and teachers are increasingly having to deal with the consequences of poor housing and poverty. Teachers reported bringing in their own food to school to give to children” http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-32181848
Awaiting – our ‘children’s exam results’ (I’m waiting for ‘Godot’, so I’m not very helpful) the ‘great start’ of the (massive) advantages of ‘multiple intelligences’ in all employment, hopefully!http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-33759238 ‘Exams are a waste of time, they are always 20 years out of date’ Einstein. And, Tolstoy (a great educationalist), ‘When I reached the age of 35 yrs old, I realised that everything was bunkum and deceit’. My Dad, ‘Who would want to be a grown man and spend all day passing bits of paper to one another’.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MUXtzkLTABI
“The Large Hadron Collider, the world’s most powerful particle accelerator, is being restarted, after a two-and-a-half year upgrade” http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-32187923
“For many years now, leading church figures have bemoaned the fact that in a country that is still officially Christian, with almost 60% of people identifying themselves as such in the 2011 census (although far fewer actually attend church services, or believe in God), the religious message of Easter has been drowned out by the secular festival of chocolate and shopping being celebrated at supermarkets across the country” http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-32160786
“We might call this “hard compatibilism,” hard because while it sees causal explanations and ascriptions of responsibility as compatible, it countenances no softening of our reactive dispositions (e.g., the desire to retaliate) that we ordinarily think might follow when we discover the full causal story behind behavior (what is?, ‘the full causal story behind behavior’, micro, or macro). Hard compatibilism is opposed to what seems to me the widely shared, natural inclination to moderate retributive responses (or effusive, fawning praise) directed solely at the individual when it is clearly seen that the causes for behavior lie in external circumstances, which if they had been different, would have made the behavior less likely” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Naturalism_%28philosophy%29
“Increasing numbers of migrants are losing their lives as they make the treacherous journey across the Mediterranean to Europe, figures from the International Organization for Migration (IOM) show. More than 1,700 people are believed to have died this year so far, compared with 96 deaths up to the end of April last year. As many as 800 migrants are feared drowned after the boat they were travelling in capsized in Libyan waters south of the Italian island of Lampedusa on Sunday” http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-32387224 And, Brilliant Documentary – ‘they run away from me’, she says, “For IS militants being killed by a woman means going to hell,” said Chichek, 16 years old. Daughters, ‘stand up for yourselves’, everywhere, and equal pay, so on..; very sad that the ‘richer’ Kurds don’t let their daughters join the YPJ, which is totally voluntary and to protect their homeland from ISIS: the poorest of the society having to do this unpleasant and dirty work. Also, Turkey takes some ‘unfair measures’ against the YPJ, when they are protecting Turkey, as well, from that ‘nightmarish outfit’ of IS https://www.rt.com/news/268741-kurdish-women-fighters-documentary/
25 years of Hubble http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/in-pictures-32388337
Game Theory, “Nash, 86, and his 82-year-old wife Alicia were killed when their taxi crashed in New Jersey, they said. The mathematician is renowned for his work in game theory, winning the Nobel Prize for Economics in 1994. His breakthroughs in maths – and his struggles with schizophrenia – were the focus of the 2001 film” http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-32865248
Mind Control http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b00xhgkd/the-brain-a-secret-history-1-mind-control It’s for real!
“Modern humans and Neanderthals interbred in Europe, an analysis of 40,000-year-old DNA suggests. The study suggests an early Homo sapiens settler in Europe harboured a Neanderthal ancestor just a few generations back in his family line. Previous work has shown our ancestors had interbred with Neanderthals 55,000 years ago, possibly in the Middle East. The new results reveal there was additional mixing once modern humans pushed north into Europe. An international team of researchers has published its analysis of the ancient European genome in Nature journal” http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-33226416
“Storing information so that you can easily find it again is a challenge. From purposefully messy desks to indexed filing cabinets, we all have our preferred systems. How does it happen inside our brains”?, http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-33380677
“Insects solve some pretty wacky biological problems, says Dr Gregory Sutton. And he should know. For almost a decade, he has been using high-speed cameras to reveal the secrets of the most acrobatic of the world’s invertebrates. Along with his colleagues at the Universities of Bristol and Cambridge, he is working out how fleas, locusts and even praying mantises take to the air. He presented some of his latest work at the Society for Experimental Biology’s annual meeting in Prague on Thursday. Also, “As for Dr Sutton’s next video – he is currently trying to film the individual hairs on the bodies of bees, which they use to sense differentiate between flowers. “I just see life as a series of stories,” he adds” – maybe, if we all did see life, as this, there would be a lot less trouble in the human world (anyone, who does not see life like this [bigger than this, the religionists, especially], I do find, so very, very, annoying!, http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-33334091 To clarify – 07/07/2005, My/your right to (some) ‘discernment’ – “I just see life as a series of stories,” he adds – maybe, if we all did see life, as this; there would be a lot less trouble in the human world. Anyone, who does not see life like this [‘somehow bigger than this’, the religionists, some ideologists, especially] I do find, personally, so very, very, annoying (stupid, even)!,http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-33334091 And, “Tony Blair has issued a stark warning that the threat from Islamist terrorism has now reached “the edges of Europe” http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-33415477
“Storing information so that you can easily find it again is a challenge. From purposefully messy desks to indexed filing cabinets, we all have our preferred systems. How does it happen inside our brains? Somewhere within the dense, damp and intricate 1.5kg of tissue that we carry in our skulls, all of our experiences are processed, stored, and – sometimes more readily than others – retrieved again when we need them” http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-33380677 And, Who Are We? ‘The Making of the Human Mind’ by Colin Renfrew and the 5 sequential stages of human development, “a very persuasive one”. The first three stages are ‘unilineal’ (where the idea of memes or memetics of Richard Dawkins is found to be ‘a bit loose in its terminology’) as in the evolution to Homo sapiens from Homo erectus. Based on ‘Origins of the Modern Mind’ Merlin Donald 1991 and refinedby Colin Renfrew and later accepted by Donald. 1) Episodic Stage – Primate cognition2) Mimetic Stage – 4 million to 4000 years (peaking with Homo erectus) 3) Mythic Stage – first use of complex language – 500,000 years to the present (peaking with Homo sapiens) 4) Material Symbolic Stage – Leslie White recognised this as defining the ‘importance in human culture’ (icons of religious faith, amongst the many other symbols – where everyone was religious) 5) Theoretic Stage. Donald calls this ‘institutionalised paradigmatic thought’ (writing – ‘massive external memory storage’). A better and more detailed explanation, can be found in Colin Renfrew’s fascinating book ‘Prehistory’ – The Prehistoric Mind. How did Prehistoric Man Think? The Primitive Mind. http://youtu.be/DswL_7dnI4A Steven Rose: Can Genetics Explain Human Nature? 1/5 And, Researchers extracted DNA from a 4,500-year-old skull that was discovered in the highlands of Ethiopia. A comparison with genetic material from today’s Africans reveals how our ancient ancestors mixed and moved around the continents. The findings, published in the journal Science, suggests that about 3,000 years ago there was a huge wave of migration from Eurasia into Africa http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-34479905
But as you get older, you do it more, ‘more quality time’, looking back at the past, stories, so on.., time is much more available. ‘Narcissism’ can be a danger and is very addictive, so I do little ‘self reality check’ sometimes. Where ‘the stork has dropped you’, chance is terribly important, it’s difficult, if not impossible, to break completely free, see, ‘hard compatible-ism’ a social philosophy, then the Dr Milgram experiment https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Milgram_experiment of the 1960’s, the horrendous ‘human condition’, but knowledge (I think) is the key of this. And, ‘Mind Control’ ‘Trust Me I’m A Doctor’ – ‘The Brain A Secret History’ http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00xhgkd
Narcissism – touching his/your/my reflection. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mirror_neuron Facebook, its amazing success. Professor Stephen Hawking “Technology is a vital part of human existence. They show us that the right tools in the right hands can help everyone, regardless of our frailties, to achieve our true potential and advance as a civilisation.” &, so very importantly ‘Reminiscence Therapy’ + ‘other advantages’ for those (older persons) with or without any (obvious) impairments!
Your duty, on religion, if educated: John Stuart Mill took this up in 1873: On religion in particular the time appears to me to have come when it is the duty of all who, being qualified in point of knowledge, have on mature consideration satisfied themselves that the current opinions are not only false but hurtful, and to make their dissent known […] The world would be astonished if it knew how great a proportion of its brightest ornaments – of those most distinguished even in popular estimation for wisdom and virtue – are complete sceptics in religion. (Autobiography). https://thevictoriansage.wordpress.com/2012/11/19/the-work-worship-nexus-niall-fergusons-civilization-2011/
About right!, Samuel Beckett, Philosophy, human lives for the ‘aged’ in BBC ‘Education & Family’, ‘Why are we still waiting for Godot?’ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-20889073 Life being this ‘waiting game’.
Dismaland, ‘Dismaland’ is situated on the seafront in legendary Weston-super-Mare, Weston-super-Mare, England, UK – Brilliant, and (seriously) amazing! I’m just hanging in there, where are you kids to sort this out?, your ‘peers’ can’t, or, will not. Down the pan first, we slide. Whose for a day out to ‘Weston-Super-On-Mud’, only a few weeks to go?, @ http://www.dismaland.co.uk/artists/
A triple whammy, of some, no nonsense – ‘popular education’, from the BBC – two programs from BBC Horizon, ‘life to computer software to life’ and then the ‘multiverse senario’ @ http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b0695t56/horizon-20142015-17-which-universe-are-we-innow taken very seriously; following this the Open University @ http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b0693y0j/the-ascent-of-woman-1-civilisation the beginning of which shows the mostly unknown nonsenses that lies behind the suppression of women and the wearing of the (Muslim & Christian) veil, or head covering.
Why is everything else so bloody boring?, step by step, they are getting there, “CERN has no special events planned for the end of September. The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) will be running at its usual collision energy of 13 teraelectronvolts (TeV).
The LHC has been running at this collision energy since 3 June 2015 and had already delivered some 28,000 billion collisions to the large experiments by mid-August. Throughout the rest of 2015, CERN aims to gradually increase the number of collisions, while remaining at the same energy. Read more about gradually increasing the intensity of the proton beams” http://home.web.cern.ch/about/updates/2015/08/lhc-progresses-towards-higher-intensities
Horizon–2012-2013: 8. The Creative Brain: How Insight Works
“It is a feeling we all know – the moment when a light goes on in your head. In a sudden flash of inspiration, a new idea is born. Today, scientists are using some unusual techniques to try to work out how these moments of creativity – whether big, small or life-changing – come about. They have devised a series of puzzles and brainteasers to draw out our creative behaviour, while the very latest neuroimaging technology means researchers can actually peer inside our brains and witness the creative spark as it happens. What they are discovering could have the power to make every one of us more creative” http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b01rbynt/horizon-20122013-8-the-creative-brain-how-insight-works
The Secret Rules of Modern Living: Algorithms
“Without us noticing, modern life has been taken over. Algorithms run everything from search engines on the internet, to sat navs and credit card data security – they even help us travel the world, find love and save lives. Mathematician Professor Marcus du Sautoy demystifies the hidden world of algorithms. By showing us some of the algorithms most essential to our lives, he reveals where these 2,000-year-old problem solvers came from – how they work, what they have achieved and how they are now so advanced they can even programme themselves” http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/p030s6b3/the-secret-rules-of-modern-living-algorithms
Freaked out – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-34357047
Water on Mars http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-34379284
Nice to of been around ‘then’ & being alive ‘now’ – ‘something’ really started; there was real change in ‘attitudes’.
Those that find it hard, to not live with a surreal – ‘Something’ (God, ‘perhaps’) may find comfort in Aldous Huxley’s favored, open minded, approach, to life of, ‘Atheistic Mysticism’. Any One There? Stuck into, a ‘trip’, we have to ‘go on’ further – ‘The Doors of Perception’ Aldous Huxley for many explanations – this record got stuck repeating, or I got very stuck?,https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YLW0n2sLCG4 and, WOW!: Synesthesia – “A condition in which a person quite literally tastes a shape or sees a colour in a sound or number. This is not just a way of describing experiences as a poet might use metaphors. Synesthetes actually experience the sensations. There are more synesthetes around than you would think, wealthy and in great positions of power”. Learn to see sounds and hear colourshttp://www.newscientist.com/…/dn16537-genetic-roots-of…
Temporal lobe epilepsy – “A condition which may produce a heightened sense of self and which has been linked to religious or spiritual experiences. Some people may undergo striking personality changes and may also become obsessed with abstract thoughts. One possible explanation is that repeated seizures may cause a strengthening between two areas of the brain – the temporal cortex and the amygdala. Patients have been observed to have a tendency to ascribe deep significance to everything around them, including themselves” Vilaynur Ramachandran. “Your words are saying far more than you think”! http://www.newscientist.com/…/mg21128211.600-kiki-or…
Warning, possible (too-much!) – (temporary) total seizure – the ‘overload of sensory impressions’! Far too dangerous to try out today, but was, ‘no problem’, for the, ‘1960’s Hippies’!
We have only just got high speed broadband, such a bonus, as all this was not really possible! ‘Brave New World’, ‘Utopia’, Aldous Huxley (further reading to do, on, ‘How The World Works’ Chomsky). Interesting link -, http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/may/17/online-aged-90-less-lonely