Mike Sygula

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"When wireless is perfectly applied the whole earth will be converted into a huge brain, which in fact it is, all things being particles of a real and rhythmic whole. We shall be able to communicate with one another instantly, irrespective of distance. Not only this, but through television and telephony we shall see and hear one another as perfectly as though we were face to face, despite intervening distances of thousands of miles; and the instruments through which we shall be able to do his wi
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And Tesla continues: "We shall be able to witness and hear events--the inauguration of a President, the playing of a world series game, the havoc of an earthquake or the terror of a battle--just as though we were present. When the wireless transmission of power is made commercial, transport and transmission will be revolutionized. Already motion pictures have been transmitted by wireless over a s
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Imagine coming into a brand new world after being confined to a prison for 44 years. This is the reality for Otis Johnson, who entered prison at age 25 and was released at age 69. “I looked at the atmosphere and I seen that everybody, or the majority of people were talking to themselves and then I looked a little closer, and they seem to have things in their ears. Iphones they call it, or something like that.”
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The Iraq war began in 2003 but it was merely one of a legion of conflicts involving the US in the last 200 years. The pretext for invasion was the supposed threat to international security raised by Iraq allegedly possessing weapons of mass destruction. These were never found in the end. Initially, the American Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld claimed that military intervention would cost no more than $60 billion and predicted that the war would not last longer than 5 months. In fact, the Amer
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What are the real reasons for invading Iraq? General Wesley Clark explains
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We are living in the information age today; we have access to an enormous database of knowledge in nearly every field we can imagine, we can learn almost anything via video or text format. Increased access to lectures, journals, articles even documentary films and platforms like TED or Khan Academy allow us to watch lectures and study a broad range of topics for free. You can also find masses of documentaries and lectures on Youtube. Blogs, journals, free encyclopedias, forums and of course e-bo
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Autodidacticism (also autodidactism) or self-education is the act of learning about a subject or subjects in which one has had little to no formal education. Many notable contributions have been made by autodidacts. Famous autodidacts include: Walt Disney, Jimi Hendrix, Leonardo da Vinci, Abraham Lincoln and many others.
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I was delving into how intelligent and adaptive systems learn and evolve – from biological systems to human minds, social systems, the internet and A.I systems. One common principle that was showing up time after time was the idea that for a system to acquire some radical new knowledge or evolve it needs to momentarily break down its structures. It needs to go into a temporary system meltdown. Real evolution happens through revolutions and crises. It’s not about adding something here and the
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Interesting, similar situations occur when an addict is abusing alcohol or any other substance. They will often continue to do that without wanting to improve their situation until they get to massive crisis. Like for example, they will get into some accident or their health will deteriorate irreversibly or they will cause some dramatic situation. Until something very significant and dramatic happ
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“By offering a 100 percent leather-free car, Tesla is pushing its eco-friendly business even further into the future. PETA can now point to Tesla as a source for top-quality vehicles whose cruelty-free seats are as kind to the environment as its engines are.”
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Great move from Elon Musk, most people don't realise it, but animal agriculture is responsible for 18% of greenhouse gas emissions. More than combined exhaust from all transportation.
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“Scientists at the University of Southampton have spent four years examining more than 2,000 people who suffered cardiac arrests at 15 hospitals in the UK, US and Austria. And they found that nearly 40 per cent of people who survived described some kind of ‘awareness’ during the time when they were clinically dead before their hearts were restarted.”
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Out of body experience is nothing new, thousands of stories throughout the centuries have been recorded. But the most interesting part, and perhaps one of the best for of evidence is when a patient is considered dead and their brain is not functioning and then they get back to life after some period and they can recall all what has happened during that period. One of the best documentaries about
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The San Francisco Board of Supervisors on Tuesday unanimously passed legislation that would require new construction that is shorter than 10 floors to install solar panels or solar water heaters on top of both new residential and commercial buildings. According to California law, all new buildings with 10 floors or less must have at least 15% of their rooftops designated as solar ready — meaning not in the shade. San Francisco now requires those buildings to actually use it for solar panels.
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How much land area would be needed to power the nation? Check this out...
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Plant growth is governed by the Fibonacci sequence, which can be understood as a law of accumulation. The role of the Fibonacci sequence in the growth of plants is a intriguing example of the unifying order behind all creation. These patterns exist at all levels and permeate the universe, reminding us that the same swirling energy is shaping, sunflowers, whirlpools, spinning galaxies, and our own DNA.
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The fibonacci appears in the smallest, to the largest objects in nature. It is a way for information to flow in a very efficient manner.
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News of Google securing a patent for robot personality development was released in April last year, making it a viable April Fools’ joke. However, the patent is as real as can be, and has just been recently updated on February 2 of this year. The patent makes, admittedly, such claims that may get you shaking your head in disbelief, make your jaw drop in wonder, or have you raise your eyebrows in skepticism: a user would be able to download the robots’ personalities, very much with how one d
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The situation in America, the most highly monetized society the world has ever known, is this: some of our needs are vastly overfulfilled while others go tragically unmet. We in the richest societies have too many calories even as we starve for beautiful, fresh food; we have overlarge houses but lack spaces that truly embody our individuality and connectedness; media surround us everywhere while we starve for authentic communication. We are offered entertainment every second of the day but lack
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Eisenstein wrote a widely acclaimed book called Sacred Economics, in which he outlined the shortcomings of our current economic paradigms and offered a plethora of suggestions for rerouting toward a more sustainable, equitable, and sacred state of global affairs. I’m over halfway through Sacred Economics, and so far I’ve found it to be a remarkable elucidation of the fundamental problems with
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Integrated information theory (IIT) is a framework intended to understand and explain the nature of consciousness. It was developed by psychiatrist and neuroscientist Giulio Tononi of the University of Wisconsin–Madison. For a popular account, see. Tononi's initial ideas were further developed by Adam Barrett, who created similar measures of integrated information[3] such as "phi empirical".
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Integrated Information Theory (IIT)--put forth by neuroscientists Giulio Tononi and Christof Koch--is a new framework that describes a way to experimentally measure the extent to which a system is conscious. As such, it has the potential to answer questions that once seemed impossible, like "which is more conscious, a bat or a beetle?" Furthermore, the theory posits that any system that processes
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The Greenpeace report evaluated the water usage of 8,359 existing coal plants as well as 2,668 planned plants around the world. Most of the water consumed by the coal industry is used as a coolant during energy production, but some water is also used when coal is extracted from the ground—usually to keep coal dust from escaping. The new report, published this week, says as many as 44 percent of the coal-fired power plants are located in regions where water supplies are already threatened, pitt
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Although China is still the biggest polluter on the planet, air pollution from coal plants is worse in India, and nations like Poland and South Africa top the charts for coal dependence. On a global scale, environmental experts hope to see access to clean water and conservation of the world’s water supply trump the reliance on filthy fossil fuels that take water from people who need it, contribu
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Back when the Ford Motor company was first mass-producing automobiles, they did a number of experiments in how to get the best productivity out of people. They found that a 40-hour week was pretty much the sweet spot. If people worked more than 40 hours, the amount they produced per hour started decreasing. As a result, 40-hour weeks seemed like the best way to get the most out of employees. Now days, it isn’t uncommon for people to be working 60- to 70-hour weeks as a normal schedule. On one
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If you focus and work hard, how long do you think it would take you to finish a day’s worth of work? Do you think you could be done in 6 hours instead of 8? Maybe 4? The problem is that if you have to stay until 5pm, there really isn’t a way for you to find out. You will mentally be “pacing” yourself based on the time you get to leave, so even if you want to work faster, it might not be po
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For example, if someone had told you 50 years ago that in a few decades you would have a device in your pocket enabling you to ask any question or search for information about any topic and get thousands of results in a matter of seconds you would have probably assumed that this was a crazy idea more suited to science-fiction. In fact, today we have this technology – it’s called a smartphone with an Internet connection and you just have to use a browser to get these results. Or imagine tryin
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"Greg and the team deserve a lot of credit for building an all-new manufacturing organization from the ground up and for making Model S and Model X a reality," said Tesla Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk in an e-mail to Bloomberg. "We're confident that with the strength of the team, high-quality manufacturing at Tesla will continue." In the same e-mail provided by Tesla, Reichow added: "My belief in Tesla's ability to successfully deliver great cars and inspire the world to drive electric remai
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Wow, this is interesting. After 10 years the grand plan is finally coming to fruition, they are about to release their mass production, electric car and they already had over 300.000 preorders in the first few days since they announced the official release, which is absolutely insane and it never happened in the history of any product launch, apparently. And something is happening as top executive
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A Chilean artist who calls himself ‘Papas Fritas,’ which means ‘French Fries’ in Spanish, has taken an entirely different approach, one that is being applauded around the world by the most revolutionary minded individuals, but that is already causing tremendous problems for officials. In Chile, higher education used to be seen as a public good, but during the disastrous reign of dictator Augusto Pinochet, education was privatized and commoditized which led to education costs in Chile so
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Ernst & Young, one of the UK's biggest graduate recruiters, has announced it will be removing the degree classification from its entry criteria, saying there is "no evidence" success at university correlates with achievement in later life.
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I think that it becomes more clear these days that you don't need a degree to be educated. There are some exceptions, like medicine, for example. But in many cases degrees mean nothing. Google is another big company that has the same approach. After years of looking at the data, Google has found that things like college GPAs and transcripts are almost worthless in hiring. Following these revelatio
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Using your opposite hand will strengthen neural connections in your brain, and even grow new ones. It’s similar to how physical exercise improves your body’s functioning and grows muscles. Try using your non-dominant hand to write. Use it to control the computer mouse or television remote. Brush your teeth with your other hand. You’ll probably notice it’s much harder to be precise with your movements.
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We should challenge ourselves as much as possible and try using our non-dominant hand whenever we can. I tend to open the door and put the key inside with my left hand, or stir the tea with it. When I train martial arts, I try to practice from the opposite position. Anything that we do in daily life, we should try to do using non dominant hand or opposite side.
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A new study validates a controversial cancer theory, namely, that yeast in our body can contribute to not just feeding, but actually causing cancer. Can the ancient healing spice turmeric come to the rescue?
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Curcumin, a natural component that is isolated from the rhizome of Curcuma longa plants, has attracted great interest among many scientists studying solid cancers over the last half century. Interestingly, curcumin provides an ideal alternative to current therapies because of its relatively safe profile, even at high doses. To date, curcumin’s potent antifungal activity against different strains
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Another interesting trend is homeschooling or ‘unschooling’ which is almost turning into a global movement. Homeschooling is gaining a lot of interest in the U.S and outside as more and more parents are recognising that formal schooling has its big flaws and limitations. Main argument for homeschooling advocates is that schooling is still in the industrial revolution age. We ‘manufacture’ students with more or less the same ideas, box them and ship them to higher educational institutions
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Here are 4 reasons why home schooling might be better than traditional education: 1. No continual comparison to other kids their age. We all want to be accepted and liked. Without the continual comparison afforded by being in school all day, 185 days a year, kids are more free to be themselves. 2. Limited peer pressure. I don’t think we should put our kids in a bubble but I like being able t
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In 1984 a study took place at three different gatherings of over 7000 people who did meditation each morning and evening for three consecutive weeks. The study took place in Fairfield, Iowa (December 17, 1983-January 6, 1984), The Hague, Holland (December 21, 1984-January 13, 1985) and Washington, DC (July 1-July 10, 1985). The results were quite eye-opening. ‘Time series’ analysis was used in this study to rule out possibilities that the reduction in global terrorism was caused by pre-exist
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DIRECT CORRELATION IN BRAIN HEALTH AND GUT HEALTH Researchers discovered that by balancing the healthy bacteria in your gut, certain symptoms of depression and anxiety could be lessened, or even treated. The results were based on a study that involved people eating fermented foods to increase healthy gut bacteria, and the impact the gut bacteria had on anxiety and depression. One of the co-authors of the study, Dr. Matthew Hilimire said, “It is likely that the probiotics in the fermented food
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One thing you’ll learn about Musk as you read these posts is that he thinks of humans as computers, which, in their most literal sense, they are. A human’s hardware is his physical body and brain. His software is the way he learns to think, his value system, his habits, his personality. And learning, for Musk, is simply the process of “downloading data and algorithms into your brain.”3 Among his many frustrations with formal classroom learning is the “ridiculously slow download speed
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At birth, the baby brain has an unusual gift: it can tell the difference between all 800 sounds. This means that at this stage infants can learn any language that they’re exposed to. Gradually babies figure out which sounds they are hearing the most. Between six and 12 months, infants who grow up in monolingual households become more specialized in the subset of sounds in their native language. In other words, they become “native language specialists.” And, by their first birthdays, monoli
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Starting at around 6 months old a baby's brain focuses on the most common sounds it hears. Then, children begin responding only to the sounds of the language they hear the most. In a similar way older babies start recognizing the patterns that make up the rules of their native language. In English, for example, children who are about 18 months old start to figure out that words ending in "-ing" o
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The .01% Have as Much Wealth as 80% of America The combined net worth of the 16,000 richest Americans is approximately the same as the total wealth of 256,000,000 people. The .01% Own about as Much as 75% of the Entire World The world’s poorest 75% own roughly 4 percent of total global wealth, approximately the same percentage of wealth owned by the .01% in the United States.
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World wealth is about $250 trillion 70% own 2.9 percent of the wealth, or $7.25 trillion 80% own 5.5 percent of the wealth, or $13.75 trillion By extrapolation, 75% of the world owns approximately 4 percent of the global wealth. The $9.6 trillion owned by the U.S. .01% is also about 4 percent of the global wealth. More stats here: http://www.youdeservefacts.org/20160111_Analysis.txt
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We are finally figuring out what the internet is The internet is an incredibly spectacular thing and only now, after so many years, we are understanding its power. With the internet the world is opened, the barriers fall, the separation ends, the togetherness starts, the collaboration explodes, the helping emerges. Some nations saw true revolutions that used the internet as the primary catalyst, such as the Arab Spring. Here in Brazil we are just starting to make a better use out of this amazi
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Hence, if our thought process can alter the pathways through which electrical impulses travel in the brain, and permanently change behaviors that are produced, then brain biology can be understood as the product of thought, as much as the other way around. This process, Schwartz claims, “allows human thoughts to make a difference in the evolution of physical events.” And the method at the back of it, he writes, “is what I call directed mental force.”
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You Are a Community of 50 Trillion Living Cells Now I have a completely new understanding of life and that has led to a new way to teach people about cells. When you look at yourself you see an individual person. But if you understand the nature of who you are, you realize that you are actually a community of about 50 trillion living cells. Each cell is a living individual, a sentient being that has its own life and functions but interacts with other cells in the nature of a community. If I coul
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Focusing On the Exterior And Ignoring The Essence One example of this is our obsession with physical appearance. The cult of celebrity, how our bodies look, what types of clothes we wear etc. All of this pointless self-promotion has become so much more important than the true essence of who we are and whether we are living in harmony with ourselves. We often see celebrities with amazing bodies wearing fashionable brands but their minds are spoiled and their attitudes are selfish, they think th
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So much fakeness in the world now, everything is upside down
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In front of world leaders, business chiefs and campaigners, DiCaprio said: We simply cannot afford to allow the corporate greed of the coal, oil and gas industries to determine the future of humanity. Those entities with a financial interest in preserving this destructive system have denied, and even covered up the evidence of our changing climate. Enough is enough. You know better. The world knows better. History will place the blame for this devastation squarely at their feet.” The soluti
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Some say that climate change is strictly related to the sun activity. I believe that you should look at the planet as one self regulating system or organism. Where, if you start disrupting and damaging some parts of this system, you will see the effect of it on the rest, so it is most likely a mixture of factors that are causing climate change. Changing sun activity can be one of those factors, bu
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“When we receive a reward of any kind, dopamine is released in our brains. Over time, this stimulus and release of dopamine can lead to learning. Researchers have recently found that how quickly and permanently we learn things relates directly to how much dopamine we have available in our brains. As we get rewarded over and over again for something, we learn that we should keep doing whatever that is very deeply, and it’s hard to unlearn those kinds of behaviours.”