Category Philosophy

Confucian ethics for Engineers

A very interesting overview of Confucian philosophy and its application for engineers. You can read the paper using one of the following links. Engineers’ Moral Responsibility: A Confucian Perspective by Shan Jing, Neelke Doorn Science and Engineering Ethics – Springer Nature The mechanic, who wishes to do his work well, must first sharpen his tools […]

Malleus Maleficarum: Witchcraft through the Ages

Another interesting book presentation by Mütter Museum. What is described in it was only yesterday. And can we be confident that humans are any better today? Do not humans seek manifestation of demons in others to vilify entire groups of people? How many wars and holocausts based on similar prejudices have humans witnessed in the […]

There is energy and there are magnetic fields! And there is nothing else!

Two quotes from Yulian Semyonov ‘No password needed’ novel You touch me with your finger and you feel me, but what do you feel me with and what do you feel? Skin on the finger with which you touch me is made from atoms, but an atom is made from a core around which in […]

On Life, Natural Selection, Evolution, Creation, and other topics

After reading a book by Erwin Schrodinger ‘What Is Life? Mind and Matter’ I made and shared several intentionally controversial comments, one in particular was about Darwin’s Natural Selection which I called nonsense. Result of that was a conversation with someone who argued in favor of it and of God. See for yourself. But first, […]

Problems of Consciousness

Current models of conciseness are incorrectly top-down treating a human as a monolithic unit with clearly defined subsystems and putting brain as the source of consciousness. Most theories of consciousness are based on philosophy and place consciousness outside of the structure of the universe as if mind is made of something else, call it ‘dark […]

Quantum everything, scientific dogma, laws of the universe

Rediscovered a talk by Ross Anderson dismissing quantum mechanics and hence quantum computing. His very first words are: I was invited here to provide a dissenting view. He is basically saying that quantum mechanics are not different from classical physics. That’s what Bohm/De Broglie pilot wave theory argues but it has been dismissed many times […]

Genius of the Modern World

These are the latest articles and videos I found most interesting. Genius of the Modern World Letters from Einstein Your Guide to Understanding How CRISPR Works Will Batteries Power the World? Project Apollo Guidance and Navigation ~ 1966 NASA Apollo Digest Knowing that you do not know is the best. Not knowing that you do […]

Can Computers Think?

These are the latest articles and videos I found most interesting. Artificial Intelligence Expert Panel Debunks AI Hype How brain processes language First Science from Juno at Jupiter History of Ideas: Ancient Greece Artificial Intelligence by Professor Martyn Thomas CBE @ Gresham College Alan Turing famously proposed a test of artificial intelligence. What has been […]

Lessons for creating reliable cyberphysical systems

These are the latest articles and videos I found most interesting. Case Study of Toyota Unintended Acceleration and Software Safety Micro Monsters with David Attenborough Jump In Jerboas Young Zebra’s Dangerous River Crossing Wabi-sabi Case Study of Toyota Unintended Acceleration and Software Safety Philip Koopman – Edge Case Research Investigations into potential causes of Unintended […]

Dare mighty things!

These are the latest articles and videos I found most interesting. The Autonomous Future Conversation with Noam Chomsky and Howard Gardner Spawning Mandarinfish The nature of matter What Is a Semiconductor? The Autonomous Future Milken Institute – 2016 CA Summit Dare mighty things! California is the center of American innovation. In this session, we will […]