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What we observe is not nature herself, but nature exposed to our method of questioning.

What we observe is not nature herself, but nature exposed to our method of questioning. ‒ Werner Heisenberg

My picks, 2015-22

These are the latest articles and videos I found most interesting. Boeing patents a ‘Method and system for shockwave attenuation,’ aka force field How Did We Get Here? – Are We Still Evolving? Building an Ancient, Mysterious Monument From Neuronal Communications to NSF-mediated SNARE Complex Disassembly Cédric Villani on Where Does Creativity Come From? 52-Card […]

Murphy’s Laws for the 21st Century

Reprinted from EE Times by Max Maxfield, Designline Editor, EE Times The perceived perversity of the universe has long been a subject of comment, and precursors to the modern version of Murphy’s law are not hard to find. My chum David Ashton from Australia tells me that his local Microchip Technology representative includes a “Joke […]

We should prepare a good fire, the lightning will come down from heaven.

We should prepare a good fire, the lightning will come down from heaven.

In the arts of death

And is Man any the less destroying himself for all this boasted brain of his? Have you walked up and down upon the earth lately? I have; and I have examined Man’s wonderful inventions. And I tell you that in the arts of life man invents nothing; but in the arts of death he outdoes […]

One day, the internet may be replaced by a "Brain-Net" which transmits emotions, memories, and thoughts. – Michio Kaku

One day, the internet may be replaced by a “Brain-Net” which transmits emotions, memories, and thoughts. –Michio Kaku   Michio Kaku says this brain-to-brain communication would involve not just the exchange of information, but also the transmission of emotions and feelings, “because these are also part of the fabric of our thoughts.” Michio Kaku: There’s […]

Saturation, incubation and illumination

Hermann Helmholtz, a German physicist, was one of the first, in the XIX century, to try to describe the creative process as a succession of steps, which he defined: saturation, incubation and illumination. The French mathematician Jules Henri Poincare, in 1908, added a fourth phase: verification.

The secret of freedom lies in educating people…

The secret of freedom lies in educating people, whereas the secret of tyranny is in keeping them ignorant.Maximilien Robespierre

The greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance… Stephen Hawking

The greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance, it is the illusion of knowledge.– Stephen Hawking

How far superior an education that stresses independent action… Albert Einstein

How far superior an education that stresses independent action and personal responsibility is to one that relies on drill, external authority and ambition. – Albert Einstein