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  1. Along a similar vein is "Alone in Berlin" While not a dramatic a film, the parallel of sand in a machine is intriguing. His notes weren't going to change the course of the war, or the country. What seems inverted is Otto thought that he is introducing the sand into the machinery of the state. Conversely, it is the ideas that put America in process that is akin to the oil or lubrication conducive to fine running machine. The Hitlers, and statist and other authoritarians take the machines being held together by chicken-wire and bubble gum, and contaminate the lubricant beyond what any filters that may be in place can effectively screen out. This is not a recommendation to see the film, just a few thoughts generated after having watched it recently.
  2. What is disturbing is a world that looks at this staged event as something that can be understood on its own merits. If it is reason and rationality that are to be embraced, then ignorance and irrationality are the default conditions that represent the state of an unachieved human stature. Even in a world where the embrace of reason and rationality are the norm, there will be aberrations from that norm. At the age of 29, Ayn Rand stated in her journal As to psychology—learn whether the base of all psychology is really logic, and psychology as a science is really pathology, the science of how these psychological processes depart from reason. This departure is the disease. What caused it? Isn't it faulty thinking, thinking not based on logic[?] By the age of 55, she had set up three essential categorizations for man dealing with the conceptual level of consciousness. The producer achieved this human stature. The stature she described of the other two categorizations in For The New Intellectual dealt with thinking, not as a means of perceiving reality, but as a means of justifying their escape from the necessity of rational perception. The Churchchrist shooter's manifesto is hardly a man writing the Constitution of the United States as protection against the actions of the irrational that may violate the rights of those living peaceably. In medicine, diseases are identified as a means of organizing, conceptually, the various ones that exist, and further identifying which are treatable by what means. When a malignancy such as Brenton Tarrant develops in the "body of humanity", until a cure or a method of preventing such a malady from occurring in the first place exists, the approach need be one to excise or isolate the anomaly in such a way as to protect the "body of humanity" from the ravages of such a disease.
  3. Thought about your post after seeing this headline. The trolling and circumvention of conventional gatekeepers is an intriguing angle to wrap around this knuckle-dragging neanderthal. The Shooter’s Manifesto Was Designed to Troll by Taylor Lorenz for The Atlantic.
  4. <excerpt from part 1> As a physics PhD who formerly worked in gravitational physics, my goal in this article is to guide you — in non-technical terms — toward an appreciation of the science of gravitational waves: What they are, how they were discovered, and why it’s so valuable that we can now detect them. While not just a philosophic breakdown, this paragraph shoehorned in nicely with this article written for Aeon recently, advocating breaking philosophy down into non-technical terms for the general lay-person. Speak to the Shoemaker.
  5. Speak to the shoemaker

    Nice instructive piece featured on Aeon by Edith Hall, who is is professor in the department of classics and Centre for Hellenic Studies at King’s College London.

  6. The only thing missing is a frame superposing a milk carton around the image: Impressive computer image rendering.
  7. Ran across another article on Real Clear Science that was reminiscent of this earlier posting: The Silver Fox Experiment Still Shapes Thinking on Evolution Apparently the referenced experiment is still ongoing: Some 60 years later, his experiment is still going. It is one of the longest running science experiments ever, having outlived even its creator. And after all this time, it is still shaping the way we think about fundamental questions in biology — and even influencing the way we understand our own evolutionary trajectory.
  8. Here's a more explicit statement from About Ayn Rand under the Resources heading: Legacy Library We've worked to reassemble Ayn Rand's personal library as it was at the time of her death. Curious about what titles she'd read or owned? You can take a look here. View her Library > Granted . . . it is still the internet.
  9. It was in the Analytic-Synthetic Dichotomy to be found: The climax of the "miraculous" view of existence is represented by those existentialists who echo Heidegger, demanding: "Why is there any being at all and not rather nothing?"—i.e., why does existence exist? This is the projection of a zero as an alternative to existence, with the demand that one explain why existence exists and not the zero. Granted the claim of the "miraculous" view is not stated explicitly in your lines leading up to it, but Heidegger's demand resonates in the cited portion. The denial that it is "NOT Reification of the Zero" brushes aside just 'what' is the alternative to existence.
  10. Complex molecules emerge without evolution or design Date: January 17, 2019 Source: University of Groningen Summary: In biology, folded proteins are responsible for most advanced functions. These complex proteins are the result of evolution or design by scientists. Now scientists have discovered a new class of complex folding molecules that emerge spontaneously from simple building blocks. Hightlight from within: Origin-of-life Proteins have two major folding structures: alpha helices and the beta pleated sheet. 'In protein design, scientists use variations on these themes, like adding an extra helix', says Otto. 'They tend to stick close to what nature has offered.' The new folding structure results in five stacks of five aromatic rings. The entire molecule has a five-fold symmetry. 'However, the other thiol-based structures that we are still studying show yet other types of folding.' A striking conclusion drawn from the discovery of this new folding molecule is that complexity can emerge spontaneously. 'This is interesting for origin-of-life research: apparently, you can get these complex molecules before biological evolution has started.' The formation of the new molecule is actually driven by folding, explains Otto. 'That is quite special. The energy level of this molecule is very low. This drives the equilibrium from a "random" mixture of small rings towards this specific very stable 15-mer.'
  11. Finished reading "Leave Her to Heaven", written by Ben Ames Williams in 1944.

    Saw the book for the first time in a "Little Free Library" box while visiting Curwood Castle (built by another popular author of the early 1900's), and the title reminded me of a line from For The New Intellectual's lead article ". . . leave them to heaven."

    Things that make you go hmm.

  12. First off, how was it discovered by those who accept the notion? Secondly, how would its veracity be independently verified by our conscious mind. Thirdly, how might a conclusion that a conscious mind is not capable of verifying such data escape the paradox that it is making a claim of knowledge? This smells like leftover determinism repackaged to masquerade as a scientific banquet.
  13. There is the Wayback Machine. Apart from that, if it was not bequeathed in a will, or allocated into an estate plan, then where other copies may be harbored would be difficult, indeed, to reclaim.
  14. Life has a new ingredient Inosine could be a potential route to the first RNA and the origin of life on Earth Date: December 3, 2018 Source: Harvard University Summary: Our prehistoric Earth, bombarded with asteroids and lightening, rife with bubbling geothermal pools, may not seem hospitable today. But somewhere in the chemical chaos of our early planet, life did form. How? For decades, scientists have created miniature replicas of infant Earth in the lab in order to hunt for life's essential ingredients. Now, one of those replicas points to a possible new ingredient in the world's first RNA. First, some new versions discovered to test. Recently, however, researchers discovered a way to make versions of adenosine and inosine -- 8-oxo-adenosine and 8-oxo-inosine -- from materials available on primeval Earth. So, Kim and his colleagues set out to investigate whether RNA constructed with these analogs could replicate efficiently. And while these substitutes failed to perform, the crux per this excerpt is: nosine enabled RNA [replicated] with high speed and few errors. It "turns out to exhibit reasonable rates and fidelities in RNA copying reactions," the team concluded. "We propose that inosine could have served as a surrogate for guanosine in the early emergence of life."
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