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Brain vs Universe

Obstacles inspire to bigger thinking

Our brains are wired for efficiency (eg, Nautilus, Quanta). They excel in quick & dirty solutions to the very many decisions that have to be taken. Given a choice between complexity versus simplicity, the brain will opt for simple solutions. This choice is in accordance with Occam's razor, a "problem-solving principle" (Wiki). Sometimes, a problem is too...

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Life Is Complicated—Literally, Astrobiologists Say (Scientific American)

Scientific American title: Life Is Complicated—Literally, Astrobiologists SayScientific American subtitle: A new theory suggests that searches for molecular complexity could uncover convincing evidence of extraterrestrial life—and do so soonBy: Natalie ElliotDate: 23 November 2021 "The hunt for extraterrestrial life has always been bedeviled by false positives—those...

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The Droste effect

Quite some (scientific) articles compare the human brain to the Universe; in particular a 2020 ScienceAlert: Study Maps The Odd Structural Similarities Between The Human Brain And The Universe. Other comparisons may include: birth, growth, maturity, decline (a.k.a. entropy). Might the Universe - and everything else - mirror something called the Droste effect? Wiki:...

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What is light? The limits and limitlessness of imagination (Big Think)

Big Think title: What is light? The limits and limitlessness of imaginationBig Think subtitle: Philosophers and scientists spent millennia arguing about the nature of light. It turned out to be stranger than anyone imagined. By: Adam Frank Date: 1 September 2021 ["Summary of key points:] Our senses and experiences are a good guide toward an intuitive understanding...

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Metaverse vs Universe vs Multiverse vs Omniverse

Recently, Facebook's CEO announced his plans for creating a metaverse company (eg, CNN, FT, interview in the Verge, Wired). This word was rather new to me. I did write about the multiverse (my blogs) and the Universe (my blogs). A Google search revealed another related word: omniverse. An omniverse includes the metaverse, the universe, the multiverse and any other...

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Coincidental vs convergent evolution hypotheses

Thursday's blog made me wonder whether the coincidental and convergent evolution hypotheses agree with or contradict each other. I've written several blogs about convergent evolution (ie, 2018, 2020-2, 2020-3, 2020-4). My initial gut feeling is that both hypotheses do not contradict and may even agree. Let's elaborate. The dominant species in evolution are bacteria....

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