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The thinking undead: How dormant bacteria calculate their return to life (Phys)

Phys title: The thinking undead: How dormant bacteria calculate their return to life By: University of California - San Diego Date: 6 October 2022 "Facing starvation and stress conditions, some bacteria enter a dormant state in which life processes stop. Shutting down into a deep dormancy allows these cells, called spores, to withstand punishing extremes of heat,...

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Is a conscious robot an oxymoron?

Hypothetically speaking, robots might become conscious once there's an interface with consciousness. However, nobody knows what consciousness is. In my view, individual human consciousness is part of universal consciousness a.k.a. panpsychism. In my view, our soul is the likely "interface". Why are people so worried about artificial intelligence and/or machines (eg,...

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Non-acceptance = Chaos ?

In Monday's blog, I wondered why humans – unlike the Universe – have this option of (non-) acceptance. Subsequently, I realised my question has an implicit presumption: acceptance is the default value in the Universe. Is it really? Is the absence of evidence of the opposite enough? Our (human) non-acceptance of events results in chaos, either in...

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Dare to be different

For many years, I noticed this expression (above) on the wall of an antique shop, while heading for Zandvoort, a Dutch beach town. Daring to be different is, however, against human nature. Most of us strive for (social) conformity because a group offers (dis-) advantages (eg, Greater Good magazine). As a boy attending secondary school (ages 12–16), I did not dare to...

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What if you solve a what-if question?

Last week, I solved a 'what-if' question (eg, my 2016 blog). I have mixed feelings about its answer. I should be glad but I'm not. Now, I know that I escaped a bad and costly decision. My subconscious "knew" the reasons for not pursuing it. My conscious ignored it. External circumstances forced me to give up. Perhaps, the problem was love. I'm not talking about...

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Inspiration

Each day, I find / get / have new inspiration for writing these blogs. After all these years, it's hard to answer these basic questions: What is inspiration? Why do we get it? Where does it come from? How do we get it? Who gets inspiration and who doesn't? Most of all, inspiration is a mystery. Like others (eg, FD), I have my views. These views of mine are similar...

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