Posts Tagged ‘science’

Will neuroscientists ever be able to read our minds?

24/05/2017 Σχολιάστε


Henri Le Sidaner (French, 1862–1939), Le quai vert, Bruges, c.1930s. Oil on canvas, 49.5 x 65.4 cm.via oldoils

Henri Le Sidaner (French, 1862–1939), Le quai vert, Bruges, c.1930s.



Neuroscientists have come far in improving our understanding of the human brain. But just how far can the science take us?

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The Origin of the Universe / THE BLACK HOLE AT THE BIRTH OF THE UNIVERSE / Goodbye Big Bang, Hello Black Hole?

22/04/2017 1 Σχολιο

The Origin of the Universe


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Chinese Scientists Edit Genes of Human Embryos, Raising Concerns

06/04/2017 Σχολιάστε


Georgia O'Keeffe.  The Chestnut Grey, 1924.

Georgia O’Keeffe.  The Chestnut Grey, 1924

By GINA KOLATA The New York Times, APRIL 23, 2015

The experiment with human embryos was dreaded, yet widely anticipated. Scientists somewhere, researchers said, were trying to edit genes with a technique that would permanently alter the DNA of every cell so any changes would be passed on from generation to generation.

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Bruno Latour’s anthropology of the moderns

29/03/2017 1 Σχολιο


Lemmen, Georges (Belgian, 1865-1916)



A reply to Maniglier


Jan/Feb 2015, Gunnar Skirbekk


An Inquiry into Modes of Existence: An Anthropology of the Moderns – published with the motto: si scires donum Dei (for those who do not know the Holy Scripture, this is John 4.10: ‘if you knew God’s gift’) – is said to be the result of Bruno Latour’s research over the last twenty-five years. [1] The book was presented euphorically in three reviews in Le Monde, comparing Latour with the great philosophers of the past, and, most recently, in an article by Patrice Maniglier published in Radical Philosophy (‘A Metaphysical Turn?, Radical Philosophy 187, September/October 2014), which concludes that ‘Latour has produced what will henceforth stand as one of the great philosophical proposals of our time’. In what follows, I will present a rather different view.

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The Secret Link Between Jazz and Physics: How Einstein & Coltrane Shared Improvisation and Intuition in Common

04/12/2016 Σχολιάστε

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Louis Armstrong

July 9th, 2016


Scientists need hobbies. The grueling work of navigating complex theory and the politics of academia can get to a person, even one as laid back as Dartmouth professor and astrophysicist Stephon Alexander. So Alexander plays the saxophone, though at this point it may not be accurate to call his avocation a spare time pursuit, since John Coltrane has become as important to him as Einstein, Kepler, and Newton.

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The Drawings & Paintings of Richard Feynman: Art Expresses a Dramatic “Feeling of Awe”

02/11/2016 Σχολιάστε

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I first encountered bongo-playing physicist Richard Feynman in a college composition class geared toward science majors. I was not, mind you, a science major, but a disorganized sophomore who registered late and grabbed the last available seat in a required writing course. Skeptical, I thumbed through the reading in the college bookstore. As I browsed Surely You’re Joking, Mr. Feynman!—the first of many popular memoirs released by the affable contrarian scientist—the humanist in me perked up. Here was a guy who knew how to write; a theoretical physicist who spoke the language of everyday people.

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The hard problem: Tom Stoppard on the limits of what science can explain

06/10/2016 Σχολιάστε


Erik Andriesse (Dutch, 1957-1993), Amaryllis, 1992. Watercolour, gouache and ink on paper, 32 x 45.5cm.

Erik Andriesse (Dutch, 1957-1993), Amaryllis, 1992

Can evolution explain acts of kindness, and morality? We arranged a debate between a sceptical Tom Stoppard and the evolutionary biologist David Sloan Wilson. Stuart Jeffries acted as referee

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