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Started watching “The World without End”

In ethics, fantasy, freedom, good life, history, moral issues, relationship, science fiction, time, traditions on February 3, 2013 at 00:59

I am not into historical fiction. It feels like while science fiction opens up the possibilities – historical fiction closes them. We don’t exactly know what the past looked like, it could be so many things. The fiction shows you just one possible way and tries to make you believe this is the right one.

People need to be remained of the horrors of the past although. To recognise the seeds of that rotten mentality and to stop them from growing. We don’t need more Dark Ages. .. Rather a new Enlightenment.

Super-intelligence? Collective consciousness?

In history on November 18, 2012 at 08:57

Life appeared in a bubbling soup of elements. Intelligence gradually appeared among hominids as their interactions with each other were becoming more complex. Since that, intelligence has been growing in the mind of every human child.

Will there be a super-intelligence appearing in the bubbling soup of the Internet? People always exchange ideas: by speaking words, writing letters, using books, radio, TV & movies. This is how our civilisation grows. Nowadays, lots of interactions, exchange of information is under the same roof, available for analysis. All what we need is understanding.

In the brain neurons are firing. In our big world, connections are made between individual humans, more and more – through social networks. Would this form a sort of “Borg Collective” one day? Could this be good for the planet? If this consciousness will want to survive, surely, with all our knowledge at hand it will try to save its home.

I’ve noticed the same idea appearing in the minds of independent people at about the same time. Is it a sight of things to come?

We have never seen a consciousness appearing in a single mind. Humans always were social animals, the closest to us by intelligence are social too: apes, dolphins, elephants, etc. Maybe there will be several super-intelligences appearing in parallel? A bit ironic that some computer scientists are trying to create a single AI. Maybe because of this their efforts will be futile…

To read: http://www.edge.org/conversation/collective-intelligence

In Uncategorized on August 31, 2012 at 20:16

The religion of one age is the literary entertainment of the next

Ralf Waldo Emerson

On TV

In history, transport on August 9, 2012 at 04:09

Hubby is amazed that there is a special Russian Railways channel on sattelite TV here in Russia where we are on a short holiday. Yesterday at the movies a Russian Railways ad was better made than a Coke one… Maybe they are planning to take over the country? Better them than the Church. 😉 Anyway I wish there would be an “international history & legends movies” chanel. I understand the movies like that are not always historically correct, they often have a hidden agenda yet it would be so interesting to see how at least some Peruvians, Hungarians or anybody else saw themselves through the time.

Pressured by church to sign a petition…

In history, relationship, religion on February 25, 2012 at 07:44

My former Orthodox church suggested to me to join a petition against gay marriage… That’s what I replied (for the record).

Could you please remove me and my children from all mailing and parish lists as we are not interested in religion any more?

Because of this I am also not interested in formalising personal relationships but as a person who has been married I feel it would be utterly unkind for me to deny this opportunity
for any other grown up people, whatever they sex or number would be. I feel the things which really matter in any relationship are freedom, love and happiness, not labels,
certificates or an opinion of absolute strangers. I am so happy I can now say freely what I have been suppressing inside for years.

I hope you will understand,

Alexandra

These is a gross mistake in the text of their petition: “Throughout history and in virtually all human societies marriage has always been the union of a man and a woman. Marriage reflects the complementary natures of men and women…” “If marriage is redefined once, what is to stop it being redefined to allow polygamy?” As far as I know, polygamy was quite common in many societies. Plus very early marriages forbidden now. Traditions can’t help their case. Also funny that their petition is not on official government site. Probably wouldn’t pass the standard.

The message has been forwarded from the main priest at official church mail address so the pressure on parish members to join the petition is obvious.

Anyway here is the link to an opposite petition if anybody is interested. No pressure whatsoever 🙂

In Uncategorized on November 11, 2011 at 06:38

Britains railway heritage Archive british diesel and electric traction, volume 3

In Uncategorized on September 21, 2011 at 19:32

But there is indeed something to be learned from the history of morality. It is that it consists in a struggle – a Heraclitean one, as the flux back and forth shows, and a Herculean one, given how much of the happiness of mankind is at stake – between what, for brievity, one might call ‘liberal’ and ‘conservative’ values…
….Most people, as individuals, never belong fully to either party, but hover between, tending to err on the liberal side in respect of their own conduct and on the concervative side in respect of others’ conduct. One large difference between the parties is that when the concervatives have the upper hand they actively persecute the liberals (in the past going so far as to burn them at the stake), whereas the liberals, when ascendant, cause conservatives no greater agonies that those of disapproval and chagrin.

A.C.Grayling

The Choice of Hercules

Criminalising denial and true friendship

In freedom, history, relationship, religion on August 30, 2011 at 12:54

I’ve seen on several occasions people advocating for criminalising denial of something, normally atrocities. Its so against free thinking, and its often very politicized. If one is sure ones opponent is wrong one should have some solid proof. Otherwise I can imagine a gloomy picture of future people discussing historical issues and one is saying: “I think in reality something else was going on”… – and all suddenly are quiet, terrified of consequences…

My old real friends stay with me whatever my worldview may be, however it changes. Some religious people used to follow my blogs have run away as soon as I told them about the changes in my attitudes. It’s like that for fundamentalists the dogma is more important than people or that they are afraid following me as it will open their eyes and uncover their illusions too…

Harriet Tubman

In Uncategorized on August 30, 2011 at 06:47

Harriet Tubman was an abolitionist. When she was 13, she threw herself between a slave & the overseer who was about to whip him. The overseer hit her & gave her a traumatic brain injury (TBI). After she escaped slavery, she went on secret missions to rescue other slaves. B/c of her TBI, many people brushed her off as “crazy.” She played up her disability so no one would guess she was mapping out paths for slaves to escape.”

Thats not the point, forgive my argumentum ad Hitlerum

In history, religion on August 20, 2011 at 07:16

There are debates whether Adolf Hitler was a Christian. The arguing is fueled by his (and his supporters) photos like these:

This is what I have to say.
 I’ve heard from many Christians (and Muslims too) that other adepts who believe slightly differently are not true, real Christians / Muslims. Every time a member of an organization does something outrageous all his organizations rush to say that this person wasn’t their “real” member. A striking recent example is Anders Behring Breivik. Look what his church, lodge, party said. So yesterday he was their member and his line of thoughts probably was OK with at least some other members. But he followed it to the logical end and committed a horrific crime. Immediately they have nothing to do with him.

Hitler certainly posed with Christians and their churches whatever his true beliefs were. Presumably he thought it would help his image and popularity. Lots of political leaders since Constantine used Christianity in the same way. There were Christians and their clerics supporting Hitler. See here or here. IT WAS POSSIBLE. Would it be possible with Humanists / Humanism or Pacifists / Pacifism? That what the text under the middle photo (“Christianity is a religion of peace”) really meant in my opinion.

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