Sunday, March 30, 2014

Certainty and its Dangers

The Dangers of Certainty: ".... The pursuit of scientific knowledge is as personal an act as lifting a paintbrush or writing a poem, and they are both profoundly human. If the human condition is defined by limitedness, then this is a glorious fact because it is a moral limitedness rooted in a faith in the power of the imagination, our sense of responsibility and our acceptance of our fallibility. We always have to acknowledge that we might be mistaken. When we forget that, then we forget ourselves and the worst can happen."

Sunday, March 23, 2014

How Newton Unwove the Rainbow (video)

How Newton Unwove the Rainbow: "Isaac Newton was the first to demonstrate through his famous prism experiments that color is intrinsic to light. As part of those experiments, he also divvied up the spectrum in his own idiosyncratic way, giving us ROYGBIV"

Sunday, March 16, 2014

An iPhone, An Object Worth Killing For? Dying For?

Apple Picking: How The iPhone Became An Object Worth Killing For: " . . . Around midnight on April 19, 2012, Hwangbum Yang, a 26-year-old Korean immigrant and aspiring chef, finished work as a cook at an upscale Manhattan restaurant. He rode the No. 1 train uptown to the Bronx and started walking home in the rain. He was two blocks from his house when a man holding a gun approached him, according to police. The man -- whom police would later identify as Dominick Davis -- demanded Yang's iPhone. When he refused, Davis shot him once in the chest. Yang died on the sidewalk. Yang was still wearing the iPhone’s white earbuds when paramedics arrived, investigators told his sister. Davis had left his wallet untouched, but had taken his iPhone. Police later found the phone for sale on Craigslist for $400. . . ."

Sunday, March 9, 2014

The Deep State, Wall Street, Next Financial Crisis

Who Gets Thrown Under the Bus in the Next Financial Crisis? Washington's Blog: " . . . Though everyone who is convinced the U.S. dollar will go to zero is confident that Wall Street will emerge victorious from the next financial crisis, I am convinced of the opposite: the Deep State will do whatever it takes to eliminate strategic threats to the integrity of the Deep State and the nation it depends on for its power and survival. In a financial crisis that threatens the dollar and the Deep State, the phantom claims of Wall Street’s financier skimmers, scammers and swindlers will be tossed under the bus with few qualms. The triage might even be performed with a certain relish. Put another way: we’ve reached Peak Wall Street and it’s all downhill from here." (read more at link above)

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Critical Thinking, Truth, Ridicule, Oppose, Self-evident acceptance

Critical thinking? Don't look for any of that going on in Washington D.C. --

11 Rules for Critical Thinking: "All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed, second, it is violently opposed, and third, it is accepted as self-evident. (Arthur Schopenhauer)"

Read more at the link above.

Reuters: World News

Top Stories - Google (UK) News

Reuters: Technology News

The Register articles by Kieren McCarthy

Altucher Confidential

BuzzMachine - Jeff Jarvis


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