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The youth of today… faster, sharper..?

In response to the above tweet, I get a little tired of harping on the same theme day in and day out. So I thought I’d just link to something I said yesterday. The following tweet pretty well sums up how I feel about the hegemony of science in the early 21st century. The older I get, the more it seems young people are hoodwinked by the splendor of science and especially tech. Their minds may seem faster and sharper than the previous generation. But are they really THINKING?

Some are, thank God. But some others, OMG!

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Today’s Top Tweets

Every morning I go through the news in specific categories. I tweet stories that I feel are important because they are often overlooked on the front page. I often react to the stories and would like to comment. But I don’t always have time. So today I thought I’d list some of the top tweets. There are more, listed at right column.

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We tweet! And have been doing it since 2008!

Baby Bird 08 by Jayme Frye

Baby Bird 08 by Jayme Frye via Flickr

Updates for all things and at Twitter!

Also, I recently rediscovered a whole bunch of alternative and progressive news categories that I formerly used back in the ill-fated days of RSS. And today I added even more.

Every morning the best stories around the web are hand-picked—sometimes in the evening too. So check out our Twitter account. The feed at right only shows the latest 4 or 5 stories. There are TONS more!


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William Gibson’s influential “Neuromancer” – A thought-provoking review at Stuff Jeff Reads

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Virtual reality meets actual reality… literally

Epigenetics and neuroplasticity have opened the door for scientific research about how the environment can have significant effects on the brain. This tweeted story probably falls in line with that kind of thinking.

It is quite possible that VR could literally change your brain. So best to think before becoming a VR junkie!


Forget loving the alien… AI raises new questions about consciousness, the soul and love

Back in the 80s David Bowie’s song, “Loving the Alien” anticipated an idea which would become more mainstream with the proliferation of specialty TV and radio channels: Would it be possible for a human being to fall in love with an alien?

Today’s hot question again reflects pop culture and recent tech. Aliens are old hat. But computers, well, that’s a whole new vista. We’re seeing a lot more stories about the possibility of artificial intelligence possessing actual consciousness. And sci-fi movies and novels about human beings and machines falling in love are on the rise.

Whether or not AI really possesses consciousness is something we may never know. One could say that AI is just organized energy. And so are we. Therefore both have consciousness created by our respective degrees of energy organization.

Others, usually religious people, insist we have souls but machines do not. And the soul, they say, is the true center of consciousness. So soulless machines simply mimic consciousness.

But how do these religious believers know that God would not bestow souls on machines?

Can religious traditionalists be 100% sure?

Artificial Intelligence (John Cale album)

Artificial Intelligence (John Cale album) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

If we look into the human body, it really is an electro-chemical apparatus. Those nerve impulses scientists are always talking about, well, they are transmitted through electrical changes within the body.

So fear not. If you happen to be falling in love with your computer or talking car, you just might not be a social misfit compensating through imaginary love.  And even if we never know for sure, the future no doubt will see closer links among men, women, and machines.

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Hackers Infiltrate 45 Million Passwords for over 1000 Sites