Kirsten's Blog (5)

Animal Intelligence: What defines it, and how do we recognize it?

   An article on bees and complex problem solving caught my attention today:  http://www.dailygalaxy.com/my_weblog/2010/10/bees-solve-complex-problems-faster-than-supercomputers.html It's one of several I've come across recently about animal intelligence and problem solving. The bees were able to solve an issue supercomputers have trouble with, and also recognize human…

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Added by Kirsten on July 1, 2011 at 2:24pm — 7 Comments

Do we fear determinism for the same reason we fear atheism?

A rambling post today. Fuzzy brained and foot loose!

 

  I was recently thinking about the concept of free will. It's an idea that has always bothered me, like a tickle at the back of the throat. I firmly believe in cause and effect. I firmly believe in the laws of physics and what they imply. So without an outside force, it makes sense that everything is controlled very directly by these laws. Including us. The logic behind it is fairly simple. I'm guessing it's the complexity…

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Added by Kirsten on June 12, 2011 at 5:04pm — 68 Comments

Odin keeps more promises than Jesus

Just because things like this make me smile. Happy friday!

 

Added by Kirsten on June 3, 2011 at 11:57pm — No Comments

Morals: Humans are the most important?

   Human-centric thought bothers me. Flipping through National Geographic (June 2011) I came across a brilliant piece on China's rapid, energy hungry growth and the steps many private and governmental organizations are taking to limit its environmental impact. China has relied on coal powered plants for a long time and it shows. With estimates nearly doubling the amount of power China will need to fuel itself over the coming decade, green energy is going to be very important. But the article…

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Added by Kirsten on June 2, 2011 at 3:13pm — 3 Comments

The Importance of Everything - My non-belief, and why we create our gods.

Note: I haven't written anything in a long, long while. I also hate editing. Spelling should be checked, but other errors are likely and I may come back and fix them later or clarify a point if I messed up badly! Just a warning!

 

If you're reading this, please be prepared for a long (and tangential) musing. I needed to get this down. Knowing your own mind is always a good idea, and writing can be a great way to organize thoughts in a way to see, evaluate, and even change them.…

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Added by Kirsten on May 31, 2011 at 10:18pm — No Comments

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