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BBC - Earth - The strange link between the human mind and quantum physics
The physicist Pascual Jordan, who worked with quantum guru Niels Bohr in Copenhagen in the 1920s, put it like this: "observations not only disturb what has to be measured, they produce it… We compel [a quantum particle] to assume a definite position." In other words, Jordan said, "we ourselves produce the results of measurements."
If that is so, objective reality seems to go out of the window.
And it gets even stranger.
honors  philosophy  physics  Poetry  brain_teasers  consciousness  method  reality  truth 
16 days ago by Jibarosoy
Lucretius and the History of Science
Reintroduced into a Christian culture in which metaphysics and natu- ral philosophy were dominated by a theory of providence and bolstered by Platonic-Aristotelian arguments against materialism, Lucretius’ poem pro- duced both fascination and alarm. The theses that reality consists exclusively of atoms and void, that atomic interactions are purposeless and reflect no plan, that there are no immaterial spirits, and that the gods do not care about humanity and produce no effects in the visible world were purged of some features and variously absorbed and reworked into the so-called ‘new philosophy’ of the seventeenth century.
philosophy  honors  Science  method  Poetry  Research 
20 days ago by Jibarosoy
GitHub - RafeKettler/magicmethods: Guide to Python's magic methods
Guide to Python's magic methods. Contribute to RafeKettler/magicmethods development by creating an account on GitHub.
https://stackoverflow.com/a/18661094
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26 days ago by Spark
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How Are You Testing Your Marketing Message?
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28 days ago by sporkmarketing
Paper Minds: Literature and the Ecology of Consciousness, Kramnick
How do poems and novels create a sense of mind? What does literary criticism say in conversation with other disciplines that addresses problems of consciousness? In Paper Minds, Jonathan Kramnick takes up these vital questions, exploring the relations between mind and environment, the literary forms that uncover such associations, and the various fields of study that work to illuminate them.
Opening with a discussion of how literary scholarship’s particular methods can both complement and remain in tension with corresponding methods particular to the sciences, Paper Minds then turns to a series of sharply defined case studies. Ranging from eighteenth-century poetry and haptic theories of vision, to fiction and contemporary problems of consciousness, to landscapes in which all matter is sentient, to cognitive science and the rise of the novel, Kramnick’s essays are united by a central thematic authority. This unified approach of these essays shows us what distinctive knowledge that literary texts and literary criticism can contribute to discussions of perceptual consciousness, created and natural environments, and skilled engagements with the world.
method  Humanities  literature 
4 weeks ago by gwijthoff

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