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A Super-Simple, Non-Quantum Theory of Eternal Consciousness - Scientific American Blog Network
Here’s why I refuse to believe her, at first. As soon as Emily says, You’re sleeping!, I wake up, and my mind splices my current awareness to my previous awareness, which preceded my nodding off. Subjectively, I lack awareness of sleeping, unless I was dreaming and remember the dream.
Watching Chalmers doze, and ruminating over these exchanges with Emily, my idea for eternal consciousness came to me. If mind emerged once in the cosmos, I thought, it will surely, over the course of eternity, emerge again. When it does, perhaps in some sense this new consciousness will be spliced together with the old consciousness, as if the intervening darkness never existed. So consciousness is subjectively if not objectively eternal. This concept might not be as comforting as “it from bit,” Christianity, Buddhism and other schemes that make mind fundamental, but it’s all I’ve got.
honors  philosophy  physics  consciousness  Methodology  reality  Science  Poetry 
november 2018 by Jibarosoy
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 
november 2018 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 
november 2018 by Jibarosoy
quantum art and poetry: June 2012
The capacity for life must have existed in the Universe from the very beginning of time. But where did the symmetry and geometry for the diversity and complexity of life come from?
honors  philosophy  teaching_pol_theory  Poetry  physics  universe 
november 2018 by Jibarosoy
Lucretius5 - Peter Forbes
Lucretius either influenced or foreshadowed many topics in science from the 17th century onwards and it was the revolution in physics at the dawn of the 20th century that brought his most comprehensive vindication. In one of the papers from his annus mirabilis, 1905, Einstein sought to address the scepticism of some of his physicist colleagues:

My major aim in this was to find facts which would guarantee as much as possible the existence of atoms of definite finite size.

This work had its origin in one of Lucretius’ most haunting, painterly, and influential passages:

Mark, when the sun’s rays pour into the shadowy room
How many tiny scintillations contend with the rays:
Dust motes in fretful motion without pause,
Massed troops clashing in endless disputation.

For Lucretius, the motion of the particles was caused by bombardment from the unseen atoms and this idea became a major plank of modern physics in the 19th century through the work of James Clerk Maxwell and others. Einstein took it further and he established the “existence of atoms of definite finite size” in theoretical work that was experimentally verified by the French chemist August Perrin; the latter won a Nobel Prize for this work and in 1916 wrote: “the atomic theory has triumphed”. Einstein and Lucretius were explicitly linked in the Preface that Einstein wrote for a 1924 German translation of The Nature of Things, by his Prussian Academy colleague Hermann Diels, in which he praised Lucretius’ goal of “freeing humanity from slavish fear caused by religion and superstition”

It was only in the mid twentieth century that this goal could be said to have been achieved.
honors  philosophy  Science  Poetry  teaching_pol_theory  Teaching  physics 
november 2018 by Jibarosoy
The swerve of verse: Lucretius' 'Of Things' Nature' and the necessity of poetic form | Jacket2
Lucretius confronts a problem that scientists and mathematicians have faced from well before his time to the present: that their findings seem implausible or counter-intuitive. The world feels flat, waves and particles are irreconcilable, atoms colliding in space could not produce the world as we know it. Let's put it this way: You can't put into believable descriptive prose E=MC2, much less algebra or calculus or, well, non-Euclidean geometry or, as here's the rub, evolution, Mr. Darwin's dangerous theory (or for that matter Mr. Marx's or Mr. Spinoza's).  Once you go beyond the visible reality of "ratio" -- as Blake so powerfully notes in his visionary physics (to use Donald Ault's phrase), all prose bets are off.  The alternative to "ratio" and to the direct evidence of the senses is not irrationalism or religion or superstition -- but reason. And reason is neither visible nor consistent.
honors  philosophy  teaching_pol_theory  Science  Poetry  Teaching 
november 2018 by Jibarosoy
Brain Waves Instruction: 5 Favorite Poems to Teach Growth Mindset
The following poems are ones able to reach even the most reticent of poetry readers while shedding light on the themes of growth mindset. Each person, young and old, has had experience with trying to persevere through tough times when things seem to be working against them. These poems present an easy way to show students who may be struggling that they are not alone, while also building on reading and critical thinking skills.
MINDSET  LIUBLC  Learning_Communities_activities  faculty  Teaching  Pol.11  Poetry 
may 2018 by Jibarosoy
John Updike on Writing and Death – Brain Pickings
Not only are selves conditional but they die. Each day, we wake slightly altered, and the person we were yesterday is dead. So why, one could say, be afraid of death, when death comes all the time? It is even possible to dislike our old selves, those disposable ancestors of ours. For instance, my high-school self — skinny, scabby, giggly, gabby, frantic to be noticed, tormented enough to be a tormentor, relentlessly pushing his cartoons and posters and noisy jokes and pseudo-sophisticated poems upon the helpless high school — strikes me now as considerably obnoxious, though I owe him a lot: without his frantic ambition and insecurity I would not be sitting on (as my present home was named by others) Haven Hill.
Poetry  death  Power_materials  god  Religion  philosophy 
may 2018 by Jibarosoy
Duck, Death and the Tulip: An Uncommonly Tender Illustrated Meditation on the Cycle of Life – Brain Pickings
John Updike echoed this sentiment: “Each day, we wake slightly altered, and the person we were yesterday is dead. So why, one could say, be afraid of death, when death comes all the time?” And yet however poetic this notion might be, it remains one of the hardest for us to befriend and reconcile with our irrepressible impulse for aliveness. How, then, are those only just plunging into the lush river of life to confront the prospect of its flow’s cessation?
Angelo  death  Poetry  Violence_y_Power  NILP_Board  Latino_achievements  leader 
may 2018 by Jibarosoy
Brooklyn Poets | Mission
Over the years, Brooklyn has served as home to and inspired some of the most original and influential poets on the world stage, from Whitman, Hart Crane and Marianne Moore in the American tradition to expatriate masters such as W. H. Auden and Joseph Brodsky; visiting visionaries such as Vladimir Mayakovsky and Federico García Lorca; and hip-hop pioneers such as Big Daddy Kane, MCA, Guru, Digable Planets, Biggie Smalls, GZA, Ol’ Dirty Bastard, Mos Def, Talib Kweli and Jay Z.

Since our inception in 2012, our core program of small, intensive poetry workshops taught by award-winning poets in their own homes has served over 700 students and employed over 40 teachers, and we’ve grown to host 22 events per year attracting over 1400 attendees annually, fostering a more homegrown, close-knit, diverse community of poets and readers than what we see traditionally offered by graduate writing programs and the American literary community at large. Our community extends through The Bridge, a unique online network connecting poets and mentors throughout the world.
Poetry  writing  Brooklyn  reasoning  Passions  Education 
february 2018 by Jibarosoy
Amanda Palmer Reads Polish Nobel Laureate Wisława Szymborska’s Glorious Poem “Possibilities” – Brain Pickings

I prefer movies.

I prefer cats.

I prefer the oaks along the Warta.

I prefer Dickens to Dostoyevsky.

I prefer myself liking people

to myself loving mankind.
Poetry  writing  luchi  books 
december 2017 by Jibarosoy
How Einstein Thought: Why “Combinatory Play” Is the Secret of Genius – Brain Pickings
The concept, in fact, was perhaps best explained by Albert Einstein, who termed it “combinatory play.” (Einstein famously came up with some of his best scientific ideas during his violin breaks.) From his Ideas and Opinions (public library) — the same invaluable volume that gave us the beloved physicist’s timeless wisdom on kindness and our shared existence — comes Einstein’s single most succinct articulation of how his mind works, driven by this powerful combinatorial creativity. The 1945 letter was written in response to French mathematician Jacques S. Hadamard’s survey of the mental processes of famous scientists, inspired by polymath Henri Poincaré’
creativity  business  economics  questioning  poetry  philosophy  theory  LIU 
november 2016 by Jibarosoy
Milton's Paradise Lost
THE ARGUMENT.—This First Book proposes, first in brief, the whole subject—Man’s disobedience, and the loss thereupon of Paradise, wherein he was placed: then touches the prime cause of his fall—the Serpent, or rather Satan in the Serpent; who, revolting from God, and drawing to his side many legions of Angels, was, by the command of God, driven out of Heaven, with all his crew, into the great Deep. Which action passed over, the Poem hastes into the midst of things; presenting Satan, with his Angels, now fallen into Hell—described here not in the Centre (for heaven and earth may be supposed as yet not made, certainly not yet accursed), but in a place of utter darkness, fitliest called Chaos. Here Satan, with his Angels lying on the burning lake, thunderstruck and astonished after a certain space recovers, as from confusion; calls up him who, next in order and dignity, lay by him: they confer of their miserable fall. Satan awakens all his legions, who lay till then in the same manner confounded. They rise: their numbers; array of battle; their chief leaders named, according to the idols known afterwards in Canaan and the countries adjoining. To these Satan directs his speech; comforts them with hope yet of regaining Heaven; but tells them, lastly, of a new world and new kind of creature to be created, according to an ancient prophecy, or report, in Heaven—for that Angels were long before this visible creation was the opinion of many ancient Fathers. To find out the truth of this prophecy, and what to determine thereon, he refers to a full council. What his associates thence attempt. Pandemonium, the palace of Satan, rises, suddenly built out of the Deep: the infernal Peers there sit in council.
state  latino  war  proposal  Literature  Poetry  Milton  Literature_and_books  latino_war 
august 2016 by Jibarosoy
We Are Dead Stars - The Atlantic
We are dead stars looking back up at the sky
poetry  genetics 
may 2014 by Jibarosoy
Why Teaching Poetry Is So Important - Andrew Simmons - The Atlantic
Yet poetry enables teachers to teach their students how to write, read, and understand any text. Poetry can give students a healthy outlet for surging emotions. Reading original poetry aloud in class can foster trust and empathy in the classroom community, while also emphasizing speaking and listening skills that are often neglected in high school literature classes. Students who don’t like writing essays may like poetry, with its dearth of fixed rules and its kinship with rap. For these students, poetry can become a gateway to other forms of writing. It can help teach skills that come in handy with other kinds of writing—like precise, economical diction, for example. When Carl Sandburg writes, “The fog comes/on little cat feet,” in just six words, he endows a natural phenomenon with character, a pace, and a spirit. All forms of writing benefits from the powerful and concise phrases found in poems.
poetry  writing  learning  communities  activities  teaching 
april 2014 by Jibarosoy
Poet Carolyn Forché gathers 500 years of violence and conflict in new anthology : NewsHour Poetry Series : Video : The Poetry Foundation
The poets featured in Carolyn Forché’s anthology, Poetry of Witness, have endured extreme conditions: warfare, censorship, forced exile. The Georgetown professor and poet calls the collection an “outcry of the soul.” Jeffrey Brown sat down with Forché to discuss this style of writing and its enduring power.
poetry  violence_y_power  latino  war  proposal  latino_war 
february 2014 by Jibarosoy
Tato Laviera’s poem AmeRican: Yearning for a Utopian Society | JC's Mental Portal
Tato Laviera’s message is clear in AmeRican: he advocates peaceful multiculturalism that leads to utopianism. He believes, through altercations, cultural differences can be managed and find legitimate solutions: “yes,…i dream to take the accent from the altercation, and be proud to call myself american” (54-57).
latinos  writing  Latinos_+_TW  racism  Poetry 
november 2013 by Jibarosoy
I do not fear death - Salon.com
I know it is coming, and I do not fear it, because I believe there is nothing on the other side of death to fear. I hope to be spared as much pain as possible on the approach path. I was perfectly content before I was born, and I think of death as the same state. I am grateful for the gifts of intelligence, love, wonder and laughter. You can’t say it wasn’t interesting. My lifetime’s memories are what I have brought home from the trip. I will require them for eternity no more than that little souvenir of the Eiffel Tower I brought home from Paris.
death  Poetry 
april 2013 by Jibarosoy

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