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This is a very interesting presentation of our current social situation in the #pandemic and how it fits into #human #history.

The Covidian Cult by C.J. Hopkins / October 13th, 2020


Source: https://dissidentvoice.org/2020/10/the-covidian-cult/
One of the hallmarks of #totalitarianism is mass conformity to a psychotic official #narrative.

Nazism and Stalinism are the classic examples, but the phenomenon is better observed in cults and other sub-cultural societal groups.

These narratives are invariably paranoid, portraying the cult as threatened or persecuted by an evil #enemy or antagonistic force which only unquestioning conformity to the cult’s #ideology can save its members from.

Moreover, cult leaders will often radically change these narratives for no apparent reason, forcing their cult members to abruptly forswear (and often even denounce as “heresy”) the beliefs they had previously been forced to profess, and behave as if they had never believed them, which causes their minds to further short circuit, until they eventually give up even trying to think rationally, and just mindlessly parrot whatever nonsensical gibberish the cult leader fills their heads with.

The cult leader isn’t trying to communicate. He is trying to disorient and control the listener’s mind.

If all this sounds familiar, good. Because the same #techniques that most cult leaders use to control the #minds of the members of their cults are used by #totalitarian systems to control the minds of entire #societies: Milieu Control, Loaded Language, Sacred #Science, Demand for Purity, and other standard mind-control techniques.

It is happening to most of our societies right now. An official narrative is being implemented. A totalitarian official narrative. A totally psychotic official narrative, no less delusional than that of the Nazis, or the Manson family, or any other cult.

This is what totalitarians and cult leaders count on, and exploit to implant their narratives in our minds, and why actual initiation rituals (as opposed to purely symbolic rituals) begin by attacking the subject’s mind with terror, pain, physical exhaustion, psychedelic drugs, or some other means of obliterating the subject’s perception of reality.

Nor can they perceive the delusional nature of the official “#Covid-19” narrative, no more than those in Nazi Germany were able to perceive how completely delusional their official “master race” narrative was.

Their initiation into the Covidian #Cult began in January, when the medical authorities and corporate #media turned on The Fear with projections of hundreds of millions of deaths and #fake photos of people dropping dead in the streets. The psychological conditioning has continued for months. The global masses have been subjected to a constant stream of #propaganda, manufactured #hysteria, wild speculation, conflicting directives, exaggerations, lies, and tawdry theatrical effects.

Facts do not matter to totalitarians and cult members. What matters is loyalty to the cult or the party.

What we are up against is not a misunderstanding or a rational argument over scientific facts. It is a fanatical ideological movement. A global totalitarian movement … the first of its kind in human history.

Instead of the #cult existing as an island within the dominant culture, the cult has become the dominant culture, and those of us who have not joined the cult have become the isolated islands within it.

I wish I could be more optimistic, and maybe offer some sort of plan of action, but the only historical parallel I can think of is how #Christianity “converted” the pagan world … which doesn’t really bode so well for us. While you’re sitting at home during the “second wave” lockdowns, you might want to brush up on that history.

#covid19 #society
The Covidian Cult
 
FYI https://rethinkpsychosis.weebly.com/outside-the-box.html
'Psychosis Outside the Box' has been designed as a non-research, grassroots knowledge generation project with the goal of bringing together diverse accounts of experiences associated with psychosis that have been traditionally neglected. Specifically, we focus on visions and quasi-visual experiences, 'felt presences,' and alterations of time and space. The compilation includes both first person descriptions and, for those who opt to provide this, strategies developed to address any distressing aspects of these experiences.

#Psychosis Outside the Box' wurde als nicht forschendes Projekt zur Generierung von Wissen an der Basis mit dem Ziel konzipiert, verschiedene Berichte über Erfahrungen im Zusammenhang mit Psychosen zusammenzuführen, die traditionell vernachlässigt wurden. Insbesondere konzentrieren wir uns auf Visionen und quasi-visuelle Erfahrungen, "gefühlte Präsenz" und Veränderungen von Zeit und Raum. Die Zusammenstellung enthält sowohl Beschreibungen der ersten Person als auch für diejenigen, die sich dafür entscheiden, Strategien zu entwickeln, die entwickelt wurden, um alle belastenden Aspekte dieser Erfahrungen anzugehen.
#Human #Brain #Mind #Psychology #Neurology #Open-Data
 
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#refugees #human #art #climatechange #peace #world #banksy
 
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INFOSEC: FUCK YOUR '"BLACK/WHITE NEUTRALITY"!

By Catalin Cimpanu for Zero Day | July 4, 2020

The information security (infosec) community has angrily reacted today to calls to abandon the use of the 'black hat' and 'white hat' terms, citing that the two, and especially 'black hat,' have nothing to do with racial stereotyping.



Discussions about the topic started late last night after David Kleidermacher, VP of Engineering at Google, and in charge of Android Security and the Google Play Store, withdrew from a scheduled talk he was set to give in August at the Black Hat USA 2020 security conference.

In his withdrawal announcement, Kleidermacher asked the infosec industry to consider replacing terms like black hat, white hat, and man-in-the-middle with neutral alternatives.

These changes remove harmful associations, promote inclusion, and help us break down walls of unconscious bias. Not everyone agrees which terms to change, but I feel strongly our language needs to (this one in particular).

— David Kleidermacher (@DaveKSecure) July 3, 2020

While Kleidermacher only asked the industry to consider changing these terms, several members mistook his statement as a direct request to the Black Hat conference to change its name.

With Black Hat being the biggest event in cyber-security, online discussions on the topic quickly became widespread among cyber-security experts, dominating the July 4th weekend.

While a part of the infosec community agreed with Kledermacher, the vast majority did not, and called it virtue signaling taken to the extreme.

Most security researchers pointed to the fact that the terms had nothing to do with racism or skin color, and had their origins in classic western movies, where the villain usually wore a black hat, while the good guy wore a white hat.

Others pointed to the dualism between black and white as representing evil and good, concepts that have been around since the dawn of civilizations, long before racial divides even existed between humans.

Right now, the infosec community doesn't seem to be willing to abandon the two terms, which they don't see as a problem when used in infosec-related writings.
MORE COMMENTS: https://www.zdnet.com/article/infosec-community-disagrees-with-changing-black-hat-term-due-to-racial-stereotyping/

#programming #computer #science #software #development #infosec #black hat #resistance #goggle #hackers #internet #censorship #freedom #sexism #social #web #human rights #sanctimony #activism #activist #correctness #meetoo #blacklivesmatter #racism #racist #USA #research #cyber-security #security #privacy
 
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Keep your coins.
I want Change.
Found in Bremen, Friesenstraße
My Opinion:

"Change is coming whether you like it or not because we have no other choice”
quote: Greta Thunberg

If mankind wants to save itself, before a climate catastrophe will make human life on this planet impossible for millennia, we have to transform the existing systems from competition to cooperation.
I am absolut convinced of that, without any doubt.

Competitive systems are doomed to fail.
Humanity's current problems are global:
  • climate catastrophe / climate change
  • poverty / hunger
  • inequality / discrimination
  • racism / xenophobia
  • violence / wars
These problems cannot be solved if we work against each other.

#Art #Streetart #Graffiti #peace #human #mankind
 

Astronaut urine for building a Moon base








From human waste to superplasticiser, astronaut urine could become a useful resource for making a robust type of concrete on the Moon.

#human #space #science #esa #europeanspaceagency
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Astronaut urine for building a Moon base








From human waste to superplasticiser, astronaut urine could become a useful resource for making a robust type of concrete on the Moon.

#human #space #science #esa #europeanspaceagency
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#Human #Rights #Watch zu #China
„#Supergau für die #Menschenrechte“

Die Organisation wirft #Peking vor, Menschenrechte brutalst zu unterdrücken. Die internationale #Politik hat die Situation sogar noch verschlimmert.

https://taz.de/Human-Rights-Watch-zu-China/!5655416/

#taz #HRW #Xi #Roth #Honglong #Uiguren #Trump #EU
 
#Human #Rights #Watch zu #China
„#Supergau für die #Menschenrechte“

Die Organisation wirft #Peking vor, Menschenrechte brutalst zu unterdrücken. Die internationale #Politik hat die Situation sogar noch verschlimmert.

https://taz.de/Human-Rights-Watch-zu-China/!5655416/

#taz #HRW #Xi #Roth #Honglong #Uiguren #Trump #EU
 

Eating someone

Farmed animals have personalities, smarts, even a sense of agency. Why then do we saddle them with lives of utter despair?

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Lizzie #1. Photo © 2009 KevinHoran.com from the series Chattel

By Lori Marino*

We’ve all heard them and used them – the common references to #farmed #animals that appeal to the worst part of #human #nature: ‘pearls before #swine’, ‘what a #pig’, ‘like #lambs to the #slaughter’, ‘#bird #brain’. These phrases represent our #species’ view of farmed animals as not particularly bright, uncaring about their treatment or fate, and generally bland and monolithic in their #identities. My team of #researchers asked: ‘What is there to really know about them?’ Our answer: plenty.

I’ve had the privilege of being the lead #scientist for the Someone Project, a joint venture of two US #nonprofit organisations, the Kimmela Center for Animal Advocacy, and Farm #Sanctuary. The Someone Project is an exploration of our #scientific #knowledge of the #minds of farmed animals. My co-authors and I have explored the #peer-reviewed literature on #intelligence, #personality, #emotions and social complexity in pigs, chickens, cows and sheep, and the journey ‘inward’ into the #minds of these animals has been nothing short of revelatory.

While most people accept that farmed animals possess simple #emotions such as #fear, they are less open to the idea that the animals’ emotions can be familiar and complex. One example is #cognitive judgment #bias, also known as #optimism and #pessimism. We all know the feeling of being able to take on the world when bolstered by good experiences and praise. And, unfortunately, we also know what it feels like to give up when we are pummelled by bad experiences. #CognitiveBias is a deviation in judgment as a result of emotional experiences. How we interpret ambiguous #stimuli or situations depends upon whether we are #depressed or #anxious, or feeling on top of the world. #Pigs, #chickens, #sheep and #cows feel it too. Just treat cows, sheep or chickens roughly through exposure to loud noise or the presence of a #predator, or any other uncontrollable negative condition, and assess how they perform on a typical discrimination task differentiating between two stimuli to get a reward. Just like you, all that stress biases their brains and ability to do well.

In one study, sheep had to learn to discriminate between two buckets marked with different visual patterns (horizontal versus vertical stripes) and respond by walking over to either end of the room to the bucket associated with food. Sheep who experienced prior aversive events were compared with an unexposed group. When confronted with this simple task, the stressed-out sheep were more reluctant to approach the buckets and made more errors than their unexposed counterparts. After a tough life, they view the world through the opposite of rose-coloured glasses. Sound familiar?

If farmed animals are so #vulnerable to bad treatment, how can we maintain the #illusion that having one’s tails, ears and horns cut off makes no difference to them? The fact is that several scientific studies show sheep in #despair, with physiological signs of #stress and #depression when subject to unpredictable and uncontrollable conditions such as the sudden appearance of a new object while they are eating. They are experiencing the well-known psychological phenomenon of #LearnedHelplessness, in which learning that one cannot control one’s environment or life leads to depression and lack of motivation to even try. Learned #helplessness is seen in sheep, in other farmed animals, in many animals in zoos and marine parks, in lab animals, and, yes, in humans who experience continued hard knocks throughout life, especially as children.

One of the most insidious #misconceptions about farmed animals (indeed almost all animals aside from #human ones) is that they do not care about their young, who do not need a mother for normal development. This #mythology of emotional #detachment has become the lore for chickens, cows, turkeys and other farmed animals. But what is the evidence for this convenient fabrication? At first blush, it is #irrational to think that any #mammal or even #vertebrate would be indifferent to their offspring. If that were the case, none of us would be here now.

Instead, there is ample evidence that farmed animals care very much about being able to raise their offspring. Several studies show that #calves must be brought up by their #mothers to be socially well-adjusted. Young calves allowed to stay with their mothers grow up more socially confident with other cows. Conversely, cows prevented from being raised by their mothers show more fearful responses to novel situations and unfamiliar cows. #Dairy calves raised in more complex social groups in general tend to have increased coping abilities and higher capacities for dealing with change. The same effects are seen for #piglets and lambs.

For starters, mothers need to be able to send out their offspring into the world well-prepared, and that means weaning them on a #natural timescale. During weaning in sheep, lambs gradually become less dependent on mother’s milk and more involved in foraging for food on their own as mother stands watch. But no #factory-farmed animals are afforded this basic necessity. Sheep naturally wean at six months, but on factory farms mother and offspring are separated at between one and two months. Cows naturally wean between six and nine months, but dairy cows are separated within 24 hours. Pigs naturally wean at about three months, but mother and piglets are typically separated within 17-20 days on factory farms. And the situation for chickens is just as severe. If left on her own, a hen will look after her chicks for between six and eight weeks. Under factory-farming conditions, layer hens never get to see their offspring, and chicks raised for meat are killed at six weeks of age, still peeping the sound of a baby chick even though their bodies have been genetically manipulated to balloon to the size of an adult.

What are the #psychological consequences of these extreme practices? Just what you would expect – mother cows running after their abducted newborns, bellowing and restlessly searching when they are gone. When ewes (mother sheep) are separated from their lambs before weaning, they let out high-pitched vocalisations, pace, and even urinate. And studies suggest that early separation from the mother has negative psychological impacts on lambs throughout progressive phases of their #social development. Lambs artificially weaned at a very early age show less vocalising and movement, are generally more socially withdrawn, and exhibit abnormal, repetitive oral behaviours.

Maternal #bonding and concern are not restricted to mammals. When mother hens receive a mildly aversive puff of blown air, they do not respond particularly strongly. But when they see someone ‘air puff’ their chicks, they show signs of distress, including clucking, increased heart rate and alert posture.

Meet uber-mother June. June came from a cockfighting operation in #NewYork City (hens themselves are not made to fight but are kept in confined conditions as breeders) where she spent all her time trying to protect her chicks and the chicks of other hens from the #abuses of the situation, literally taking them under her wings when humans were around. Fortunately for June, she was rescued and went to Farm Sanctuary where she need not fear humans. But she still kept her chicks close by – even when they were too big to hide under her wing – and fought off anyone who came near them. She never forgot the abuses she suffered, even after many years in the sanctuary.

The inner lives of farmed animals cannot be characterised entirely on a species level. Instead, they are #unique individuals with personality to spare. Those personalities map familiarly onto the same characteristics that comprise human personalities. The five dimensions of human personality structure are #extraversion, #agreeableness, #conscientiousness, #neuroticism and #openness to #experience. Most of us fall somewhere along the spectrum for each category. For instance, in the first category, each of us is either extremely extraverted, extremely introverted or somewhere in between.

Research shows that, like #humans, individual pigs fall along the dimensions of agreeableness, openness to new experiences, and extraversion. For instance, in a competitive feeding situation, the pig who is the most aggressive tends to keep that reputation throughout time. Cows similarly fall along a spectrum on dimensions of extraversion and also neuroticism. Sheep have personality traits characterised in the literature as ‘shyness/boldness’ and ‘gregariousness’, comparable to openness to experience and extraversion in humans. Finally, individual chickens (and turkeys) also vary along dimensions of personality, including boldness/shyness, activity/exploration (in humans, openness to experience), and vigilance (similar to neuroticism in us). Personality shapes maternal style in chickens and hens through the dimension of vigilance; the most extreme on one end tend to be the ‘helicopter moms’ of the barnyard.

As complex and familiar as these personality traits are, they have not been studied nearly as much as human personality, and are clearly only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to understanding who farmed animals are. Up until today, the scientific community has been slow to acknowledge personalities in other animals, even our closest #feline and #canine #companions. The fact that, amid this juggernaut of denial and homogenisation on the factory farm, the personalities of cows, pigs and chickens still shine through is testament to the strength and resilience of their identities.

Not only are farmed animals individuals, they recognise the individuality of others. We humans are into faces. We like ones that are pleasant and convey positive #emotions. We love #smiles. As #primates, we are especially attuned to facial expression. And we use faces for the recognition of individuals (including our nonhuman companions). It might be difficult to recognise a friend from a #photo of a leg or a hand, or your dog from a photo of her tummy, but you would never fail to recognise their faces. We post pictures of the faces of celebrities and people in the news – not their elbows.

This focus on faces and the information they confer goes beyond the fact that faces contain mouths, and mouths vocalise. That’s because the facial expression and the identity of the person vocalising are often more important than what is actually being said, content-wise. Moreover, faces contain eyes, and the gaze direction tells me where you’re looking and, therefore, what you know or if you are paying attention to me. No child has escaped the question asked by #teachers and #parents: ‘Are you paying attention to me?’ So identity, emotion and attention are written all over our faces.

Faces are complex configurations of various components, and face recognition is, similarly, a complicated #mental task. For all of these reasons, we are not particularly surprised by evidence for facial recognition in #dogs or #chimpanzees. But what about farmed animals? Are they just faceless entities in a crowd or herd? The answer is no.

It turns out that many farmed animals are attuned to faces of members of their own species, as well as those of other species. Sheep are the ‘face experts’. Well-controlled studies requiring sheep to discriminate pairs of photos of other sheep show that they are capable of remembering the faces of 50 different individuals for more than two years. And, like us, they strongly prefer certain expressions over others. As highly social mammals, sheep are sensitive to emotional expressions and are able to distinguish between and prefer #photographs of sheep with a calm facial expression over sheep with a startled expression. And sheep are celebrity-watchers as well. Studies show that they can discriminate among photos of four different human celebrities even when the faces are presented to them in different spatial orientations. Altogether, sheep have extremely sophisticated face-recognition abilities on a par with humans and other primates.

Cows can recognise the faces of different cows, and even discriminate photos of cows of several different breeds from other non-cow species (dogs, sheep, horses and goats). Chickens, too, show notable abilities to recognise individuals in their own social group as well as keep track of the social dominance hierarchy (known as the pecking order). Hens can gain useful information about their own status in the dominance #hierarchy before actually taking on a challenger by observing how that hen interacts with another hen she is familiar with. If the challenger can be chased off by the familiar hens who are lower than her in the hierarchy, then she is more likely to engage in some sparring with her. They are, apparently, wise enough to challenge only those chickens they know they stand a good chance against. In science, this kind of logical reasoning is called transitive inference, the ability to derive a relation between items that have not been explicitly compared before. Whether or not chickens accomplish this feat in exactly the same way that we do, these findings show that they are not just mindlessly spending their days pecking away at tidbits but are actually processing social relationships in pretty complex terms.

And several studies show that pigs are quite skillful at using head cues to discriminate between different attention states in humans. Like all of us, they prefer interaction with us when we are looking at them than when we are turned away. And it’s the same for other pigs. And pigs, like primates, dolphins and dogs, understand pointing as a reference to an object. They learn these social-cognitive skills at a young age.

In the past few years, scientific advances in our understanding of animal minds have led to major shifts in how we think about and treat other animals in zoos and aquariums, at least in the West. The general public is starting to realise that animals such as apes, elephants, dolphins and whales have complex inner and social lives, and that we need to treat them accordingly. For instance, there is a growing viewpoint that whales and dolphins should not be in concrete tanks performing for our entertainment and, accordingly, there are major efforts underway to call attention to and end this practice.

But despite this growing realisation for many animals held captive for our entertainment, traversing the path toward recognising the mental lives of farmed animals such as pigs, cows, chickens, sheep, goats and turkeys has been far more daunting. Although #vegan and #vegetarian food options are becoming more plentiful and more common, meat consumption, on a global scale, has increased in recent years, and it continues to be high on the list of coveted recreational and dining experiences for most people in the developed world.

In 2012, The Economist reported that, based on 2007 data from the UN Food and Agriculture Organization, meat consumption since 1961 has risen from about 48 to 88 pounds per person per year worldwide. The numbers of individual farmed animals slaughtered for meat annually around the world also showed a staggering increase from 1961 to 2014: we’ve gone from 6.6 billion to 62 billion chickens; from 376 million to 1.5 billion pigs; from 331 million to 545 million sheep; from 173 million to 300 million cows; from 142 million to 649 million turkeys; and from 103 million to 444 million goats. These #statistics do not take into account #eggs, #dairy and seafood.

The increase has occurred despite growing scientific #evidence for severe health hazards for humans who eat certain kinds of factory-farmed #meat on a regular basis. Regularly eating red meat is tied to increased risk of #diabetes, #cardiovascular disease and certain #cancers. At the same time, the evidence for better health and #wellbeing associated with eating less meat is well-established.

And, from the point of view of animal suffering, there is extensive information available on social media, in films and in writing about the poor quality of life and violent end endured by factory-farmed animals. But, again, the practice continues. One must ask: why, despite all of the information, the problem of meat-eating seems to be so intractable?

Perhaps the answer can be found in the inner lives of members of our own species. We are masters at erecting psychological defences and justifying behaviour that we know is not ethical but feels good, such as pleasuring the palate. The main form that these defences, these mental pushbacks, take is a cultural mythology that promotes a view of farmed animals as devoid of feeling, awareness, intelligence and concern about their own quality of life. In the face of unimpeachable evidence for their suffering and our health risks, the last bastion of defence for human carnivores is to convince oneself that farmed animals do not care whether they live or die or how they live. We tell ourselves that their suffering isn’t the same as ours and that they don’t really care about life the way we do, so why should we care?

The inner lives of farmed animals depend upon who the farmed animal is, but also overlap into familiar territory within our own minds. Each species has its own nature, and each individual his or her own life. But the scientific literature on everyone from pigs to chickens points to one conclusion: farmed animals are someone, not something. They share many of the same mental and emotional characteristics that we recognise in ourselves and acknowledge in the animals closest to us – dogs and cats. To continue our self-indulgence, we resist the evidence and reinforce the status of farmed animals as objects, as commodities, as food. Their inner lives have become ‘the forbidden territory’ we dare not enter lest we deprive our palate and shatter our sense of ourselves.

*Lori Marino is a neuroscientist and an expert in animal behaviour and intelligence. Formerly on the faculty at Emory University, she is the founder and executive director of the Kimmela Center for Animal Advocacy in Utah, and president of the Whale Sanctuary Project.

#Aeon #essay #Speciesism #empathy #love #idea
 

Alexei Leonov, the first spacewalker, passes away


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Russian cosmonaut Alexei Leonov, the first person to conduct a spacewalk, passed away on 11 October, aged 85.

#human #space #science #esa #europeanspaceagency
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Alexei Leonov, the first spacewalker, passes away


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Russian cosmonaut Alexei Leonov, the first person to conduct a spacewalk, passed away on 11 October, aged 85.

#human #space #science #esa #europeanspaceagency
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They are coming for the geniuses





#JackBaruth addresses the ongoing cultural #defenestration of #RichardStallman:
The #idea of truly #free-software given to the #world for #humanitarian purposes would not exist without #Stallman. He was the only person who ever had the thought. Which means it is more radical than #calculus, heavier-than-air #flight, the theory of #relativity, or the atomic bomb. It took someone with Stallman’s particular blend of Promethean #IQ and mentally #handicapped #social skills to push it all the way to #reality. You live in Richard Stallman’s world, whether you like it or not. He has had more #influence on how we #communicate in 2019 than any other single #human being currently living. Any sane #society would consider him a #national #treasure of greater importance than #FortKnox, to be #cherished and #protected accordingly.

Naturally, our society has decided to #crucify him. A young #woman with an axe to grind has instigated a #lynch #mob through an astoundingly ill-conceived and illogical bit of #emotionally dependent #rhetoric:

_There are so many things wrong with what Richard Stallman said I hardly know where to begin…

She totally can’t even!

_There is nothing I have seen a man in tech do that a woman could not. What’s more, the woman would probably be less egotistical and more team-oriented about it.

This is how you know the author is a #mental #child. Any of us “could do” many things. I could have written any song, novel, or movie screenplay that has appeared between 1982 and now. Except I didn’t. The Egyptians could have invented the airplane and the laser and the K-cup coffee maker, but they didn’t. Only children deal in potential. Adults deal in reality.

Also, I hate to tell her this, and its embarrassing that I should be the one to lecture an #MIT graduate on this, but #teams are for #normies, for #neurotypicals, for trash people who can’t retain multiple levels of variable dereferencing in their heads while #coding. Teams do not accomplish, and have never accomplished, anything of genuine #intellectual #value.

The #history of #scientific #progress is a history of #individuals. Yes, you need a “team” to actually #assemble the atomic bomb or the Intel Itanium or a commercial #software product. You don’t need a team to conceive it and do the mental heavy lifting. The effective IQ of a team is the same as the lowest IQ in the team; the #productivity of the team is a minor percentage of the productivity you could get from its smartest member working alone. Every once in a while you will see one brilliant person be inspired by another brilliant person in the near vicinity. This happens once for every hundred million times a “team” crushes the abilities of its members.
Richard Stallman is, by all normal human standards, a complete #lunatic. He also happens to be a genuine #genius. And more to the point, by every sane human standard, Richard Stallman has done #nothing #wrong. While I think his postulations concerning possible defenses of #MarvinMinsky's alleged behavior are both a) incorrect and b) irrelevant, there is nothing remotely questionable or surprising about his formulating and expressing them.

Can you even imagine Richard Stallman being courted and corrupted by #JeffreyEpstein? That not only stretches the bounds of #credibility, it's got the potential to be a #hilarious #comedy sketch.

Epstein: Hey, Richard, do you like to party? I know some nice girls who would like to meet you.

Stallman: I would not be happy at a party. Especially not if it's raining. You have a big face. Do you have a parrot?

Epstein: Um, no....

Stallman: Go away! Go away now!

But this isn't a comedy sketch, it is today's ugly reality.
On September 16, 2019, Richard M. Stallman, founder and president of the Free Software Foundation, resigned as president and from its board of directors.
https://voxday.blogspot.com/2019/09/they-are-coming-for-geniuses.html

@astheroth 明日照 @Sophos #RMS #SJW #Leftism #Leftists #Leftist #Destruction #Wahmen
 

They are coming for the geniuses





#JackBaruth addresses the ongoing cultural #defenestration of #RichardStallman:
The #idea of truly #free-software given to the #world for #humanitarian purposes would not exist without #Stallman. He was the only person who ever had the thought. Which means it is more radical than #calculus, heavier-than-air #flight, the theory of #relativity, or the atomic bomb. It took someone with Stallman’s particular blend of Promethean #IQ and mentally #handicapped #social skills to push it all the way to #reality. You live in Richard Stallman’s world, whether you like it or not. He has had more #influence on how we #communicate in 2019 than any other single #human being currently living. Any sane #society would consider him a #national #treasure of greater importance than #FortKnox, to be #cherished and #protected accordingly.

Naturally, our society has decided to #crucify him. A young #woman with an axe to grind has instigated a #lynch #mob through an astoundingly ill-conceived and illogical bit of #emotionally dependent #rhetoric:

_There are so many things wrong with what Richard Stallman said I hardly know where to begin…

She totally can’t even!

_There is nothing I have seen a man in tech do that a woman could not. What’s more, the woman would probably be less egotistical and more team-oriented about it.

This is how you know the author is a #mental #child. Any of us “could do” many things. I could have written any song, novel, or movie screenplay that has appeared between 1982 and now. Except I didn’t. The Egyptians could have invented the airplane and the laser and the K-cup coffee maker, but they didn’t. Only children deal in potential. Adults deal in reality.

Also, I hate to tell her this, and its embarrassing that I should be the one to lecture an #MIT graduate on this, but #teams are for #normies, for #neurotypicals, for trash people who can’t retain multiple levels of variable dereferencing in their heads while #coding. Teams do not accomplish, and have never accomplished, anything of genuine #intellectual #value.

The #history of #scientific #progress is a history of #individuals. Yes, you need a “team” to actually #assemble the atomic bomb or the Intel Itanium or a commercial #software product. You don’t need a team to conceive it and do the mental heavy lifting. The effective IQ of a team is the same as the lowest IQ in the team; the #productivity of the team is a minor percentage of the productivity you could get from its smartest member working alone. Every once in a while you will see one brilliant person be inspired by another brilliant person in the near vicinity. This happens once for every hundred million times a “team” crushes the abilities of its members.
Richard Stallman is, by all normal human standards, a complete #lunatic. He also happens to be a genuine #genius. And more to the point, by every sane human standard, Richard Stallman has done #nothing #wrong. While I think his postulations concerning possible defenses of #MarvinMinsky's alleged behavior are both a) incorrect and b) irrelevant, there is nothing remotely questionable or surprising about his formulating and expressing them.

Can you even imagine Richard Stallman being courted and corrupted by #JeffreyEpstein? That not only stretches the bounds of #credibility, it's got the potential to be a #hilarious #comedy sketch.

Epstein: Hey, Richard, do you like to party? I know some nice girls who would like to meet you.

Stallman: I would not be happy at a party. Especially not if it's raining. You have a big face. Do you have a parrot?

Epstein: Um, no....

Stallman: Go away! Go away now!

But this isn't a comedy sketch, it is today's ugly reality.
On September 16, 2019, Richard M. Stallman, founder and president of the Free Software Foundation, resigned as president and from its board of directors.
https://voxday.blogspot.com/2019/09/they-are-coming-for-geniuses.html

@astheroth 明日照 @Sophos #RMS #SJW #Leftism #Leftists #Leftist #Destruction #Wahmen
 
And the only constant in the universe is change.
Our world is always changing, and rignt now, our climate is changing.
No matter how critical the crisis is, and it is, this is also our collective superpower.
That we have the power to adapt to change and we have the power to give form to our future.



#change #human #climatchange #climatecrisis #future #positiv #fridaysforfuture
 

The Moon camera


Bild/Foto

Bild/Foto
Hasselblad cameras are synonymous with the Apollo missions. We visited Gothenburg to find out how a Swedish camera made it to the Moon.

#human #space #science #esa #europeanspaceagency
posted by pod_feeder_v2
 

The Moon camera


Bild/Foto

Bild/Foto
Hasselblad cameras are synonymous with the Apollo missions. We visited Gothenburg to find out how a Swedish camera made it to the Moon.

#human #space #science #esa #europeanspaceagency
posted by pod_feeder_v2
 

Gamer4Future


Billions of children (in any age) spend their valuable leisure time and life time with complicated tasks, think sports, sports or e-sports and get points, virtual items, virtual medals, virtual money, certificates or even just recognition. Often not even from others, but only from a fleeting highscore table.

And there are actually still people who say that they can't imagine someone working a few hours a day without any payment, working together with others for a meaningful cause? For a better life, a meaningful life?

What do you think?
What could be possible, if Life would be just a game?
Can you imagine that?

#Philosophy #Word #Thought #Utopia #Vision #Labour #Society #Human #Future #Work
#Gamer4Future
Milliarden Kinder (jeden Alters) verbringen ihre wertvolle Freizeit und Lebenszeit mit komplizierten Aufgaben, denksportlich, sportlich oder e-sportlich und bekommen dafür Punkte, Lob, virtuelle Orden, virtuelles Geld, Urkunden oder auch nur Anerkennung. Oftmals nicht einmal von anderen, sondern nur von einer flüchtigen Highscore Tabelle.

Und da gibt es tatsächlich noch Menschen, die sagen, sie könnten es sich nicht vorstellen, dass jemand ohne Bezahlung ein paar wenige Stunden am Tag, mit anderen gemeinsam arbeiten geht für eine sinnvolle Sache? Für eine bessere Welt, eine besseres Leben, für ein sinnerfülltes Leben?

Wie denkt ihr darüber?
Was könnte möglich sein, wenn das Leben nur ein Spiel wäre?
Ist das vorstellbar?

#Philosophie #Wort #Gedanke #Utopie #Vision #Arbeit #Gesellschaft #Mensch #Zukunft
 

WhatsApp security breach may have targeted human rights groups


HN Discussion: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=19920143
Posted by okket (karma: 38819)
Post stats: Points: 220 - Comments: 34 - 2019-05-15T15:10:27Z

\#HackerNews #breach #groups #have #human #may #rights #security #targeted #whatsapp
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WhatsApp security breach may have targeted human rights groups


HN Discussion: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=19920143
Posted by okket (karma: 38819)
Post stats: Points: 220 - Comments: 34 - 2019-05-15T15:10:27Z

\#HackerNews #breach #groups #have #human #may #rights #security #targeted #whatsapp
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