Biocentrism vs. Multiverse and backwards time

Jerry Coyne summons Sean Carrol to take on biocentrism. It’s a fair fight. La Life’s insight:The kind of claptrap that Lanza portrays in the Independent is what you reap when you sow unreal science. Lanza’s unreal statements are legitimized in the public perception at least, by countless other bullshit that scientists peddle all the time…

Pleasure and emotion

Baroness Susan Greenfield CBE Hon FRCP, Member, House of Lords, United Kingdom, Professor of Synaptic Pharmacology, Lincoln College, Oxford University presen… La Life’s insight:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WN5Fs6_O2mY&start=2646&end=2740 After what is a rather sane and semantically careful talk, Baronness Greenfield here lapses rather egregiously into self-serving biased interpretation. From interesting remarks about neuron assemblies and how they get used…

Determinism and finite states in algorithms

In order to determine the complexity of an algorithm, you have to make the definitional assumption that the algorithm is determinisitic. . La Life’s insight:The key insight is here, in the following couple of minutes, after the student attempts to answer the question:http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=kqt-mfcm-FM#t=1614 In order to determine the complexity of an algorithm, which is the basis…

Meaningful Computational Complexity

Most of the problems that we’re attempting to solve are computable, whereas mathematically most of the possible problems are uncomputable. La Life’s insight:That’s a truly interesting thing: most of the problems that we’re attempting to solve are computable, whereas mathematically most of the possible problems are uncomputable. The insight part is here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=moPtwq_cVH8&start=18:06&end=18:20 This says…

What is science for?

Can science still claim to the layman that it’s working to empower them? La Life’s insight:Very nice speech and discussion by Tyson. But beyond the ambition and the big projects, it’s overlooked that science also has to project itself as being on the side of human empowerment. Modern scientific advoacy explaining that we are all…