How Do Our Minds Work According to David Hume?

How Do Our Minds Work According to David Hume?

We often refer to our minds and to what we are thinking unselfconsciously, as though it was obvious what we were referring to. However, philosophers have generally found answering the most basic – and therefore the most fundamental – questions about the mind exceptionally challenging. To say what the mind is made up of, what we really mean by terms like ‘thoughts,’ ‘ideas,’ and so on, is extremely difficult. It stretches philosophical inquiry to the boundaries of sense and subjectivity.

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Can Human Intention Affect Electrical Plasma?

Can Human Intention Affect Electrical Plasma?

Can human consciousness affect the physical world? Being able to reliably demonstrate that consciousness can directly interact and change the physical world would be a game-changer, especially for breaking out of the materialist paradigm, or the paradigm that believes only physical matter (and energy) makes up the world.

A potential target for testing this hypothesis is electrical plasma – an electrically conducting medium that is the so-called “fourth state of matter,” in addition to solid, liquid, and gas. Electrical plasma is now thought to make up about 99% of the visible matter in the universe and it is also associated with anomalous luminous effects reported throughout history, including phenomena called will-o’-wisps, ball lightning, and possibly with moving points of lights observed during seances, shimmering apparitions, and even unidentified flying objects.

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Much has to be done to avoid perilous times

Much has to be done to avoid perilous times

Closely analyzing the global trends during recent months, it is evident how the human weakness of DIVISIVENESS has been exploited to bring about our own early demise: Socially, Economically, Politically, Racially, and Theologically, as we drift ignorantly toward a global catastrophe and an early extinction of human civilization.

A predominant role in the awakening of consciousness has much to do with heart intelligence, expanded consciousness and heart coherence which would be the norm during this 5th Industrial Revolution as we transcend boundaries moving through this uncertain post-covid era.

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Forget About It: How We Purge Thoughts From Our Mind

Forget About It: How We Purge Thoughts From Our Mind

If you have ever tried to erase that annoying earworm from your mind or stop thinking about whether you locked the door after leaving the house, you know how disruptive it can be to think about something irrelevant to the task at hand.

While much work in cognitive neuroscience focuses on how the human brain remembers and retains information, some cognitive neuroscientists have instead turned to forgetting – working to track exactly how we forget a piece of information and what it means for patients suffering from neurocognitive disorders.

“It may sound surprising that people can control what and how they forget,” says Marie Banich of the University of Colorado, Boulder, who is chairing a session about new research on forgetting at the Cognitive Neuroscience Society (CNS) annual meeting today in San Francisco.

“But control over working memory is critical for switching between and re-prioritizing tasks. So in many ways, it is not surprising that we have control over the ability to remove information from the focus of our thoughts.”

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Big Bang Plasma and Block Universe

Big Bang, Plasma and Block Universe

In 2017, I was grateful for the opportunity I received to lecture on “Science of God” in which I mentioned the first microsecond of the big bang (0.000001) which modern researchers believe contained plasma, the fourth state of matter.

In 2021, researchers said they used the Large Hadron Collider to investigate this plasma which was the first matter ever to be present in our universe. And, they said, it had liquid-like properties.

Medicina Alternativa which I am heading globally, had its founder Chairman Dr.Inyushin of Alma Ata Kazakhstan postulating that the Bioplasma field which is the 5th state of matter is that which organizes and orchestrates Neurology. Physiology and biochemistry of organisms.

Even today, I am more than ever fascinated by the General Theory of Relativity, Dark matter and the Block Universe theory which is a subject that takes a considerable amount of my time these days.

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How to get smarter in six achievable, science-backed steps

How to get smarter in six achievable, science-backed steps

There is no convincing evidence that brain-training apps can make you smarter.

However, one line of enquiry has compared brain-training games to run-of-the-mill video games, and this is where things get interesting. In a 2015 study comparing the brain-training game Lumosity with the first-person puzzle game Portal 2, researchers found that Lumosity players didn’t show boosts in problem-solving and spatial skills, but Portal 2 players did.

More recently, in 2020, researchers based at the Karolinska Institutet in Sweden looked at data from some 9,000 American children and found that kids aged 9 or 10 who played video games for above-average amounts of time didn’t show any differences in intelligence compared with those who played less.

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How to Help Kids Overcome Their Fear of Math, According to a Brain Scientist

How to Help Kids Overcome Their Fear of Math, According to a Brain Scientist

For all that education has changed in recent times—from the disappearance of cursive lessons to the rise of computer science in classrooms to pandemic-forced remote learning—one thing has remained stubbornly unchanged.

That’s stress and anxiety over math.

Even before worries mounted over “learning loss” and the ongoing youth mental health crisis, researchers observed math anxiety in children as young as 6.

EdSurge caught up with cognitive scientist Sian Beilock, author of books “Choke” and “How the Body Knows Its Mind,” to talk about how anxiety can impact students’ math performance—and how adults can help them. Beilock is also the president of Barnard College, and the president-elect of Dartmouth College.

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Is the world retracting from globalisation, setting it up for a fifth wave?

Is the world retracting from globalisation, setting it up for a fifth wave?

Over the past 25 years there has been lots of research and debate about the concept, the history and state of globalisation, its various dimensions and benefits.

The World Economic Forum has set out the case that the world has experienced four waves of globalisation. In a 2019 publication it summarised them as follows.

The first wave is seen as the period since the late 19th century, boosted by the industrial revolution associated with the improvements in transportation and communication, and ended in 1914. The second wave commenced after WW2 in 1945 and ended in 1989. The third commenced with the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 and the disbanding of the former Soviet Union in 1991, and ended with the global financial crises in 2008.

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Justice must not only be done, but must also be seen to be done

Justice must not only be done, but must also be seen to be done

He went on to observe that the question was not whether the presence of the deputy clerk had influenced the decision or whether his firm, being involved in the civil case, had any role to play in the conviction. Lord Hewart went on to observe that what was important was not what was actually done, but what might appear to have been done and held :

“Nothing is to be done which creates even a suspicion that there has been an improper interference with the course of justice.”

His view was concurred with by the other two judges (Justice Lush and Justice Sankey). Justice Lush observed that even though the trial judges did not intend to do anything irregular or wrong, they placed themselves in an impossible situation by allowing the clerk to retire with them to the consultation room. As the presence of the clerk had not been waived by the solicitor for McCarthy, the conviction had to be quashed.

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Ask an MIT Professor: What Is System Thinking and Why Is It Important?

Ask an MIT Professor: What Is System Thinking and Why Is It Important?

Look around you, and you’ll see: life as we know it is becoming more and more complex.

From the iPhone in your pocket to the organizations driving public health, national defense, finance, criminal justice, and [insert just about anything else you can imagine], the world is powered by increasingly intricate systems working behind the scenes to integrate countless moving pieces into a meaningful whole.

“One of the characteristics of the 21st century is that we’re investing more in complexity, and things are just getting damn complicated,” says Professor Edward Crawley, Ford Department of Engineering, Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics, MIT.

Professor Crawley is one of the MIT lead faculty instructors for MIT xPRO’s online course on system thinking, a skill that helps organizations examine and simplify complexity, recognize patterns, and create effective solutions to challenges. He considers system thinking “the cognitive skill of the 21st century.” We recently sat down with Professor Crawley to discuss system thinking and what learners can expect from his course.

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A new Supreme Court case is the biggest threat to US democracy since January 6

A new Supreme Court case is the biggest threat to US democracy since January 6

The Supreme Court’s announcement on Thursday that it will hear Moore v. Harper, a case that could concentrate an unprecedented amount of power in gerrymandered state legislatures, should alarm anyone who cares about democracy.

The case is perhaps the gravest threat to American democracy since the January 6 attack. It seeks to reinstate gerrymandered congressional maps that were struck down by North Carolina’s highest court because they “subordinated traditional neutral redistricting criteria in favor of extreme partisan advantage” for the Republican Party.

The plaintiffs argue that the state supreme court didn’t have the authority to strike down these maps, and rest their claim on legal arguments that would fundamentally alter how congressional and presidential elections are conducted.

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Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade, ending 50 years of federal abortion rights

Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade, ending 50 years of federal abortion rights

The Supreme Court in a 6-3 decision on Friday overturned Roe v. Wade, the landmark ruling that established the constitutional right to abortion in the U.S. in 1973.

The court’s controversial but expected ruling gives individual states the power to set their own abortion laws without concern of running afoul of Roe, which for nearly half a century had permitted abortions during the first two trimesters of pregnancy.

Almost half the states are expected to outlaw or severely restrict abortion as a result of the Supreme Court’s decision. Other states plan to maintain more liberal rules governing the termination of pregnancies.

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Britain has a decision to make: the rule of Boris Johnson – or the rule of law?

Britain has a decision to make: the rule of Boris Johnson – or the rule of law?

Don’t succumb to Johnson derangement syndrome, they tell us. Stay calm. Keep a sense of proportion. Don’t get carried away. As a matter of self-care, that might be good advice for those at risk of bursting a blood vessel in their rage at this government and its leader. But learning to shrug off Boris Johnson’s conduct carries risks of its own.

It can mean missing, or underreacting to, acts that merit furious opposition – such as when, before our very eyes, the prime minister destroys the principle that sits at the very foundation of a free society, a principle first codified in this country eight centuries ago and without which a life free of fear is impossible. I’m talking about the rule of law.

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After the Hammer: Six Years of Meads v. Meads, 2019 CanLIIDocs 2094- Organized Pseudolegal Commercial Argum ents” (OPCA)

After the Hammer: Six Years of Meads v. Meads, 2019 CanLIIDocs 2094- Organized Pseudolegal Commercial Arguments” (OPCA)

Six years after Meads Vs Meads, this survey remains a highly useful description of the OPCA phenomenon and has not been the subject of any substantive criticism. That said, Meads’ profile of the OPCA phenomenon has some factual issues and limitations. One error in Meads is that the Freemen-on-the-Land were described as being “strongly anti-government” with “libertarian and right-wing overtones. Christian rhetoric is common.” Subsequent investigation, including a recent sociological profile of this population, has instead concluded that while this community is indeed extremely hostile to state and institutional actors, politically this population is predominately “left-leaning”

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What happened in the Meads case……….. The aim of the so-called OPCA arguments is to “ to disrupt court operations and to attempt to frustrate the legal rights of governments, corporations, and individuals” The Redemption theory is related to the “strawman” theory, stating that each individual has two personalities: One of them is the tangible human person whereas the other one is a legal fiction, created by the State through certain documents (issuing of birth-certificate, ID or social security number). Tax-resistance partisans often argue that State documents are issued to the “wrong” or “false” person in order to escape tax liabilities or other forms of the State’s authority (ID or driving license inspection, etc.): This strawman theory is embodied in what is known as the “capital letter argument”, stating that “JOHN DOE” and “John Doe” are not the same person(!). From views expressed by Jacques Bellezit.

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One in 500 men carry extra sex chromosome, research suggests

One in 500 men carry extra sex chromosome, research suggests

Twice as many men carry an extra sex chromosome as previously thought, according to researchers who called for more genetic testing to identify people at greater risk of related medical problems.

Research on more than 200,000 men enrolled with the UK Biobank suggests that about one in 500 in the general population has an extra X or Y chromosome, double the number found in earlier work, though only a fraction are likely to be aware of it.

While most men have one X and one Y chromosome, some are born XXY or XYY, putting them at increased risk of health issues ranging from type 2 diabetes, blocked blood vessels and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), a lung condition, the study found.

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