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The School of Life - Good Ideas for Everyday Life
"The School of Life is a cultural enterprise offering good ideas for everyday life. We offer a variety of programmes and services concerned with how to live wisely and well. "
education  philosophy  life  learning  culture  school 
march 2014 by tsuomela
The Mumpsimus: Game, Life, Class
"By now, you've probably seen John Scalzi's post "Straight White Male: The Lowest Difficulty Setting There Is" (and perhaps John's amusing commentary on deleted comments and follow-up post in response to some responses).

My post here is simply to point you toward three responses among the many, many, many that the post has drawn. Excerpts are here merely to entice you to read more, not to suggest that they are the only things you need to read from these excellent writers."
race  gender  sex  privilege  power  life 
june 2012 by tsuomela
Existential threats - Charlie's Diary
"Here's another game it's useful to learn how to play if you want to write near-future science fiction: spot the Existential Threat.

An existential threat (for purposes of this thought experiment) is some phenomenon or activity — it may be natural or may be human-contrived — that threatens, in ascending order of threatliness, the survival of (1) technological civilization, (2) the human species itself, (3) life on Earth, or (4) the universe."
risk  existence  future  sf  literature  futurism  speculation  threats  life 
july 2011 by tsuomela
Testing Anthropic Selection: A Climate Change Example - Astrobiology
"Planetary anthropic selection, the idea that Earth has unusual properties since, otherwise, we would not be here to observe it, is a controversial idea. This paper proposes a methodology by which to test anthropic proposals by comparison of Earth to synthetic populations of Earth-like planets. The paper illustrates this approach by investigating possible anthropic selection for high (or low) rates of Milankovitch-driven climate change. Three separate tests are investigated: (1) Earth-Moon properties and their effect on obliquity
astrobiology  astronomy  planetary  anthropic-principle  life  biology  climate 
april 2011 by tsuomela
Benjamin Rosenbaum: Never trust an astronomer with a sinister goatee
"You know, nowadays I consider myself mostly kind of an eye-rolling jaded sophisticate as far as interstellar settlement goes. While I'm moderately bullish on humans making some interesting use of the rest of our own solar system someday -- God willing -- I scoff at FTL drives and galactic empires, and even managing a quick trip (by biological humans) to Proxima Centauri seems honestly like it's going to be a matter of several millennia from now at best.

I'm not really talking about engineering, here
sf  future  space  travel  life  extraterrestrial  exobiology  economics 
march 2011 by tsuomela
Long-Neglected Experiment Gives New Clues to Origin of Life - ScienceNOW
Reports on reanalysis of 1950s classic Stanley Miller experiments that created amino acids in early Earth gas environments.
life  biology  exobiology  planetary  geology  paleontology  history  earth  earth-science 
march 2011 by tsuomela
White Dwarfs, Habitable Zones and Other Earths - Technology Review
"Today, Eric Agol at the University of Washington in Seattle points out that planet hunters may be missing a trick. He says that white dwarfs could be good targets for exoplanet searches.

He points out that they are as common as Sun-like stars, that the most common ones have a surface temperature of about 5000 K and that this should produce a habitable zone at distances of about 0.01 AU for periods in excess of 3 billion years. That's long enough for something interesting to have emerged on these bodies. "
astronomy  astrobiology  exobiology  life  planetary  stellar 
march 2011 by tsuomela
Study Hacks » Blog Archive » On the Possibility of Non-Conformity in a Conformist Career
"When you examine other stories of people doing unconventional, interesting things with their lives, this mixture of conformity leveraged to gain non-conformity is common."
work  life  passion  conformity 
march 2011 by tsuomela
Contrary Brin: Longevity
"Dig it, find me the extropian who understands how we stand on the shoulders of every generation of parents who tried to raise better kids than themselves, or who ever speaks about the beauty of that chain of pay-forward generosity, the most tragic-poetic tale ever told. Or the noble honor we'll all have, even if we die, if we can only be one of the most important of the pay-forward generations. ALL I hear is paeans to how grand it will be to receive the end result. Never anything about the OBLIGATION that falls upon us, from that great chain.
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singularity  age  health  technology  life  extension 
december 2010 by tsuomela
Biota.org: The Artificial Life Project
Biota.org was created in 1996 to promote and assist in the engineering of artificial life: complete, biologically-inspired, synthetic ecosystems and organisms.
This involved the creation and deployment of digital tools and environments for simulation, research, and learning about living systems both natural and artificial. These tools ranged from simple genetic algorithms to full multi-user virtual environments.
artificial  life  computer-science  programming  genetic-programming  artificial-life 
april 2010 by tsuomela
Overcoming Bias : Pondering Panspermia
Astrobiology, International Journal of Astrobiology, and Origins of Life.  In the process I’ve become converted to a more expansive version panspermia – life here probably originated outside our solar system. I’ve also learned: panspermia is no longer a marginalized view.  It may not yet be the majority opinion, but it shows up often in journal articles and conference proceedings, if not in summaries intended for wider audiences.
astrobiology  astronomy  panspermia  life  origin  academic  behavior  paradigm  change 
november 2009 by tsuomela
The Referendum - Happy Days Blog - NYTimes.com
The Referendum is a phenomenon typical of (but not limited to) midlife, whereby people, increasingly aware of the finiteness of their time in the world, the limitations placed on them by their choices so far, and the narrowing options remaining to them, start judging their peers’ differing choices with reactions ranging from envy to contempt.
psychology  life  culture  happiness  reflection  age  aging  experience  choice 
september 2009 by tsuomela
OnFiction: Of Noble Past
What struck me as rather surprising is the extent to which it still mattered to writers and philosophers of 19th century whether their lives were in accord with their philosophies. There is a neoclassical flavor to this worry—original philosophers were supposedly there to teach youth how to live, and it would have been in poor taste (and very poor advertising) for them not to live according to the principles they had espoused. The necessity of the past, however, acquired a different, more distinguished flavor from 17th century on. There is something noble about John Stuart Mill’s feminist preoccupation that the world recognize his partner, Harriet Taylor, as a full co-author of his works. There is something noble about Ludwig Wittgenstein renouncing his enormous inheritance and teaching in a one room school in remote rural Norway village. There is something noble about Nietzsche, unable to live up to his own ideas, having a nervous breakdown.
philosophy  life  principles 
may 2009 by tsuomela
Technology Review: Blogs: arXiv blog: Why ET's genetic code could be just like ours
"The combined actions of thermodynamics and subsequent natural selection suggest that the genetic code we observe on the Earth today may have significant features in common with life throughout the cosmos."
exobiology  astronomy  astrophysics  biology  life  thermodynamics  physics 
april 2009 by tsuomela
Lifeboat News: The Blog » The ‘Sustainability Solution’ to the Fermi Paradox
The Sustainability Solution states: the absence of ETI observation can be explained by the possibility that exponential or other faster-growth is not a sustainable development pattern for intelligent civilizations.
seti  fermi-paradox  astrobiology  astronomy  life  space  intelligence 
march 2009 by tsuomela
A scientist argues that the natural world isn't benevolent and sustaining: it's bent on self-destruction - The Boston Globe
"According to the paleontologist Peter Ward..the earth's history makes clear that, left to run its course, life isn't naturally nourishing - it's poisonous. Rather than a supple system of checks and balances, he argues, the natural world is a doomsday device careening from one cataclysm to another."
environment  ecology  earth  geology  life  biology  history  paleontology  gaia 
february 2009 by tsuomela
the physics arXiv blog » Blog Archive » Fermi’s paradox solved?
The so-called Fermi Paradox has haunted SETI researchers ever since. Not least because the famous Drake equation, which attempts put a figure on the number intelligent civilisations out there now, implies that if the number of intelligent civilisations capable of communication in our galaxy is greater than 1, then we should eventually hear from them.

That overlooks one small factor, says Reginald Smith from the Bouchet-Franklin Institute in Rochester, New York state. He says that there is a limit to how far a signal from ET can travel before it becomes too faint to hear. And when you factor that in, everything changes.
physics  astronomy  life  extraterrestrial  arxiv  radio 
february 2009 by tsuomela
Work on Stuff that Matters: First Principles - O'Reilly Radar
O'Reilly principles 1. Work on something that matters to you more than money 2. Create more value than you capture 3. Take the long view.
philosophy  personal  principles  life  lifestyle  by(TimOReilly) 
january 2009 by tsuomela
Study Hacks » Blog Archive » Monday Master Class: How to Reduce Stress and Get More Done By Building an Autopilot Schedule
I assign every regularly occurring task to a specific day in the week. (Sometimes I even assign the task to a specific time.)
lifehack  time-management  student  life  advice  howto 
april 2008 by tsuomela

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