The adventures of a red ant: VII. THE TERMITES – THE QUEEN

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The next morning I found myself in an old hotel in Rochefort, where the two brothers had returned. Wrapped in the tablecloths at night, I did not try to regiment myself: it would have been useless. I let myself be … Read More

Solaris (Andrei Tarovski): The duck test

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John Locke imagined what would happen if a prince’s mind had been transported into a shoemaker’s body by replacing the shoemaker’s mind. On the outside it would look like a shoemaker, but the inner feeling would be the prince, ”For … Read More

Blockchain Narrative Ontologies

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Social ontology is concerned with the nature of the social world, constituents, or building blocks of social entities in general. Some theories claim that social entities are built from people’s psychological states, others are built up of actions, others from … Read More

Epistemology of Intelligence Analysis

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In intelligence, epistemology is the study of the threat awareness and the way the threat is understood in the field of intelligence analysis. Most definitions of intelligence do not consider the fact that the epistemic normative status of the intelligence … Read More

The new (liberal) eugenics

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Despite the Nazi horrors, in 1953 the new eugenics was founded, when Watson and Crick postulated the double helix of DNA as the basis of chemical heredity. (Hutton 1978) In 1961, scientists have deciphered the genetic code of DNA, laying … Read More

Paradoxes of causal loops in spacetime

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Nicolae Sfetcu Email: nicolae@sfetcu.com This article is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivatives 4.0 International. To view a copy of this license, visit http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nd/4.0/. Sfetcu, Nicolae, “Paradoxes of causal loops in spacetime”, SetThings (February 3, 2019), MultiMedia Publishing (ed.), URL … Read More

Banned media access to events organized by the Romanian Presidency of the EU Council

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I applied online for accreditation, and I received confirmation as a journalist. The press facilities offered at the events organized by the Romanian Presidium of the EU Council are listed on the website: 250 work spaces with broadband, phone and … Read More

Stanislaw Lem vs. Andrei Tarkovsky

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Andrei Tarkovski (1932 – 1986) was born in Russia. Tarkovsky directed the first five of his seven films (Ivan’s Childhood (1962), Andrei Rublev (1966), Solaris (1972), Mirror (1975) and Stalker (1979)) in the Soviet Union; his latest films, Nostalghia (1983) … Read More

Arguments for speciesism

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The arguments in favor of speciesism are based mainly on religious beliefs, anthropocentric philosophical conceptions and the concept of preference for its species. Religious arguments Some religious traditions claim that animals were created for human use, and that humans are … Read More

Normative ethics

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(The tram dilemma is a thought experiment that can serve to illustrate and test different ethical theories.) Normative ethics is the branch of ethics that studies the possible moral criteria to determine when an action is right and when it is not. It looks for general principles that … Read More

Phenomenon

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A phenomenon is the way in which a thing, a fact of the physical world (object, action …), psychic (emotion, thought …) or social (product of social interactions) is manifested to the sensitivity of a living being. Certain phenomena of … Read More

Scientific disciplines and classification

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Science can be organized into major scientific disciplines, including: mathematics, chemistry, biology, physics, mechanics, computer science, psychology, optics, pharmacy, medicine, astronomy, archeology, economics, sociology, anthropology, linguistics. The disciplines are distinguished not only by their methods or their objects, but also … Read More

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