On enhancing the way you think, use spare brain time around you

Hobbes, I was reading What’s Next post Thinking about thinking and then I realised I had been using a new “collaborative thinking process”.

I have been playing with something I read a while back and seems to work (at least for me and those around me being used by my wicked mind). I read this article on surviving catastrophes, and those who did, had, in effect, either a thought through escape plan or they were lucky enough to have just read the exit instructions (something I automatically do now as soon as I seat on a plain or a restaurant). Continue reading

On the death of free will, mobile phones help put the spotlight on our predictable lives

Nature reports that researchers at Northeastern University and Dana Farber Cancer Institute have arrived to the conclusion the world might be flatfor technology, goods and finance, but for us, old-style human beings, we are still a sedentary and not-that-far-reaching crowd (Understanding individual human mobility patterns).

We want to think we are special and that free of choice governs our decisions, but at the end of the day we are just predictable things, and if potentially our possibilities are unlimited, social, personal and professional constraints limit our lives to a 10km radius. Or at least that’s what the Bostonians say.

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It’s Good To Know: When volcano meets storm

Nature never stops amazing us… have a look to the incredible pictures (by Carlos Gutierrez) of what happens when the erupting Chaiten volcano meets a storm. An spectacular volcanic phenomenon.

Apparently, when clouds of toxic ash and dust tower into the sky, they ionise the air, generating an explosive electrical storm. Enjoy.

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On robot bill of rights and bullying unanimated things

Hobbes, I don’t know were you are but hopefully we will be able to get you back soon. Reading one of the last posts on Futurist.com I found this video extremely interesting:

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A personal and literal Quantum Leap

Hobbes,

I forgot telling you at the time, but a conversation I had this weekend made it back into my mind. Quantum physics.

I remember first reading about the subject in A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson, but it’s now been years since I started using “quantum mechanics” as a means of describing something impossibly intelligible (at least for me).

Until last January. It was then when on a Sunday night, hidden after midnight, I watched the fascinating first episode of Professor Al-Khalili’s documentary “Atom“. Continue reading