Odds and Ends

posted by Mike
It looks like we’re taking a summer break. We are taking a summer break. This is an example of accommodating to reality in such a way that the agent doesn’t lose face. We humans are good at doing this kind of thing.
You never hear about perpetual motion machines any more. The eccentrics who claimed they designed them likely might not be around any more; the silliness of the idea has found its way to the interior; an example of how science and the internet are working together to better inform the public.
But have you ever thought that we have perpetual motion all around us, yet it never occurs to us and we can’t see it? All of those electrons circling forever around all of those atomic and molecular cores keep going and going, always at the same speed. They will go on forever. I know next to nothing about these kinds of things, but it does seem to me that this is “perpetual motion”; about as perpetual as it’s going to get.
If you have any interest in the issues of science and religion, consciousness, and the like, take a look at Robert Wright’s interviews on “Meaningoflife.TV”; it’s on Slate, but you’re better off googling, meaningoflife.tv. Wright has hour-long interviews with over 20 writers on these issues. I have watched the interviews with Karen Armstrong, Lorenzo Albacete, Daniel Dennett, and Freeman Dyson. I feel like I’m taking a serious graduate course on evolution and religion….
It looks like we’re taking a summer break. We are taking a summer break. This is an example of accommodating to reality in such a way that the agent doesn’t lose face. We humans are good at doing this kind of thing.
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You never hear about perpetual motion machines any more. The eccentrics who claimed they designed them likely might not be around any more; the silliness of the idea has found its way to the interior; an example of how science and the internet are working together to better inform the public.
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But have you ever thought that we have perpetual motion all around us, yet it never occurs to us and we can’t see it? All of those electrons circling forever around all of those atomic and molecular cores keep going and going, always at the same speed. They will go on forever. I know next to nothing about these kinds of things, but it does seem to me that this is “perpetual motion”; about as perpetual as it’s going to get.
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If you have any interest in the issues of science and religion, consciousness, and the like, take a look at Robert Wright’s interviews on “Meaningoflife.TV”; it’s on Slate, but you’re better off googling, meaningoflife.tv. Wright has hour-long interviews with over 20 writers on these issues. I have watched the interviews with Karen Armstrong, Lorenzo Albacete, Daniel Dennett, and Freeman Dyson. I feel like I’m taking an advanced graduate course on evolution and religion….
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We’re having a great time at the beach!

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