Ooh yes, I’m having that.
Imagine that there’s a powerful, invisible force hovering above you in the sky. It sees everything, controls everything—you can keep no secrets from it. If it wanted to, it could kill you instantly. Now what do you see—a drone? Or God? Ed Young, the pastor of the Fellowship Church, a megachurch based in Dallas-Fort Worth, with branches in Miami and London, wants you to think of both.
Just when you thought the God myth couldn’t get any more sinister.
On stopping superintelligent AI
If a tiger wishes to kill a man, she must be quick. Give him time to prepare, and he will trick her, trap her, and skin her at his leisure.
How long would it take a superintelligence to prepare for us? Months? Days? Hours? We need an international moratorium, backed up by the threat of ‘any means necessary’, to halt the development of machine intelligence well before it gets off the ground.
nowyoukno: [presents interesting factoid combatting Western-centric preconceptions] SJWs: ‘your factoid wasn’t in-depth enough so you’re a bad person’ the circular firing squad strikes again
its name is the University of al-Qarawiyyin
the woman’s name was Fatima al-Fihri
failing to mention the names contributes to the erasure of the accomplishments of people, and especially women, of colour throughout history
once again: her name was FATIMA AL-FIHRI
"…and is sometimes referred to as the oldest university, although some scholars dispute whether the term can be properly applied historically to institutions outside the European model” - wikipedia
sounds like white tears
I don’t always post hour-long lectures on Husserl, but when I do, they’re pretty interesting.
by mnunu nimune
Is this a game of find the swastika? Also I just realised your logo’s a vulfsangel. Jesus, I’m seeing Nazi symbolism all over today.
Anonymous asked: I don't think Jew hating is on the rise it seems like it because of the Internet. But many many people all Thewout history have hatted Jews. Unless they live in a place where they where a majority. If you think this is bad imagine if you lived in 1930 in eroupe no one even tried to hide it back then.
Here’s a hint: the Shoah should not be used as a “gotcha” against Jews when we’re talking about antisemitism. To say “at least it isn’t a genocide” is disgusting. You are a disgusting anti-semite trying to cloak yourself in rationality. Here’s something: almost equally, Jews report that they think the rash of antisemitic violence comes from people who have right or left wing views.
- In the United Kingdom, there was a 400% rise in documented antisemitic incidents in the month of July compared to the year prior.
- In Germany, molotov cocktails have been thrown at a synagogue that had been destroyed during Kristallnacht.
- The EU reports that 66% of European Jews feel that antisemitism is on the rise, with 76% agreeing that antisemitic hatred had increased in the last five years.
- Annual total of antisemitic acts in France have risen seven times that what they were in the 1990s. This includes the targeted murder of Jewish children in Toulouse while they were attending school.
- In May, 2014, four people were murdered at a Jewish museum in Brussels.
- #UnBonJuif (A Good Jew) trended on Twitter in 2012. The majority of comments were along the lines of “A good Jew is a dead Jew”
- Ultra right wing nationalist parties in Ukraine, the UK, Greece, Hungary are are gaining more and more supporters. European nationalism is historically built on the blood of Jews.
This rash of antisemitic hatred started during the economic crisis because of the same, boring reasons as always: Jews are foreign parasites in Europe who are drinking the blood of the economy, without them we’d be better off, they’re too powerful.
Yes though antisemitism started long before the economy went bad, its a long standing grudge that goes back for centuries. Again, the hatred against Jews is FAR stronger than the hatred against immigrants, who according to these racist ultra right nationalists are also “parasites who steal jobs”. Jew hatred has a very particular history in continental Europe and like most ethnic conflicts in Europe it goes back to the middle ages
A couple of quibbles here - first, loathsome as they are, UKIP aren’t anti-Semitic; and second, Pravy Sektor and Svoboda together received only 2% of the vote in the Ukrainian presidential election this year. Anti-Semitism may be on the rise among Muslims and anarchist types, but on the whole I don’t see much of it outside southeastern Europe.
(SPOILERS for Sunshine from 2:50 in the video above. And all through the post below.)
I just watched Danny Boyle’s Sunshine, and I want to point out how it gets space right: It’s all about awe. The villain (Pinbacker, played by Mark Strong) is the villain because he’s gone mad at the sheer alien magnificence of it all. The living quarters of the spaceship are a tiny spindle behind the city-sized vastness of the Sun-fixing Macguffin, which is itself utterly dwarfed by the overwhelming Sun. The film opens with the ship’s doctor, Searle (Cliff Curtis) pushing the limits of the solar shield in an attempt to feel its radiance. He can only let 3.1% of the light into the observation room without permanently damaging his retinas. It sets the tone for the whole film.
It’s almost Lovecraftian, in a way. The feeling of overwhelming, uncaring, alien beauty that will kill you in an instant is intense, reaching its peak in the death of the captain (Hiroyuki Sanada), when the inescapable oncoming wave of heat and light entrances him - after which you hear his strangled scream. It tells the audience, ‘We live in a universe so out of proportion to our powers that it is almost unimaginable.’ And yet our response is not Lovecraft’s horrified recoil. Nor is it the antagonist’s nihilistic religious reverence. Like Searle, we want to touch it, even if it burns us. That’s the kind of transcendent inspiration that touches people who ‘get’ space exploration. I think Sunshine might just let everyone else have a taste of it too.
I have always felt trapped by my parents’ ideas of what is beneath me.
This little masterpiece by Porpentine is something everyone should play. It says a lot of things.