Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, over a half-century ago, while I was still a child, I recall hearing several old people offer the following explanation for the great disasters that had befallen Russia: Men have forgotten God; that’s why all this has happened. Since then I have spent well-nigh fifty years working on the history of our revolution; in the process, I have read hundreds of books, collected hundreds of personal testimonies, and have already contributed eight volumes of my own toward the effort of clearing away the rubble left by that upheaval. But if I were asked today to formulate as concisely as possible the leading cause of the ruinous revolution that swallowed up some sixty millions of our people, I could not put it more accurately than to repeat: Men have forgotten God; that’s why all this has happened. (Wikipedia) Book: The Gulag Archipelago by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
Christopher Michael Langan is an American independent scholar known for his very high IQ, measured at around 195. When Langan was independently tested by 20/20, he broke the ceiling of the test. As a result of his score, he has been described as the smartest man in America as well as the smartest man in the world by some journalists.
Langan has developed a theory of the relationship between mind and reality, which he calls the Cognitive-Theoretic Model of the Universe (CTMU). Influenced by the works of John Archibald Wheeler and Stephen Hawking among others, the work’s central thesis is that reality is a self-processing, self-referential language, embodying a dual-aspect monism and consisting of infocognition, or information that resides in syntactic operators within reality. (Wikipedia)
Dietrich Bonhoeffer was a German pastor, theologian, anti-Nazi dissident, and key founding member of the Confessing Church. His writings on Christianity’s role in the secular world have become widely influential. The Cost of Discipleship by the German theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer considered a classic of Christian thought. It is centered on an exposition of the Sermon on the Mount, in which Bonhoeffer spells out what he believes it means to follow Christ. Apart from his theological writings, Bonhoeffer was known for his staunch resistance to the Nazi dictatorship, including vocal opposition to Hitler’s euthanasia program and genocidal persecution of the Jews. Later, he was hung by the Nazi regime. (Wikipedia)
Philosopher at the University of Oxford known for his work on existential risk, the anthropic principle, human enhancement ethics, superintelligence risks, and the reversal test. In 2011, he founded the Oxford Martin Program on the Impacts of Future Technology and is the founding director of the Future of Humanity Institute at Oxford University. In 2009 and 2015, he was included in Foreign Policy’s Top 100 Global Thinkers list. Bostrom has been highly influential in the emergence of concern about AI in the Rationalist community. (Wikipedia)
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Google Search is a web search engine developed by Google LLC. It is the most used search engine on the World Wide Web across all platforms, handling more than 5.4 billion searches each day. (Wikipedia)
Sir Roger Penrose
Sir Roger Penrose is an English mathematical physicist, mathematician, philosopher of science, and Nobel Laureate in Physics. He is Emeritus Rouse Ball Professor of Mathematics at the University of Oxford, an emeritus fellow of Wadham College, Oxford, and an honorary fellow of St John’s College, Cambridge, and of University College London.
Penrose has made contributions to the mathematical physics of general relativity and cosmology. He has received several prizes and awards, including the 1988 Wolf Prize in Physics, which he shared with Stephen Hawking for the Penrose Hawking singularity theorems, and one half of the 2020 Nobel Prize in Physics “for the discovery that black hole formation is a robust prediction of the general theory of relativity”. (Wikipedia)
Grammarly is an online grammar checking, spell checking, and plagiarism detection platform for the English language developed by Grammarly, Inc. The software was first released in July 2009. Grammarly’s proofreading resources check against more than 250 grammar rules. (Wikipedia)
Jordan B Peterson
Jordan B Peterson is a Canadian clinical psychologist and a professor of psychology at the University of Toronto. His primary areas of study are in abnormal, social, and personality psychology, with an interest in the psychology of religious and ideological belief, and the assessment and improvement of personality and performance. (Wikipedia)
Most people are held back not by their innate ability, but by their mindset. They think intelligence is fixed, but it isn’t. Your brain is like a muscle. The more you use it and struggle, the more it grows. New research shows we can take control of our ability to learn. We can all become better learners. We just need to build our brains in the right way. (Wikipedia)
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Philosophy is a way of thinking about the world, the universe, and society. It works by asking fundamental questions about the nature of human thought, the nature of the universe, and the connections between them. The ideas in philosophy are often general and abstract.
The noun philosophy means the study of proper behavior and the search for wisdom. When someone studies philosophy, they want to understand how and why people do certain things and how to live a good life. In other words, they want to know the meaning of life.
Philosophy is a study that seeks to understand the mysteries of existence and reality. It tries to discover the nature of truth and knowledge and to find what is of basic value and importance in life. It also examines the relationships between humanity and nature and between the individual and society. (Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy)
The Mathematical Structure of Our Universe. MIT professor Max Tegmark on using mathematics to explain the Universe, and how we could develop software to map all mathematical structures. (Wikipedia)
Justice is the first Harvard course to be made freely available online. Nearly a thousand students pack Harvard’s historic Sanders Theatre to hear Michael Sandel, talk about justice, equality, democracy, and citizenship. In this 12part series, Sandel challenges us with hard moral dilemmas and invites us to ponder the right thing to do in politics and in our everyday lives. The course he’s been teaching has made him one of the most popular teachers in the world. (Wikipedia)
Word contains rudimentary desktop publishing capabilities and is the most widely used word processing program on the market. Word files are commonly used as the format for sending the text. (Wikipedia)
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The philosophy of religion is the philosophical exploration of religious matters. Conceptual analyses of the varying conceptions of God, philosophical arguments for and against the existence of a deity (or deities), epistemological concerns about the rationality of religious belief, philosophical discussions of the theological claims of religious doctrines, and questions of life after death are among the many topics at home in the philosophy of religion. (Wikipedia)
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Quantum Questions Inspire New Math. To fully understand the quantum world, we may have to develop a new realm of mathematics. If all mathematics disappeared today, physics would be set back exactly one week, to which a mathematician had the clever riposte. This was the week that God created the world.
Truth and clarity. Perhaps the pair of mathematical rigor and physical intuition should be added as another example of two mutually exclusive qualities. You can look at the world with a mathematical eye or with a complementary physical eye, but don’t dare to open both. (Wikipedia)
Georges Lemaître a Roman Catholic priest, mathematician, astronomer, and professor of physics at the Catholic University of Louvain. He proposed on theoretical grounds that the universe is expanding, which was observationally confirmed soon afterward by Edwin Hubble. He was the first to derive what is now known as Hubble’s law, or the Hubble-Lemaître law, and made the first estimation of what is now called the Hubble constant, which he published in 1927, two years before Hubble’s article. Lemaître also proposed what became known as the Big Bang Theory of the creation of the universe, originally calling it the hypothesis of the primeval atom. (Wikipedia)
Ten Commandments. Humanity has everything it needs to create a good world. We’ve had it for 3,000 years. It’s the Ten Commandments; ten basic, yet profound instructions for how to lead a moral life. If everyone followed the Ten Commandments, we would not need armies or police; marriages and families would be stronger; truth would be a paramount value. The Ten Commandments led to the creation of Western Civilization and why they remain relevant to your life today. ~ Ten Commandments
The Free Encyclopedia. Wikipedia is a multilingual online encyclopedia, based on open collaboration through a wiki-based content editing system. It is the largest and most popular general reference work on the World Wide Web. It features exclusively free content and no commercial ads and is owned and supported by the Wikimedia Foundation, a non-profit organization funded primarily through donations. ~ Wikipedia