The holly gruel

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I’m orf twIngland tomorrow, so … I don’t know what so

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The New York Academy of Sciences
The Rise of Human Consciousness – Physics of Everything Lecture

If you watch this … it should show you that `science` has no idea how a meat’n’potatoes brain is `conscious`.

With the amount of `brain power` thrown at this over the last few thousand years (and a lack of progress (similar to not being able to prove God exists)) … I can’t help thinking they may have the question wrong.

To me this line-of-questioning arises –

A. You want to work out what consciousness is~?
B. Yes.
A. Why do you think consciousness exists~?
B. Well, I’m conscious, so that’s a hint.
A. When you say that `you` are conscious … what are `you`?
B. Well, to be more exact `my brain` is conscious.
A. How do you know your brain is conscious~?
B. Well, I can `feel` it.
A. What is the `you` that can feel it~?
B. Well … me, that is, this brain (points) says it is conscious.
A. And … you believe that~?
B. Well … yes.
A. Thank you … Good luck in your quest.

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Square

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Telegraph UK (a digital newspaper that is now almost complete shit)
Anger after head of eurozone finance ministers says southern Europe blew cash on ‘drinks and women’

Gabriel Mato, a Spanish MEP, said the remarks were “absolutely unacceptable” and an “insult” to southern member states – claiming he had lost his neutrality as finance chief.

He then attempted to dig himself out of the hole by saying all countries had failed to uphold the financial rules set by the EU.

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This is old (2007) data, but it is interesting to think why, although the respondents `local area` isn’t that bad, it is presumed that `the rest of the country` is –

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I am just so out-of-date … stuff the rest of the info … the price of a pint WTF~!?

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Follow the leader –

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A problem halved is a different problem –

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Better than it sounds
Banking theory: a monetary theory that’s more heterodox than heterodoxy
By Carolyn Sissoko (one of my girls)

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Horecruxes’n’stuff

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To create a Horcrux, a wizard first had to deliberately commit murder. This act, said to be one of supreme evil, would result in the murderer metaphysically damaging their own soul. A wizard who wished to create a Horcrux would then use that damage to their advantage by casting a spell which would rip the damaged portion of the soul off of the whole and encase it in an object. If the maker was later killed, he or she would continue to exist in a non-corporeal form, although there were methods of regaining a physical body. However, according to Horace Slughorn, few would want to live in such a form and death would be preferable to most.

As a fragment of soul, a Horcrux seemed to retain the identity of its creator at the time of its creation. Voldemort, for instance, created a Horcrux during what was presumably his fifth year at Hogwarts. As such, the fragment of soul contained within the Horcrux took on the appearance and mannerisms of Voldemort as he had been when he was 16 years old.

Horcruxes were said to be essentially the opposite of a person. Where a person’s container, their body, could be destroyed without any damage to their soul, the fragment of soul contained inside a Horcrux was dependent on the container for its existence. If the container was destroyed, so to would be the fragment of soul within it.

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The money supply of India, like all countries, is supplied by people taking loans from banks.

If the Government of India, or any country, wants to deficit spend … they must borrow `the extra` from the money-supply (which was borrowed from banks).

(or, banks must expand their balance-sheets to accommodate `the extra`)

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TheBaffler
The Wrongest Profession
How economists have botched the promise of widely distributed prosperity—and why they have no intention of stopping now

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Medium
The productivity paradox

Ryan Avent writes a nice little piece, that ends thus –

So there you are: continued high levels of employment with weak growth in wages and productivity is not evidence of disappointing technological progress; it is what you’d expect to see if technological progress were occurring rapidly in a world where thin safety nets mean that dropping out of the labour force leads to a life of poverty.

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Driven

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I think this is worth a separate post.

From comments … `All life forms are driven to survive and reproduce` is a statement that would be met with almost universal approval. But, this morning, with me, it jangled something horrible.

I think what it is … is that is said, as though their are limits as to what `all life forms` are `driven to`.

Most people will be happy to stop at `driven to survive and reproduce`.

Some will go as far as `driven to eat, drink and try and stay warm`.
We often stop there, because these are `basic needs` (or somesuch)

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What we have here is a hidden, not-talked-about, soul / free-willy type thing.

(it is part of the `modern science` non-explanation on this subject).

It is imagined, that a baby is born (all natural like) … and at some point later, either all-of-a-rush as `a soul` or more slowly as a developing `person` takes-over that `natural body` and `becomes something that `drives` that natural body (like it was a car, or something).

This is total shite.

Modern people seem to believe less-and-less (do they~?) in the `soul` idea … but, not in any sort of positive understanding way, but a vague sort-of not-really-thought-about-it way believe in the `thing` that `develops` to drive the body.

Where is it~? What is it~? No fucking idea, but as no one asks … no fucking care~!

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When you get as far as `the brain done it` there stops being any excuse for ignorance.

If the brain drives the body to survive and reproduce … then it is sponkingly obvious that it also drives it to become an economist (and everything else).

`Survive and reproduce` are not at … say, the black end of a ruler of `all shades` from black to white (or vice versa).

Being a human is not like that. The ruler is the same shade all-the-way-across.

Everything we do, down to the smallest thing, is driven by the same `force` that drives `us` to survive and reproduce.

If it was `useful` to pretend that the ruler was `calibrated` maybe I could understand what is going on … but I don’t see it as useful at all.

Bottom-line … If you accept that humans are driven to survive and reproduce, it is only logical that they are also driven (or not) to write comments to OTP.

The only way the above falls, is if you want to push for `a soul` (or `something` that takes-over the driving of the body).

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