June 16, 2017

AI, depression, and dark ecology

2017 is the year of artificial intelligence. Here’s why #AI

World Health Day 2017: Why the WHO chose depression as its focus this year

New essay series: “Just Environments.” Tackling the issue of environmental justice head-on with scholarship. -

The most avid believers in artificial intelligence are aggressively secular – yet their language is eerily religious -

In the 13th century, Thomas Aquinas argued for the importance of a passionate search for a relationship and shaped it into a Christian prayer: ‘Grant me, O Lord my God, a mind to know you, a heart to seek you, wisdom to find you …’ Now, in online forums, rationalist ‘singularitarians’ debate what such a being would want and how it would go about getting it, sometimes driving themselves into a state of existential distress at the answers they find.
Beth Singler is a research associate at the Faraday Institute for Science and Religion, and an associate fellow at the Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence, both at the University of Cambridge. Her first book, The Indigo Children: New Age Experimentation with Self and Science, is forthcoming.

Morton’s terminology is “slowly infecting all the humanities”, says his friend and fellow thinker Graham Harman. Though many academics have a reputation for writing exclusively for their colleagues down the hall, Morton’s peculiar conceptual vocabulary – “dark ecology”, “the strange stranger”, “the mesh” – has been picked up by writers in a cornucopia of fields, from literature and epistemology to legal theory and religion. Last year, he was included in a much-discussed list of the 50 most influential living philosophers. His ideas have also percolated into traditional media outlets such as Newsweek, the New Yorker and the New York Times.

Part of what makes Morton popular are his attacks on settled ways of thinking. His most frequently cited book, Ecology Without Nature, says we need to scrap the whole concept of “nature”. He argues that a distinctive feature of our world is the presence of ginormous things he calls “hyperobjects” – such as global warming or the internet – that we tend to think of as abstract ideas because we can’t get our heads around them, but that are nevertheless as real as hammers. He believes all beings are interdependent, and speculates that everything in the universe has a kind of consciousness, from algae and boulders to knives and forks. 

He asserts that human beings are cyborgs of a kind, since we are made up of all sorts of non-human components; he likes to point out that the very stuff that supposedly makes us us – our DNA – contains a significant amount of genetic material from viruses. He says that we’re already ruled by a primitive artificial intelligence: industrial capitalism. At the same time, he believes that there are some “weird experiential chemicals” in consumerism that will help humanity prevent a full-blown ecological crisis.

Dear Srikanth,

Thanks. As you know, there is a lot of controversy in derivation of Born rule in MWI. Some say that it is circular. They are basically assuming it and then proving it! Same arguments hold good about Gleason’s results. Anyway, I would like to understand your results somewhat more.

For the time being let us leave ontology to philosophers.

Quantum mechanics “as is” works beautifully as far as explaining experimental data is concerned. So let us also forget about extensions. In that case do your results support Bohm/Sutherland’s interpretation? I do not want to criticize this model/interpretation since I have not studied it. But I am doubtful and the consensus has gone against it.

Best Regards.
June 15, 2017
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Dear Jo,

Today, I read some pages from your book via Google Books and found it quite interesting. The fact that you have been able to formulate such a framework independent of existing theories is certainly impressive. Resonance with Chomsky's thesis seemed fascinating to me.

Although the book is the result of your immense learning, I assume that you are not familiar with Sri Aurobindian Ontology. So, once again, I request you to check the following link just for your information sake.

Let their be no vacuum space in your lifelong quest for knowledge.

Thanks and all the best,
Tusar (b.1955)
June 16, 2017
Tusar Nath Mohapatra

On Jun 15, 2017 11:16 PM, "Edwards, Jonathan" wrote:
Dear Whit,
Let me give you some illustrations. We all thought it must be good to provide villages in India with clean water using electric pumps attached to bores into aquifers. We all wanted them to have clean water, less dysentery and to be able to grow crops. Twenty years on the water table has fallen so low that with a not too exceptionally dry season the water may run out completely - with no contingency plan to provide water from elsewhere. Potentially millions will starve or have to be evacuated to goodness knows where. Goodwill will lead to disaster.

The Green Party in the UK stands for ecological prudence. But its manifesto was to allow uncontrolled UK immigration and build at least a million houses, presumably for humanitarian reasons. The result would be that the toxic level of pollution we already have and which breaks laws would be much worse. Moreover, the countries the immigrants mostly come from are suffering economic collapse from depopulation and, in the case of Bulgaria, paying women to have more children in the countryside.

The central problem is overpopulation. The most important reason why it is a problem is that if there are too many people a human life becomes valueless - and people are feeling that. That is why they voted for Trump. That is why everyone is so disillusioned now.

William Shakespeare, The Tempest, Act 4, Scene I When I look in the mirror I see a head, inside which a story appears to be going on, apparently the story of me. This book is an attempt to pin down how this can come about. My hope is that I can reasonably expect my conclusions to apply to a story inside your head as well, ...

Some of you responded excitedly to the news late in 2016 (originally delivered by Dr Stan Krippner) that we (Dr Vernon Neppe and Dr Edward Close) had been unanimously given the rarely awarded, worldwide interdisciplinary prize, the ISPE's Whiting Memorial Award ( for expanding boundaries of scientific understanding.

Thank you for your interest and for the many postings in this SADHU group relating to this 'Victory for Consciousness Research' (see the thread from 30 August to 20 September 2016 entitled ‘A victory for Consciousness Research. Whiting Memorial Prize To Dr Vernon Neppe and Dr Edward Close.’)

We promised to update you, and we now have produced a paper outlining what some are regarding as ‘50 groundbreaking discoveries'. You can make your own interpretations of this paper, and draw conclusions about it, recognizing that this article is essentially a very brief, broad, multidisciplinary summary of some highlights of our work.

“Neppe VM, Close ER: Fifty discoveries that are changing the world: Why the Triadic Dimensional Distinction Vortical Paradigm (TDVP) makes a difference. IQ Nexus Journal 9: 2; 7-33, 2017. ” Our paper can be downloaded at:

The core parts of our TDVP fabric are exemplified in our Neppe-Close  500 page E-book Reality Begins With Consciousness (5th Edition 2014), at  We thereafter extended our work, which now comprises hundreds of our published papers on various aspects of TDVP. To view this discussion on the web visit

Thanks, Jack. DNA is technically a quasicrystal. Once you understand how to manipulate and program the code/language, you can do many things within the rules of the code. Our descendants and even many of us in this lifetime will enter into an unprecedented era of real time evolution that is instant. No more survival of the species, mutation and millions of years for radical change. Genetically changed levels of brain function, consciousness and physical function. For those here who suspect that psi phenomena, such as ESP, are possible, those abilities too will be exponentially potentiated in our near term future.

Our group has “discovered” that the very pixelated microscopic fabric of reality is a quasicrystalline code that can be programmed.

Klee Irwin
June 16, 2017 › hacking-biology-s...
Apr 5, 2016 - Researchers at MIT have developed an easy-to-use “biological programming language” that allows genetic engineers (or just about anyone) to design biological circuits and “hack” the genomes of living cells. ... Now, researchers at MIT have developed a programming language that ... › post › 2017/06/16
10 hours ago - ... (1974) 2 SCC 402, S.P. Gupta, 1981 Supp SCC 87 where he quotes Sri Aurobindo's poem Savitri “An inconclusive play is Reason's toil; Each strong idea can use her as its tool; Accepting every brief she pleads her case, Open to every thought she cannot know.” in the opening para, State of Karnataka, (1977) 4 SCC 608, ... › yoga-of-t...
For the last two decades of her life, the Mother experimented with her own body cells to manifest a new .... Satprem later also published The Mind of the Cells, an introductory book to The Mother's Agenda, written ... By Bhaga  April 2004
Human evolution is not only of the spirit, according to Sri Aurobindo and the Mother; it integrates all levels, including the physical. For the last two decades of her life, the Mother experimented with her own body cells to manifest a new consciousness in and through them
Groups of cells in the Mother’s body had not only awakened but were starting, independent of her, their own yoga

Sri Aurobindo’s and the Mother’s best known and most read books do not give the full measure of what their evolutive work for the earth has been. Apart from both the intellectually challenging as well as the down-to-earth modes of communicaton employed by them, there is an immensely vast and deep work both these pioneers of conscious evolution quietly accomplished for decades, secretly preparing in their own being the divine future of humanity right here upon earth.
What is truly important about Sri Aurobindo and the Mother isn’t really any ashram or future township, however great those might be. If those are to any extent successful, it is thanks to the decisive evolutive victories their founders had won for the earth, which are still mostly unknown and unspoken of. Their books by themselves are extremely helpful, but they aren’t the most important things either. They could as well not have written a single line about anything, nor spoken a word to anyone about the evolutive changes that were taking place in them, and still, their true contribution to the earth’s evolution would have happened just the same. That is the only important fact.
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