phalt gave a great presentation at the Bristol RaspberryJam.
Last night I attended the first Bristol Raspberryjam, hosted at the Bristol and Bath science park, which by the way, is an amazing building. If you get the chance to go do so, you’ll feel like you’ve stepped into Silicon Valley.
The jam started with six talks about various projects including…
Good stuff in there, you should get those cats skinned and textured. :)
My first ever showreel dedicated to my animation work.
These cat animations from eharvey3d are great, we love em.
Optimism :: #6 Incredible Odds
Mihaly Cskiszentmihaly is optimistic because against the odds we are asking questions about optimism and answering them on laptops.
Optimism #5 :: Going Beyond Our Darwinian Roots
Leoanard Susskind is optimistic about Neuroplasticity in his chapter of What Are You Optimistic About?
He is optimistic that the human brain can change itself to imagine four dimensions, despite the fact that natural selection couldn’t have designed us for for that, likewise the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle and the internet.
Due to this adaptability of the human brain, Prof Susskind thinks we may go past our Darwinian roots in other ways.
Optimism #2 :: Cultural Divide is Decreasing
Carlo Rovelli is optimistic that humans are increasingly realizing that thinking rationally is far greater than thinking irrationally. At the same time, more people are thinking scientifically. This scientific thinking is leaving a traditional superficiality behind. It is regaining communication with the rest of the culture, learning how to deal with the complex web known as the human experience and the search for knowledge. Not everyone believes in science, for example priests, but it is growing.
In the small world of academia, Carlo Rovelli sees the senseless divide between scientists and the culture is disintegrating. This might be what Charles Percy Snow’s book ‘The Third Culture’ is about, says my Dad. Some intellectuals realize that we cannot understand the complex nature of knowledge unless we examine it all, and not just as individual subjects.
If a contemporary philosopher ignores scientific thinking, he or she is disconnected from reality. Scientists are coming out of their lab and speaking their mind. History makes it look like horrible things like greed and war are going to stick to us like glue. However, that is judging the future from the past. The future is what the world makes of it.
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Optimistic Post #1 :: Richard Dawkins
Richard Dawkins is optimistic about four things in his chapter of What Are You Optimistic About.
Prof Dawkins is optimistic that humans will find The Theory of Everything before aliens arrive.
The second thing he is optimistic about is that with The Theory of Everything we will then complete physics, but the enterperise of physics will continue.
With evolution by natural selection and The Theory of Everything we will create a sensible explanation for the existence of humans and the universe.
Prof Dawkins is confident that this will deal a deathblow to religion. I think this is unlikely, but if no people believed this, then they wouldn’t have so much belief in science.