Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Noah Horak's Adventure

http://rtwwithnoah.blogspot.com/


---Steve

'Boyhood' (R) | miami.com

http://www.miami.com/039boyhood039-r-article

Mason asks his father what life is all about, his dad replies "We're all just winging it. The good news is you're feeling stuff, you know? And you've got to hold on to that. You get older, and you don't feel as much, your skin gets tough." This remarkable, wonderful movie helps you remember.

---Steve

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Danny Lewin, the first victim on 9/11 and an architect of the Internet.

http://www.slate.com/articles/technology/history/2013/09/danny_lewin_the_first_victim_on_9_11_and_an_architect_of_the_internet.html?wpsrc=fol_fb


---Steve

Sleepwalking Toward Armageddon : Sam Harris

http://www.samharris.org/blog/item/sleepwalking-toward-armageddon
But it remains taboo in most societies to criticize a person's religious beliefs. Even atheists tend to observe this taboo, and enforce it on others, because they believe that religion is necessary for many people. After all, life is difficult—and faith is a balm. Most people imagine that Iron Age philosophy represents the only available vessel for their spiritual hopes and existential concerns. This is an enduring problem for the forces of reason, because the most transformative experiences people have—bliss, devotion, self-transcendence—are currently anchored to the worst parts of culture and to ways of thinking that merely amplify superstition, self-deception, and conflict.
Among all the harms caused by religion at this point in history, this is perhaps the most subtle: Even when it appears beneficial—inspiring people to gather in beautiful buildings to contemplate the mystery existence and their ethical commitments to one another—religion conveys the message that there is no intellectually defensible and nonsectarian way to do this. But there is. We can build strong communities and enjoy deeply moral and spiritual lives, without believing any divisive nonsense about the divine origin of specific books.

---Steve

[1409.0575] ImageNet Large Scale Visual Recognition Challenge

http://arxiv.org/abs/1409.0575


---Steve