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minimallycreative · 2 hours ago
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so I'm looking at the Islamic view of witchcraft because my family is Muslim and I am a baby witch who is having a crisis about my identity, as you do on a Thursday night.
The article that I am reading is an interview between who I believe are scholars and some kind of successors for something I don't really understand.
And they have the weirdest logic. They say that the Quran doesn't recognize the existence of magic/witchcraft. They reference a story from the time of Moses where their magicians turned their staffs into snakes. They say this isn't magic because they didn't actually change the staff into a snake, but just put visions in the onlookers' eyes.
Isn't that still magic? There are other branches of magic besides transfiguration. This just seems like Scarlet Witch type of magic in AOU. And she happens to be the most powerful beings in the universe, so...........
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FSU College of Medicine research links Parkinson's disease and neuroticism
FSU College of Medicine research links Parkinson’s disease and neuroticism
New research from the Florida State University College of Medicine has found that the personality trait neuroticism is consistently associated with a higher risk of developing the brain disorder Parkinson’s disease. The research by Professor of Geriatrics Antonio Terracciano and team, published in Movement Disorders, found that adults in the study who scored in the top quartile of neuroticism had…
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kannya-official · 3 hours ago
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Places to visit. Cambodia, Welcome Tourists around the World. Excursions and historical research... #ancient #stone #structure #tourist #travel #descovery #research #history #great #empire #tour #nature #naturephotography #love #sweet #time #family #travelling (at Angkor Wat, Siem Reap, Cambodia) https://www.instagram.com/p/CNtsIllBckA/?igshid=qmwpm39smjyg
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whatblackparadise · 5 hours ago
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boomedia · 5 hours ago
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கண்டிப்பாக பார்க்கவேண்டிய படம் பார்த்த அழுதுடுவிங்க | Flu Movie Explained Tamil
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joy1172051211 · 5 hours ago
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cwbullet · 6 hours ago
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Research: Cell phones and weight loss
Research: Cell phones and weight loss
Cell phones can assist with weight loss and maintenance Cell Phone The obesity epidemic in the United States is exploding and has spread to young adults.   As it reaches higher and higher levels, it is leading to significantly more public health implications that will follow the youth in adulthood.   If we can implements interventions at a younger age, we can make a huge impact on future…
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eucanthos · 8 hours ago
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Quote Investigator:
Researcher, John Baker, located the earliest known instance of this joke in an issue of Boys’ Life magazine dated 1954. In this initial appearance the quip is credited to Jim Brewer and not to Groucho Marx.
A book is man’s best friend outside of a dog, and inside of a dog it’s too dark to read.—Jim Brewer, Cleveland, O.
Groucho Marx was active as a comedian before 1954, and it is possible that he told the joke before this date. [QI has not yet located any evidence to support this possibility]
The Yale Book of Quotations and the Oxford Dictionary of Humorous Quotations both list this witticism under Groucho Marx and provide citations dated 1987 and 2000 respectively. 4 5
In 1965 the syndicated columnist Mary Stuart printed an instance of the quip in her column called “Heard and Seen”. The punchline was not placed between quotations marks: 2 3
A writer says, “A book is man’s best friend — outside of a dog.” I imagine inside of a dog is too dark to read.
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autumnslance · 8 hours ago
24) have you ever become an expert on something you previously knew nothing about, in order to better a scene or a story?
Not an expert per se, but I definitely look things up to get a better idea of how things work for a scene or story. If I can at least pull off a general idea for fiction, then it works in the end. For instance, I know little to nothing of fermented beverages, so did a bit of quick wiki diving and following some of those reference links for the sake drinking scene in “A Constant Distant Thunder.” Things like that; not an expert, just brushing up enough to make it seem plausible.
I did have to read a lot of dystopia/utopia novels and stories, read certain critical theory, and attend certain classes for the story I wrote for my master’s degree, but that’s part and parcel of the graduate experience. And if I were going to write an original novel I’d definitely delve deeper into research on various angles; not just stories and novels, but a wide range of nonfiction resources.
In some cases, too, I’m using what I already know as a jumping off point. The hatching chapter in “Downtime” was inspired by my own childhood days and nights in a barn with a birthing animal—though never an egg layer an amaro’s size, there’s a lot of parallels to draw from!
Still, for most things, a layman’s general understanding is decent enough to make plot and characterization work without looking too much like an idiot. And do vet your sources, so you’re not doing something like, say, including a Legend of Zelda dye recipe into your historical fiction novel (not a joke, this happened to a pro-published guy and the editor should have caught it).
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healthradar360 · 8 hours ago
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Severe Covid illness can be mitigated by physical activity, research claims
Severe Covid illness can be mitigated by physical activity, research claims #physicalactivity #fitness #exercise #health #physicaleducation #healthylifestyle #running #wellness #workout #training #sport #lifestyle #motivation #sports #wellbeing #healthy
Since the onset of the pandemic scientists across the globe are scrambling to remediate the obnoxious effects of the nCoV virus. While there have been imminent breakthroughs in virology and the creation of a vaccine from a stretch, there also have been studies into how seemingly simple routine changes like exercising can help combat the associated risks that come with contracting the…
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sciworx · 11 hours ago
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This is a brief introduction to archaeology by using the location of a known ancient village, recommended by actual archaeologists.
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transhumanitynet · 11 hours ago
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Supporting the Uplift Project
Uplift is a research project focused on human-machine collective superintelligence.  The project borrows from the AGI Labs ICOM research to build an AI system that allows humans and the machine to work together to create Superintelligence.  Humans on there own can perform at superintelligent levels under the right conditions but being able to do it consistently with the help of strong AI systems allows us to take things like governance, research, corporate operations, plan and so much more to new levels.  A bit part of this is just being able to correct for bias that is so prevalent in human beings. Taking the best of AI and humans with bleed edge research in AGI systems is the fastest path to Superintelligence.
Help fund this kind of bleeding-edge research on our Patreon here and learn more on our project site: Uplift.bio 
https://Uplift.bio/
Supporting the Uplift Project was originally published on transhumanity.net
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curatorsday · 12 hours ago
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Thursday, April 15, 2021
Yesterday, I had an unexpected day off after getting my second vaccine shot, but today, I'm back doing history. I found this interesting Lifebuoy Soap advertisement from 1933 while researching word games and a local dictionary shortage.
For those who can't view the image, it is a five-box comic with the following text:
[woman] - Darling old couple across the court. I used to think John and I would grow old that way -- TOGETHER. Instead here I am ....alone...unwanted, getting MY gray hairs over a cross-word puzzle
LATER - a friend drops in - helps solve the puzzle - [woman] - Then Connie, five down must be "B.O." _ "odor of loneliness." How silly! If people are lonely because they have "B.O" why then I'm the world's worst offender [friend] - Oh...er...I suppose EVERYBODY should play safe. I'm crazy about lifebuoy, myself
NEXT DAY [woman] - I took Connie's advice _ changed to Lifebuoy. If by any chance "B.O." WERE the reason John changed ...I'm sure I could win him back now
"B.O." GONE - her bachelor days over! [woman] - John, darling, I'm going to try so hard to make you happy [John] - Don't have to try, Honey. Just stay as you are now
[another woman] You wonder how I keep my complexion so lovely - There's the Answer! So SAY thousands upon thousands of women! Lifebuoy keeps their complexions clear and fresh - let it do the same for yours. Its gentle, creamy lather - abundant in hot or cold water, hard or soft - penetrates the pores. Coaxes out clogged wastes; adds soft, youthful radiance. You'll love Lifebuoy for your bath, too. Its quickly-vanishing, hygienic scent tells you Lifebuoy lather purifies and deodorizes pores - stops "B.O." (body odor).
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isaresearcher · 12 hours ago
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The Foundations of my Research (i.e snips from my Abstract)
The research that I am currently doing is built on the foundations of Bayesian inference and the logical implications inferred under such representations. These are endeavors that I hope will works to create momentum towards creating the collective of possible universal models, precisely quantifiable and possibly universal, for empirically representing abstract reasoning and uncertainty. The Bayesian network model offers itself as one method of quantifying and characterizing the behavior of abstract thought and theoretical frameworks. 
Through the observation of behavioral patterns relating to the continual influence of evidential pieces applied to an observable outer Bayesian belief network, composed of initialized conditionals and atomized representations of factual truth propositions, the hope is that the behaviors captured at these sub-structural points within a Bayesian network will give insight to a deeper understanding of the behaviors and patterns of internal evidence application and external evidence application applied to scientific theory and belief frameworks.  
Abstract frameworks represented through the Bayesian network models also work towards creating the foundational groundwork for the ability for network expansion. Prior research, I have been a part of in the process of publication discusses the convergence of nodes displayed in a network which can be seen as constructed from atomic propositions, each of which is either true or false.  The creation of an atom of absolute truth or absolute false. This research aims to represent through the mathematics and philosophical foundations of Bayesianism, the behaviors of the classification of sub-network gaps in relation to evidence activation of applied to sub-network portions of an observable framework. Through the characterization these sub-networks, identification of sub-networks gaps within the observable framework can be expanded allowing the potential for network growth.
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transhumanitynet · 12 hours ago
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Open Source, Is it Good for AGI Research or a Suicide Pack? Help us know for sure
Open Source, Is it Good for AGI Research or a Suicide Pack? Help us know for sure
Those that have grown up with open source in the past 20 years know that open source is popular.  It’s popular because of a number of reasons including that it fosters innovation, speeds up delivery, and helps us all collectively learn from each other. We ourselves at the AGI Lab have just assumed this was a good thing.  We believe that Open Source research helps everyone.  Many research groups…
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transhumanitynet · 12 hours ago
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Open Source, Is it Good for AGI Research or a Suicide Pact? Help us know for sure
Those that have grown up with open source in the past 20 years know that open source is popular.  It’s popular because of a number of reasons including that it fosters innovation, speeds up delivery, and helps us all collectively learn from each other.
We ourselves at the AGI Lab have just assumed this was a good thing.  We believe that Open Source research helps everyone.  Many research groups in AGI research are already open sourcing including Open Cog, Open Nars, and more.
From an ethical standpoint, we use a system called SSIVA Theory to teach ethics to systems we work on such as Uplift and so we assumed we should release some of our code (which we have here on this blog and in papers) and we planned on open sourcing a version of the mASI or collective system that we work on that uses an AGI Cognitive Architecture.
From an SSIVA standpoint, you can even make the point that the most ethical course of action is to achieve AGI as quickly as possible.  But is that correct? if not they why?
We have been talking recently by members of the Machine Intelligence Research Institute or MIRI that say this is a bad thing? But is it?  And why?  Can’t collective superintelligent systems contain human-level AGI?
We are putting on a conference to help decide but so far we have not found someone to advocate for MIRI’s position.  At the conference, we hope to vote on if this is a good thing or not allowing someone for both sides of the issue to make a case and at the end of the conference, we will either start open-sourcing our research or not.
In particular, we want to open-source parts of this project “Uplift”
Let us know if you would like to help either way.
Our Conference is on June 4th on Collective Superintelligence
As a side note, many other groups are already open sourcing AGI research code (some of these work as toy AGI’s already) and there are just some of them here:
https://opensource.com/article/20/7/ai-open-source
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https://awesomeopensource.com/projects/agi 
if you know of some others let us know.
      Open Source, Is it Good for AGI Research or a Suicide Pact? Help us know for sure was originally published on transhumanity.net
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studypossum · 12 hours ago
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4/14/21
10/100 days of productivity
I enjoyed some more flowers before testing approximately one million samples at work (okay, it was 24 samples, but it still took a long time). Also I matched!
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edgeperspectives · 3 days ago
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A team of researchers say they’ve designed a personalized cancer vaccine capable of inducing an immune response that fights off melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, that lasts for several years
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