Dune

I have now read all six books of the original Dune series by Frank Herbert. I won’t bother to give a summary of the books here, those can be found on the internet, rather I will present here my impressions of these classic works of science fiction. Continue reading →

Sky city 1000

World population is estimated to grow to about 11 to 12 billion by 2100. And without massive space colonization, projects such as this one will become inevitable. High rise is necessary to save both agricultural land and natural areas such as the rain forest.

 

Milk kinship

An article on stem cells in breast milk in the New Scientist made me to reconsider to concept of milk kinship. Milk kinship is the idea that if two person have been breast-fed by the same woman, usually a wet-nurse, those two person are like family to each other. This concept of kinship can be found in different societies around the world and both in Christianity and Islam we can even find prohibition against marriage between milk siblings. Continue reading →

Update UT

For those who do not know yet, I am working on a novel – the first installment of the Urando Trilogy. For the last few weeks I have worked on a (preliminary) chapter-by-chapter outline which is now finished. At the present 26 chapters are planned, though this number might change. The prime reason to use such chapter-by-chapter outline is to prevent a writers block. Continue reading →

Chalmers on panpsychism

Recently regular reader John Zande brought up the issue of panpsychism. Basically panpsychism is the position that conciousness is an inherent part of the universe. A modern advocate of panpsychism is Australian philosopher David J. Chalmer. In particular he has developed a theory of panprotopsychism. He explains his theory in the following article:

Panpsychism and Panprotopsychism by David J. Chalmers.

Update: country files

I have updated the country files page. Apparently numerous country files were not yet listed.

Why do we spank robots

Susan A. Brooks, Chief Technology Officer at the Elysian Android and Robot Corporation (EARC), speech for new robot psychologists:

Many people has asked me why spanking robots is necessary. The answer is that spanking robots is not necessary but it’s nevertheless a good practice. Why?

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Religion in Elysia

Officially the Republic of Elysia is a secular state, though religious sentiments are present in public life and politics. According to the National Religion Survey conducted by the faculty for philosophy, humanist & religious studies of the University of Ilium Novum, the Elysian population can be divided as follows: Continue reading →

Review: Shannara trilogy

Recently I finished The Wishsong of Shannara, the third installment of Terry Brooks’ Shannara trilogy. The other books are The Sword of Shannara and The Elfstones of Shannara. This fantasy series is remarkable because it is  not set in a far and forgotten past or in some other universe but in the far future. After a nuclear war all technology is destroyed and replaced by magic. Continue reading →

1620-2012

At Science Daily:

Greenland sharks live at least as long as 400 years, and they reach sexual maturity at the age of about 150, a new study reports. The results place Greenland sharks as the longest-lived vertebrates on Earth.

And:

The two largest sharks in this study, at 493 cm and 502 cm in length, were estimated to be roughly 335 and 392 years old, respectively.

So these sharks lived through the English civil war, the Glorious revolution, the American revolution, the French revolution, the Napoleonic wars, the Franco-Prussian war, World War 1, World War 2 and the Cold War. They have seen it all.