Interesting things to learn about

2 years, 3 months ago

What are some things that you find interesting reading/learning about?

For me i’ve started to really get into physics etc.
Post suggestions :)

Suggestions:
Nikola Tesla
Issac Newton ( such a brilliant mind!)
Einstein

December 13, 2012 at 4:02 am

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Profile photo of Graschi Graschi (@graschi) 2 years, 3 months ago ago

@mwlucky, Philosophy and Persian Litterature, East Asian-Philosophers and Greece Philosophers.

Sa’di, Omar Khayyam, Ferdows, Khwaja and Jami.
Sun Tzu, Lao-Tzu and Confucius.
Euclid, Homer, Socrates, Plato, Augustus and Aristotle.

Do any have other suggestions (philosophers, thinkers)?

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Profile photo of cbacasmalls cbacasmalls (@cbacasmalls) 2 years, 3 months ago ago

Exploring into the realm Nothingness is one of my absolute favorite things to learn about or discuss but some other philosophers I enjoy learning about are Thomas Merton “Conjectures of a Guilty Bystander”, Alan Watts and his discussions as a whole, and Nietzsche and his idea of the super-human.

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Profile photo of Achyut ram Achyut ram (@achyutram) 2 years, 3 months ago ago

Finally a fellow lover of physics!
I found schrodinger’s cat a very interesting and mind boggling experiment.Try to read Stephen hawking’s book or if you just want the summary,
Visit:http://www.livescience.com/8869-8-shocking-learned-stephen-hawking-book.html

and a very interesting physics channel on youtube: http://www.youtube.com/user/minutephysics?feature=watch

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Profile photo of Ray Ray (@nowscreamlouder) 2 years, 3 months ago ago

Most things in the Quantum world of physics are just amazing. Things like quantum tunneling, wave particle duality, and many other things are just awesome.

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Profile photo of kirkwilly kirkwilly (@kirkwilly) 2 years, 3 months ago ago

Every now and then when I dunk my brain in the world of Astro physics, a man titled dr.Neil Tyson makes it really simple to understand. True genius can breakdown complex structure for simple minds like mine.

Philosophers my favorites is a long list but recently I found aldous huxley and classic Alexander Poe

Stuff actually worth looking into is illusions, Stuff your brain fails to understand. And sacred geometry! It a slow learning for me but cool none the less:)

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Profile photo of  Anonymous (@) 2 years, 3 months ago ago

@mwlucky, what kind of background in math do you have? People can go on and on about what concepts they learned about from some watered-down source, but quantum mechanics really demands a certain level of mathematical understanding.

As for your question:

• Differential geometry
• Plant perception
• Kalama sutta

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Profile photo of  Anonymous (@) 2 years, 3 months ago ago

@graschi, Omg Newton was such a crazy fuck.

@dalniente, Plant perception? Like my work? Signal perception -> transduction -> reaction?
You like that? Why lol

I find how to make illegal chemicals (drugs) fascinating, and how people get away with it.
I find how these drugs affect the mind incredible…
I find growing plants and horticulture fascinating…
I love watching other people do art…
Astrophysics is very interesting, in lay-men terms.
I find electrodynamics incredible (tesla)
Otherwise everything else sucks

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Profile photo of  Anonymous (@) 2 years, 3 months ago ago

@ijesuschrist, why? Because it’s interesting to me, lol. My true loves will always be math and (to a lesser degree) the human nervous system, but I also have a fondness for plants. I regret that I’ve neglected plant intelligence (some have qualms with “intelligence” used in that way) for the most part until about a year ago.

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Learn physiology

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Profile photo of TheSkaFish TheSkaFish M (@theskafish) 2 years, 3 months ago ago

All sorts of things:

-History
-Organized crime
-Punk Rock and Hippie Subcultures
-Psychedelics
-Aliens and other Supernatural Creatures
-Poetry and Storywriting
-Off-grid living
-Music
-the Creative/Artistic process, how to convey passion and meaning
-Motorized vehicles of all sorts, cars/motorcycles/boats and ships/planes/helicopters whatever
-Animals
-Psychology, the mind, and the brain

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Profile photo of  Anonymous (@) 2 years, 3 months ago ago

@dalniente, I have a qualm with it…

Their sensory patterns are so riddled with cross talk and cascading pathways and agonist and repressors and so forth, its a tangled web of interactions. Its like trying to untie a “HEAP” (lol) of tangled phone cords – I pull on this one and the whole thing moves, if I remove a few cords, I Can see which ones its tied closer too.

but really – its like, EVERYTHING effects EVERYTHING in plants… To make GMO’s that are successful in any right is quite the accomplishment!

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Profile photo of  Anonymous (@) 2 years, 3 months ago ago

@ijesuschrist, I would agree that it’s often used lightly. The intelligence of humans is certainly much more complex, but there also is debate over how exactly we should define “intelligence” in the first place. For our intents and purposes, would you agree that it’s interesting to see how plants have adapted to respond to stimuli in certain ways? Although I do prefer “perception,” it could be seen as a certain kind of intelligence (although with the lack of self-awareness, I prefer the first term I used).

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Profile photo of Edward Bernays Edward Bernays (@edwardbernays) 2 years, 3 months ago ago

A short list of things I like to learn/think about:

– persuasion, communications, marketing, propaganda, and motivation (hence my display name)
-different languages (i’ve studied Latin and Russian)
-geography (particularly in terms of cities, and even more specifically in the US)
-i am also fascinated by art history, which is weird because I grew up not liking art very much and was a big sports guy

As for theorists/people/thinkers, my shortlist is:

-Edward Bernays
-Marshall McLuhan
-Karl Marx
-Alexander III
-Ivy Lee

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Profile photo of  Anonymous (@) 2 years, 3 months ago ago

@dalniente, Well plants have no intent that is – there is no thought, all of their adaptations (for all we know) were completely random chance.

However, it is very easy to see the difference between an orchid and a bee. A bee has intelligence, and intent, and reacts to seeing the flower, and can interact with the flower. The flower has no intent.

But in the end, it is just responses to stimuli, so I digress, it is the definition of intelligence.

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Profile photo of  Anonymous (@) 2 years, 3 months ago ago

@ijesuschrist, natural selection itself is most certainly not random.

In the end I think we agree. You also have much more experience in the field. I do think “intelligence” should be avoided in more formal settings, and I hold true to that thought.

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Profile photo of zaonez zaonez (@zaonez) 2 years, 3 months ago ago

@mwlucky,

Thank you for starting this thread. I found this site by chance a few days ago, and it’s always interesting to learn what members of the community are interested in.. as it often points out subjects that I have yet to come across.

Some of my interest include: (In no real order)

History
The Universe and Cosmology
Eastern Culture and Philosophy
Philosophy in General
Ancient and Modern Religious and Spiritual Practices
Metaphysics
Mythology in General

Again, thank you for the thread. I will enjoy going through and getting some new ideas on subjects to look into, as overall, I am a lover of knowledge.

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Profile photo of  Anonymous (@) 2 years, 3 months ago ago

@dalniente, Depends what you define as random… In random I mean, the mutations that occur aren’t intended by the organism, and thus the selection is not intended, but rather “random” – however survival of the fittest, in the sense that the strongest survive isn’t random but how there are different fitnesses in the landscape of organisms, is… generally accepted as random.

I read an incredible book about evolution (one of my absolute favorite topics) it was called “At home in the universe” DEFINITELY recommend that one.

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Profile photo of  Anonymous (@) 2 years, 3 months ago ago

@ijesuschrist, I did specify “natural selection itself.” and that is one important distinction to make. Certain things like genetic variation and factors organisms are exposed to could be called “random,” but the survival of certain organisms (and, in extension, the continuation of certain genes) is specific in how well-suited they are for their environment.

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Profile photo of Mouthful of Diamonds Mouthful of Diamonds (@mouthfulofdiamonds) 2 years, 3 months ago ago

I’m a big fan of psychology, specifically “transpersonal psychology.” Try some Carl Jung or Abraham Maslow

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