7 SCIENTIA POTESTAS EST*
*) Knowledge is power (Francis Bacon, et al)
We were at the point of becoming gods, mighty beings that could invent a second
world. Nature only had to provide us with the building blocks for our new creation.
Erich Fromm: "To have or to be - the mental basis of a new society" (1976)
External Links and Literature
- "ORWELL 2.0": TECHNOLOGY IN THE SERVICE OF CAPITALISM AND POWER IN GENERAL:
-- The Internet makes ever more gigantic data collection possible (Big Data). Sources are currently in particular mobile devices, Apps. In coming: everyday objects in the home, cars, medicinal body monitors.
-- Profiting and driving organizations: large consumer-oriented corporations, large financial actors, the state surveillance organizations and other state bureaucracies.
-- Functional chain/loop: massive Information collection - Evaluation - Control of human behaviour.
-- In future: Increasingly networking/interworking of previously separated systems, application of adaptive algorithms, e.g. those known as "Artificial Intelligence".
-- Dangers: the degradation of the human being to the status of an object, a slave of the systems; decay of democracy.
- Multicultural psychology blog (USA; training resources for the multicultural training of psychologists and future psychologists). Here "Killing of Travyon Martin and the Acquittal of George Zimmerman"
- BBC Goce satellite views Earth's gravity in high definition.
- BBC "Neanderthal genes 'survive in us' ", 06.05.2010.
Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig / Germany. (-> Neanderthal Genome Project Web site)
- Frankfurter Rundschau Künstliche Befruchtung: Kinder von drei Elternteilen [Artificial insemination: children from three parents, Britain]
Time/Health&Family 26.04.2013: Babies’ Brains: When Does Consciousness Emerge?
US Nat. Library of Medicine / Frontiers in integrative Neuroscience Review Article 12.10.2012: How quantum brain biology can rescue conscious free will
Univ. of Arizona: Center for Consciousness Studies
- QUANTUM MECHANICS:
Stanford Encyclopedia Fred Kronz, "Quantum Theory: von Neumann vs. Dirac", a comparison of their approaches (2004)
- ISIS Institute of Science in Society.
Mission: To promote science responsible to civil society and the public good, independent of commercial and other special interests, or of government control.
- DOAJ Directory of Open Access Journals. A directory of free, full text, scientific and scholarly journals. Swedish-based. Initial assistance from the Open Society Institute.
- Up Close - a fortnightly audio talk show of research, opinion and analysis from the University of Melbourne, Australia. Podcasts + transcripts available.
- Science Online magazine of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).
- ScienceDirect Around 10mio articles covering many fields in *Physical Sciences & Engineering, *Life Sciences, *Health Sciences, *Social Science & Humanities. Abstracts free, full text usually priced.
- Society for the Study of Peace, Conflict & Violence Division 48 of the American Psychological Association (APA), since 1990.
- Scilab (wiki) & Octave (wiki). Open source (free download) platforms for numerical computation. Alternatives for & similar to the commercial Matlab. For OSs Linux/Unix/MacOS/Windows. Scilab Homepage & Octave Homepage
- R (wiki): A (cross OS) programming language and environment for statistical computing and graphic representation. R implements the S language. Command line & GUI interfaces. R is part of the GNU project. R Project Homepage. Commercial versions also available.
- Jürgen Habermas [wiki] contemporary sociologist and philosopher, combined the traditions of the neo-Marxist critical theory of the Frankfurt School of philosophy with American pragmatism.
- Max Bense [wiki] Philosopher, scientist, writer (†1990).
- Noam Chomsky [wiki] Linguist; science, social and political dissident. Chomsky Homepage
- Peter Sloterdijk [wiki] controversial contemporary philosopher and cultural scientist. His best known book: "Critique of Cynical Reason".
- Jeremy Rifkin [wiki] Economist, writer, public speaker. Focus: impact of scientific and technological changes on the economy, the workforce, society, and the environment. Founder of the Foundation On Economic Trends
- Joseph Weizenbaum [wiki] critical computer pioneer (†2008).
- Jean-Jacques Rousseau, "Discours sur les sciences et les arts", (1751)
["Discourse on the Arts and Sciences"]
"" , "Discours sur l'origine et les fondements de l'inegalite parmi les hommes", (1755)
["Discourse on the Origin and Basis of Inequality among Men"]
"" , "Du contrat social ou principes du droit politique", (1762)
["The Social Contract, or Principles of Political Right"]
- Francis Bacon [wiki] philosopher, statesman, scientist (1561-1626).
- Anton Zeilinger [wiki] Physicist: QM, teleportation, interpretation of QM.
- Yuval Noah Harari, "Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind", (2014)
- David Z. Albert, "Quantum Mechanics and Experience", (1992)
- J. S. Bell, "Speakable and unspeakable in quantum mechanics", (1987)
- Richard P. Feynman, "The Character of Physical Law", (1967)