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The strange link between the human mind and quantum physics - "It is hard to avoid the implication that consciousness and quantum mechanics are somehow linked"

The strange link between the human mind and quantum physics - "It is hard to avoid the implication that consciousness and quantum mechanics are somehow linked"
The strange link between the human mind and quantum physics - "It is hard to avoid the implicatio...

Considering how much BS there is surrounding 'quantum consciousness' this is actually a very good article. I was surprised.

I was initially too fast to dismiss the article and I bet many others will do the same.

It does not help that there is now a New Age cottage industry devoted to notions of "quantum consciousness", claiming that quantum mechanics offers plausible rationales for such things as telepathy and telekinesis. As a result, physicists are often embarrassed to even mention the words "quantum" and "consciousness" in the same sentence.

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Chernobyl's new sarcophagus took two decades to make. Bigger than Wembley Stadium and taller than the Statue of Liberty, it will seal in the entire disaster site for 100 years

Chernobyl's new sarcophagus took two decades to make. Bigger than Wembley Stadium and taller than the Statue of Liberty, it will seal in the entire disaster site for 100 years
Chernobyl's new sarcophagus took two decades to make. Bigger than Wembley Stadium and taller than...

Even more impressive is that inside the new sarcophagus are robots that will decommission the old reactor safely, so that after the 100 years is up any remaining clean up is much safer.

Well, as safe as nuclear waste can be...

Elon Musk says Universal Basic Income is “going to be necessary.”

Elon Musk says Universal Basic Income is “going to be necessary.”

At some point automation will eliminate so many jobs that there simply won't be enough consumers to keep the economy going in the traditional way. If the people lucky enough to still have jobs tell the rest to go die because "Why should we support you?" then as a civilization what was the point of making all that progress?

Biological terrorism could kill more people than nuclear attacks, Bill Gates to warn world leaders - "Rapid advances in genetic engineering have opened the door for small terrorism groups to tailor and easily weaponise disease viruses."

Biological terrorism could kill more people than nuclear attacks, Bill Gates to warn world leaders - "Rapid advances in genetic engineering have opened the door for small terrorism groups to tailor and easily weaponise disease viruses."
Biological terrorism could kill more people than nuclear attacks, Bill Gates to warn world leader...

Traveled through south east Asia two years ago when the mosquito repellent I brought with me did not adequately provide protection. My legs where bitten quite a few times and looked like those of a needle junkie. I was in Vietnam at the time up in a mountain resort of Ba Na Hills when I was strucked with fatigue, aching joints, and a mild fever. One minute I was fine and the next overcame by exhaustion. The next several hours became more apparent that I may have caught the flu. For the next two days I took paracetamol and Tylenol to calm the pain and fever. Interestingly, around sunset the fever would be at its worse. By the third day I was plagued by a debilitating migraine and inability to move. I had made my way back to Ho Chi Minh City and checked myself into an emergency room at a hospital near where I was staying. One look at my legs and seeing the symptoms the doctors knew I had dengue. A two hour wait for a blood test result confirms it. I had a few more days to ride it out. I decided to stay at the hospital where I had an IV bag of saline to keep hydrated and a cocktail of drugs to boost immunity and keep the fever down, they wanted to insure I didn't catch a cold or anything else that would increase complication. On the 4th day, they ran another blood test and by this time I was drifting in and out of consciousness. Tiny red dots had appeared all over my chest and arms. I remember the doctor telling me my platelet, white blood cell, and plasma count were extremely low and may need a blood transfusion or die. I passed out with intermittent consciousness allowing me to feel my sweaty shell of a body stricken by the fever. By the 5th day, I still had no strength but the fever was starting to let up and now the red dots had moved down to my legs, no longer on my chest as if they were trying to escape. By the 6th day the fever was completely gone and after the last blood test I was cleared of the infection. Walking out of the hospital was difficult, I had lost 15lbs, looking emaciated, and every step was a struggle breaking sweat.

TL;DR - Dengue fever is no joke and it has no cure. It lasts anywhere from 5 to 7 days. You either ride it out and stay hydrated or die.

Bill Gates: the robot that takes your job should pay taxes

Bill Gates: the robot that takes your job should pay taxes
Tax the robots The robots gets unhappy Start the Robot Party Wins election Robot President declare no more taxes on robots Robot Hitler

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