Kierkegaard on Time, the Fullness of the Moment, and How to Bridge the Ephemeral with the Eternal

“The moment is not properly an atom of time but an atom of eternity. It is the first reflection of eternity in time, its first attempt, as it were, at stopping time.” BY MARIA POPOVA “All eternity is in the moment,” Mary Oliver wrote with an indebted eye to Blake and Whitman. “[Is] only the present comprehended?” Patti Smith asked two decades later in her magnificent meditation on time and transformation. This temporal tension between the immediate and the eternal is one of the core characteristics and defining frustrations of the human experience — over and over, we strain to … Continue reading Kierkegaard on Time, the Fullness of the Moment, and How to Bridge the Ephemeral with the Eternal

Raising good robots

Image edited by Web Investigator- Gael Rougegrez of the Blanca Li Dance Company performs ‘Robot’, 22 February 2017 in London, England. Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Regina Rini We already have a way to teach morals to alien intelligences: it’s called parenting. Can we apply the same methods to robots? Regina Rini is an assistant professor and faculty fellow at the New York University Center for Bioethics, and an affiliate faculty member in the Medical Ethics division of the NYU Department of Population Health.   Intelligent machines, long promised and never delivered, are finally on the horizon. Sufficiently intelligent robots will be … Continue reading Raising good robots

Do Aliens Have Inalienable Rights?

SELF-AWARE SEA LIFE?: Peter Godfrey-Smith has said that an octopus is “probably the closest we will come to meeting an intelligent alien.”Sylke Rohrlach / Wikipedia What ET teaches us about our moral obligations. BY PETER SINGERAPRIL Last January I was walking with my granddaughter along a beach near Melbourne when we noticed several people gathered around a rock pool, peering into the water. Wondering what had attracted their attention, we went over and saw that it was an octopus. If the spectators were interested in it, it also seemed interested in them. It came to the edge of the pool, … Continue reading Do Aliens Have Inalienable Rights?

Goldman Sachs Claims Propping Up ‘The Economy is Great!’, Funds Syrian War

by Christina Sarich, Guest Waking Times The age of parasitic capitalism still hasn’t sputtered to its final death. Among the larger players is Goldman Sachs, the very same megabank that the oligarchs use to fund terrorism – like the latest foray into Syria. Goldman Sachs is known for money laundering, billion-dollar-lobbying for the ease of punishment for corporations who launder said money, drug pushing, defrauding investors, war profiteering, and now, outright lying in order to keep their grimy claws on as much government-baptized cash as possible. Annual bonuses to the Goldman Sachs’ elite were recently topped off at $23 billion, but that … Continue reading Goldman Sachs Claims Propping Up ‘The Economy is Great!’, Funds Syrian War