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What are we really creating by recreating ourselves and the planet?

In his interesting book The Fourth Age, Byron Reese proposes that every time humanity accesses a new technology, humanity changes and, because of that, the planet also changes. For that reason, we can ask: What are we really transforming when our technology is transforming us and the planet?

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The curious case of identifying with an ideology and not knowing it

I recently participated in a community event that required some formality, so I was surprised to find a young man who, without wearing a jacket and a tie that all other men wore, arrived dressed in a shirt (jersey) of Barcelona, the well-known soccer club from Spain.

At the end of the meeting, I …

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We don't even know our own planet completely yet

NASA recently announced the discovery of an exoplanet near the star CJ357 that, due to its characteristics, could be similar to the earth. The discovery of exoplanets similar to the earth is nothing new, but what is new is that almost simultaneously Facebook announced that we still don’t have accura…

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How will we escape an artificial intelligence that knows everything about us?

There is already an artificial intelligence (AI) that not only knows what emotions we are feeling, but can reproduce them through its own codes, according to a recent announcement by the University of Colorado at Boulder. And according to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), there is alr…

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Every day there are fewer pieces left to complete the puzzle

One of the most common errors of our reasoning is to assume that the piece of knowledge we have equals all the available knowledge. That is, we generalize and universalize our limitations and, as a consequence, we don’t see them, nor do we see that other pieces, different from the ones we already ha…

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The future arrived and we look in the opposite direction

Recently, a young man told me he was looking for a job and asked me to inform him if I knew of any opportunities in his area of interest. Shortly after, an opportunity arose and I immediately shared it with him, only to find out days later that he had not accepted it.

I asked him why he had rejec…

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What’s the point of talking about a new planetary consciousness?

Almost three and a half millennia ago, Pharaoh Akhenaten surprised Egyptians and strangers when he decided that Egypt should abandon their traditional gods and accept a kind of monotheism, which, although it was never accepted in Egypt, after numerous historical changes and cultural transmutations, …

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Robots already have their own blood. Will they shed it for us?

Recent reports (available online) from two prestigious universities (Harvard and Cornell) explain that robots already have their own "blood", that is, a liquid that circulates inside the robots and that carries energy to the entire robot-body so that the robot can fulfill the tasks assigned to it.

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Robots already have their own blood. Will they shed it for us?

Recent reports (available online) from two prestigious universities (Harvard and Cornell) explain that robots already have their own "blood", that is, a liquid that circulates inside the robots and that carries energy to the entire robot-body so that the robot can fulfill the tasks assigned to it.

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The Universe grows faster than we can know it

Let’s carefully think about this fact: every second about 20,000 stars move beyond the visible Universe, and, for that reason, that we will never be able, now or in the future, to see analyze, or study those stars. That means that each year about 630 billion stars escape forever from our sight.

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Traveling presents the opportunity to reconnect with oneself

It has been said, and rightly so, that one of the best ways to know oneself is to travel. But traveling is not just a mere geographical change, it is not moving from one place to another, but it means being fully and consciously open to realizing that our daily reality is neither the whole reality n…

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The worst answer I ever received was, "You can’t talk about that"

Of all the responses that I have never received to my questions, the most unpleasant response has been "You can’t talk about that" because, far from being an answer, that phrase oscillates between escapism, condescension, and ignorance, making any dialogue impossible.

But why people say, "You c…

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The emotional attachment to an illusion removes reality from being a priority

I remember that time when, still in my first grades of elementary school, I liked to watch a wrestling program once a week on a small black-and-white television set. But one day I stopped watching that show when, to the horror of my childhood mind, one of the fighters was injured and blood covered h…

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How do you solve a puzzle that changes every time you add a piece?

I think there is something worse and more complicated than trying to solve a puzzle without a complete image serving as a guide and it’s trying to solve a puzzle that changes every time you add a piece, so even if with all the pieces at hand there will never be a complete image to guide you.

Le…

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Our second genesis is imminent. Yet, we are not ready for it.

The "second genesis" of humanity is not only unavoidable, but imminent, and it includes the scientific confirmation of the existence of extraterrestrial life, thus modifying all aspects of our life on this planet, said a renowned Australian scientist.

According to Dr. Cathal D. O'Connell, researc…

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Reality is dead. And we have killed it.

May Nietzsche forgive us (that is, me) for disrespectfully paraphrasing him, but it’s time to proclaim that "Reality is dead. And we've killed it. " In other words, the illusion that we have created has become so real that we have forgotten that it is an illusion, and, for that reason, we have forgo…

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You can't teach a person who refuse to learn

You can’t help those who do not want to be helped and you can’t teach those who do not want to learn. Unfortunately for me, I learned those lessons late in life. In fact, I am just now learning them, so I mistakenly still believe that we should help the needy and educate those who need it. But, alth…

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The end of the world as we know it is near (not a joke or a prophecy)

Western Civilization, now technologized and globalized, already has an expiration date: it will disappear in the coming decades and it will be replaced by a meta artificial intelligence (Meta-IA) in control of the planet, while each human being will live enclosed within his/her own techno-bubble, ac…

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If I say, “I know it”, then I don’t know it

A situation I face too often (for my taste) when presenting a new topic or a new idea to a group of students (whether young or adult) is the reaction "I already know that", followed by the mention of some kind of "source", mostly a movie, where a topic remotely related to the new idea previously pre…

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You say I know a lot? No. Actually, I don’t know anything

“You know a lot,” one participant told me after a recent presentation about the challenges of social and cultural integration. Obviously, that person is wrong in his appreciation of my knowledge and, after expressing sincere gratitude for his words, I told him so.

“Thank you very much,” I sai…

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