Artificial Intelligence is constantly beating humans in more and more board games. Some years ago, the same team that created that Go-playing bot celebrated something more formidable: an artificial intelligence system that is capable of teaching itself—and winning at—three different games. The AI is one network, but works for multiple games; that generalizability makes it more impressive, as it might also be able to learn other similar games, too.
They call it AlphaZero, and it knows chess, shogi (Japanese chess), and Go. All of these games fall into the category of “full information” or “perfect information” contests – each player can see the entire board and has access to the same info (that is different from games like poker where you do not know what cards an opponent is holding). The network needs to be told the rules of the game first, and after that, it learns by playing games against itself.
The system “is not influenced by how humans traditionally play the game,” says Julian Schrittwieser, a software engineer at DeepMind, which created it.
Since AlphaZero is “more general” than the AI that won at Go, in the sense that it can play multiple games, “it hints that we have a good chance to extend this to even more real-world problems that we might want to tackle later,” Schrittwieser adds. (1)
Even computers can learn.
As long as you teach them. (the rules)
That is how you learnt as well.
Wandering in the dark abyss.
Walking in the dead of the night.
You knew the rules.
You just had to deduct the rest.
And you were so afraid.
Because the only rule was that there were no rules.
Because the only law was that you were the law.
Once upon a time, your father told you he loves you.
Atoms are composed of electrons moving around a central nucleus they are bound to. The electrons can also be torn away, overcoming the confining force of their nucleus, using the powerful electric field of a laser. Half a century ago, the theorist Walter Henneberger wondered if it was possible to free an electron from its atom with the laser field, but still make it stay around the nucleus. Many scientists considered this hypothesis to be impossible. However, it was recently successfully confirmed by physicists from the University of Geneva (UNIGE), Switzerland, and the Max Born Institute (MBI) in Berlin, Germany. For the first time, they managed to control the shape of the laser pulse to keep an electron both free and bound to its nucleus, and were at the same time able to regulate the electronic structure of this atom dressed by the laser. What’s more, they also made these unusual states amplify laser light. They also identified a no-go area. In this area nicknamed “Death Valley,” physicists lose all their power over the electron. These results shatter the usual concepts related to the ionisation of matter. The results have been published in the journal Nature Physics. (1)
Made free. Only to be controlled
Liberated. Only to be enslaved.
Be careful of the big promises of the Devil.
No, you are not a free man.
You are free because someone gave you
You are not entitled to anything.
Unless someone gives you the right to
The worm cannot claim the earth.
And at the very moment it thinks it
can, the car comes along and crushes it…
Stay enslaved. And you will be
liberated. In your nature. In your own self.
Today’s most popular religions have
one thing in common: gods or supernatural laws (such as karma) that dictate
moral behavior and punish transgressions. Act morally and these supernatural
forces will reward you; break the rules and you’ll be punished.
But moralizing gods seem to be quite
rare in human history. Researchers know from ethnographies that the gods of
hunter-gatherer societies, for example, don’t much concern themselves with
humans, much less their moral behavior. (Many of them focus on nature instead.)
A study tests a popular hypothesis about why moralizing gods eventually took
To test this idea, a team of
researchers used a new historical database called Seshat (named for the ancient
Egyptian goddess of wisdom). Seshat contains information about the sizes,
governments, militaries, religions, economies, and more of hundreds of
societies spanning the past 10,000 years, making it possible for researchers to
quantitatively compare them.
The scientists analyzed 414 societies
from 30 regions around the world, from the deep past until the Industrial
Revolution. Their results showed that large-scale societies did tend to have
moralizing gods, whereas small-scale societies didn’t, the team reports today
in Nature. But when the researchers zeroed in on the 12 regions for which they
could examine societies before and after the emergence of moralizing gods, they
found that moralizing gods consistently appeared after a society had already
grown large and complex. (1)
We love our freedom. But we need rules
And the only rules we can follow, are
the rules imposed by us from someone else.
That is why we need gods. Punishing
gods. To impose rules on our self.
But take a good look.
Whom are you truly listening to?
There is no one else out there.
Imposing rules on yourself.
No, you will never listen to anyone
You are the only one who can control
Free not to be free if you wish.
No, that doesn’t mean that there is no
But exactly the opposite.
You are part of Him.
Who else can relieve you from your
If not yourself?
Seeking societies we always were.
Seeking bondage in a seemingly free
Because this bondage is our freedom.
And within them, lie the boundaries of
Neo marxist ideology has for a long time conquered the West.
Even though we believe we won the Cold War, ideologically we lost.
The materialistic ideology of the atheistic USSR, based in part on the revolutionary liberal rhetoric of the age of revolutions which started with the French Revolution, has appealed to many people. More and more we hear every day about the “right” to kill (babies), about how we do not have free will but do whatever our genes tells us to do, about how the brain produces consciousness as it has been “proved” by science (it has not), about how religion is bad and against the human “right” to do whatever we please et cetera… The protest against some wrongdoings of the church (which are clearly surpassed by the benefits generated for society – see here or “religion” tagged articles in Harmonia Philosophica for more on that) has resulted in an ongoing hatred against anything christian.
The masses in the West have been absolutely mesmerized by this liberal communist materialistic ideology.
But why is that?
Well, the answer is simple and disappointing at the same time.
This all happens mainly and simply because people are stupid. Surprised? Well, perhaps you belong in these masses. Because the masses are never keen on knowing their history (and the history of science and humanism in Europe is Christian – see here). The masses were never able to apprehend philosophy, let alone understand the solution to philosophical problems so difficult that they eluded the wisdom of the greatest philosophers of all times for thousands of years. The masses are easily lured to believe things. Mix that with massive media propaganda in favor of a materialistic and more liberal point of view, you have an exploding mixture of ignorance and pure hatred threatening to swallow up everything our civilization is based upon like a landslide.
Stupid people tend not to question what other “wisest” people tell them. If science has “proved” that we are just matter, then so must be it. Science is the new religion and if science says so, who are we to doubt it? No one cares to examine any further the stupidity of such an announcement. No one cares to check that materialism is an obsolete (for centuries now) and unproved philosophical dogma. And nobody cares to actually see if other ways of modeling reality (e.g. the human brain is a receiver of consciousness) can fit to the observational data we have (which they can). [see here for more on this matter]
Stupid people prefer tangible benefits than the truth. So if one of the possible philosophical choices grants us more “freedom” why not take that choice? People like being free. People like liberty. Why being oppressed by God? Let us become gods instead! Why being oppressed by religion? Let us be “guided” by wise scientists. It does not matter that we do not understand (let alone question) what they tell us – all it matters is that science is not called “religion”. It doesn’t matter if religion said the same things that science tells us know. (check this article) Now we have “proof”. It doesn’t matter that the only thing science proved is that if cannot prove anything [Godel]. (check “dogmatism” and “science dogmatism” articles in Harmonia Philosophica) We believe in science. Who needs virtues, when we have good tasty stakes here and now? Who needs reaching the truth while we can have sex with anyone we want here and now? Who wants philosophy when we are able to make more money here and now? Who needs rules to follow? (ok, natural laws are something else and we have no problem following them since they are soulless, objective and do not come from religion…)
We want to call ourselves “free thinking”, but we follow the good old USSR propaganda every day. We killed God in order to take His place. And we did. But without first reaching theosis. All we want is freedom. To do whatever pleases us. But we forget that the world itself has rules. We forget that life has rules. We forget that consciousness and Being also have mystical eternal rules which cannot be broken without reverberations. Believing in total and unconditional freedom is just as illusionary as believing in a Communist paradise after seeing what it has done.
A return back to the Christian values which made Western civilization great is now more than needed. It is essential for survival. We need to find our compass quick enough before we are lost in the woods of existence for ever. In a world of order, the only safe way of thinking is to follow… order. The road of ethics is a difficult one, but this is how the correct road has always been: hard to follow. We must understand that although it seems that our parents try to oppress us, they actually try their best to care for us because they love us. Our juvenile revolt against our Father has lasted all too long. We played enough. Now in the face of total extinction we must face reality and come back home. And like the prodigal son, our Father will still love us. The same as the son who stayed home…
We want to be just matter, so we are free to do as we please!
We want to be lifeless beings, so it makes no difference if we sin or not.
We want to be pre-programmed robots.
So that we do not care what we say or do…
We wish we are all born equal (rocks) and we want sex!
Because we are “free” !!!
(raising hands again)
Wait a minute. Why is that rock staring at us? Is it smiling? Nuuuh…
“I cannot tell you that Hitler took Austria by tanks and guns; it would distort history.
If you remember the plot of the Sound of Music, the Von Trapp family escaped over the Alps rather than submit to the Nazis. Kitty wasn’t so lucky. Her family chose to stay in her native Austria. She was 10 years old, but bright and aware. And she was watching.
“We elected him by a landslide – 98 percent of the vote”, she recalls.
She wasn’t old enough to vote in 1938 – approaching her 11th birthday. But she remembers.
“Everyone thinks that Hitler just rolled in with his tanks and took Austria by force”.
Hitler is welcomed to Austria
“In 1938, Austria was in deep Depression. Nearly one-third of our workforce was unemployed. We had 25 percent inflation and 25 percent bank loan interest rates.
Farmers and business people were declaring bankruptcy daily. Young people were going from house to house begging for food. Not that they didn’t want to work; there simply weren’t any jobs.
“My mother was a Christian woman and believed in helping people in need. Every day we cooked a big kettle of soup and baked bread to feed those poor, hungry people – about 30 daily.’
“We looked to our neighbor on the north, Germany, where Hitler had been in power since 1933”, she recalls. “We had been told that they didn’t have unemployment or crime, and they had a high standard of living.
“Nothing was ever said about persecution of any group – Jewish or otherwise. We were led to believe that everyone in Germany was happy. We wanted the same way of life in Austria. We were promised that a vote for Hitler would mean the end of unemployment and help for the family. Hitler also said that businesses would be assisted, and farmers would get their farms back.
“Ninety-eight percent of the population voted to annex Austria to Germany and have Hitler for our ruler.
“We were overjoyed”, remembers Kitty, “and for three days we danced in the streets and had candlelight parades. The new government opened up big field kitchens and
everyone was fed.
“After the election, German officials were appointed, and, like a miracle, we suddenly had law and order. Three or four weeks later, everyone was employed. The government made sure that a lot of work was created through the Public Work Service.
“Hitler decided we should have equal rights for women. Before this, it was a custom that married Austrian women did not work outside the home. An able-bodied husband would be looked down on if he couldn’t support his family. Many women in the teaching profession were elated that they could retain the jobs they previously had been re- quired to give up for marriage.
“Then we lost religious education for kids
“Our education was nationalized. I attended a very good public school.. The population was predominantly Catholic, so we had religion in our schools. The day we elected Hitler (March 13, 1938), I walked into my schoolroom to find the crucifix replaced by Hitler’s picture hanging next to a Nazi flag. Our teacher, a very devout woman, stood up and told the class we wouldn’t pray or have religion anymore. Instead, we sang ‘Deutschland, Deutschland, Uber Alles’, and had physical education.
“Sunday became National Youth Day with compulsory attendance. Parents were not pleased about the sudden change in curriculum. They were told that if they did not send us, they would receive a stiff letter of warning the first time. The second time they would be fined the equivalent of $300, and the third time they would be subject to jail”.
And then things got worse.
“The first two hours consisted of political indoctrination. The rest of the day we had sports. As time went along, we loved it. Oh, we had so much fun and got our sports equipment free.
“We would go home and gleefully tell our parents about the wonderful time we had.
“My mother was very unhappy”, remembers Kitty. “When the next term started, she took me out of public school and put me in a convent. I told her she couldn’t do that and she told me that someday when I grew up, I would be grateful. There was a very good curriculum, but hardly any fun – no sports, and no political indoctrination.
“I hated it at first but felt I could tolerate it. Every once in a while, on holidays, I went home. I would go back to my old friends and ask what was going on and what they were doing.
“Their loose lifestyle was very alarming to me. They lived without religion. By that time, unwed mothers were glorified for having a baby for Hitler.
“It seemed strange to me that our society changed so suddenly. As time went along, I realized what a great deed my mother did so that I wasn’t exposed to that kind of humanistic philosophy.
“In 1939, the war started, and a food bank was established. All food was rationed and could only be purchased using food stamps. At the same time, a full-employment law was passed which meant if you didn’t work, you didn’t get a ration card, and, if you didn’t have a card, you starved to death.
“Women who stayed home to raise their families didn’t have any marketable skills and often had to take jobs more suited for men.
“Soon after this, the draft was implemented.
“It was compulsory for young people, male and female, to give one year to the labor corps”, remembers Kitty. “During the day, the girls worked on the farms, and at night they returned to their barracks for military training just like the boys.
“They were trained to be anti-aircraft gunners and participated in the signal corps. After the labor corps, they were not discharged but were used in the front lines.
“When I go back to Austria to visit my family and friends, most of these women are emotional cripples because they just were not equipped to handle the horrors of combat.
“Three months before I turned 18, I was severely injured in an air raid attack. I nearly had a leg amputated, so I was spared having to go into the labor corps and into military service.
“When the mothers had to go out into the work force, the government immediately established child care centers.
“You could take your children ages four weeks old to school age and leave them there around-the-clock, seven days a week, under the total care of the government.
“The state raised a whole generation of children. There were no motherly women to take care of the children, just people highly trained in child psychology. By this time, no one talked about equal rights. We knew we had been had.
“Before Hitler, we had very good medical care. Many American doctors trained at the University of Vienna..
“After Hitler, health care was socialized, free for everyone. Doctors were salaried by the government. The problem was, since it was free, the people were going to the doctors for everything.
“When the good doctor arrived at his office at 8 a.m., 40 people were already waiting and, at the same time, the hospitals were full.
“If you needed elective surgery, you had to wait a year or two for your turn. There was no money for research as it was poured into socialized medicine. Research at the medical schools literally stopped, so the best doctors left Austria and emigrated to other countries.
“As for healthcare, our tax rates went up to 80 percent of our income. Newlyweds immediately received a $1,000 loan from the government to establish a household. We had big programs for families.
“All day care and education were free. High schools were taken over by the government and college tuition was subsidized. Everyone was entitled to free handouts, such as food stamps, clothing, and housing.
“We had another agency designed to monitor business. My brother-in-law owned a restaurant that had square tables.
“Government officials told him he had to replace them with round tables because people might bump themselves on the corners. Then they said he had to have additional bathroom facilities. It was just a small dairy business with a snack bar. He couldn’t meet all the demands.
“Soon, he went out of business. If the government owned the large businesses and not many small ones existed, it could be in control.
“We had consumer protection, too
“We were told how to shop and what to buy. Free enterprise was essentially abolished. We had a planning agency specially designed for farmers. The agents would go to the farms, count the livestock, and then tell the farmers what to produce, and how to produce it.
“In 1944, I was a student teacher in a small village in the Alps. The villagers were surrounded by mountain passes which, in the winter, were closed off with snow, causing people to be isolated.
“So people intermarried and offspring were sometimes retarded. When I arrived, I was told there were 15 mentally retarded adults, but they were all useful and did good manual work.
“I knew one, named Vincent, very well. He was a janitor of the school. One day I looked out the window and saw Vincent and others getting into a van.
“I asked my superior where they were going. She said to an institution where the State Health Department would teach them a trade, and to read and write. The families were required to sign papers with a little clause that they could not visit for 6 months.
“They were told visits would interfere with the program and might cause homesickness.
“As time passed, letters started to dribble back saying these people died a natural, merciful death. The villagers were not fooled. We suspected what was happening. Those people left in excellent physical health and all died within 6 months. We called this euthanasia.
“Next came gun registration. People were getting injured by guns. Hitler said that the real way to catch criminals (we still had a few) was by matching serial numbers on guns. Most citizens were law-abiding and dutifully marched to the police station to register their firearms. Not long afterwards, the police said that it was best for everyone to turn in their guns. The authorities already knew who had them, so it was futile not to comply voluntarily.
[Reality check/ Clarification: Hitler’s gun laws were actually less strict than the previous gun laws in Germany at the time – see here and here. So the argument is not an argument against gun control because Hitler was a supporter of gun control. The argument is that more control of any kind is more of a weapon in the hands of a totalitarian government than a shield against government’s abuses]
“No more freedom of speech. Anyone who said something against the government was taken away. We knew many people who were arrested, not only Jews, but also priests and ministers who spoke up.
“Totalitarianism didn’t come quickly, it took 5 years from 1938 until 1943, to realize full dictatorship in Austria. Had it happened overnight, my countrymen would have fought to the last breath. Instead, we had creeping gradualism. Now, our only weapons were broom handles. The whole idea sounds almost unbelievable that the state, little by little eroded our freedom.”
“This is my eyewitness account.
“It’s true. Those of us who sailed past the Statue of Liberty came to a country of unbelievable freedom and opportunity.
“America is truly is the greatest country in the world. “Don’t let freedom slip away.
Sure we need the state if you ask me. But the minimum possible. We must always be careful: Too much state means less freedom. Take care of the poor, take care of the sick, help your fellow humans. Not the government. YOU. (and that is where true Christian religion proves useful) Let the state handle the organization of things and not the actual everyday life of you or your fellow humans. Every time you give up some of your freedom for more “state organization” you actually give up some of your rights to people with enough power to hold those rights and never give them back to you…