Boosting creativity.

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What is creativity, and can it be enhanced – safely – in a person who needs a boost of imagination? Georgetown experts debate the growing use of electrical devices that stimulate brain tissue and conclude there is potential value in the technique. However, use of these machines also raises neuro-ethical, legal, and social issues that must now be addressed. (1)

Boosting creativity.

Because we feel we need to be creative.

Because we are creative.

And we can understand when we are not…

Sounds weird. But don’t all true things do?

Thrown into the cosmos.

Not being able to understand a thing.

Thus, being able to feel everything…

This is who we are.

Artists. Not thinkers.

Let your brain go. You don’t need any boost.

Because anyone who is able to give a boost, already has one…

Application before the theory… Living without knowing…

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A new discovery explains what happens during the phase transition in Dirac materials, paving the way for engineering advanced electronics that perform significantly faster. (1)

The dogma that theory should precede practical applications is a very persistent one. We are all affected by it. But remember: the biggest practical applications of modern days science are related to fields of science not understood at all. Your greatest moments in life were merely understood when they happened. Life itself is not understood. Are you ready to give it up until you explain it?

Not knowing seems not only a state of mind reflecting our current state of understanding the cosmos, but a prerequisite of living itself.

If we understood everything, if we knew it all, then we would seize from being part of the cosmos. And the cosmos would have just become a dying part of us.

Look at that cup of coffee.

It is not an αντι-κείμενο*.

It is part of you.

Think about it.

Or rather not…

* Greek for ‘object’. Literally meaning ‘that which lies (κείται) opposite (αντί-) to you’. To be compared to ‘υποκείμενο’ (you, me, a human).

“Our theoretical understanding”…

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“Improvements of our theoretical understanding of the material world…”

This is the beginning of a phD thesis in a big university in the US. (Princeton, ProQuest number 22587372)

Funny.

We started from a real knowledge of the cosmos. By living in it.

Then we moved on to understanding it. While standing aside.

We seek knowledge.

And what is a pity is that at the end…

We will understand everything…

Leibniz. Perception. Death. Existence.

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A paper bringing into light Leibniz’s general ideas concerning aesthetics, and then, due to the epistemological-psychological significance of sense perception in Leibniz’s philosophy, inquiring into it in detail and attempting to clarify the place of sense knowledge in human knowledge according to Leibniz. A paper venturing to divide Leibniz’s approach to sense qualities into objective and subjective aspects and investigating each separately. (1)

Perception. A very important problem indeed.

Hidden in the foundations of philosophy.

How does our perception differ from others?

How much “correct” our perception actually is?

How does our perception connect to reality?

A lot of people have argued and analyzed what Leibniz said and what he did not say regarding perception. (see for example Zhaolu Lu, “Leibniz’ theory of perception reconsidered” or Stephen Montague Puryear, PhD, “Perception and representation in Leibniz”, University of Pittsburgh, 2006) All these attempts to clarify the mystery of perception through the eyes of the great philosopher are common in making the same one important mistake: that we do not share the same eyes with Leibniz.

One could agree that…

“perception that is, the representation of the composite, or what is external, in the simple” (Ariew & Garber 1989: 207)

Or that…

“perception, which is the internal state of the monad representing external things” (Ariew & Garber 1989: 208).

The world is a magic place. Seeing it makes one believe we are into that world, wandering around like rats is an elaborate maze.

What if perception for you is not something simple? What if your own way of thinking is complex? Would that make your own perception of things not… true? What if we are all parts of the same“Monad” but have different ways of perceiving the ‘external’ things? What if there are no external things at all? What if everything is a representation of our perception? What if we create the things we believe we perceive?

And yet, one does not need to be in a maze to get confused.

Sitting in a chair in the safety of your living room. Being confused and mesmerized by things you think of. Getting confused. Analyzing the problems of your perception when there is no problem at all except one fundamental one: That you can perceive even without perceiving anything. With closed eyes. With no ears. With no sense of smell or taste.Without touching anything.

The greatest mystery is not how you perceive.

But the fact that you can perceive at all…

A shadow floating into existence.

Inside a dark void universe.

Experiencing Dasein. Dying.

Past the vast openness of nothing.

Beyond the realms of dreams.

Perceiving everything.

Only because there is nothing to perceive…

The transition to life. mRNA translation. The futility of life questions.

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The transition from an egg to a developing embryo is one of life’s most remarkable transformations. Yet little is known about it. Now Whitehead Institute researchers have deciphered how one aspect – control of the all-important translation of messenger RNAs (mRNAs) into proteins – switches as the egg becomes an embryo. That shift is controlled by a beautiful mechanism, which is triggered at a precise moment in development and automatically shuts itself off after a narrow window of 20 to 90 minutes.

As an egg develops, it stockpiles mRNAs from the mother because it will not have time to create new mRNAs during the rapid development of a very early embryo. When fertilized the egg becomes an embryo, the stashed maternal mRNAs are pressed into service for a brief window before the embryo starts transcribing its own mRNAs. This change occurs very early; in humans, only two to four cell divisions occur before this transition is executed. Whitehead Member Terry Orr-Weaver studies the control of translation of maternal mRNAs in the model organism Drosophila, or the fruit fly, because its developmental strategy offers experimental advantages.

In the research, Orr-Weaver and her lab determined that key to the transition are the three molecules that form the enzyme PNG kinase: PNG, PLU, and GNU. Orr-Weaver describes PNG and PLU as “tight buddies” that are always locked together, including in the mature egg. At that point in development, GNU has phosphate molecules tacked to it, which impede its binding to PNG-PLU.

When an egg is activated, levels of another enzyme that adds phosphates to GNU in the egg precipitously drop, allowing GNU to lose its phosphates and bind to PNG-PLU. Once together, the trio comprises the PNG kinase that triggers the translational control of the maternal mRNAs. Because PNG kinase also triggers the breakdown of GNU, the kinase self-destructs, which quickly and irreversibly squelches the translation of maternal mRNAs. This elegant feedback loop and the switch it controls are described in an article in eLife. (1)

An elegant mechanism of life. Does it really matter if this is something random or something deliberately designed? Does our need to name and categorize things (as random, non-random etc) make it necessary that any categories at all exist in the cosmos?

Imagine that you observe the above-mentioned mechanism. And you just sit in awe in front of the grandeur of nature and what we call life, paying attention to every little detail of how this life came to be.

Does it matter if there is a God?

Does it matter if there is death?

Does it matter what life is?

All great questions in philosophy have been generated by people who were too much preoccupied with thinking that they sat in front of the miracles of the cosmos. People who did not want to just sit in awe but who wanted to make things “comprehensible”. But life is not something to understand. Life is something to experience. And you can never truly experience something is you are so distanced from it in order to understand it.

Phosphates to GNU dropping…

mRNA translation started…

A being is created…

Let it breath.

Let it cry.