Selasa, 13 September 2011

Asus Transformer EEEPad

Salah satu kelebihan dari Asus Transformer ini, yaitu memiliki keyobard dock (dijual terpisah) yang sangat ok. Memang beberapa tablet ada juga keyboard2 bluetooth, tapi keyboard docking Asus ini benar2 didesain dengan baik.

Jadi kalau dipasang dockingnya, benar2 akan jadi seperti netbook ! Di keyboard dockingnya ada USB Slot dan battery tambahan utk power ASUS Transformernya. Kalau pakai docking tambahan, batterynya bisa bertahan selama 16 jam !!! Cocok sekali utk professional muda yang banyak berpergian.

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Sepintas lalu, penampilan Asus Transformer ini cukup exclusive. Salah satu tablet dengan penampilan terbaik yang pernah saya lihat. Apalagi di zaman semua orang pakai ipad, Asus Transformer EEEPad ini sangat eye catching dan berbeda sendiri (:

Interface juga sangat meyakinkan (mungkin karena OS sdh HoneyComb). Saya cukup terkagum-kagum melihat interfacenya. Apalagi, sy sehari-hari lihat ipad terus yang penampilannya penuh dengan icon2 saja, he..he.

Di Asus Transformer, penampilan Home Screen bisa kita customize dengan sangat menarik. Apalagi karena layarnya yang lega (10"), widget2 bisa disusun dengan manis. (Tiba2 saya merasa Home Screen Ipad saya, rada boring, ha..ha).

Response snappy, ada mini hdmi dan memory slot (nyaman sekali utk nambah memory). Kamera belakang 5MP (bandingin dgn ipad 2 yg cuma 0.7 MP, he..he)

Apalagi menurut review, batterynya bisa tahan 9.5 jam plus kalo tambah keyboard docknya jadi 16 jam !

Buat yang senang dengan tablet Android, saya rasa, ini tablet yang sangat menarik utk dimiliki.

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Senin, 12 September 2011

Tech Update: The Inkling Pen, By Wacom

At 99designs we’re big fans of sketching, it’s a great way to develop unique designs. But there’s always that little problem of trying to translate those sketches to your computer just the way you drew them. We discovered a new, ingenious device that has just been announced by Wacom, which will allow you to take your sketches from paper directly to your computer screen.
The inkling is a “digital pen” that translates your drawing into a computer graphics file. It works on any type of paper, utilizing a scanning technology (called a receiver) to record your work as you go along, then transmitting the images via USB to your computer. There, your work is transformed into a graphic that you can import into Adobe® Photoshop®, Illustrator® (CS3+), Autodesk® Sketchbook® Pro (2011+) or Autodesk® Sketchbook® Designer.
And the coolness doesn’t end there! The pen has 1024 levels of pressure, so it won’t miss much – you can sketch with all of the detail that you would with any other pen. And it works in stages: click a button on the receiver to record the drawing at any stage, and it will turn your work into digital layers.
The device will be available mid-September for $199, check out for more detail.

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The September 11 attacks

The September 11 attacks (also referred to as September 11, September 11th or 9/11) were a series of four coordinated suicide attacks upon the United States in New York City and the Washington, D.C. area on September 11, 2001. On that Tuesday morning, 19 terrorists from al-Qaeda hijacked four passenger jets. The hijackers intentionally crashed two planes, American Airlines Flight 11 and United Airlines Flight 175, into the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in New York City; both towers collapsed within two hours. Hijackers crashed American Airlines Flight 77 into the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia. The fourth jet, United Airlines Flight 93, crashed into a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania, after passengers attempted to take control before it could reach the hijacker's intended target in Washington, D.C. Nearly 3,000 died in the attacks.
Suspicion quickly fell on al-Qaeda, and in 2004, the group's leader Osama bin Laden, who had initially denied involvement, claimed responsibility for the attacks. Al-Qaeda and bin Laden cited U.S. support of Israel, the presence of U.S. troops in Saudi Arabia, and sanctions against Iraq as motives for the attacks. The United States responded to the attacks by launching the War on Terror, invading Afghanistan to depose the Taliban, which had harbored al-Qaeda members. Many countries strengthened their anti-terrorism legislation and expanded law enforcement powers. In May 2011, after years at large, bin Laden was found and killed.
The destruction caused serious damage to the economy of Lower Manhattan and had a significant impact on global markets. Cleanup of the World Trade Center site was completed in May 2002, and the Pentagon was repaired within a year. Numerous memorials were constructed, including the National September 11 Memorial & Museum in New York, the Pentagon Memorial, and the Flight 93 National Memorial. Adjacent to the National Memorial, the 1,776 feet (541 m) One World Trade Center is estimated for completion in 2013.

The Cycle of Science

Interview granted to Adam Anderson

1. Do you believe that superstitions have affected American culture? And if so, how?

A. In its treatment of nature, Western culture is based on realism and rationalism and purports to be devoid of superstitions. Granted, many Westerners - perhaps the majority - are still into esoteric practices, such as Astrology. But the official culture and its bearers - scientists, for instance - disavow such throwbacks to a darker past.

Today, superstitions are less concerned with the physical Universe and more with human affairs. Political falsities - such as anti-Semitism - supplanted magic and alchemy. Fantastic beliefs permeate the fields of economics, sociology, and psychology, for instance. The effects of progressive taxation, the usefulness of social welfare, the role of the media, the objectivity of science, the mechanism of democracy, and the function of psychotherapy - are six examples of such groundless fables.

Indeed, one oft-neglected aspect of superstitions is their pernicious economic cost. Irrational action carries a price tag. It is impossible to optimize one's economic activity by making the right decisions and then acting on them in a society or culture permeated by the occult. Esotericism skews the proper allocation of scarce resources.

2. Are there any superstitions that exist today that you believe could become facts tomorrow, or that you believe have more fact than fiction hidden in them?

A. Superstitions stem from one of these four premises:

That there is nothing that can be thought of that is impossible (in all possible Universes);
That there is nothing impossible (in all possible Universes) that can be thought of;
That everything that can be thought of – is, therefore, possible (somewhere in these Universes);
That everything that is possible exists (somewhere in these Universes).
As long as our knowledge is imperfect (asymptotic to the truth), everything is possible. As Arthur Clark, the British scientist and renowned author of science fiction, said: "Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic".

Still, regardless of how "magical" it becomes, positive science is increasingly challenged by the esoteric. The emergence of pseudo-science is the sad outcome of the blurring of contemporary distinctions between physics and metaphysics. Modern science borders on speculation and attempts, to its disadvantage, to tackle questions that once were the exclusive preserve of religion or philosophy. The scientific method is ill-built to cope with such quests and is inferior to the tools developed over centuries by philosophers, theologians, and mystics.

Moreover, scientists often confuse language of representation with meaning and knowledge represented. That a discipline of knowledge uses quantitative methods and the symbol system of mathematics does not make it a science. The phrase "social sciences" is an oxymoron - and it misleads the layman into thinking that science is not that different to literature, religion, astrology, numerology, or other esoteric "systems".

The emergence of "relative", New Age, and politically correct philosophies rendered science merely one option among many. Knowledge, people believe, can be gleaned either directly (mysticism and spirituality) or indirectly (scientific practice). Both paths are equivalent and equipotent. Who is to say that science is superior to other "bodies of wisdom"? Self-interested scientific chauvinism is out - indiscriminate "pluralism" is in.

3. I have found one definition of the word "superstition" that states that it is "a belief or practice resulting from ignorance, fear of the unknown, trust in magic or chance, or a false conception of causation." What is your opinion about said definition?

A. It describes what motivates people to adopt superstitions - ignorance and fear of the unknown. Superstitions are, indeed, a "false conception of causation" which inevitably leads to "trust in magic". the only part I disagree with is the trust in chance. Superstitions are organizing principles. They serve as alternatives to other worldviews, such as religion or science. Superstitions seek to replace chance with an "explanation" replete with the power to predict future events and establish chains of causes and effects.

4. Many people believe that superstitions were created to simply teach a lesson, like the old superstition that "the girl that takes the last cookie will be an old maid" was made to teach little girls manners. Do you think that all superstitions derive from some lesson trying to be taught that today's society has simply forgotten or cannot connect to anymore?

A. Jose Ortega y Gasset said (in an unrelated exchange) that all ideas stem from pre-rational beliefs. William James concurred by saying that accepting a truth often requires an act of will which goes beyond facts and into the realm of feelings. Superstitions permeate our world. Some superstitions are intended to convey useful lessons, others form a part of the process of socialization, yet others are abused by various elites to control the masses. But most of them are there to comfort us by proffering "instant" causal explanations and by rendering our Universe more meaningful.

5. Do you believe that superstitions change with the changes in culture?

A. The content of superstitions and the metaphors we use change from culture to culture - but not the underlying shock and awe that yielded them in the first place. Man feels dwarfed in a Cosmos beyond his comprehension. He seeks meaning, direction, safety, and guidance. Superstitions purport to provide all these the easy way. To be superstitious one does not to study or to toil. Superstitions are readily accessible and unequivocal. In troubled times, they are an irresistible proposition. 

Minggu, 11 September 2011

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The Science of Superstitions

The debate between realism and anti-realism is, at least, a century old. Does Science describe the real world - or are its theories true only within a certain conceptual framework? Is science only instrumental or empirically adequate or is there more to it than that?

The current - mythological - image of scientific enquiry is as follows:

Without resorting to reality, one can, given infinite time and resources, produce all conceivable theories. One of these theories is bound to be the "truth". To decide among them, scientists conduct experiments and compare their results to predictions yielded by the theories. A theory is falsified when one or more of its predictions fails. No amount of positive results - i.e., outcomes that confirm the theory's predictions - can "prove right" a theory. Theories can only be proven false by that great arbiter, reality.

Jose Ortega y Gasset said (in an unrelated exchange) that all ideas stem from pre-rational beliefs. William James concurred by saying that accepting a truth often requires an act of will which goes beyond facts and into the realm of feelings. Maybe so, but there is little doubt today that beliefs are somehow involved in the formation of many scientific ideas, if not of the very endeavor of Science. After all, Science is a human activity and humans always believe that things exist (=are true) or could be true.

A distinction is traditionally made between believing in something's existence, truth, value of appropriateness (this is the way that it ought to be) - and believing that something. The latter is a propositional attitude: we think that something, we wish that something, we feel that something and we believe that something. Believing in A and believing that A - are different.

It is reasonable to assume that belief is a limited affair. Few of us would tend to believe in contradictions and falsehoods. Catholic theologians talk about explicit belief (in something which is known to the believer to be true) versus implicit one (in the known consequences of something whose truth cannot be known). Truly, we believe in the probability of something (we, thus, express an opinion) - or in its certain existence (truth).

All humans believe in the existence of connections or relationships between things. This is not something which can be proven or proven false (to use Popper's test). That things consistently follow each other does not prove they are related in any objective, "real", manner - except in our minds. This belief in some order (if we define order as permanent relations between separate physical or abstract entities) permeates both Science and Superstition. They both believe that there must be - and is - a connection between things out there.

Science limits itself and believes that only certain entities inter-relate within well defined conceptual frames (called theories). Not everything has the potential to connect to everything else. Entities are discriminated, differentiated, classified and assimilated in worldviews in accordance with the types of connections that they forge with each other.

Moreover, Science believes that it has a set of very effective tools to diagnose, distinguish, observe and describe these relationships. It proves its point by issuing highly accurate predictions based on the relationships discerned through the use of said tools. Science (mostly) claims that these connections are "true" in the sense that they are certain - not probable.

The cycle of formulation, prediction and falsification (or proof) is the core of the human scientific activity. Alleged connections that cannot be captured in these nets of reasoning are cast out either as "hypothetical" or as "false". In other words: Science defines "relations between entities" as "relations between entities which have been established and tested using the scientific apparatus and arsenal of tools". This, admittedly, is a very cyclical argument, as close to tautology as it gets.

Superstition is a much simpler matter: everything is connected to everything in ways unbeknown to us. We can only witness the results of these subterranean currents and deduce the existence of such currents from the observable flotsam. The planets influence our lives, dry coffee sediments contain information about the future, black cats portend disasters, certain dates are propitious, certain numbers are to be avoided. The world is unsafe because it can never be fathomed. But the fact that we - limited as we are - cannot learn about a hidden connection - should not imply that it does not exist.

Science believes in two categories of relationships between entities (physical and abstract alike). The one is the category of direct links - the other that of links through a third entity. In the first case, A and B are seen to be directly related. In the second case, there is no apparent link between A and B, but a third entity, C could well provide such a connection (for instance, if A and B are parts of C or are separately, but concurrently somehow influenced by it).

Each of these two categories is divided to three subcategories: causal relationships, functional relationships and correlative relationship.

A and B will be said to be causally related if A precedes B, B never occurs if A does not precede it and always occurs after A occurs. To the discerning eye, this would seem to be a relationship of correlation ("whenever A happens B happens") and this is true. Causation is subsumed by a the 1.0 correlation relationship category. In other words: it is a private case of the more general case of correlation.

A and B are functionally related if B can be predicted by assuming A but we have no way of establishing the truth value of A. The latter is a postulate or axiom. The time dependent Schrödinger Equation is a postulate (cannot be derived, it is only reasonable). Still, it is the dynamic laws underlying wave mechanics, an integral part of quantum mechanics, the most accurate scientific theory that we have. An unproved, non-derivable equation is related functionally to a host of exceedingly precise statements about the real world (observed experimental results).

A and B are correlated if A explains a considerable part of the existence or the nature of B. It is then clear that A and B are related. Evolution has equipped us with highly developed correlation mechanisms because they are efficient in insuring survival. To see a tiger and to associate the awesome sight with a sound is very useful.

Still, we cannot state with any modicum of certainty that we possess all the conceivable tools for the detection, description, analysis and utilization of relations between entities. Put differently: we cannot say that there are no connections that escape the tight nets that we cast in order to capture them. We cannot, for instance, say with any degree of certainty that there are no hyper-structures which would provide new, surprising insights into the interconnectedness of objects in the real world or in our mind. We cannot even say that the epistemological structures with which we were endowed are final or satisfactory. We do not know enough about knowing.

Consider the cases of Non-Aristotelian logic formalisms, Non-Euclidean geometries, Newtonian Mechanics and non classical physical theories (the relativity theories and, more so, quantum mechanics and its various interpretations). All of them revealed to us connections which we could not have imagined prior to their appearance. All of them created new tools for the capture of interconnectivity and inter-relatedness. All of them suggested one kind or the other of mental hyper-structures in which new links between entities (hitherto considered disparate) could be established.

So far, so good for superstitions. Today's superstition could well become tomorrow's Science given the right theoretical developments. The source of the clash lies elsewhere, in the insistence of superstitions upon a causal relation.

The general structure of a superstition is: A is caused by B. The causation propagates through unknown (one or more) mechanisms. These mechanisms are unidentified (empirically) or unidentifiable (in principle). For instance, al the mechanisms of causal propagation which are somehow connected to divine powers can never, in principle, be understood (because the true nature of divinity is sealed to human understanding).

Thus, superstitions incorporate mechanisms of action which are, either, unknown to Science – or are impossible to know, as far as Science goes. All the "action-at-a-distance" mechanisms are of the latter type (unknowable). Parapsychological mechanisms are more of the first kind (unknown).

The philosophical argument behind superstitions is pretty straightforward and appealing. Perhaps this is the source of their appeal. It goes as follows:

There is nothing that can be thought of that is impossible (in all the Universes);
There is nothing impossible (in all the Universes) that can be thought of;
Everything that can be thought about – is, therefore, possible (somewhere in the Universes);
Everything that is possible exists (somewhere in the Universes).
If something can be thought of (=is possible) and is not known (=proven or observed) yet - it is most probably due to the shortcomings of Science and not because it does not exist.

Some of these propositions can be easily attacked. For instance: we can think about contradictions and falsehoods but (apart from a form of mental representation) no one will claim that they exist in reality or that they are possible. These statements, though, apply very well to entities, the existence of which has yet to be disproved (=not known as false, or whose truth value is uncertain) and to improbable (though possible) things. It is in these formal logical niches that superstition thrives.

Sabtu, 10 September 2011

Words To measure By?

Watching the news person, it occurred to me men and women who have "words to measure by" often begin to attack and in some cases kill others. I thought returning to my own angry junior, when I could quickly use words to justify violent thoughts that might have become violent activities. Words are tools, and yet it seems that they could be more dangerous than gunpowder.

Imagine two men facing oneself, pointing past one one more. One is pointing at the tornado that is on its way, and the other at the raging fire headed near them. Each sees their unique truth and is angry for the sight of the other peoples hand. Each feels which the other's hand is "wrong. " This tends to seem silly, but swap the tornado and fireplace with any modern concerns, and the hands together with words, and this scene explains how we often try and communicate.

We point past oneself with our words, arguing as though we will be looking at the same facts plus experiences. We want to prove our words is also the right ones, instead of learning to consider what the other's phrases are pointing at. Phrases are seductive, and for everyone their undeniable usefulness, additionally can lead us off from understanding when we give attention to them, when we make them more important as opposed to truth they should point at.

There Are No Words To measure By

This isn't almost communication with others. We give attention to, and get trapped in a very net of words that individuals use to explain the planet to ourselves. We call things "right" or "wrong" one example is, according to how these people compare to our "definitions. " Contrary to mathematics, though, word formulas and definitions can't ever be so precise. They can not encompass the whole truth of the matter of reality. For instance, with the least attempt, you can create some sort of circumstance where "stealing" is right, and "helping" an individual wrong.

This isn't a great argument against using words or logic. It is that both only go a long way. Like a car that takes you around the world or world, they will be useful, but like an auto, they are only handy in certain ways, and you will need to get out of them whenever you arrive at your different destinations. Taking a car towards the lake isn't a trouble, but taking it into your lake is. This is therapies do when our phrases and logic take people to dangerous situations.

Can having words to measure by be dangerous, while? Absolutely. I once heard a great otherwise compassionate person point out he was against pet cruelty laws because he couldn't choose a logical and defensible number of words to defend these folks. If he saw the latest machine, would he refuse anyone with believe it existed until finally he could explain them and describe it? Fact, and the reality regarding right and wrong exist past words - they may not be the words themselves.

I watched a person say on the evening news that individuals have the right that will drop a nuclear bomb in Iraq, and that we ought to. As he explained exactly why, you could see this whatever compassionate impulses he / she had, they were over-ruled by way of his total allegiance that will his words, logic, and where these will take him. It never occurred that will him that maybe there is certainly truth outside of their words and logic.

It's great to possess guidelines, like "don't are located, " or "we possess the right to defend us. " It is best of all to remember that most of these rules will someday are unsuccessful us, and we need to make new ones. Phrases are just tools. There are actually words to die by way of, but there are no words to measure by.

Jumat, 09 September 2011

The Emerald Buddha

The Emerald Buddha is really a figurine of a relaxing Budha, that is the could be the palladium of the Kingdom with Thailand. The Buddha consists of green jade, suprisingly definitely not of emerald, clothed inside gold is approximately FORTY FIVE cm tall. The Buddha is kept inside Chapel of the Emerald green Buddha, which is positioned on the grounds of this Grand Palace in Bangkok.

Legend tells that that this Emerald Buddha was designed in Pataliputra, India, which can be now the city with Patna in 43 BCE by simply Nagasena. Other great historians beleive so it belongs to the Chiang Saen Type of the 15th century. This legend says that, the item remained in Pataliputra intended for 300 hundred years, until it had been taken to Sri Lanka saving it from a city war. It was subsequently in 457, that King Anuruth of Burma sent orders to Ceylon to inquire about the Emerald Budha as well as Buddhist scriptures. These actions was held by the king, in an attempt to support Buddhism in his or her country. This request ended up being granted, however the ship this was brining the Buddha in order to Burma, became lost within a storm and ended way up in Cambodia. The Buddha made it can be way through several hands subsequently: Ayutthaya, Kamphaeng Phet, Lao lastly Chiang Rai. It was finally in Chiang Rai that this ruler of the location hid it.

It wasn't until 1434 that will sources indicate the resurfacing from the statue in Northern Thailand. There's one story about this discovery: "lightning struck a pagoda within a temple in Chiang Rai, and something became visible underneath the stucco. The Emerald Buddha was dug out as well as the people thought the figurine was produced from emerald, hence its existing name. "

Although, the Buddha is probably a simple jade sculpture, it is dressed with garments that are constructed with fine gold. The Buddha's clothing are changed from the King of Thailand, in order to celebrate the chaning with seasons. This occurs 3 times a year: 1st Waning with Lunar Month 4, 7 and 12.

Kamis, 08 September 2011

Philosophy as Science

Philosophy is considered a science nevertheless it is difficult to express, when one has to look when compared with an ordinary science, such as biology, or chemistry. This is a question that results in it becoming a burning problem one of the scientists and linguists everywhere. Can philosophy be the science? What does idea operate with? It works with categories, which is usually as wide and as interchangeable jointly can only imagine. Everyday science operates with meanings, which are quite limited into their field of research. Ordinary science uses terms and laws of these very science to proceed the research, uniting using the others in very uncommon cases. Philosophy gets to the sense of every science looking to achieve results.

We may also not call philosophy the supra-science, for it also functions hypothesis and arguments to mention the opinion. But you have the obvious thing: there have become laws in philosophy not will be, for the science changes using the age, the needs, beliefs and requirements from the citizens. To prove the opinion, you can write the meaning essay and state many of the facts and arguments you already know to prove one method or another. This can also be a nice way to research the issue and see what the most effective is. But you must research it carefully; otherwise definition essays is definately fruitful. As all sciences philosophy went through its stages with development. Some scientists feel that the crib of idea was mythology and faith. If to see this principles of life as well as some primitive morals stated some myths we may identify that the statement is really true and philosophy continue to continues to develop outside social beliefs and suggestions. Philosophy is a science which can be obligatory learned by every college student to ensure him to establish his or her own philosophy of lifetime. It is quite exciting to discover answers to ever current questions: who am MY SPOUSE AND I? What do I realize? What can I realize? What am I destined to accomplish? Here is one additional interesting observation. You can easily see that all famous philosophers had been researching other science career fields also. For example, Freud, Yung, Kafka and the like were doing research inside linguistics and social sciences. Their numerous creations include the pride of human historical past for they revealed a number of secrets that remained undiscovered for years before their great additions.

There are so numerous currents and branches, a lot of schools of philosophy so it is hard to make a decision, which one do you favor and agree with. This much is dependent upon the country, family, society you are now living in. This is one additional difference between philosophy along with other natural sciences. The law is stable for every country; gravity exists inside India, same as inside Brazil. Philosophy is the hard science, for it's very difficult to understand the sense from the dogma reading it merely once. It is needless to say, not easy, but gives credit to suit your needs if you get fascinated and somewhere, being at the sociable event you quote among the famous doctors of philosophy and come up with a great impression of the educated and intelligent style.

Rabu, 07 September 2011

An overview of Western Astrology


This article covers an overview of Astrology and how they're just inter-related. Astrology is understood to be 'the art or training of determining the supposed influences in the planets and their exercises on human affairs in addition to human disposition'. From this practice a horoscope could be produced - a diagram (or chart) in the relative positions of planets and signs in the Zodiac at a particular time, usually the occasion of birth. A forecast may then be produced.

The Zodiac:

European Astrology originated way backside, around 500 BC, which has a concept called the Zodiac becoming developed. This comprised of your imaginary sphere surrounding the garden area, which followed the path in the Sun through the constellations in the year. The Zodiac appeared to be split into twelve pieces, each named after the precise constellation noted in which area.


Many ancient philosophies used a pair of classical elements to explain just how nature behaved. Each sign was connected to on the list of classical elements (fire, planet, air, or water) and was also based on a region of concentrate; social, personal or general.

* Water signs are based on growth processes, identification in addition to emotion. In tandem while using other elements, water feels that fire could make it boil, air may evaporate it, but planet will shape and route it.

* Fire signs are based on action, passion, and power. In tandem with another elements, fire feels which earth will smother the idea, water will drown the idea, but air will supporter and enliven it.

* Air signs are based on thought, perspective and transmission. In tandem with another elements, air feels which water will obscure the idea, earth will suffocate the idea, but fire will encourage and uplift it.

* Earth signs are based on sensation, stability, and functionality. In tandem with another elements, earth feels which air will dry the idea, fire will dry the idea, but water will renew and nourish it. <


Each sign is linked to one of three modalities; cardinal (sometimes categorised as movable), fixed, and mutable.

You will discover four quadrants following the order in the zodiacal signs, with several signs in each. Every quadrant describes a months, beginning with a cardinal indication, continuing to a preset sign, and ending which has a mutable sign.

Modalities and Related Signs:

* Mutable signs are based on adaptability, resourcefulness and holism. They're just Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius in addition to Pisces.
* Fixed signs are based on determination, focus and personality. They are Taurus, Capricorn, Scorpio and Aquarius.
* Cardinal signs are based on creativity and initiation. They're just Aries, Cancer, Libra in addition to Capricorn.

 Summary of Zodiac Sign Characteristics:

* Aries (cardinal, fire, personal): defensive, energetic, head down, assertive, impulsive.
* Taurus (fixed, earth, personal): patient, indulgent, resourceful, thorough, devoted.
* Gemini (mutable, air, personal): quick, logical, inquisitive.
* Cancer (cardinal, water, personal): clinging, protective, sensitive.
* Leo (fixed, fire, social): theatrical, generous, proud.
* Virgo (mutable, earth, social): critically, practical, efficient.
* Libra (cardinal, air, social): lazy, co-operative, fair.
* Scorpio (fixed, water, social): anxious, passionate, sensitive.
* Sagittarius (mutable, fire, universal): careless, free, straightforward.
* Capricorn (cardinal, earth, universal): suspicious, prudent, cautious.
* Aquarius (fixed, air, universal): detached, democratic, unconventional.
* Pisces (mutable, water, universal): distracted, imaginative, sensitive.

Selasa, 06 September 2011

Faith and Science

There are extensive kinds of narratives as well as organizing principles. Science will be driven by evidence obtained in experiments, and from the falsification of extant hypotheses and their replacement using newer, asymptotically truer, kinds. Other systems - faith, nationalism, paranoid ideation, or art - are according to personal experiences (faith, idea, paranoia, etc. ).

Experiential narratives may and do interact using evidential narratives and vice versa.

For example: belief in God creates some scientists who regard science as a strategy to "peek at God's cards" also to get closer to Your pet. Another example: the pursuit of methodical endeavors enhances one's national pride and is particularly motivated by it. Science is often corrupted to be able to support nationalistic and racist promises.

The basic units of most narratives are known by their effects within the environment. God, in that sense, is no not the same as electrons, quarks, and african american holes. All four constructs can not be directly observed, but easy to understand of their existence has been derived from from their effects.

Pleasant relief, God's effects are discernible only inside social and psychological (or psychopathological) realms. Yet this observed constraint does not render Him less "real". This hypothesized existence of Who parsimoniously explains a variety ostensibly unrelated phenomena as well as, therefore, conforms to this rules governing the system of scientific theories.

This locus of God's hypothesized presence is, clearly and only, in the minds with believers. But this again will not make Him less genuine. The contents of the minds are as genuine as anything "out there". Truly, the very distinction in between epistemology and ontology will be blurred.

But is God's presence "true" - or is He a figment of our neediness as well as imagination?

Truth is the measure from the ability of our products to describe phenomena as well as predict them. God's existence (in people's minds) succeeds to accomplish both. For instance, assuming that God is available allows us to predict a lot of the behaviors of people who profess to think in Him. The presence of God is, hence, undoubtedly true (in that formal and strict sense).

Yet does God exist in the garden people's minds? Is He goal entity, independent of exactly who may or may not think of Him? After all, if all sentient creatures were to perish within a horrible calamity, the Sun would be there, revolving as they have done from time immemorial.

If all sentient creatures were to perish within a horrible calamity, would Who still exist? If most sentient beings, including most humans, stop believing that there's God - would They survive this renunciation? Does God "out there" inspire the assumption in God in spiritual folks' minds?

Known things are independent of the presence of observers (although the Copenhagen model of Quantum Mechanics disputes this). Believed things are dependent on the presence of believers.

We know that this Sun exists. We are not aware of that God exists. We feel that God exists - yet we don't and are unable to know it, in the scientific sense from the word.

We can design tests to falsify (prove wrong) the presence of electrons, quarks, and african american holes (and, thus, if each one of these experiments fail, prove that will electrons, quarks, and african american holes exist). We may design experiments to show that electrons, quarks, as well as black holes exist.

But we cannot design and style even one experiment to falsify the presence of a God who will be outside the minds with believers (and, thus, should the experiment fails, prove that will God exists "out there"). Also, we cannot design perhaps one experiment to show that God exists in the garden the minds of believers.

Why don't you consider the "argument from design"? The universe is and so complex and diverse that will surely it entails the presence of a supreme intelligence, this world's designer and inventor, known by some since "God". On the alternative hand, the world's richness and variety is usually fully accounted for making use of modern scientific theories for instance evolution and the massive bang. There is non-in demand introduce God into this equations.

Still, it may be possible that God is accountable for it all. The problem is the fact we cannot design perhaps one experiment to falsify that theory, that God designed the Universe (and, therefore, if the experiment is not, prove that God will be, indeed, the world's originator). Also, we cannot design perhaps one experiment to show that God created the earth.

We can, however, design numerous experiments in order to falsify the scientific hypotheses that explain the creation from the Universe (and, thus, whenever these experiments fail, provide loans these theories substantial support). We are able to also design experiments in order to prove the scientific hypotheses that explain the creation from the Universe.

It does not signify these theories are totally true and immutable. They aren't. Our current scientific hypotheses are partly true and so are bound to change using new knowledge gained by simply experimentation. Our current scientific theories is going to be replaced by newer, truer hypotheses. But any and most future scientific theories is going to be falsifiable and testable.

Know-how and belief are just like oil and water. Hi-def mix. Knowledge doesn't bring on belief and belief will not yield knowledge. Belief may yield conviction or strongly-felt experiences. But belief cannot provide knowledge.

Still, both recognised things and believed items exist. The former exist "out there" as well as the latter "in our minds" as well as only there. But they're no less real for your.

Senin, 05 September 2011


Gareng, Petruk, Bagong
Ki Lurah Semar jimat; mung siji tur dirumat
(simbol ketentraman dan keselamatan hidup)
Nala Gareng gumeleng agolong-gilig
(tekad bulat yang selalu mengarahkan setiap perbuatannya bukan untuk pamrih apapun)
Petruk Kanthong Bolong jalma tan kena kinira 
(biar jelek secara fisik tetapi ia sosok yang tidak bisa diduga)
Bagong bala tengen 
(suara hatinuraninya selalu didengar dan dipatuhi oleh para kesatria asuhan sekaligus majikannya)

Kamis, 01 September 2011


ternyata sudah tidak asing
usia yang menjadi sang pendamping
mulai tak terasa kering kulitku
kusut raut mukaku

sel-sel di tubuhku datang silih berganti
oksigen dan karbondioksida juga sehati
ku mulai lupa untuk bersyukur kepada-Mu
sebelum lupadiri, ku ijin berserah diri kepada-Mu

telah bertambah