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30/09/2018

Is There Life in Other Planets?

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By Pier Luigi Luisi* 

24 September 2018 (Wall Street International)* – The cosmos is a depositary of great many mind blowing notions, be the dark energy, the dark matter, the notion of infinity, the billions of galaxies each with billions of stars, the big-bang narrative and the breath-taking space ship journeys…
Is there life in other planets?
Is there life in other planets? | Image from Wall Street International

The cosmos is a depositary of great many mind blowing notions, be the dark energy, the dark matter, the notion of infinity, the billions of galaxies each with billions of stars, the big-bang narrative and the breath-taking space ship journeys…

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23/07/2018

The Parabola of the Green Man – Several Hundred Exo-Planets Where Life Could Exist

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By Pier Luigi Luisi* 

23 July 2018 (Wall Street International)* – As it is nowadays commonly accepted, based on astrophysics data (in particular the Kepler space mission data), our astrophysics colleagues arrived at the conclusion that there are several hundred exo-planets (see for instance Figure 2), where life in principle may be possible.
Exo-planets where life could exist
Exo-planets where life could exist | Photo from Wall Street International

Difficult, and till now impossible, to prove experimentally. But let us assume that life may exist in some of these planets – and that somedays our astronauts are going there. How should they demonstrate that life, in a form which may not be familiar to us, exists?

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27/06/2018

Reductionism in Biology – Reversing the Bottom-Up Approach to the Origin of Cellular Life

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By Pier Luigi Luisi* 

23 June 2018 (Wall Street International)* We are surrounded by systems of astonishing complexity – the immensity of the cosmos with stars, galaxies, black holes…- to the complexity of life in its various forms. And generally, we assume that this complexity has its roots in simpler forms which, in the course of time have accumulated material arriving up to the present form.
The sens of life
The sens of life | Photo from Wall Street International
28/05/2018

Determinism and Contingency in the Designs of Nature

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By Pier Luigi Luisi*

27 May 2018 (Wall Street International)*  — Looking at the so many forms of life that surround us, one cannot but feel wonder and excitement. So many forms of animal life, so many flowers, insects, birds, with the most intricate form of mating and the most incredible ways of survival under the most difficult conditions.
The designs of nature
The designs of nature | Photo from Wall Street International
24/04/2018

Cognition in Robots – Does It Imply Awareness?

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23 April 2018 (Wall Street International)* — In a previous text we have argued that it does not make sense to ask whether a robot can display consciousness. In fact, once consciousness is defined as the subjective experience which can only be “felt” by the experiencer, there is no way for another, external observer, to demonstrate the presence of consciousness in any other person – or machine.
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Domestic-robot

Domestic robot | Photo from Wall Street International.

25/03/2018

Can a Robot Decide to Lie?

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By Pier Luigi Luisi*

24 March 2018  (Wall Street International)*  — The Quibble Convention had been going on for over thirty years now, always with the same strict rules. The place was still the secondary room of the Royal Academy, which could sit only 25 people. It was in the form of a trial, with the Exponent and three Opponents. The Exponent would make his statement, no longer than one sentence, and the debate would begin.

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No Turing Test for Consciousness
No Turing Test for Consciousness | Image from Wall Street International

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This time the exponent was Sir William Orchid, and people knew already what his statement would be. He stood up with the ring of the bell, looked at the small crowd and said:

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08/02/2018

One Question for the Astronauts

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By Pier Luigi Luisi*

8 February 2018  (Wall Street International)*  — All was ready for landing and the six astronauts could not hide their nervousness. It has been a two-month traveling in that small explorer space ship, and the main problem was, that they did not know what they would find in Ciclope-34.

One question for the astronauts
One question for the astronauts | Photo re-posted from Wall Street International.

This was one of the many Earth-like planets, discovered long ago, and a human colony had been implanted there 500 years earlier. However, contacts had stopped since almost one century, and nobody knew why.

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08/01/2018

Dark Energy

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By Pier Luigi Luisi*

7 January 2018 (Wall Street International) — It was the third time in a year that Detective Robin had been summoned by Mr Hughes, head of the G-CIA. In view of the fact that people in the department rarely saw him, Mr. Hughes was considered by many to be a mythical figure, Detective Robin should have been proud.
Dark Energy
Dark Energy | Photo re-posted from Wall Street International.

But the relations between the two men were not friendly. Basically, they didn’t thrust each other at all.

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28/02/2019

Lost in Globalisation – A Chaotic Tale of a Process Now Being Dismantled (Apparently)

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By Baher Kamal*

28 February 2019 (Wall Street International)* — Do not panic! This is not about telling you how bank accounts and pension funds have been used to finance the production of nuclear bombs (they call it ‘investment’).
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Lost in Globalisation
Lost in Globalisation | Photo from Wall Street International.

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Nor it is about the four dozens of major and minor wars that the so-called “traditional weapons,” which are being manufactured and exported by civilised, democratic countries, continue to systematically fuel.

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24/02/2019

Origin, Beginning and Causality

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By Vera Felicidade de Almeida Campos*

24 February 2019 (Wall Street International)*Wassily Kandinsky used to say that everything starts from a dot. He simplified, or forgot, that a dot is an intersection of lines.

Wassily Kandinsky's dots
Wassily Kandinsky’s dots | Image from Wall Street International.

Kandinsky’s statement emphasizes ideas of beginning, of origin, of causality. When one thinks of beginning, of start, one looks for origins, for causes of the existing.

Discovering the beginning is the great question of science, it embraces every idea of creator and creature, referring to an absolute, an explanatory cause of everything.

Where does the self begin? When does the world begin? What is the cause of great passions and unfulfilled, interrupted encounters? What is the abysmal instant that collapses perspectives, the point responsible for change, for the contingent continuity that creates intersection?

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