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  • The world is complex, far too complex for our human brains. And yet, ...

    Cognitive Bias - The world is complex, far too complex for our human brainsThe world is complex, far too complex for our human brains. And yet, we have no difficulty describing what is happening around us, well, at least to interpret these complex realities through... simple stories.

    We tell ourselves these stories, not consciously, but instinctively, mechanically, impulsively. We can't help but find a common thread , link the actors and events into "logic" sequences. And we do this, even when we look at the clouds, "this one looks like a giraffe that is drinking," or when we listen to music "that melody is cheerful!". We even do that instinctively while looking at basic symmetrical shapes moving around! (You can experiment that by watching the fun video in the linked article). We also tell ourselves these stories when we are faced with phenomena

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  • Rosetta comet landing: 'We can do amazing things, if we dream big'

      Follow the Rosetta mission landing live on 12 November

    Rosetta will release its Philae lander when approximately 22 kilometres from the centre of the comet. A signal confirming the separation will arrive at ground stations on Earth 28 minutes and 20 seconds later while the lander’s descent to the surface will take seven hours. On the way down, Philae will take a series of images and onboard instruments will sample the dust, gas and plasma close to the comet’s surface and measure any magnetic field. Philae’s three lander legs will absorb the momentum of impact and use it to drive an ice screw in each foot into the surface. At the same time two harpoons will fire to lock the probe onto the surface and a small thruster on top will counteract the impulse. Once anchored to the nucleus, Philae will begin its primary science mission, based on its initial battery lifetime of 64 hours. The SESAME experiment - which contains three instruments - includes one called CASSE, located in the lander’s feet. Harald KRUEGER, Principal Investigator of...

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  • War in Mali: when human rights serve the right to kill.

    On January 16th 2013, the French army landed in Mali "determined to end the Islamist domination" in northern Mali (and incidentally to secure its uranium supply…). This military intrusion fits into the logic of the "France-Afrique": the French are maintaining since more than 50 years a neocolonialist relationship allowing them to control the African states through their economy and their military institutions (the "colonial pact" which was supposed to be ephemeral, never stopped). This a neocolonialist relationship is considered as the longest scandal of the French Republic. Introduced by de Gaulle in 1960, and accepted for 5 decades by the French people, it remains still today a dirty public fund diversion which uses official development assistance funds, to support dictatorships, coups, assassinations and to hide and organize diversion funds and illegal funding of French political parties. This war intervention in Mali (that's how the French called it) and the popularity of...

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  • Arab spring : "confiscated by Islamists" or democratic choice?

    Since Westerners fought for quite a long time against totalitarianism and religious moralism, for individual freedoms and secularism, they expected the Arabs do the same. But barely freed from their dictator, the Egyptians hastened to choose (democratically) Islam as the state religion and the Sharia as the source of legislation. Shocked by this moral and political choice, many Westerners did not wait long before condemning and denouncing “an Islamist plot". “How could it be otherwise?", concluded the specialists. "How could some people wish and even fight for a theocracy? How could a person freely choose a path so inconsistent with the universal values?"   Each one was trying to convince the other of his sacred truth: ― "Since humans are all equal, they are all the same. They should thus follow the same universal goals, and have the same aspirations. We should all put the human rights at the center of our life," proclaim the Westerners brandishing their sacred Social...

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