Richard Feynman

If you think you understand quantum mechanics, you don’t understand quantum mechanics.

I think I can safely say that nobody understands quantum mechanics.

Religion is a culture of faith; science is a culture of doubt.

Science is what we have learned about how not to fool ourselves about the way the world is.

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Cee Vinny

What If We’re All Wrong?
Humans don’t have a great track record of ‘knowing it all’ …

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Neil Irwin

The financial world has been atwitter about the inversion of the yield curve. It is a phenomenon in the bond market in which longer-term interest rates fall below shorter-term interest rates, and has historically been a warning sign that a recession could be on the way.
This all seems obvious to people who are steeped in bond market math and the workings of fixed-income markets, and can be completely perplexing to those who are not.

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Rachel Krantz

What a privilege it is, to be able to try to reduce harm towards animals and the planet.

I was having this thought just today when a bird shat on my head through the mosquito netting. I didn’t take it as a sign, or at least not a negative one. I just laughed and immediately washed my hair, watching the rainstorm that night clean the hammock for me. The symbolism I assign to events, I keep learning, is my choice.
Each time I sit down to eat, I try to remember that, too. What a privilege it is, to be able to try to reduce harm towards animals and the planet. How impossible it seems, as one of the big ones, not to hurt in ways big and small every day. What a beautiful dance, deciding to try anyway, imperfectly but with intention.

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Pablo Martinez Monsivais

Members of the media are seen reflected in the eye of President Donald Trump as he answers questions on the South Lawn of the White House, on April 10, 2019.

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Common Sense Science

Since the quantum electron has no physical structure, and no mechanism exists for exchanging energy or transmitting forces, then it is necessary to assume fundamental properties for the electron and proton: The quantum theory assumes that electrons and protons have intrinsic properties of spin, magnetic moment, stability, and inertial mass. The theory makes no attempt to derive them or relate them, but chooses such models that cannot relate its features: a point model is chosen for some occasions, and a wave model is chosen on others. The theory is unable to say if the essence of an electron is a particle or a wave; the theory can only say that an elementary particle is consistently inconsistent!

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Joseph John Fernandez

In 1964 John Bell published a paper titled “On the Einstein Podolosky Rosen Paradox” , in which he examined the consequences of hidden variable theories, as they had become known. In essence, his work found that such a theory could not be constructed and still give predictions consistent with quantum mechanics. And quantum mechanics was doing very well under experimental scrutiny. In fact, he found out that hidden variable theories would even be in contradiction with special relativity. It can only be speculated what Einstein would have thought of this had he been alive at the time.
Since then, experiments have time and time again been in agreement with both the predictions of Bell’s work and those of quantum mechanics. Among those predictions is quantum entanglement, which has long since been validated as a true phenomenon and is the most important resource of the rising fields of quantum information and computing. In fact, entanglement is one of the reasons why quantum computers are expected to overpower classical computers in the future, threatening encryption and our digital lifestyles. If Einstein were with us, he would have no choice but to break his prejudice and accept entanglement for what it is: one of the weird aspects of the quantum world, supported by empirical proof.

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David Z Albert, Rivka Galchen

Entanglement, like many quantum effects, violates some of our deepest intuitions about the world. It may also undermine Einstein’s special theory of relativity.

A Quantum Threat to Special Relativity (PDF file)

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The EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is the most important change in data privacy regulation in 20 years.

The regulation will fundamentally reshape the way in which data is handled across every sector, from healthcare to banking and beyond.

The aim of the GDPR is to protect all EU citizens from privacy and data breaches in today’s data-driven world.

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Luc Rocher, Julien M. Hendrickx, Yves-Alexandre de Montjoye

While rich medical, behavioral, and socio-demographic data are key to modern data-driven research, their collection and use raise legitimate privacy concerns. Anonymizing datasets through de-identification and sampling before sharing them has been the main tool used to address those concerns. We here propose a generative copula-based method that can accurately estimate the likelihood of a specific person to be correctly re-identified, even in a heavily incomplete dataset. On 210 populations, our method obtains AUC scores for predicting individual uniqueness ranging from 0.84 to 0.97, with low false-discovery rate. Using our model, we find that 99.98% of Americans would be correctly re-identified in any dataset using 15 demographic attributes. Our results suggest that even heavily sampled anonymized datasets are unlikely to satisfy the modern standards for anonymization set forth by GDPR and seriously challenge the technical and legal adequacy of the de-identification release-and-forget model.

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Nick Bostrom

A technologically mature “posthuman” civilization would have enormous computing power. Based on this empirical fact, the simulation argument shows that at least one of the following propositions is true: (1) The fraction of human‐level civilizations that reach a posthuman stage is very close to zero; (2) The fraction of posthuman civilizations that are interested in running ancestor‐simulations is very close to zero; (3) The fraction of all people with our kind of experiences that are living in a simulation is very close to one.
If (1) is true, then we will almost certainly go extinct before reaching posthumanity. If (2) is true, then there must be a strong convergence among the courses of advanced civilizations so that virtually none contains any relatively wealthy individuals who desire to run ancestor‐simulations and are free to do so. If (3) is true, then we almost certainly live in a simulation. In the dark forest of our current ignorance, it seems sensible to apportion one’s credence roughly evenly between (1), (2), and (3).
Unless we are now living in a simulation, our descendants will almost certainly never run an ancestor‐simulation.

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Kate Bell

A few jobs still require perfect English, but in the corporate world good English has become a basic requirement, not a personal selling point.
You just have the same skill as other people — it’s like using Excel.

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Lorin Stein

I’m hooked on The Briefcase, by Hiromi Kawakami, a sentimental novel about the friendship, formed over late nights at a sake bar, between a Tokyo woman in her late thirties and her old high school teacher. It’s interesting enough to read about an aging woman drawn to an older man; when this attraction comes wrapped up in Japanese nostalgia for old fashioned inns, mushroom hunting, refined manners, and Basho, how can a person resist? I can only imagine what wizardry must have gone into Allison Markin Powell’s translation.

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Christopher Tozzi

Big Data is defined by the following six features:
1. Highly scalable analytics processes – Big Data platforms have become popular due in large part to their ability to scale. The amount of data that they can analyze without a degradation in performance is virtually unlimited. This is what sets these tools apart from traditional methods of investigating data, such as basic SQL queries.
2. Flexibility – Big Data is flexible data. Whereas in the past all of your data might have been stored in a specific type of database using consistent data structures, today’s datasets come in many forms. Effective analytics strategies are designed to be highly flexible and to handle any type of data that is thrown at them. Fast data transformation is an essential part of Big Data, as is the ability to work with unstructured data.
3. Real-time results – Traditionally, organizations could afford to wait for data analytics results. In the world of Big Data, however, maximizing value means gaining insights in real time. After all, when you are using Big Data for tasks like fraud detection, results received after the fact are of little value.
4. Machine learning applications – Machine learning is not the only way to leverage Big Data. It is, however, an increasingly important application in the Big Data world. Machine learning use cases set Big Data apart from traditional data, which was very rarely used to power machine learning.
5. Scale-out storage systems – Traditionally, data was stored on conventional tape and disk drives. Today, Big Data often relies on software-defined scale-out storage systems that abstract data away from the underlying storage hardware. Of course, not all Big Data is stored on modern storage platforms, which is why the ability to move data quickly between traditional storage and next-generation storage remains important for Big Data applications.
6. Data quality – Data quality is important in any context. With the increasing complexity of Big Data, however, has come greater attention to the importance of ensuring data quality within complex data sets and analytics operations. Attention to data quality is a core feature of any effective Big Data workflow.

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Jeannette Wing

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Geoff Nunberg

So it’s natural to be wary of our new algorithmic overlords. They’ve gotten so good at faking intelligent behavior that it’s easy to forget that there’s really nobody home.

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Samira Asma

Dr Samira Asma, from the United States of America, is the Assistant Director-General for the Data, Analytics and Delivery for Impact Division. The main responsibilities of this role are to lead the Organization’s efforts to establish an impact framework of accountability to deliver the ‘triple billion’ targets, to track health-related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), through building enhanced country capacity, and to generate reliable data to forecast and inform public health policy.

WHO HQ Structure (PDF file)

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Ayumi Koketsu

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Transform your face
using Artificial Intelligence
with just one tap

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Vladimir Putin

Искусственный интеллект – это будущее не только России, это будущее всего человечества. Здесь колоссальные возможности и трудно прогнозируемые сегодня угрозы. Tот, кто станет лидером в этой сфере, будет властелином мира.

Artificial intelligence is the future, not only for Russia, but for all humankind. It comes with colossal opportunities, but also threats that are difficult to predict. Whoever becomes the leader in this sphere will become the ruler of the world.

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Umair Haque

Thrownness. There are three aspects to it that I’m always struck by. The first is mortality. We’re born, we die. But human mortality is special. We know we’re going to die. And so our whole lives, as Freud pointed out — and then tried to forget, ironically, himself — are prefigured on an escape from this knowledge of our mortality.
The second is our loneliness. We’re alone. Each and every one of us. There is a uncrossable river between us. I will never know you in the most intimate way — no matter how close our bodies touch — because your “interiority”, as Derrida would later put it, your inner world, is yours and yours alone. The most that we can do is to use art, literature, song, fashion — all the many forms of self-expression — to communicate it.
And third is our helplessness. We’re powerless, in even the most basic ways, to not be who we are. Consider that we have these strange things called emotions. We don’t often like them — we try our best to block and stop and ignore them. But there they are, simmering, boiling, surging, just beneath the surface of our rational minds. Things make us feel. Everything makes us feel. Have you ever noticed? Every single things makes us feel. A river. A tree. A mountain. An empty and desolate parking lot. The ashes of a fire. We call ourselves “homo sapiens” — but that’s a grossly inaccurate description. We feel before we think, and we feel constantly. Feeling is a beautiful ache that we either learn to appreciate and love — or hate and run away from.

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Agnes Heller

Young Plato fell in love with Socrates, but Socrates was ugly. One cannot fall in love with the ugly; one loves only the beautiful. Plato could not say that he fell in love with the wise one who happened to be ugly. Thus, he proclaimed that his beloved was beautiful, superior in beauty to anyone else considered beautiful by the ignorant. One says, “This is not beautiful, but something else is beautiful,” and Plato proclaimed similarly, “This is a lower kind of beauty, but there is also a higher kind.” However, this higher, true and real beauty is invisible to the pedestrian’s eye. Plato, who loved Socrates, is the one who loved the true Beauty, the higher species of the beautiful. His love is more subtle and sublime than the love of any others, for he can see and love the supreme beauty of the invisible spirit and soul; he can see this love with his spiritual eyes. It is young Plato who speaks through the character of Alcibiades in the Symposium: “What [Socrates] reminds me of more than anything is one of those little sileni that you see on the statuaries’ stalls . . . they’re modeled with pipes or flutes in their hands, and when you open them down the middle there are little figures of the gods inside.” But this is just a simile, for the divine picture, the soul of Socrates, is not accessible through the opening of the sileni’s body. Not everyone can open it; only love can perform the miracle. There are two miracles that appear at once: the miracle of beauty hidden behind an ugly mask, and the miracle of love that sees through the mask into the essence of another person’s soul. This is the primal scene of the concept of the beautiful: erôs and kalon, love and the beloved. We love the beautiful—and it is beautiful because we love it.

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Kakuzo Okakura

The heaven of modern humanity is indeed shattered in the Cyclopean struggle for wealth and power. The world is groping in the shadow of egotism and vulgarity. Knowledge is bought through a bad conscience, benevolence practised for the sake of utility. The East and West, like two dragons tossed in a sea of ferment, in vain strive to regain the jewel of life. We need a Niuka again to repair the grand devastation; we await the great Avatar. Meanwhile, let us have a sip of tea. The afternoon glow is brightening the bamboos, the fountains are bubbling with delight, the soughing of the pines is heard in our kettle. Let us dream of evanescence, and linger in the beautiful foolishness of things.

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Kakuzo Okakura

In the trembling grey of a spring dawn, when the birds were whispering in mysterious cadence among the trees, have you not felt that they were talking to their mates about the flowers? Surely with mankind the appreciation of flowers must have been coeval with the poetry of love. Where better than in a flower, sweet in its unconsciousness, fragrant because of its silence, can we image the unfolding of a virgin soul? The primeval man in offering the first garland to his maiden thereby transcended the brute. He became human in thus rising above the crude necessities of nature. He entered the realm of art when he perceived the subtle use of the useless.
In joy or sadness, flowers are our constant friends. We eat, drink, sing, dance, and flirt with them. We wed and christen with flowers. We dare not die without them. We have worshipped with the lily, we have meditated with the lotus, we have charged in battle array with the rose and the chrysanthemum. We have even attempted to speak in the language of flowers. How could we live without them? It frightens one to conceive of a world bereft of their presence. What solace do they not bring to the bedside of the sick, what a light of bliss to the darkness of weary spirits? Their serene tenderness restores to us our waning confidence in the universe even as the intent gaze of a beautiful child recalls our lost hopes. When we are laid low in the dust it is they who linger in sorrow over our graves.
Sad as it is, we cannot conceal the fact that in spite of our companionship with flowers we have not risen very far above the brute. Scratch the sheepskin and the wolf within us will soon show his teeth. It has been said that man at ten is an animal, at twenty a lunatic, at thirty a failure, as forty a fraud, and at fifty a criminal. Perhaps he becomes a criminal because he has never ceased to be an animel. Nothing is real to us but hunger, nothing sacred except our own desires. Shrine sfter shrine has crumbled before our eyes; but one altar forever is preserved, that whereon we burn incense to the supreme idol – ourselves. Our god is great, and money is his Prophet! We devastate nature in order to make sacrifice to him. We boast that we have conquered Matter and forget that it is Matter that has enslaved us. What atrocities do we not perpetrate in the name of culture and refinement!

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Sten Sootla

I know that I end up boring you with all the random topics I bring up during our calls, but I only do it to hear your voice just a while longer. More than anything, however, I know how long it takes to muster up the courage to take your hand and kiss you. It took me 10 years.
Some may think that knowing these things is of little value. “Small matters”, they say, “what use of this knowledge compared to knowing the formulas of physics, the equations of the Universe?” I let them be. Millions of people can work on such equations for thousands of years, nature is not going anywhere. It is you, however, who’s fleeting, and only a select few have the opportunity to be a part of your life. Thus, it seems far more important to me to crack the equation of you. But please, bear with me. As I said, I’m not particularly great at math.

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Arnold J. Levine

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Charles Darwin

It is interesting to contemplate an entangled bank, clothed with many plants of many kinds, with birds singing on the bushes, with various insects flitting about, and with worms crawling through the damp earth, and to reflect that these elaborately constructed forms, so different from each other, and dependent on each other in so complex a manner, have all been produced by laws acting around us. These laws, taken in the largest sense, being Growth with Reproduction; Inheritance which is almost implied by reproduction; Variability from the indirect and direct action of the external conditions of life, and from use and disuse; a Ratio of Increase so high as to lead to a Struggle for Life, and as a consequence to Natural Selection, entailing Divergence of Character and the Extinction of less-improved forms. Thus, from the war of nature, from famine and death, the most exalted object which we are capable of conceiving, namely, the production of the higher animals, directly follows. There is grandeur in this view of life, with its several powers, having been originally breathed into a few forms or into one; and that, whilst this planet has gone cycling on according to the fixed law of gravity, from so simple a beginning endless forms most beautiful and most wonderful have been, and are being, evolved.

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Farhad Manjoo

DoorDash is the most popular food delivery service in the country, a freakishly fast-growing unicorn valued at $7 billion just six years after its founding, backed by some of Silicon Valley’s and Saudi Arabia’s leading investors. I’ll slinkingly confess that it is also a provider of my lunch two or three or five times a month, depending on how lazily bougie and nihilistic I happen to be feeling about leaving the house.
In Silicon Valley, you don’t get very far without accidentally creating a permanent digital underclass, and so it probably shouldn’t surprise you to learn that DoorDash has long maintained a compensation policy for its workers that looks pretty much like the outright theft of their tips.

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David Thurman

In an age where the entire knowledge-base of the human race is at the tips of our fingers, there is no excuse for people to spread ideas based on their misunderstandings. We seem to be pushing the notion that everyone should have an opinion and everyone’s opinion matters. While this seems nice in theory, this concept is deeply flawed in the fact that not every opinion is backed by understanding. An informed opinion is the only opinion that has reason and comprehension behind it. As writer Harlan Ellison put it, “You are not entitled to your opinion. You are entitled to your informed opinion. No one is entitled to be ignorant.” Instead of telling everyone their opinion matters, perhaps we should instead tell them to ask themselves whether they deserve to have an opinion on the matter.

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Harlan Ellison

Everybody has opinions: I have them, you have them. And we are all told from the moment we open our eyes, that everyone is entitled to his or her opinion. Well, that’s horsepuckey, of course. We are not entitled to our opinions; we are entitled to our informed opinions. Without research, without background, without understanding, it’s nothing. It’s just bibble-babble. It’s like a fart in a wind tunnel, folks.

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David Thurman

Throughout any given day, we encounter thousands of machines and technologies. The inner workings and principles behind these machines are hidden from view. For instance, most people do not know how a plane’s design allows it to be aerodynamic while maintaining a certain altitude. The underlying principles behind how this machine was designed are hidden away. Despite this, most people still trust that a plane will fly us from destination A to B safely. We have had the inner workings of the plane abstracted away to the point that, unless we so desire, we do not deem it necessary to understand how it really works.

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Country Area cultivated
thousand hectares
(2,500 acres)
thousand kg/ha
(890 lb/acre)
thousand tonnes
(1,100 short tons)
China 23,458 230 539,993
India 7,256 138 100,045
United States 1,120 318 35,609
Turkey 1,090 238 25,901
Iran 767 261 19,995
Egypt 755 251 19,487
Italy 537 265 14,201
Russia 759 175 13,283
Spain 348 364 12,679
Mexico 681 184 12,515
Nigeria 1844 64 11,830
Brazil 500 225 11,233
Japan 407 264 10,746
Indonesia 1082 90 9,780
South Korea 268 364 9,757
Vietnam 818 110 8,976
Ukraine 551 162 8,911
Uzbekistan 220 342 7,529
Philippines 718 88 6,299
France 245 227 5,572
Total world 55,598 188 1,044,380
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Hannah Arendt

Loving life is easy when you are abroad. Where no one knows you and you hold your life in your hands all alone, you are more master of yourself than at any other time. In the opacity of foreign places all specific references to yourself are blurred. It is easy to conquer unhappiness when the general knowledge that you are unhappy is not there to disgrace you, when your unhappiness is not reflected by innumerable mirrors, focused upon you so that it strikes you again and again. It is easy, as long as you are young, to surrender to the pure force if life, which always advises submergence and forgetfulness. It is easy to forget yourself when the reason for all your unhappiness, your “infamous birth,” is not recognized, not observed, not counted.

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Adriana Cavarero

Everybody wants to be happy. This claim goes as far back as Socrates, if not further, and in the more than two thousand years since he made it, it has acquired the rare status of something like a universal truth.
Books, articles and podcasts dedicated to happiness — especially on how to be happy — abound. Explicitly addressed to individuals rather than groups, they focus on personal happiness, to be enjoyed in the private sphere. Let each and every one be happy!
The topic of what Hannah Arendt called “public happiness” is, by contrast, largely ignored by those who think and write about contemporary culture. Apparently, politics and happiness don’t go together any more. Collective happiness — as Socrates intended it, as a shared political experience — is largely out of the picture.

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Eliane Rodrigues

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John Coltrane, Johnny Hartman

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Jackie McLean

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Robert Reich

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Martin Hilbert, Priscila López

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Ugo Colombino

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  587年 丁未の変(物部氏の衰退)
  645年 乙巳の変(蘇我氏の滅亡)
  710年 平城京遷都(飛鳥時代の終わり)
  794年 平安京遷都(奈良時代の終わり)
  858年 摂政の始まり(藤原良房が摂政に)
  935年 承平天慶の乱(各地での反乱)
1017年 太政大臣(藤原道長が太政大臣に)
1098年 武士が殿上人に(源義家が昇殿)
1185年 平氏滅亡(壇ノ浦の戦い)
1274年 文永・弘安の役(蒙古襲来)
1333年 元弘の乱(鎌倉幕府滅亡)
1392年 明徳の和約(南北朝合一)
1493年 明応の政変(戦国時代の始まり)
1573年 室町幕府滅亡(織田信長が足利義昭を追放)
1641年 鎖国の完成(徳川家光の強権政治)
1716年 享保の改革(徳川吉宗が征夷大将軍に)
1786年 寛政の改革(松平定信が老中筆頭に)
1868年 戊辰戦争(江戸幕府滅亡)
1945年 太平洋戦争敗戦(大日本帝国滅亡)
xxxx年 xxxx(日本国xx)

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Cambridge University Library

Six things Darwin never said:

  • It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is most adaptable to change.
  • In the struggle for survival, the fittest win out at the expense of their rivals because they succeed in adapting themselves best to their environment.
  • In the long history of humankind (and animal kind, too) those who learned to collaborate and improvise most effectively have prevailed.
  • The universe we observe has precisely the properties we should expect if there is, at bottom, no design, no purpose, no evil, no good, nothing but blind, pitiless indifference.
  • I was a young man with uninformed ideas. I threw out queries, suggestions, wondering all the time over everything; and to my astonishment the ideas took like wildfire. People made a religion of them.
  • The fact of evolution is the backbone of biology, and biology is thus in the peculiar position of being a science founded on an improved theory, is it then a science or faith?
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単純だけれど、そんな物語を作りたいという事が今作の動機でした。良く考えてみると、それは、僕たちの日常そのものだと思います。今まさに地方の田舎町で生活している女の子も、将来、都会に住んでいるある男の子と出会うかもしれない。その未来の物語を小野小町の和歌『思ひつつ寝ればや人の見えつらむ 夢と知りせば覚めざらましを』(訳:あの人のことを思いながら眠りについたから夢に出てきたのであろうか。夢と知っていたなら目を覚まさなかったものを)を引っ掛かりとして、アニメーションのフィールドの中で描く事が出来ると思いました。その後は、「夢の中で入れ替わる」ことを軸に「彗星」や「組紐」など様々なモチーフを交えながら作品としての構成を組み立てました。

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小野小町, 渡部泰明

思ひつつ寝ればや人の見えつらむ 夢と知りせば覚めざらましを
小野小町 古今集・恋二・五五二

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和泉式部, 藤原定家, 渡部泰明

黒髪のみだれもしらずうち臥ふせば まづかきやりし人ぞ恋しき
和泉式部 後拾遺集・恋三・七五五

かきやりしその黒髪のすぢごとに うち臥ふすほどは面影ぞ立つ
藤原定家 新古今集・恋五・一三九〇

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黒髪の乱れも知らずうち臥せばまづかきやりし人ぞ恋しき  和泉式部
かきやりしその黒髪の筋ごとにうち臥すほどは面影ぞ立つ  藤原定家

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日本のすこやかな暮らしのために いちばん身近な「食べもの」の話(PDF ファイル)

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Cafe Clair

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いつか頼んで買ってもらった、キャンディーダルファー特集のJazz Life巻末にあるライブハウス欄を参照して、無数の10円玉を握りながら公衆電話からライブハウスに電話を掛け続けました。「社長は誰ですか?私は中学生です。働かせてください。」と、随分おかしい電話だったであろうと思います。その中で、今でもライブをさせて頂いている東京の外れにあるCafe Clairというjazz喫茶が、そんな私を拾ってくれた唯一の場所でした。
実際に仕事をしようとしてしまった無鉄砲な私に両親は辟易しながらも、翌週から殆ど毎週Cafe Clairのライブにセッションで参加させて頂いておりました。

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箱根温泉供給㈱の大涌谷温泉は、昔から広く知られているように自然に湧き出てくる温泉と、 火山性蒸気と地下水をぶつけることにより出来上がる造成温泉の混合された温泉です。
今回の温泉法施行規則改正により、温泉を加水や加温した場合は保健所への届出が義務化されましたが、 大涌谷で行われる“造成温泉※”については、加水や加温といった扱いではありませんので、 当社よりの温泉を温泉成分に影響を与える項目に該当する行為が行われていない場合は、 今回の表示義務の対象からは除外されますのでお間違えないようお願いいたします。
しかしながら、百数十度の蒸気はそのままでは入浴することが不可能なため火山性蒸気の成分を水に溶け込ませることが 必要不可欠と成ります。当社の場合、自然に湧出する自然湧泉及び、 火山性蒸気と地下水を利用した造成温泉をすべて混合した時点で専門機関に分析を依頼し、 分析表を発行していただいておりますので、すべて混合したものが“大涌谷温泉”であると理解していただけると思います。

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Takuya Kimura

IoT にフォーカスした深層学習技術の研究開発を行う Preferred Networks (PFN) は 2017年8月4日、トヨタ自動車を引受先とした第三者割当増資を実施し、約105億円を調達したと発表した。トヨタ自動車はPFNとの共同研究・開発により、モビリティ分野へのAI技術の応用を進めていく狙いだ。

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こども食堂 1年で1.6倍、過去を上回るペースで増え続け、3700箇所を超える。

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Anna Burns

The day Somebody McSomebody put a gun to my breast and called me a cat and threatened to shoot me was the same day the milkman died. He had been shot by one of the state hit squads and I did not care about the shooting of this man. Others did care though, and some were those who, in the parlance, ‘knew me to see but not to speak to’ and I was being talked about because there was a rumour started by them, or more likely by first brother-in- law, that I had been having an affair with this milkman and that I was eighteen and he was forty-one. I knew his age, not because he got shot and it was given by the media, but because there had been talk before this, for months before the shooting, by these people of the rumour, that forty-one and eighteen was disgusting, that twenty-three years’ difference was disgusting, that he was married and not to be fooled by me for there were plenty of quiet, unnoticeable people who took a bit of watching. It had been my fault too, it seemed, this affair with the milkman. But I had not been having an affair with the milkman. I did not like the milkman and had been frightened and confused by his pursuing and attempting an affair with me. I did not like first brother-in-law either. In his compulsions he made things up about other people’s sexlives. About my sexlife.

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Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Of the book of books most wondrous is the tender book of love.

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WealthNaviの利益はお客様の利益と連動します。銘柄を選ぶ基準は「White Paper」で公開しています。

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CB Insights

The Complete List of Unicorn Companies

Company Valuation ($B) Country Industry
Toutiao (Bytedance) $75 China Artificial intelligence
Didi Chuxing $56 China Auto & transportation
JUUL Labs $50 US Consumer & retail
WeWork $47 US Other
Airbnb $29.30 US Travel
Stripe $22.50 US Fintech
SpaceX $18.50 US Other
Epic Games $15 US Other
Grab $14 Singapore Auto & transportation
DoorDash $12.60 US Supply chain, logistics, & delivery
Bitmain Technologies $12 China Hardware
Samumed $12 US Health
Global Switch $11.08 UK Hardware
Palantir Technologies $11 US Data management & analytics
Infor $10 US Supply chain, logistics, & delivery
DJI Innovations $10 China Hardware
One97 Communications $10 India Fintech
Go-Jek $10 Indonesia Supply chain, logistics, & delivery
Coupang $9 South Korea E-commerce & direct-to-consumer
Guazi (Chehaoduo) $9 China E-commerce & direct-to-consumer

List of Unicorn Companies (Excel file)

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Fernando Pessoa

Un jour peut-être on comprendra que j’ai accompli, comme nul autre, mon devoir – de naissance dirai-je – d’interprète d’une bonne part de notre siècle ; et quand on le comprendra, on écrira qu’à mon époque j’ai été incompris. […] Et celui qui écrira tout cela péchera, à l’époque où il écrira, par incompréhension envers mon homologue de cette époque future, tout comme ceux qui m’entourent aujourd’hui. Car les hommes n’apprennent jamais qu’à l’usage de leurs ancêtres, déjà morts. Nous ne savons enseigner qu’aux morts les vraies règles de la vie…

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Philippe Escande

Au Japon, plus qu’ailleurs dans le monde, le consensus, condition de l’harmonie de la société, est une vertu cardinale. Les conflits doivent être évités, résolus avant qu’ils éclatent et surtout ne pas être dévoilés en place publique. L’important est que chaque partie garde le « tatemae », la face. L’affaire Renault-Nissan est aux antipodes de cette philosophie. Les joutes sont continuelles et se tiennent dans l’arène médiatique mondiale, au vu et au su de tous. La belle harmonie de cette alliance unique en son genre est désormais brisée en une mosaïque d’affrontements, où tout le monde à tour de rôle perd la face.

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Association L214

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Now is the time to create a new kind of digital currency built on the foundation of blockchain technology. The mission for Libra is a simple global currency and financial infrastructure that empowers billions of people. Libra is made up of three parts that will work together to create a more inclusive financial system:

  1. It is built on a secure, scalable, and reliable blockchain;
  2. It is backed by a reserve of assets designed to give it intrinsic value;
  3. It is governed by the independent Libra Association tasked with evolving the ecosystem.

The Libra currency is built on the “Libra Blockchain.” Because it is intended to address a global audience, the software that implements the Libra Blockchain is open source — designed so that anyone can build on it, and billions of people can depend on it for their financial needs. Imagine an open, interoperable ecosystem of financial services that developers and organizations will build to help people and businesses hold and transfer Libra for everyday use. With the proliferation of smartphones and wireless data, increasingly more people will be online and able to access Libra through these new services. To enable the Libra ecosystem to achieve this vision over time, the blockchain has been built from the ground up to prioritize scalability, security, efficiency in storage and throughput, and future adaptability.

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南京錠とか南京虫の南京ってなのか? 南京玉すだれや南京結びなんて言葉もある。そもそも北京でも上海でもなく、何で南京なのか? それは外国から伝わったものだから。昔の日本人は、外国から日本に伝わったものに「南京」という言葉をつけることがあった。


この意味での南京を英語にすると、「foreign(外国の)」になる。近世は「日本の場合は,安土桃山,江戸時代をさし(デジタル大辞泉)」とある。この時代の感覚で南京錠を英語にしたら、「foreign lock」になるんだろう。ウィキペディアにこんな説明がある。


ちなみに、南京虫を英語で言うとBed bugになる。むかしの日本人は、外国から来たものに「南京」を付けていた。日本が閉ざされた島国であったことが、言葉からも分かる。

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Dan Barber

  • These are the seeds of a revolution.
  • Each dot above represents a seed company from the 1990s.
  • By 2018, they were all wholly or partly owned by Monsanto, then the largest seed producer in the world.
  • Last year, Monsanto was acquired by the German conglomerate Bayer, making it the world’s biggest agrochemical and seed company.
  • Today, just four giant companies (Bayer, Corteva, ChemChina, BASF) control more than 60 percent of all the world’s seed sales.
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David Chalmers

I like to distinguish between intelligence and consciousness. Intelligence is a matter of the behavioral capacities of these systems: what they can do, what outputs they can produce given their inputs. When it comes to intelligence, the central question is, given some problems and goals, can you come up with the right means to your ends? If you can, that is the hallmark of intelligence. Consciousness is more a matter of subjective experience. You and I have intelligence, but we also have subjectivity; it feels like something on the inside when we have experiences. That subjectivity — consciousness — is what makes our lives meaningful. It’s also what gives us moral standing as human beings.

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Claude Monet

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Sally Rooney

Marianne had the sense that her real life was happening somewhere very far away, happening without her, and she didn’t know if she would ever find out where it was or become part of it.

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Courtney Maum

I took her other hand. “I knew it the fucking minute I saw you in that stupid bar with your cousin. You are . . . a morethan person, Anne. Goddammit. You are more than a best friend and a wife, you’re more than beautiful, and if I hurt you it’s maybe because I’ve always known and been ashamed of the fact that I am less than you, and always have been.

Her chin trembled. In my hands, her skin was cold. “I will do whatever it takes to prove to you that it will never happen again.”

She bit her lip hard as a tear fell down her cheek. For the first time since I’d reached for her, she squeezed my hand back. “But what do you do about the fact that it happened? What do you do about that?”

I started to cry. “What do I do?” I said, dropping her hands. “What do I do? I don’t know what to do. I did it. I can’t make you love me back.”

“But I do love you,” she cried. “But I can’t get past it! I can’t! I’m so angry and I’m so sad and I’m embarrassed and ashamed and I’m furious at you. I hate you, and at the same time I just want to go back. And I don’t know what to do either,” she said. “I just don’t.”

I looked up at the sky and the buildings and the gargoyles and the sculptures. I looked out at the pyramid and the stupid, spinning carousel in the park beyond. And beyond that, beauty. More beauty everywhere. Lights and boulevards and thoroughfares and people going places and people coming back. And it was sitting there in a place that had been a safe place for us, a place that had always been calming and right, that I realized that if I really loved her, I had to let the decision to stay with me be hers.

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The World’s Top 10 Highest-Paid Athletes in 2019:

1 Lionel Messi Soccer $127 M
2 Cristiano Ronaldo Soccer $109 M
3 Neymar Soccer $105 M
4 Canelo Alvarez Boxing $94 M
5 Roger Federer Tennis $93.4 M
6 Russell Wilson Football $89.5 M
7 Aaron Rodgers Football $89.3 M
8 LeBron James Basketball $89 M
9 Stephen Curry Basketball $79.8 M
10 Kevin Durant Basketball $65.4 M

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Jo Dunkley

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Nisha Mody

In this age of fake news, facts aren’t necessarily the answer. The news is embedded within a broad political spectrum, and acknowledging the slants from the messages we receive is more powerful than grasping for facts.
The media is biased; it is funded by advertisers and run by businessmen. Businesses have interests, the media has interests. … Conversations lose nuance and are skewed for the sake of survival.
It’s also no secret that news publications and television networks are politicized. … The news is not neutral — nothing is neutral.

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Rio Hada

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