Fellow misfits, oddballs, aliens, other species, humans, AI, and other intelligent life, enjoy. #reverse #time – now to big bang – set to end of “Take The Long Way Home”. 10m project, meaning to do this edit for a while. #lifegoal . #science / space enjoyers should really like. https://t.co/86thBu2ibZ

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Solid advice. I shave occasionally out of boredom (a goatee every year which turns back into a beard) and that’s what I do. I only liked ONE manual razor and that was a rubber one that conforms to the shape of your face. Gillette, as the monolith razor company, doesn’t seem to make one and the only place I’ve seen that makes something like it (in local stores) is a special fingertip one for shaving bald head. But in the 90s, a rubber one was common and that’s the period of time I did daily shaving.

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The world is full of ambitious people who have the drive but not the resources. I know I could’ve had a PhD or two under my belt but couldn’t even afford to get an Associate’s degree. (2 complete years). In the USA, you have a SMALL window of help: Age 18-23, approximately. After that, help dries up and life moves on. Gotta work. Had your chance, etc. I don’t regret it because the US is a class based system, mostly hinging on family community status and provable family income. Even with assistance, if your family couldn’t have afforded tuition, it also means you won’t be able to afford to avail yourself of opportunities that come only to those with sufficient connection and family (not personal) income. I didn’t have that and it’s ok. I like my life and glad for the choices I made out of what was available and my capabilities and drive. But I feel for those who DO want more, strive for it, have the intelligence but get little of the assistance (for lack of family community status and family income). If you pry behind the stories of the “self made successes”, you’ll usually find big helpers along the way that “lift” them up and continue to, often political in some way.

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Riding high on the Olympic spirit. Good for them! Here’s the official treaty: “During this momentous period of historical transformation on the Korean Peninsula, reflecting the enduring aspiration of the Korean people for peace, prosperity and unification, President Moon Jae In of the Republic of Korea and Chairman Kim Jong Un of the State Affairs Commission of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea held an Inter-Korean Summit Meeting at the ‘Peace House’ at Panmunjom on April 27, 2018. The two leaders solemnly declared before the 80 million Korean people and the whole world that there will be no more war on the Korean Peninsula and thus a new era of peace has begun. The two leaders, sharing the firm commitment to bring a swift a swift end to the Cold War relic of long-standing division and confrontation, to boldly approach a new era of national reconciliation, peace and prosperity, and to improve and cultivate inter-Korean relations in a more active manner, declared at this historic site of Panmunjom as follows: 1. South and North Korea will reconnect the blood relations of the people and bring forward the future of co-prosperity and unification led by Koreans by facilitating comprehensive and groundbreaking advancement in inter-Korean relations. Improving and cultivating inter-Korean relations is the prevalent desire of the whole nation and the urgent calling of the times that cannot be held back any further. 1) South and North Korea affirmed the principle of determining the destiny of the Korean nation on their own accord and agreed to bring forth the watershed moment for the improvement of inter-Korean relations by fully implementing all existing agreements and declarations adopted between the two sides thus far. 2) South and North Korea agreed to hold dialogue and negotiations in various fields including at high level, and to take active measures for the implementation of the agreements reached at the summit. 3) South and North Korea agreed to establish a joint liaison office with resident representatives of both sides in the Gaeseong region in order to facilitate close consultation between the authorities as well as smooth exchanges and cooperation between the peoples. 4) South and North Korea agreed to encourage more active cooperation, exchanges, visits and contacts at all levels in order to rejuvenate the sense of national reconciliation and unity. Between South and North, the two sides will encourage the atmosphere of amity and cooperation by actively staging various joint events on the dates that hold special meaning for both South and North Korea, such as June 15, in which participants from all levels, including central and local governments, parliaments, political parties, and civil organisations, will be involved. On the international front, the two sides agreed to demonstrate their collective wisdom, talents, and solidarity by jointly participating in international sports events such as the 2018 Asian Games. 5) South and North Korea agreed to endeavour to swiftly resolve the humanitarian issues that resulted from the division of the nation, and to convene the Inter-Korean Red Cross Meeting to discuss and solve various issues, including the reunion of separated families. In this vein, South and North Korea agreed to proceed with reunion programmes for the separated families on the occasion of the National Liberation Day of Aug 15 this year. 6) South and North Korea agreed to actively implement the projects previously agreed in the 2007 October 4 Declaration, in order to promote balanced economic growth and co-prosperity of the nation. As a first step, the two sides agreed to adopt practical steps towards the connection and modernisation of the railways and roads on the eastern transportation corridor as well as between Seoul and Sinuiju for their utilisation. 2. South and North Korea will make joint efforts to alleviate the acute military tension and practically eliminate the danger of war on the Korean Peninsula. 1) South and North Korea agreed to completely cease all hostile acts against each other in every domain, including land, air and sea, that are the source of military tension and conflict. In this vein, the two sides agreed to transform the demilitarised zone into a peace zone in a genuine sense by ceasing as of May 2 this year all hostile acts and eliminating their means, including broadcasting through loudspeakers and distribution of leaflets, in the areas along the Military Demarcation Line. 2) South and North Korea agreed to devise a practical scheme to turn the areas around the Northern Limit Line in the West Sea into a maritime peace zone in order to prevent accidental military clashes and guarantee safe fishing activities. 3) South and North Korea agreed to take various military measures to ensure active mutual cooperation, exchanges, visits and contacts. The two sides agreed to hold frequent meetings between military authorities, including the defence ministers meeting, in order to immediately discuss and solve military issues that arise between them. In this regard, the two sides agreed to first convene military talks at the rank of general in May. 3. South and North Korea will actively cooperate to establish a permanent and solid peace regime on the Korean Peninsula. Bringing an end to the current unnatural state of armistice and establishing a robust peace regime on the Korean Peninsula is a historical mission that must not be delayed any further. 1) South and North Korea reaffirmed the Non-Aggression Agreement that precludes the use of force in any form against each other, and agreed to strictly adhere to this agreement. 2) South and North Korea agreed to carry out disarmament in a phased manner, as military tension is alleviated and substantial progress is made in military confidence-building. 3) During this year that marks the 65th anniversary of the Armistice, South and North Korea agreed to actively pursue trilateral meetings involving the two Koreas and the United States, or quadrilateral meetings involving the two Koreas, the United States and China, with a view to declaring an end to the war and establishing a permanent and solid peace regime. 4) South and North Korea confirmed the common goal of realising, through complete denuclearisation, a nuclear-free Korean Peninsula. South and North Korea shared the view that the measures being initiated by North Korea are very meaningful and crucial for the denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula and agreed to carry out their respective roles and responsibilities in this regard. South and North Korea agreed to actively seek the support and cooperation of the international community for the denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula. The two leaders agreed, through regular meetings and direct telephone conversations, to hold frequent and candid discussions on issues vital to the nation, to strengthen mutual trust and to jointly endeavour to strengthen the positive momentum towards continuous advancement of inter-Korean relations as well as peace, prosperity and unification of the Korean Peninsula. In this context, President Moon Jae In agreed to visit Pyongyang this fall. April 27, 2018 Done in Panmunjom Moon Jae In President Republic of Korea Kim Jong Un Chairman State Affairs Commission Democratic People’s Republic of Korea

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Thank you Dr. Nikolic. I’ll look at it, quite gladly. As a seeker of “what’s correct” in models of reality, I’m cautious because a model can be “almost correct” but have a fatal flaw in reasoning, or at least something that raises a “note of caution”. That doesn’t mean I won’t advocate it but I want to be aware. Yet, with Practopoiesis, I find no such flaw. The closest model that “speaks to me” in the realm of cognitive development that is “almost perfect” to me is “Embodied Cognition” by George Lakoff along with similar ideas by others that followed him. Yet, I am aware of some criticisms of the “family of” embodied cognition concepts and I keep those in mind, even while unhesitatingly endorsing it. Yet your Practopoiesis has no flaws that I can find. From a common sense perspective, any intelligence should necessarily have available everything it has learned thus far as a tool in ongoing salience and decision-making and be capable of revising any portion of its intelligence should feedback (internal or external, it does not matter for it is one system) show that greater affordance is given upon revision. Affordance awareness brings agility to novelty. Your model includes that “bringing everything” feature. Evolution, Genetics, individual cognitive development through the lifespan are all in some way modifiable in Practopoiesis. Evolution may be a slow facet of intelligence, genetic expression a faster facet of intelligence, and moment-to-moment neural activity the fastest facet of intelligence, but all work together systemically with and through each other as continual feedback is processed from the system which includes its environment.. This, at least, is how I’m understanding Practopoiesis and how I’ve been explaining it to others, and I’ll keep studying just in case I get something wrong. All in all, I want to say thank you.

Thank you Dr. Nikolic.
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