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吃蟑螂抗輻射

29th Mar 2011 - 11:43pm 政治經濟
蟑螂是地球上生命力最頑強的生物,著名科學家曾說過,若果爆發核子戰爭,就算人類死光了,蟑螂還會活下來。清華大學核子實驗室最近進行一項研究發現,以核子輻射照射蟑螂,同樣的劑量會造成人類死亡,但蟑螂卻完全沒事。…

哲學功課﹕The Coherence Theory of Empirical Knowledge

28th Mar 2011 - 10:32pm 哲學
在傳統認知論中,知識等於真實的信念加上合理相信的理由。在尋找合理的理由時,我們采用歸納法,從已經被肯定的知識中,推論相信新知識的合理理由。可是這裹有一個問題,若每一項知識也是從先前的知識推論出來,那層層遞進地推論追溯上去,那最初的知識如何肯定呢。傳統上基礎主義認為在知識的最底層,是一些不需論證自我肯定的基礎知識,作為所有知識推論的基礎。調和主羲則否定有基礎知識的存在,所有知論的推論是個巨大的循環,只能檢視整個知識系統的一至性,有沒有內部矛盾或對世界觀測的不協調。這篇功課討論調和主義理論本身的問題,探討調和主義能否成立。…

Therapist-free therapy

26th Mar 2011 - 10:30am News Clips
Looks like psychologist will be out of work soon and they will be replaced by computer programs. I never trust those talk therapy anyways, the couch only works in the movies.Mar 3rd 2011, The Economist Cognitive-bias modification may put the…

Exam 血聘

22nd Mar 2011 - 11:16pm 電影
我對小成本製作﹐但意念創新的獨立電影很情有獨鐘。《血聘》由英國的獨立電影公司拍攝﹐全片一百分鐘全部發生在一個房間之內﹐十位演員全部不知名的生面孔。這類電影一是無可救藥的爛片﹐一就是故事特別的有趣作品﹐《血聘》明顯不是前者。…

Philosophy of History – Mark Day

19th Mar 2011 - 10:53pm 哲學, 書評
近幾年香港重建舊區舊建築物時﹐常常聽到有關保育的訴求。當年清拆舊天星碼頭時﹐我曾花很多時間參與網上討論﹐辯論天星頭碼的歷史價值﹐同時亦感到自己知識上的不足﹐對於什麼是歷史意義這個核心問題﹐也只有從閱讀網上和報章評論而來一知半解的認識。雖然清拆天星已時隔多年﹐我還是對於自己在這方面知識的貧乏很介懷。最近終於立下決心﹐花了三個月時間潛心學習﹐讀畢大學歷史哲學入門的課本。這本書與我預期的答案有點不同﹐與其說這科是講述歷史哲學﹐不若說是講述歷史學的哲學。這本書從淺入深﹐介紹所有重要的歷史理論。歷史並不止是過去發生的事情﹐而是從人怎樣去看待歷史﹐去認識歷史與人的關係。…

Why I am not worried about Japan’s nuclear reactors

15th Mar 2011 - 07:44am News Clips
Now, I know nuclear melt down is not that frightening. Worse by worse, it will only take out the core, but not any radioactivity explosion.By, Dr. Josef Oehmen, MIT, March 13, 2011 I am writing this text (Mar 12) to give you some peace of mind regarding…

Are Compact Fluorescent Lightbulbs Really Cheaper Over Time?

13th Mar 2011 - 05:17pm News Clips
I hate the lighting produced by CFL bulbs. I am going to switch from incandescent bulb to LED lights directly when the price of LED lights comes down. CFL is a in-between gaping technically that eventually should be phased out.By Joseph Calamia,…

B.C. priest lands snowboarding PhD

5th Mar 2011 - 01:44am News Clips
I have been saying skiing nurture my spirituality for many years. Finally there is some theology proof from an Anglican priest with his Ph.D thesis on spiritually in snowboarding.CBC News, Mar 4, 2011 Thesis examines connection between spirituality…

Mountek MK5000 CD Slot Mount

2nd Mar 2011 - 10:55pm Product Reviews
After I bought my Android smart phone, it is naturally that I am going to play mp3 and navigate with the built-in GPS when I am driving. Therefore I need to buy a phone mount to hold the smart phone inside the car. There are only two types of phone mount…