How Ten-Year-Old’s are Smarter than “Super-Intelligent” Computers

A mounting fear that science fiction may turn into reality came to light recently. Three brilliant physicists (Stephen Hawking, Max Tegmark, and Frank Wilczek) joined with a noted computer scientist (Stuart Russell) to worry in public about what they termed “superintelligent machines.”

I found myself smiling through most of the article — the gap between fiction and reality seems pretty wide right now — but that’s just super-computer-goedr_075247the kind of complacency the authors are worried about. What if weapons of war are completely automated and turned loose to name their own targets? What if the current trend toward high-speed computer trading on Wall St. is perfected to the point that machines can manipulate the world’s economy?

Those two possibilities pose dangers that do, in fact, seem to loom as real possibilities. But I wonder if the term “superintelligent machine” doesn’t beg the question.

Is any machine intelligent to begin with? Despite the vogue for Artificial Intelligence (AI), I think no machine is intelligent or ever will be. The four authors rest their case on a sentence that strikes me as wrong-headed: “There is no physical law precluding particles from being organized in ways that perform even more advanced computations than the arrangements of particles in human brains.”

A lot of assumptions are packed into this sentence:

  1. Our brain is what makes humans intelligent.
  2. Thinking is the same as computation.
  3. Thoughts can be broken down into bits of information.
  4. If a computer has as many bits of information as the human brain, it can compete on an equal footing with the human mind.

These assumptions are bywords in the AI field, but that doesn’t mean they hold water. At the very least, each statement meets with serious push back when examined carefully. Continue reading


How To Be at Peace When our World Isn’t

We seem to be living out the Chinese curse, “May you live in interesting times” and from media reports you might think the humanity is unraveling and the planet with it.

But in the face of chaos, some facts remain constant and stable:

  • To advance the cause of peace, you must be at peace.
  • The wars around the world reflect a war in human nature.
  • No dispute is ever settled unless both sides achieve a level of mutual satisfaction.

meditationWhen politics comes down to rigidly opposing views, such as one side wanting armed intervention in the Middle East while the other side wants to stay out, all of these facts are being ignored.

That’s why the Iraq War ended in chaos, because the issues were never resolved so that all sides achieved mutual satisfaction, and why grudges that simmered for centuries suddenly erupt today.

But the fact that is critical is the first one. You can’t help the cause of peace unless you are peaceful. Continue reading


The Scientific Health Benefits of Being Compassionate

Compassion is changing before our eyes. A religious concept associated with Jesus and Buddha (known as “the Compassionate One”) is being researched today through brain scans and positive psychology. In positive psychology your aim is to reach a state of well-being. The actions of a compassionate person, being kind and sympathetic, turn out to bring personal benefits as well. This is one way that a spiritual value acquires practical, everyday value.

As part of a compassionate lifestyle, a person:

  • Lets go of judgment
  • Is more accepting of others
  • Appreciates how other people feel
  • Tries to help in difficult situations
  • Acts as a sympathetic listener
  • Renounces anger and aggression
  • Works to maintain a harmonious, peaceful atmosphere at home and at work.

Compassion-1The reason a compassionate lifestyle leads to greater psychological well-being may be that the act of giving is equally or more pleasurable than receiving. A brain-imaging study led by neuroscientists at the National Institutes of Health showed that the “pleasure centers” in the brain – the parts that are active when we experience things like dessert, money, and sex — are equally active vicariously.

We feel pleasure, for example, when we observe someone giving money to charity as if we were receiving the money ourselves. A complementary study at the University of British Columbia showed that even in children as young as two, giving treats to others increased the givers’ happiness more than receiving treats themselves.

In a description written from the viewpoint of positive psychology, compassion is “an evolved part of human nature, rooted in our brain and biology.” In other words, as human beings evolved, we became more aware of the good that results from empathy and kindness. We developed an alternative to selfishness. Studies have suggested that compassion is indeed an evolved part of human nature, vital to good health and even to the survival of our species. Compassion motivated 25.3 percent of Americans to volunteer in 2014, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. Continue reading


A Time Comes In Your Life When You Finally Get it. This is Your Awakening.

The Awakening

A time comes in your life when you finally get it. When, in the midst of all your fears and insanity, you stop dead in your tracks and somewhere the voice inside your head cries out… ENOUGH! Enough fighting and crying and blaming and struggling to hold on. Then, like a child quieting down after a tantrum, you blink back your tears and begin to look at the world through new eyes.

This is your awakening.

You realize it’s time to stop hoping and waiting for something to change, or for happiness, safety and security to magically appear over the next horizon.

You realize that in the real world there aren’t always fairy tale endings, and that any guarantee of “happily ever after” must begin with you… and in the process a sense of serenity is born of acceptance.

You awaken to the fact that you are not perfect and that not everyone will always love, appreciate or approve of who or what you are… and that’s OK. They are entitled to their own views and opinions.

01 Awakening Soul Spirit

You learn the importance of loving and championing yourself… and in the process a sense of new found confidence is born of self-approval.

You stop complaining and blaming other people for the things they did to you – or didn’t do for you – and you learn that the only thing you can really count on is the unexpected.

You learn that people don’t always say what they mean or mean what they say and that not everyone will always be there for you and everything isn’t always about you.

So, you learn to stand on your own and to take care of yourself… and in the process a sense of safety and security is born of self-reliance.

You stop judging and pointing fingers and you begin to accept people as they are and to overlook their shortcomings and human frailties… and in the process a sense of peace and contentment is born of forgiveness.

You learn to open up to new worlds and different points of view. You begin reassessing and redefining who you are and what you really stand for.

You learn the difference between wanting and needing and you begin to discard the doctrines and values you’ve outgrown, or should never have bought into to begin with.

You learn that there is power and glory in creating and contributing and you stop maneuvering through life merely as a “consumer” looking for you next fix.

You learn that principles such as honesty and integrity are not the outdated ideals of a bygone era, but the mortar that holds together the foundation upon which you must build a life.

You learn that you don’t know everything, it’s not your job to save the world and that you can’t teach a pig to sing. You learn the only cross to bear is the one you choose to carry and that martyrs get burned at the stake.

Then you learn about love. You learn to look at relationships as they really are and not as you would have them be. You learn that ‘alone’ does not mean lonely.


You stop trying to control people, situations and outcomes. You learn to distinguish between guilt and responsibility and the importance of setting boundaries and learning to say NO.

You also stop working so hard at putting your feelings aside, smoothing things over and ignoring your needs.

You learn that your body really is your temple. You begin to care for it and treat it with respect. You begin to eat a balanced diet, drinking more water, and take more time to exercise.

You learn that being tired fuels doubt, fear, and uncertainty and so you take more time to rest. And, just as food fuels the body, laughter fuels the soul. So you take more time to laugh and to play.

You learn that, for the most part, you get in life what you deserve, and that much of life truly is a self-fulfilling prophecy.

You learn that anything worth achieving is worth working for and that wishing for something to happen is different than working toward making it happen.

More importantly, you learn that in order to achieve success you need direction, discipline and perseverance. You learn that no one can do it all alone, and that it’s OK to risk asking for help.

You learn the only thing you must truly fear is fear itself. You learn to step right into and through your fears because you know that whatever happens you can handle it and to give in to fear is to give away the right to live life on your own terms.

You learn to fight for your life and not to squander it living under a cloud of impending doom.

You learn that life isn’t always fair, you don’t always get what you think you deserve and that sometimes bad things happen to unsuspecting, good people… and you lean not to always take it personally.

You learn that nobody’s punishing you and everything isn’t always somebody’s fault. It’s just life happening. You learn to admit when you are wrong and to build bridges instead of walls.

You lean that negative feelings such as anger, envy and resentment must be understood and redirected or they will suffocate the life out of you and poison the universe that surrounds you.

You learn to be thankful and to take comfort in many of the simple things we take for granted, things that millions of people upon the earth can only dream about: a full refrigerator, clean running water, a soft warm bed, a long hot shower.

Then, you begin to take responsibility for yourself by yourself and you make yourself a promise to never betray yourself and to never, ever settle for less than you heart’s desire.

You make it a point to keep smiling, to keep trusting, and to stay open to every wonderful possibility.

You hang a wind chime outside your window so you can listen to the wind.

Finally, with courage in you heart, you take a stand, you take a deep breath, and you begin to design the life you want to live as best as you can.

~ Author Unknown


If this story resonates with you then you are indeed an awakened soul and the video below should help bring you even closer to vibrating at the level of the divine!

Spirit Science 14 ~ Insights of Ascension

I hope you guys enjoyed this fantastic story of awakening. It truly is a blessing to be alive! One Love  - Kasim Khan – Team Spirit


4 Things All Real Friends Do For Each Other

As we go through life, we develop many friendships.  Some friendships last a few years, but some last a lifetime.  Whether you are a social butterfly or are an introvert, there is a main point we can all agree on:

Quality over quantity.

It’s better to have two or three real friends than to have superficial relationships with a bunch of people.  The core of your friendships should ultimately be a soul-to-soul connection with that person, and in order for their to be a soul-to-soul connection there has to be some things that you do for each other over the years to keep that bond strong.

Here are the things that really matter in a friendship: Meaningful conversations, transparency, loyalty, trust, and love.  Friendships are not measured in how many parties you go to but by how many heart-to-hearts and meaningful experiences you have with that person.

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We are The Universe Experiencing itself; Here’s How

Written by: Ryan Mita

When you conceptualize existence as “you” living in “the universe” you are separating 1 thing into 2 parts. What would the most primal visual representation of that look like? It would look like a dot with a box drawn around it. If your view is from this perspective, the foundation of your concept of reality is therefore understood as “I am separate from the universe.” or “I am living within the universe.”

6a00d8341bf7f753ef019b0156940c970bYou basically come to view yourself as a child within a sandbox. All of mainstream “knowledge” is laid on top of the belief that we are living within the universe.

The point is, when you view the universe as something that is separate from you, it unconsciously influences the vantage point of how you interpret reality. Your view point is from the inside looking out.

Now, when we are learning the skills that we need to survive in this world, we breakdown everything into parts that can be measurable. Continue reading

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