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Submission + - mathematical universe and the hard problem of consciousness (

An anonymous reader writes: In the beautiful words of David Chalmers – consciousness poses the most baffling problem in science. There is nothing that we know more intimately than conscious experience, but there is nothing that is harder to explain. All sorts of phenomena have yielded to scientific investigation in recent years, but consciousness has stubbornly resisted. Many have tried to explain it, but the explanations always seem to fall short of the target. Some have been led to suppose that the problem is intractable, and that no good explanation can be given.

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Submission + - Should Obama Register as a Microsoft Lobbyist?

theodp writes: With both President Hu of China and Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer in da (White) House, President Obama took the occasion to blast the Chinese for ripping off Microsoft. Said the Prez: 'So we were just in a meeting with business leaders, and Steve Ballmer of Microsoft pointed out that their estimate is that only one customer in every 10 of their products is actually paying for it in China. And so can we get better enforcement, since that is an area where America excels — intellectual property and high-value added products and services. And the Chinese government has, to its credit, taken steps to better enforce intellectual property. We've got further agreement as a consequence of this state visit. And I think President Hu would acknowledge that more needs to be done.' Be careful what you wish for, Mr. President — as Vivek Wadhwa pointed out last weekend, an IP-enforcing China could be the United States' worst nightmare'.

Submission + - Babies show 'social intelligence' (

vivaoporto writes: "At the age of six months, most babies have barely learnt to sit up, let alone crawl, walk or talk. But, according to new research, they can already assess someone's intentions towards them, deciding who is a likely friend or enemy.

"By six months, babies have learnt quite a lot and they are taking things in," said Kiley Hamlin, lead author of the research. "We can't say that it is hard-wired (exists in a newborn baby) but we can say it is pre-linguistic and pre-explicit teaching," she told BBC News.

"The babies were sat on their parents' laps and shown a display representing a character trying to climb a hill. The climbing character, which had eyes to make it human-like, was either knocked down the hill by an unhelpful character (a toy of a different shape and color) or pushed up the hill by a helper cartoon figure (another shape and color)," the research noted."


Submission + - New Age temple discovered by vilagers (

An anonymous reader writes: Here, 100ft down and hidden from public view, lies an astonishing secret — one that has drawn comparisons with the fabled city of Atlantis and has been dubbed 'the Eighth Wonder of the World' by the Italian government. For weaving their way underneath the hillside are nine ornate temples, on five levels, whose scale and opulence take the breath away. Constructed like a three-dimensional book, narrating the history of humanity, they are linked by hundreds of meters of richly decorated tunnels and occupy almost 300,000 cubic feet — Big Ben is 15,000 cubic feet.

The hardest part of climbing the ladder of success is getting through the crowd at the bottom.