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7 Mar 2012 (updated 9 Mar 2012 at 15:25 UTC) »

The Praemium Erasmianum Foundation has awarded the Erasmus Prize 2012 to the American philosopher Daniel C. Dennett (1942). The theme of the Erasmus Prize this year is ‘the cultural meaning of the natural sciences’. Daniel Dennett is praised for his ability to translate the cultural significance of science and technology to a broad audience.


finished 'Fraternity' by Diane Brady. Reading 'Fatal Invention' by Dorothy Roberts. Interested in connecting with Prof. Yanzhong Huang

"IBM touts quantum computing breakthrough" ---
Mark Ketchen, the manager of physics of information at the IBM's TJ Watson Research Center in Yorktown Heights, NY.

" do you really want to challenge a Dutch person about the English translation of the word ‘Levenswensverklaring’? " It is NOT 'Life Passport' ....What is Dutch Euthanasia Blue that is different from Americans?

9 Feb 2012 (updated 9 Feb 2012 at 14:30 UTC) »

there is a prophet among us, by the name of sashako, who forsee the lack of credit in Greek, I could be wrong though. But only god knows why I was a helper in his project in the year of 2004. OPS. I couldn't be more than wrong. wishful thinking and seeing. IT'S GEEK NOT GREEK, PROOF: NOBODY IS AS BLIND AS I CAN BE, SOMETIMES.

8 Feb 2012 (updated 21 Feb 2012 at 20:02 UTC) »

it seems to me, there are no good man nor bad man by nature's lofty design but man and woman. More to it, in my copy of the bible, 'to sin' simply is 'to be born as a man alone'. Does that algorithm translates to the understanding that twins are always good from the very beginning? Where did I get the impression that 'Thomas' in Yiddish means twin.

'Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind.' So Einstein once wrote to explain his personal creed:"A religious person is devout in the sense that he has no doubt of the significance of those super-personal objects and goals which neither require nor are capable of rational foundation.' His was not a life of prayer and worship. Yet he lived by a deep faith - a faith not capable of rational foundation - that there are laws of Nature to be discovered. His lifelong pursuit was to discover them. His realism and his optimism are illuminated by his remark: 'Subtle is the Lord, but malicious He is not.' ('Raffiniert ist der Herrgott aber boshaft ist er nicht.') When asked by a colleague what he meant by that, he replied: 'Nature hides her secret because of her loftiness, but not by means of ruse' (Die Natur verbirgt ihr Geheimnis durch die Erhabenheit ihres Wesens, aber nicht durch List.')

Here's a casethat US court stripped a Chinese national, Dow's research leader the title 'Scientist' and labeled him 'a trade-secret theft' instead.

"According to court documents, from January 2003 until February 2008, Huang was
employed as a research scientist at Dow, a leading international agricultural company based in Indianapolis that provides agrochemical and biotechnology products. In 2005, Huang became a research leader for Dow in strain development related to unique, proprietary organic insecticides marketed worldwide. As a Dow employee, Huang signed an agreement that outlined his obligations in handling confidential information, including trade secrets, and prohibited him from disclosing any confidential information without Dow’s consent. Dow employed several layers of security to preserve and maintain confidentiality and to prevent unauthorized use or disclosure of its trade

Huang admitted that during his employment at Dow, he misappropriated several Dow trade secrets. According to plea documents, from 2007 to 2010, Huang transferred and delivered the stolen Dow trade secrets to individuals in Germany and the PRC. With the assistance of these individuals, Huang used the stolen materials to conduct unauthorized research with the intent to benefit foreign universities that were instrumentalities of the PRC government. Huang also admitted that he pursued steps to develop and produce the misappropriated Dow trade
secrets in the PRC, including identifying manufacturing facilities in the PRC that would allow him to compete directly with Dow in the established organic pesticide market.

According to court documents, after Huang left Dow, he was hired in March 2008 by Cargill, an international producer and marketer of food, agricultural, financial and industrial
products and services. Huang worked as a biotechnologist for Cargill until July 2009 and signed a confidentiality agreement promising never to disclose any trade secrets or other confidential information of Cargill. Huang admitted that during his employment with Cargill, he stole one of
the company’s trade secrets – a key component in the manufacture of a new food product, which he later disseminated to another person, specifically a student at Hunan Normal University in the PRC.

According to the plea agreement, the aggregated loss from Huang’s criminal conduct exceeds $7 million but is less than $20 million.

“Mr. Huang used his insider status at two of America’s largest agricultural companies to steal valuable trade secrets for use in his native China,” said Assistant Attorney General Breuer.

“We cannot allow U.S. citizens or foreign nationals to hand sensitive business information over to competitors in other countries, and we will continue our vigorous criminal enforcement of economic espionage and trade secret laws. These crimes present a danger to the U.S. economy
and jeopardize our nation’s leadership in innovation.”

"In the expectation or hope of grace, we do evil on an installment basis; we are always aware of the necessary compensatory forms of remorse and penance. If we believe in grace, we also believe in immortality; in short, we believe. we sin not from despair but in the expectation of a saving grace." How about that? I haven't thought of it, that way. Maybe, it's about time to sin a little again? I wonder...

5 Feb 2012 (updated 5 Feb 2012 at 02:43 UTC) »

good lord...spam bot is going berserk. I see that too...

27 Jan 2012 (updated 27 Jan 2012 at 03:49 UTC) »
MichaelCrawford, WarpLife developer, showed up on this Roster

{ 205307 CRAWFORD, MICHAEL DAVID 01/13/12 A2-3 none set HARASSMENT - CLASS C FELONY }.

No detail of his arrest and charge is available yet. Michael had 5 min. of fame on this CNN interview. Let's all wish him triumph over hard time and trying time.

currently reading 'The Ominous Parallels' by Leonard Peikoff. A brilliant study of America Today - and the 'ominous parallels' with the chaos of pre-hitler Germany. copyright 1982.

"If you do not wish to be a victim of today's philosophical bankruptcy, I recommend 'The Ominous Parallels as protection and ammunition. It will protect you from supporting, unwittingly the ideas that are destroying you and the world ... This book and its author will be part of tomorrow's cultural mainstream..."

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