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Big think: Will AI ever achieve true understanding?

The Chinese Room thought experiment is designed to show how understanding something cannot be reduced to an "input-process-output" model.Artificial intelligence today is becoming increasingly sophisticated thanks to learning algorithms but still fails to demonstrate true understanding.All humans demonstrate computational habits when we first learn a new skill, until this somehow becomes understanding. It's your first day at work, and a new colleague, Kendall, catches you over coffee."You watch...
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The power of conformity: How good people do evil things

After World War II, many psychologists wanted to address the question of how it was that people could go along with the evil deeds of fascist regimes.Solomon Asch's experiment alarmingly showed just how easily we conform and how susceptible we are to group influence.People often will not only sacrifice truth and reason to conformity but also their own health and sense of right and wrong. It's the last question of the quiz, and Chloë knows the answer: it's Bolivia. Yes, it's definitely Bolivia....
Tags: Psychology, Germany, Innovation, Oxford, Panama, Bolivia, Shaun, Chloe, Stanley Milgram, Milgram, Zimbardo, Asch, Philip Zimbardo, Solomon Asch, Jonny Thomson, John Darley

Is Dumbledore gay? The question highlights a deeper literary debate

Intentionalism is the view that authors have a special authority over their work and can determine what is or is not the "proper" meaning to be found.Anti-intentionalism is the view that "there is nothing outside the text," and that while the author might be important, they are no more authoritative than the reader in determining meaning.The joy and wonder of reading is how we all find our own meanings in literature. We find answers and truths that no one else can define for us. In 2007, J.K....
Tags: George Orwell, Tennessee, Innovation, Oxford, Literature, Philosophy, William Blake, Philip Pullman, Christ, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Lewis, Rowling, J K Rowling, Albus Dumbledore, Dumbledore, Jacques Derrida

The Axial Age: When the greatest minds walked the earth

From 800 BCE to 200 BCE, the major civilizations of the world produced some of the most brilliant thinkers to ever have lived.Despite the vast differences between them, the various religions and philosophies share much in common.Today, many of our modern "common sense" values had their origin in the Axial Age. There are special moments in history when the world throws up a torrent of genius. Consider how, in a single century, we have Descartes, Leibniz, and Newton, not to mention Shakespeare, M...
Tags: Greece, China, India, History, Middle East, Innovation, Oxford, Philosophy, Un, Kashmir, Newton, Aristotle, Marx, Alexander, Buddha, Plato

A canvas of nonsense: how Dada reflects a world gone mad through art

Dada is a provocative and surreal art movement born out of the madness of World War I. Tzara, a key Dada theorist, says Dada seeks "to confuse and upset, to shake and jolt" people from their comfort zones.Dada, as all avant-garde art, faces a key problem in how to stay true to its philosophy. In a world gone mad, what can the few sane people left do? What can someone say when there are no words that seem up to the job? How can anyone hope to express ideas so terrible when doing so will only r...
Tags: Art, Hollywood, Innovation, Oxford, Philosophy, Silicon Valley, Grayson Perry, Nihilism, Dada, Duchamp, Hausmann, Kurt Schwitters, Hans Richter, Dadaism, Jonny Thomson, Kurt Schwitters Merz

Do you worry too much? Stoicism can help

Stoicism is the philosophy that nothing about the world is good or bad in itself, and that we have control over both our judgments and our reactions to things. It is hardest to control our reactions to the things that come unexpectedly. By meditating every day on the "worst case scenario," we can take the sting out of the worst that life can throw our way. Are you a worrier? Do you imagine nightmare scenarios and then get worked up and anxious about them? Does your mind get caught in a horribl...
Tags: Anxiety, Innovation, Oxford, Philosophy, Stoicism, Shakespeare, Hamlet, Catastrophizing, Seneca, Marcus Aurelius, Robyn Beck, Getty ImagesOne, Jonny Thomson

Benjamin Franklin on how to be a nice, likable person

Benjamin Franklin wrote essays on a whole range of subjects, but one of his finest was on how to be a nice, likable person. Franklin lists a whole series of common errors people make while in the company of others, like over-talking or storytelling. His simple recipe for being good company is to be genuinely interested in others and to accept them for who they are. Think of the nicest person you know. The person who would fit into any group configuration, who no one can dislike, or who makes ...
Tags: Getty Images, Personality, Innovation, Oxford, Philosophy, Benjamin Franklin, Franklin, Jonny Thomson, Ronald Martinez

Lessons from the Roman Empire about the danger of luxury

The Roman writer, Tacitus, argued that the Roman Empire was built by enslaving conquered people who became accustomed to fine living and luxury. Technology today has become so essential to our daily lives that it seems impossible to break free of it. It's as much a cage as a luxury. Being dependent on a thing gives it power over you. To need something or someone is, for better or worse, to limit yourself. Philippa has decided she wants to quit social media. She's worried about how addictive it...
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Ancient physics: How Democritus predicted the atom

The idea of the atom goes as far back as the ancient Greek philosopher Democritus in about 400 B.C.E.This led to his "theory of eidôla" to explain how our minds create the illusion of reality. Democritus was one of the first determinists, arguing that a world made only of atoms and controlled by the laws of physics left no room for free will.Philosophers love "The Matrix".It's the perfect introduction to the ideas of big names such as Plato and Descartes but with leather trench coats, bullet t...
Tags: Physics, Innovation, Oxford, Philosophy, Keanu Reeves, Neo, Aristotle, Herodotus, Plato, Pythagoras, Hippocrates, Jonny Thomson

Get Inspired: A fast-paced game to help sharpen movement for tennis

LTA coach Jonny Thomson introduces children to the fast-paced game 'mountains and valleys' to sharpen their movement for tennis.
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Get Inspired: Hone your kids' reactions with this serving drill

LTA coach Jonny Thomson takes you through the steps of the technique of serve, return and catch to challenge your child.
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