Algorithm vs. Agent: Creating Information with iPhone Autofill

Here we illustrate the difference between algorithms and conscious beings playing a simple game on the iPhone: If you ONLY get to use autofill, how long can you keep the game going? Pretty long, so long as you make choices. On the other hand, if you just pick choices at random, or let the phone make the choice for you, you immediately devolve into repetitive gibberish.

This illustrates the fundamental difference between humans and algorithms. Humans anticipate the future, where algorithms can only respond to the present based on patterns in the past. The difference is huge. This problem exists no matter how sophisticated the algorithm. This simple game illustrates one of the most critical limitations of AI as it currently exists.

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Azra Raza On Cancer’s $250 Billion Elephant-In-The-Room

Azra Raza treated cancer patients for 30 years, but not even the loss of her Oncologist husband could provoke her to write a book. It took the death of her daughter’s dearest 22 year old friend – when suddenly she realized she had to speak up.

Here we discuss the one most important thing that The System overlooks – THE PATIENT’S ANGUISH – and speaks out about the state of cancer research in the 21st century. Groupthink, sexism, ignorance of history, and absence of empathy… and no one is in charge.

A quarter-trillion dollars later, we’re still carrying out the same punishing treatments we were doling out in the 1970s – where life extensions of six weeks are heralded as “breakthroughs.”

We discuss the “Cancer Cambrian” and the great black hole that is our grasp of cancer cellular evolution.

Finally, witness Azra’s dream of a superior system for detecting and beating cancer.

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Azra’s Book, The First Cell: And the Human Costs of Pursuing Cancer to the Last —

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Trouble In Origin Of Life Paradise

James Tour, a renowned nanochemist at Rice University, has been openly critical of Origin Of Life literature for being too optimistic, too sanguine and at times misleading. See this video for example

When Perry Marshall took part in a discussion on the Unbelievable show with Denis Noble and Lee Cronin, host Justin Brierley mentioned Tour and his criticism. A reaction ensued, which led to Tour and Cronin going head to head on an international radio program and podcast. Here, we re-broadcast the scene that provoked the controversy and the debate that followed.

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Dynamic Kinetic Chemistry and the Origin Of Life

Addy Pross is a Chemist at Ben Gurion University in Israel. He’s author of “What is Life: How Chemistry Becomes Biology” by Oxford University Press. Here we enjoyed a great conversation about his specialty, Systems Chemistry, a new branch of science that enables us to build complex networks of chemical reactions like those found inside of cells.

We explore the unanswered questions that continue to perplex scientists of all kinds.

Evolution 2.0 in the “Nature Ecology and Evolution” Science Journal

Referencing the Evolution 2.0 Prize: “The largest basic research science prize in history is still on offer for the demonstration of a natural origin of genetic code from chemical organization.”
Nature Evolution and Ecology, “The early origin of cooperation” by Joana Xavier

Joana Xavier is an Origin Of Life researcher at the Institute for Molecular Evolution, Heinrich-Heine University in Düsseldorf, Germany. She has published numerous papers on life’s origin.

Also see her paper, “Systems Biology Perspectives on Minimal and Simpler Cells.”

Lynn Margulis’ last interview with Conner Habib

Lynn Margulis, who died in 2012, was a piercing luminary in the history of evolutionary theory.

She overturned the money changer’s tables in the temple of science and infuriated a lot of people. But history has continued to vindicate her.

In this interview, she and Conner explore a very different way of thinking about life itself and you’ll hear her brilliant mind and feisty posture.

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Sy Garte – The Works of His Hands

This is Perry Marshall and I’m long overdue to mention a really great book that came out not too long ago. It’s called The Works of His Hands by Sy Garte. 

Sy is a molecular biologist that I met at some science meetings in the last few years. Probably a couple years ago he sent me a manuscript of this book and I read it. I was like, “Dude, you have to get this book published with a good publisher, and you need to really do this justice because this is way above average.”

This is a science and faith book, but it is not like most. In my opinion, most science and faith books are a little starchy or a little too sentimental or they have bad science or whatever. This one was a real gem.

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Michael Behe, father of “irreducible complexity,” vs. natural genetic engineering

Michael Behe infuriated traditional Darwinists with his concept of irreducible complexity more than 20 years ago.

He argues instead for Intelligent Design. But what does ID really mean? Is it a puff of smoke? A perfectly executed pool shot at the start of the Big Bang? External intervention at various points along the way? Intrinsic cellular intelligence?

Perry Marshall and Michael Behe discuss where to draw the dotted line.

Joel Salatin: The Uberization of Food (Not Twinkies, REAL food)

This Is The Next Mega-Disruptor

Joel Salatin is a “Christian Libertarian Environmentalist Capitalist Lunatic” who is re-inventing the way food is grown, distributed and consumed.

Here we examine how current legislation is based on 1906 technology, and the new culinary entrepreneurship that is expanding as we break the shackles of 19th century “Darwinian” agriculture.

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