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Jan 14, 2020Open    AccessArticle

The Evolution of “Rumor”

Jing Qin
Rumor is a social phenomenon and its true colors are similar to those of “folk commentaries”, including “folk songs”, “nursery rhymes”, “folk cus-toms”, “ballads”, “new rhymes”, “village ballads”, “chanting ballads” and so on. It is also an important monitoring system in ancient China. With the development of society, “rumor” has changed its semantic meaning. In modern Chinese, “rumor” has become an unreliable,
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Dec 30, 2019Open    AccessArticle

The Influence of Social Thought on the Connotation of Traditional Filial Piety during Guangxu Period of Qing Dynasty

Ruoxi Li
Traditional Chinese conception of filial piety requires grown-up children to treat their parents kindly, which means satisfying their parents’ material needs. As time goes by, the conception of traditional Chinese filial piety gradually evolves to the theory that requires grown-up children not only to treat their parents kindly, but also be obedient to them. In Guangxu Period of Qing Dynasty, the spread of Christia
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Jul 18, 2019Open    AccessArticle

The Effect of Demographic Factors on Organizational Justice and Intention to Leave in the Private Higher Education Sector in Egypt

Tamer M. Monged, Mohamed A. Raghab, Passant Tantawi
This study aimed to examine the impact and the relationship between organizational justice and the intention to leave and investigate the effect of demographic factors on study variables among the universities employees in Egypt. Organizational justice is explained as perceived fairness in terms of distributive justice, procedural justice, interactional justice, temporal justice and spatial justice at workplace. The
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Mar 06, 2019Open    AccessArticle

Paleoanthropology of Consciousness, Culture and Oral Language

Claudio Messori
It is presented an updated version of my previous paleoanthropological inter-pretation of the available utilitarian and non-utilitarian Paleolithic finds (Messori 2016), aimed at establishing the earliest human developmental stages of consciousness, culture and oral language. The environmental transformations to which Earth has gone to meet from its formation to the Archean period of the Precambrian Era, during which the terrestri
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Feb 28, 2019Open    AccessArticle

On Natural and Artificial Intelligence

Luis F. Copertari
The current state of the art in knowledge and technology concerning natural and artificial intelligence is innovatively discussed here. The paper goes from concepts of natural intelligence to ideas about the possible nature and future of artificial intelligence. The ideas presented are based both on common sense and scientific research. I dare speculate on the requirements for a strong artificial intelligence to emerge.
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Dec 29, 2017Open    AccessArticle

Knowledge of Climate Change and the Perception of Nigeria’s Coastal Communities on the Occurrence of Sargassum natans and Sargassum fluitans

Lucette Adet, Godwin Nmeka Nsofor, Kehinde Olufunso Ogunjobi, Brahima Camara
Climate change effects threat life on earth especially economically poor areas. Among them is noticed the shifting of the algae species Sargassum natans and Sargassum fluitanss seaweeds from the Brazilian coast to new areas along the West African coastline. Their occurrence along the Nigerian
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Nov 17, 2017Open    AccessArticle

On Opening the Gate to the Stars and Superintelligence

Luis F. Copertari
Humanity is engaged in a search for the future, a search both inwards into the meaning and basis of our own humanity and the possibility of superintelligence (being that biologically based, artificial or both) and outwards out to the stars and the exploration and colonization of other planets. I call the emergence of superintelligence transcendence and the discovery of space jumping, which would make human colonization possible th
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Nov 16, 2017Open    AccessArticle

From Enlightenment to Cyborgs

Claudio Messori
The decline of the feudal system and the progressive rise of the medieval bourgeoisie to power roles and government functions, leads the West (17th century) to theorize and assume a materialistic, reductionist and mechanistic model of thought, based on a privileged, tendentially exclusive, relationship with Science (Galilean scientific method), technique and technology. This paper takes into account the historical, sociological, a
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Nov 14, 2016Open    AccessArticle

Intelligence vs. Artificial Intelligence: The King Is Naked

Claudio Messori
The sociological dimension of Artificial Intelligence (AI), and automation, is placed in the path traced by the man-machine integration process, started in the eighteenth century by the Industrial Revolution that assumes its current connotation after World War II. The use of the term intelligence, which appears in the expression Artificial Intelligence, is shown to be improper and misleading, and the expression itself should be re
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Jan 27, 2016Open    AccessArticle

Socioeconomic and Ecological Impact Analysis of Rubber Cultivation in Southeast Asia

Chansack Vongkhamheng, Jianhua Zhou, Mukete Beckline, Sythud Phimmachanh
In this paper, we aimed at examining the role of natural rubber (Hevea brasiliensis) cultivation as a source of income for rural communities as well as a potential source of ecological damage. We reviewed existing scientific literature and data sources on natural rubber cultivation particularly in south East Asia. We observed that, the latex from the lower part of the trunk has a high commercial value which can assist rural communities in socioeconomic development; the trunk is a source o...


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