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Darwinism and the meaning of ‘meaning’
Castrodeza, Carlos
Asclepio : Revista de Historia de la Medicina y de la Ciencia , 2009,
Abstract: The problem of the meaning of life is herewith contemplated from a Darwinian perspective. It is argued how factors such as existential depression, the concern about the meaning of ‘meaning’, the problem of evil, death as the end of our personal identity, happiness as an unachievable goal, etc. may well have an adaptive dimension ‘controlled’ neither by ourselves nor obscure third parties (conspiracy theories) but ‘simply’ by our genes (replicators in general) so that little if anything is to be done to find a radical remedy for the human condition. El problema del sentido de la existencia se contempla en estas páginas desde una perspectiva darwiniana. Se argumenta como factores tales como la depresión existencial, la preocupación acerca del sentido del ‘sentido’, el problema del mal, la muerte como fin de nuestra identidad personal, la felicidad como meta inalcanzable, etc. pueden tener una dimensión adaptativa que no está ‘controlada’ ni por nosotros ni por terceras partes (teorías de la conspiración) sino ‘simplemente’ por nuestros genes (replicadores en general) de modo que nada o más bien poco se puede hacer para remediar en profundidad la condición humana.
On Infinity Topoi  [PDF]
Jacob Lurie
Mathematics , 2003,
Abstract: In this paper we investigate an infinitely categorical analogue of the theory of Grothendieck topoi. In particular, we define infinity topoi and prove an analogue of Giraud's theorem, expressing the equivalence of ``intrinsic'' and ``extrinsic'' definitions. We also discuss the relationship between the theory of infinity topoi and classical topics in homotopy theory and dimension theory.
Conformal Infinity
Frauendiener J?rg
Living Reviews in Relativity , 2000,
Abstract: The notion of conformal infinity has a long history within the research in Einstein's theory of gravity. Today, ``conformal infinity'' is related with almost all other branches of research in general relativity, from quantisation procedures to abstract mathematical issues to numerical applications. This review article attempts to show how this concept gradually and inevitably evolved out of physical issues, namely the need to understand gravitational radiation and isolated systems within the theory of gravitation and how it lends itself very naturally to solve radiation problems in numerical relativity. The fundamental concept of null-infinity is introduced. Friedrich's regular conformal field equations are presented and various initial value problems for them are discussed. Finally, it is shown that the conformal field equations provide a very powerful method within numerical relativity to study global problems such as gravitational wave propagation and detection.
Conformal Infinity
Frauendiener J?rg
Living Reviews in Relativity , 2004,
Abstract: The notion of conformal infinity has a long history within the research in Einstein's theory of gravity. Today, 'conformal infinity' is related to almost all other branches of research in general relativity, from quantisation procedures to abstract mathematical issues to numerical applications. This review article attempts to show how this concept gradually and inevitably evolved from physical issues, namely the need to understand gravitational radiation and isolated systems within the theory of gravitation, and how it lends itself very naturally to the solution of radiation problems in numerical relativity. The fundamental concept of null-infinity is introduced. Friedrich's regular conformal field equations are presented and various initial value problems for them are discussed. Finally, it is shown that the conformal field equations provide a very powerful method within numerical relativity to study global problems such as gravitational wave propagation and detection.
Information and Meaning  [PDF]
Christophe Menant
Entropy , 2003, DOI: 10.3390/e5020193
Abstract: We propose here to clarify some of the relations existing between information and meaning by showing how meaningful information can be generated by a system submitted to a constraint. We build up definitions and properties for meaningful information, a meaning generator system and the domain of efficiency of a meaning (to cover cases of meaningful information transmission). Basic notions of information processing are used.
The meaning of talent  [cached]
Raquel Lorenzo
Intangible Capital , 2006,
Abstract: The knowledge society gives a remarkable role to human potentialities into organizations. For this reason has emerged talent management. But it is necessary to know its meaning to put on practice programs. In this paper, the author analyzes different points of views about this topic.
Subjectivity and Meaning
Jens Brockmeier
Journal für Psychologie , 2008,
Abstract: In 1983 – 25 years ago – Klaus Holzkamp’s main work Grundlegung der Psychologie [Foundations of Psychology] was published. On this occasion, this essay reviews the historical and cultural situation in which the book appeared and the role of Holzkamp as activist of the 1968 movement in Berlin and within German psychology as well as leading theoretician of German Critical Psychology. The book is situated against the backdrop of recent theoretical developments in the field of alternative Psychology and the Social Sciences, as well as in respect to historically simultaneous and earlier ideas in psychology and philosophy which have received only little attention, especially in the discussion of the Grundlegung’s central themes subjectivity and meaning.
Meaning of Gravitation  [PDF]
Walter Petry
Journal of Modern Physics (JMP) , 2019, DOI: 10.4236/jmp.2019.102012
Abstract: It is well-known that two bodies attract one another by gravitation. The theory of Newton gives a formula for this attraction depending on the masses of the bodies. General relativity of Einstein explains gravitation as geometry. There exists no satisfactory explanation for the meaning of gravitation. A theory of gravitation in flat space-time gives non-singular, cosmological models. In the beginning of the universe, there is no matter and all the energy is uniformly distributed gravitational energy. This energy is attractive and converts to dark matter generating our universe. Gravitational energy is the reason for attraction and not the mass of the bodies. It is well known that each body is surrounded by a gravitational field. This field gives the attraction of bodies.
Stable Infinity Categories  [PDF]
Jacob Lurie
Mathematics , 2006,
Abstract: This paper is an expository account of the theory of stable infinity categories. We prove that the homotopy category of a stable infinity category is triangulated, and that the collection of stable infinity categories is closed under a variety of constructions. We also explain how to construct the derived category of an abelian category (with enough projective objects) as the homotopy category of a suitable stable infinity category; moreover, we characterize this stable infinity category by a universal mapping property.
THE MEANING OF GENETICS  [cached]
Svenja Adolphs,Craig Hamilton,Brigitte Nerlich
International Journal of English Studies (IJES) , 2003, DOI: 10.6018/ijes.3.1.48501
Abstract: Research into the public understanding of genetics has greatly expanded lately. At the same time inatters relating to biotechnology have scizcd the public's attention. Corpus linguistics has long asked questions about how meaning is created and changed in the public sphere through language use. However, linking Corpus linguistics to the study of the public understanding of science is something too few have done. To correct this trend, we apply methods from corpus linguistics and cognitive linguistics to study how people talk about genetics. We do so by analysiny the mieaning of words like gene, genes, genetic, genetics, and genetically as found in various spoken and written corpora. Specifically, we examine how they take on certain (e.g. figurative) connotations and modulate in context.
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