Hemeroteca del mes mayo, 2016

To the Memory of Alexander Grothendieck: a Great and Mysterious Genius of Mathematics

Por • 31 may, 2016 • Category: Opinion

In November 2014 Alexander Grothendieck passed away at the age of 86. There is no doubt that he was one of the greatest and most innovative mathematicians of the 20th century. After a bitter childhood, his meteoric ascent started in the Cartan Seminar in Paris, it led to a breakthrough while he worked in Sao Paulo, and to the Fields Medal. He introduced numerous new concepts and techniques, which were involved in the groundbreaking solutions to long-standing problems. However, dramatic changes were still ahead of him. In recent years hardly anybody knew where he was living, and even if he was still alive; he had withdrawn to a modest life in isolation. Also beyond his achievements in mathematics, Grothendieck was an extraordinary person. This is a tribute of his fascinating life.

Alfredo Serrano: Agenda Económica Bolivariana le dice al mundo que Venezuela no quiere la vía neoliberal

Por • 30 may, 2016 • Category: Nacionales

Correo del Orinoco 28 de mayo de 2016.- El economista español, Alfredo Serrano, expresó este viernes que la Agenda Económica Bolivariana implementada por el Gobierno Nacional manifiesta ante el mundo que Venezuela no desea seguir el camino neoliberal para solucionar la actual coyuntura que enfrenta el país. “La Agenda Económica Bolivariana marca un camino diciéndole […]

Gewalt and Metalepsis: On Heidegger and the Greeks

Por • 28 may, 2016 • Category: Educacion

This article seeks to interrogate Heidegger as translator. First we show that the refusal to translate hypokeimenon as subiectum, opens up the possibility of an onto-heno-chrono-phenomenology of the thingliness of the thing as constancy. Second we demonstrate that the attempt to think a transformation of aletheia cannot avoid translation and all its violences. Finally we return to the Greeks in order to think translation as metalepsis, to reinterpret the Platonic translation of ideas as things, to rethink the Aristotelian nous as self-translating, and to suggest that the origin of thinking may lie in translation as well.

Event ontology in quantum mechanics and downward causation

Por • 28 may, 2016 • Category: Leyes

We show that several interpretations of quantum mechanics admit an ontology of objects and events. This ontology reduces the breach between mind and matter. When humans act, their actions do not appear explainable in mechanical terms but through mental activity: motives, desires or needs that propel them to action. These are examples of what in the last few decades have come to be called “downward causation”. Basically, downward causation is present when the disposition of the whole to behave in a certain way cannot be predicted from the dispositions of the parts. The event ontology of quantum mechanics allow us to show that systems in entangled states present emergent new properties and downward causation.

Maduro: Desde la Otan organizan una intervención militar a Venezuela

Por • 28 may, 2016 • Category: Nacionales

ÚN.- 26/05/2016. Este jueves, el presidente de la República, Nicolás Maduro aseguró que desde la Organización del Tratado del Atlántico (Otan) se organiza una intervención militar organizada por el presidente del Gobierno de España, Mariano Rajoy y el presidente de la Asamblea Nacional, Henry Ramos Allup.  “Eso es lo que hay por qué sino cómo se explica que este […]

Why Does China Want to Control the South China Sea?

Por • 28 may, 2016 • Category: Opinion

At the neuralgic core of each fear is a loss of control. What they collectively lack is a positive undertaking to establish control. In this sense, the fears rely on the project to achieve their satisfaction, just as the project needs the fears to motivate its execution. But the project is more than the sum of the fears. The positive vision of a Sinocentric order that overcomes the fears is itself also a motivation. If the fears push, the project pulls. Agree or not with this interpretation, it may merit preliminary attention when facing a less intellectual, more existential, and more prescriptive question posed by China’s maritime resolve. Aptly in view of China’s past, it is Lenin’s question: What is to be done?

Russia needs new Warsaw Pact to contain Washington’s military lust

Por • 28 may, 2016 • Category: Internacionales

“In Eastern Europe, there are no countries that would be willing to cooperate with Russia in the defense field, – Leonid Ivashov, President of the International Center for Geopolitical Analysis told Pravda.Ru. – The Americans have all by the throat. Russia needs to strengthen its military might in the first place. Secondly, Russia must create joint defense space with Belarus. We should also work in the Balkans, especially in Serbia and Bulgaria. We also must create a group of high-precision cruise missiles based within reach of the United States. In this way, Russia will be able to neutralize the US anti-missile defense. When the Americans feel threatened as it was in 1962 (the Cuban Missile Crisis), they will be the first to offer to sit down to negotiate.”

Can US win a new Cold War upon China?

Por • 28 may, 2016 • Category: Política

Despite its military and technological edge, the US is perplexed by China’s advantage in size as it dares not beat China right now but worries about being beaten by China in a long-term contest. It is also uncertain about China’s collapse halfway through as did the Soviet Union. In light of this, China needs to consolidate its security, be wary of being misled by the hawkish and rein in the confrontation with cooperation. With prospering industrialization and a huge population, China can be militarily intimidated by no one. That’s what Carter and his military need to know.

“La inflación no es real es inducida” – estamos en el reino del realismo mágico

Por • 27 may, 2016 • Category: Nacionales

Hernán Luis Torres Núñez 26/05/16. Mis estimados lectores, que me honran con los minutos de su valioso tiempo que dedican a leer mis artículos. Tal como lo señala el título, la inflación no es “real” según dijera el Vicepresidente de la Nación, todo es una ficción. Cuando ustedes vayan a comprar un producto cualquiera y […]

Uncertain for A Century: Quantum Mechanics and The Dilemma of Interpretation

Por • 26 may, 2016 • Category: Crítica

Quantum Mechanics, the physical theory describing the microworld, represents one of science’s greatest triumphs. It lies at the root of all modern digital technologies and offers unparalleled correspondence between prediction and experiments. Remarkably, however, after more than 100 years it is still unclear what quantum mechanics means in terms of basic philosophical questions about the nature of reality. While there are many interpretations of the mathematical machinery of quantum physics, there remains no experimental means to distinguish between most of them. In this contribution, (based on a discussion at the NYAS), I wish to consider the ways in which the enduring lack of an agreed upon interpretation of quantum physics influences a number of critical philosophical debates about physics and reality. I briefly review two problems effected by quantum interpretations: the meaning of the term ‘Universe’ and the nature of consciousness.