Must AI Inevitably Degenerate into Nonsense, through “Model Collapse”?

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AI works because humans are real creative beings, and AIs are built using gigantic amounts of diverse and creative datasets made by humans. Source
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Ray Kurzweil Predicts: The “Singularity” by 2045

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Under Kurzweil’s transhumanist vision of the future, AI promises us superhuman capabilities complete with heaven on earth and eternal life Source
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Accounts from “After Death” Defeat Materialist Contentions About the Soul

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Ahead of the Friday theatrical release, our colleague Andrew McDiarmid talked with Dr. Jeffrey Long, a cancer doctor who appears in the film. Source
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Consciousness May Occur Near Time of Birth

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Researchers generally stress that the unborn child’s brain is in a rapid, ongoing, and little understood state of development. Source
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Are Near-Death Experiences Science Now?

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The laughter has died down? Good. It was modern medicine — not religion — that created the hard evidence for credible near-death experiences. Source
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Dreaming Animals and Human Exceptionalism

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Researchers have detected something like REM (rapid eye movement) sleep — which is associated with dreaming in humans — in jumping spiders. Source
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Are Plants Cognitive, Intelligent Beings?

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Some plant biologists want to see them that way; others continue to insist on a Darwinian view. Source
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For Males, an Engineering Marvel that Originates in the Brain

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The male erection and ejaculatory reflex require multiple physiological processes to work together in an incredible coordinated manner. Source
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Study: Brain Is Still Active After Death

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Obviously, these experiences point to something that is irrelevant to claims about evolution. Source
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