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Technology Pioneer David Gelernter: ‘Love Is Beyond Watson’

What does Watson’s Jeopardy victory tell us? Not much, says David Gelernter, the computer science pioneer and Yale professor. SPIEGEL spoke with Gelernter about the prospects of achieveing artifically-created consciousness and the belief that eternal life can be secured on a hard drive. SPIEGEL: Dr. Gelernter, the American journalist Ambrose Bierce described the word we […]

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Oliver Sacks (© Luigi Novi / Wikimedia Commons)

‘Starfish, Daisies and Raying Purple Forms’: Oliver Sacks on the Wonder of Sight

In a SPIEGEL interview, New York neurologist and author Oliver Sacks discusses his new book, “The Mind’s Eye,” which explores how creative people compensate for their sight disorders or blindness. He also discusses his own “face blindness,” which makes it difficult to recognize people. (–> photo-gallery OPTICAL ILLUSIONS) SPIEGEL: Dr. Sacks, five years ago, you were diagnosed with a […]

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Die Musik-Formel

Lieder können zu Tränen rühren und Massen in Ekstase treiben. Wie ist das möglich? Forscher entschlüsseln, wie sich physikalische Schwingungen in Gefühle verwandeln – und wie die rätselhafteste aller Künste einst entstanden ist. Machte erst die Musik den Menschen zum sozialen Wesen? Von Philip Bethge, SPIEGEL 31/2003 Johann Sebastian Bach wird überdauern. Selbst wenn ewiges […]

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