Science Fiction Citations http://www.jessesword.com/sf/list/?page=1
The Oxford Science Fiction Citations Project aims to track down the earliest use of terms in a "science fiction sense" (for example, credit was in common use to mean "buy now, pay later" before it was adopted by SF writers as the generic Currency of the Future; this group is concerned with the latter). It's interesting that various types of laser weapon are first mentioned in a cluster in the 1960s. "Laser gun" appears to have prior useage as a tool rather than a weapon.
Litany Against Fear - a philosophical perspective https://pan-2.dreamwidth.org/50068.html I must not fear.
Fear is the mind-killer.
Fear is the little death that brings total obliteration.
I will face my fear.
I will permit it to pass over me and through me.
And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path.
Where the fear has gone there will be nothing.
Only I will remain.
I find the Litany Against Fear to be a remarkable tool; the most remarkable thing is its incredible usefulness. As a knife is useful in physical reality, the Litany is useful in psychological reality.
Sniffing dogs https://pan-2.dreamwidth.org/64090.html
Берём нюхающих собачек, прогоняем двойной слепой тест, получаем результативность:
Each team ran each search area twice, for a total of 36 runs per condition (2 runs/team ? 18 teams) and an overall total of 144 separate runs (4 search areas ? 2 runs/team/area ? 18 teams) (Fig. 1).
Overall, because multiple alerts per team within a condition were possible, there were a total of 225 alerts issued. There were 21 (15%) clean runs and 123 (85%) runs with one or more alerts.
Ну вроде бы неплохо, всего в 15% нет "срабатывания", в то время как в 85% собачки что-то находят.
Только вот маленькая проблема...
The children now love luxury. They have bad manners, contempt for authority; they show disrespect for elders and love chatter in place of exercise. https://https://pan-2.dreamwidth.org/60292.html
I wanted to use this quote, so I needed to know who said it; however, the NYT website contained a surprise. The newspaper had retracted the quote and now there was a note that said “Its origin is unclear, although many researchers agree that Plato is not the source.” I am sure I have seen this quote before. Can you tell me where it came from and who said it?