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Sunday, June 30, 2024

PHANTOMS & MONSTERS NEWS: ATLANTIS' Location Revealed? - 18th Century French Media's WEREWOLF Panic - Will AI Surpass Human Intelligence?


ATLANTIS' Location Revealed?

The search for the legendary lost island of Atlantis continues to fascinate researchers. However, a detail that is commonly ignored in the search for Atlantis is the fact that Plato’s account of this lost civilization includes several references to Greek writing. Interestingly, these references to the Greek alphabet can help us to work out where Atlantis really was.

In Plato’s Timaeus, written in the fourth century BCE, he presents an account of Solon of Athens speaking to an Egyptian priest. The priest, from Sais, tells Solon the story of Atlantis. Solon is obviously curious as to why his own people, the Greeks, have no knowledge of Atlantis.

The priest tells Solon that this is because of what happened sometime after the events involving Atlantis. According to the priest, the Greeks suffered a terrible societal collapse. Read more at How the Greek Alphabet Reveals Where Atlantis Really Was


18th Century French Media's WEREWOLF Panic

If you’ve studied French (or, indeed, been French) in the past couple of decades, you may well have played the card game Les Loups-garous de Thiercelieux. Known in English as The Werewolves of Millers Hollow, it casts its players as hunters, thieves, seers, and other types of rural villagers in the distant past. By night, some players also happen to be werewolves, liable to devour the others in their sleep. Though such beings may never actually have existed, they loom fairly large in French popular culture still today — not least, perhaps, because they loomed even larger two and a half centuries ago, such that history now acknowledges a period called the French Werewolf Epidemic.

“In the 1760s, nearly three hundred people were killed in a remote region of south-central France called the Gévaudan (today part of the département of Lozère),” says the Public Domain Review. “The killer was thought to be a huge animal, which came to be known simply as ‘the Beast’; but while the creature’s name remained simple, its reputation soon grew extremely complex.” Read more at How the 18th-Century French Media Stoked a Werewolf Panic


Will AI Surpass Human Intelligence?

Artificial intelligence is going to change the world—but there’s still a lot of hype and hot air around it.

Understanding what’s fact, what’s fiction and what’s marketing spiel is essential if you want to take advantage of it.

One claim that's being made with increasing frequency is that machine intelligence will, at some point, perhaps soon, surpass human intelligence.

This is known as the “singularity” and is important for many reasons, chief among them being that it will mark the first point in human history that we will share the planet with entities that are smarter than us.

But is it really likely to happen? Or is it just a concept created by technologists and futurists to sell us a vision of the future where they end up making a lot of money? Let’s take a look. Read more at Will AI Surpass Human Intelligence, Or Is It Just Hype?




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