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individuals who are set against humanity and their own humanness, often to the point of taking their own life after taking the lives of others, beings who are physically alive, but emotionally, socially, and morally dead—zombies.
The title character of The Stranger is Meursault, a man out of harmony with the society in which he lives, a person for whom there is no rational order to the universe, no transcendent pegs for ultimate significance, and no fixed standards for human conduct; life is merely the sum-total of his autonomous actions, the moment-to-moment procession of sensory inputs.
The extent of his “inhumanity” is revealed at his execution when he wishes only for “a large crowd of spectators … [to] greet me with howls of hate.”
Importantly, Meursault’s crime was not the result of mental illness or “going postal,” but of a faulty worldview. Once he accepted the cosmos as uncaring and unsupervised, he was destined to conclude that fellow-creature sentiments were absurd, and that any action, even the choice to kill or not kill, was bereft of moral value—beliefs that would transmogrify him.
The Chicago townhouse murders marked the rise of what NY Times columnist David Brooks calls, the “spectacular rampage murder.” According to Brooks, from 1913 to around 1970, there were no more than two of these types of murders per decade. After that, the number of incidences shot up to nine in the 1980s, eleven in the 1990s and, as tallied by the FBI, 160 between 2000 and 2013.
The rise in such killings could not happen without the rise of a certain type of individual: a socially isolated person whom, psychotherapist Dr. Paul Hannig describes, “can’t feel the normal range of human emotions” and has lost “all sense of normal morality and impulse control”—a zombie.
All human problems and challenges, such as climate change, gun violence, and even terrorism, are problems that can be solved if only we apply the right techniques, which these days are almost always political steps: i.e., passing the right laws or public policies.
The sad reality is that even if progressive technocrats succeeded in confiscating all firearms and ammunition in the country, it wouldn’t deter the counter-human from unleashing his inhumanity on society with explosives, chemicals, biotoxins, knives, and vehicles (all, of which, he has used).
We are alone in an indifferent universe with nothing to give meaning to our existence but the sum-total of our personal experiences. And, for the restless soul chasing after the “meaningful” experience, a pop psychology is ready to light the way.
Is it any wonder that when these pile up on individuals conditioned to believe that personal happiness is the summum bonum of life, some become “social misfits” and others “angry loners”? And a few, a very few, take out their frustrations in an inhuman way; perhaps, like one of the walking dead?
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With powerful tools, such as cloud and mobile, entrepreneurs and businesses can unleash their vision and grow their operations. Advances in technology are happening at an exponentially fast rate, and these high-performance computing tools have recently become inexpensive and readily available to a wide range of users.
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But for many smaller businesses deploying a major software solution is like navigating uncharted waters. You can’t expect a silver bullet. In fact, you’ll likely need to stitch together a variety of technologies and platforms to create a solution custom-matched to your needs.
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In a private cloud storage system, your organization owns the server that run in a virtualized environment. In the private cloud architecture, old, often-unused data is moved to a lower-cost storage tier called cold storage for infrequent access. Advanced replication provides read load balancing over multiple databases and can replicate data between different platforms and operating systems for easy access.
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Your dashboard allows you, for example, to dig beneath your 20% sales growth for the year and find out what’s driving sales up. With a couple taps on your keyboard you can mine the data to discover what’s beneath the trend—whether it’s new customers, a growth segment, a new product or, perhaps, a sales representative who has found the magic formula.
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Powerful tools such as cloud and mobile have become inexpensive and accessible, which has enabled many different visionaries to scale their businesses. From DIY developers to Fortune 500 executives, people are using technology to set in place processes, and in turn, enhance communication and collaboration in their organization. This automation enables people to refine their vision, and let their ideas reach the masses.
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That’s because, with cloud computing, companies can plug right into an on demand, pay-as-you-go source of computing power, rather than manually manage those complex processes. This easy, seamless access to computing power essentially eliminates the need for bulky local servers, as well as the huge investments that come along with them.
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Finding a Business Intelligence(BI) solution that can provide accurate and comprehensive information to help them make informed and critical decisions is a major concern for many organizations today. Important business decisions depend on effective business intelligence tools, in the absence of which an business organizations can lose focus on business trends and activities that can lead them towards growth.
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The term "Quote" is a document that specifically refers to the “bid price” of a company’s predetermined set of products or services, its quantity, delivery date, and other details, generally created by a sales representative.
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Neuroscientist Uri Hassan, whose Hassan Lab at Princeton studies brain responses to real-life events, has studied how the brain processes sped-up speech. He pointed out that even at normal speed, most people don't catch every single word that's being said. "If you make it one-third faster, it's almost perfect — they don't lose a lot," he said. He also noted that the brain is able to easily adapt to different speaking speeds. "Your brain responses become slower when I speak slowly, and brain responses become faster when I speak faster." But, he cautioned, comprehension starts to break down around 2x, and at 3x "it really breaks down."
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