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Science on Google+578,929Please join us on 5/5 for a @105917944266111687812 HOA with Dr.@101190098041697372043, Professor of Neurobiology, Biomedical Engineering, Psychology, and Neuroscience at @116716695368502903076, and founder of Duke's Center for Neuroengineering. Dr. Nicolelis is a pioneer in neuronal population coding (simultaneously recording from hundreds to thousands of neurons), Brain Machine Interface (controlling robotic or avatar limbs with thoughts), neuroprosthetics (prosthetic limbs that directly communicate with sensory and motor cortices), and Brain to Brain Interface (tactile or visual information encoded by rat 1 is decoded by rat 2). Dr. Nicolelis has published over 200 peer-reviewed articles, with many of these publications appearing in high impact journals such as _Nature_, _Science_, and _Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences_ (see below for a short list of publications). More recently, Dr. Nicolelis’ research made it possible for a quadriplegic child to use his mind to control a bionic exoskeleton and kickoff the opening game at the 2014 FIFA World Cup. RSVP “yes” to add this event to your calendar. We will open up the Q & A app so feel free to post your questions on this event post or by using the app during the hangout. *Relevant Links:* Faculty page: http://goo.gl/qs8NfM  Lab page: http://www.nicolelislab.net  2012 Ted Talk: http://goo.gl/kxCxT8  2014 Ted Talk: http://goo.gl/23OqmV  Book: http://goo.gl/x7Kg5J  *Relevant Readings (see http://goo.gl/nQadag for a more exhaustive list):* Schwarz D, Lebedev MA, Tate A, Hanson T, Lehew G, Melloy J, Dimitrov D, Nicolelis MAL. Chronic, Wireless Recordings of Large Scale Brain Activity in Freely Moving Rhesus Monkeys. Nat. Methods doi:10.1038/nmeth.2936, 2014. Thomson EE, Carra R, Nicolelis MAL. Perceiving Invisible Light through a Somatosensory Cortical Prosthesis. Nat. Commun.10.1038/ncomms2497, 2013. Ifft P, Shokur S, Li Z, Lebedev MA, Nicolelis MAL. A Brain-Machine Interface Enables Bimanual Arm Movements in Monkeys. Sci. Transl. Med. 5: 210, DOI:10.1126/scitranslmed.3006159, 2013. Shokur S, O’Doherty J.E., Winans J.A., Bleuler H., Lebedev M.A., Nicolelis M.A.L. Expanding the primate body schema in sensorimotor cortex by virtual touches of an avatar. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. 110: 15121-6, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1308459110, 2013. O’Doherty JE, Lebedev MA, Ifft PJ, Zhuang KZ, Shokur S, Bleuler H, Nicolelis MAL. Active tactile exploration enabled by a brain-machine-brain interface. Nature 479: 228-231, 2011. Fuentes R, Petersson P, Siesser WB, Caron MG, Nicolelis MAL. Spinal Cord Stimulation Restores Locomotion in Animal Models of Parkinson’s disease. Science 323: 1578-82, 2009. Pereira A, Ribeiro S, Wiest M, Moore LC, Pantoja J, Lin S-C, Nicolelis MAL. Processing of tactile information by the  hippocampus. PNAS 104: 18286-18291 (Epub) November 2007. Krupa DJ, Wiest, MC, Laubach M, Nicolelis MAL Layer specific somatosensory cortical activation during active tactile discrimination   ScieBrain-Machine and Brain-Brain Interface2015-05-05 21:30:0084  
Daniel Estrada30,081// Continuing a long conversation after a brief intermission! See more here: https://plus.google.com/u/0/events/cjhsk41gv6ggn3sbdubq2klmrc0 > This week an announcement rippled through the internet: a computer passed Turing's test. Soon after the backlash began: the test was rigged, the resulted were hyped, and Eugene, the machine in question, was lame.  Now the backlash is giving way to even stronger criticisms. +Massimo Pigliucci recently argued (http://goo.gl/VdilBI) that not only was this test illegitimate, but Turing's test itself should be abandoned. But Massimo's argument is deeply mistaken about the nature of Turing's test, what it seeks to prove, and why it matters for science.  I've been writing all week about this event: http://goo.gl/J26xbs, http://goo.gl/5RKIm7, http://goo.gl/c07lLG, http://goo.gl/T98ubJ, http://goo.gl/8cMKSI But now that the backlash against the event is directed at Turing's views themselves, I feel something more than an essay is required to address these concerns. To be convincing, this requires a human face and a human voice to speak out in defense of Turing's proposal. I'm fully aware of the irony of this situation.  So come hangout with me and +Jon Lawhead this Friday at 10pm EST while I defend Turing's proposal in light of the criticisms that have accrued over the last week. I'll be providing a defense of Turing's position informed by recent experimental work in psychology. I hope to convince even the skeptics like Massimo that Turing's test deserves a central place in our discussion of artificial intelligence in the modern world. Why the Turing Test Matters II2014-06-14 05:44:028  
Daniel Estrada30,081This week an announcement rippled through the internet: a computer passed Turing's test. Soon after the backlash began: the test was rigged, the resulted were hyped, and Eugene, the machine in question, was lame.  Now the backlash is giving way to even stronger criticisms. @111907992359490335188 recently argued (http://goo.gl/VdilBI) that not only was this test illegitimate, but Turing's test itself should be abandoned. But Massimo's argument is deeply mistaken about the nature of Turing's test, what it seeks to prove, and why it matters for science.  I've been writing all week about this event: http://goo.gl/J26xbs, http://goo.gl/5RKIm7, http://goo.gl/c07lLG, http://goo.gl/T98ubJ, http://goo.gl/8cMKSI But now that the backlash against the event is directed at Turing's views themselves, I feel something more than an essay is required to address these concerns. To be convincing, this requires a human face and a human voice to speak out in defense of Turing's proposal. I'm fully aware of the irony of this situation.  So come hangout with me and @103315650425474752023 this Friday at 10pm EST while I defend Turing's proposal in light of the criticisms that have accrued over the last week. I'll be providing a defense of Turing's position informed by recent experimental work in psychology. I hope to convince even the skeptics like Massimo that Turing's test deserves a central place in our discussion of artificial intelligence in the modern world. Why the Turing Test matters2014-06-14 04:00:009  

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Allan watson26,270Active users on Google+. Circle ShareIf you received a notification, please reshare to your #circlesIf you’d like to be added to the next circle share: • +1 this circle • Share this circle to PUBLIC • Include me in your circles • Comment on this post#Atlas #World #Washington #DC #National #Geographic #issue #Population #December #ebcom #Encyclopædia #Britannica #Chicago #Encyclopædia #Britannica #Inc #to #b #National #Geographic #Atlas #World #th #ed #Washington #Brief #No #February #includes2015-04-23 06:59:594045616
Robert Best2,685Google+ Relevance CircleWhat people of "relevance" do we have in common? Care to share?This big shared circle contains my most "relevant" circles according to G+. It also only contains people/profiles who post publicly (Either occasionally or prolifically).Do you recognize others in the list? (I think the probability is high)As far as I know, the visual beside the "Add people" button below shows you the 8 people from this circle who are most "relevant" to you. Also, if you click that add people button, the list inside is ordered by "relevance".Some people in this circle I know very well... others I haven't met at all (Besides interfacing with what they share publicly on G+) I'm curious, what circles do we share of high relevance? Give a few people shout outs! Let's have a random chat.You were likely notified of this post... I normally don't share to any of my specific circles, so as to avoid sending out unwanted notifications... But since I have you and your attention here... HELLO! Have we talked before? Why do you think I have you circled? What's of relevance for you? (Besides people on G+) If we do know each other... Have we been in touch lately? If not, let's please catch up!2015-03-03 01:03:39455111
RuMuZ NeYiMe1,336good morningadd friends list..#addcircle #addcircles #addpeople #awesomecircle #awesomecircles #awesomepeople #besharable #besocial #bestcircle #bestcircles #bestengagers #circleadd #circleall #circleme #circlemenow #circlemeup #circlenetwork #circleplus #circlesdiscovery #circleshare #circleshares #circlesharing #circleup #circleyoushare #coolpeople #engagerscircle #engagerscircles #findcircle #findcircles #follow4follow #followback #followme #fullcircleshare #influencermarketing #internetmarketing #morefollowers #networkcircle 2015-01-12 08:56:27466107
John Sean10,506This circle contains people who really are interesting and active people on Google Plus.If you would like to be included in the next Circle Share, you only have to do these simple steps:1 - Include me in your circles2 - Share the circle (Publicly)3 - Add +1 to the post.4 - Leave a comment if you like.I will thankful if you plus and share this circle!#publiccircle #circleshare #circlesharing #philadelphia #phoenix #san_antonio #san_diego #san_francisco #san_jose #seattle #tampa #washington #american_samoa #american_samoa #pago_pago #fiji #fiji #nadi #fiji #suva #argentina #argentina #buenos_aires #argentina #cordoba #argentina #iguaza #argentina #mendoza #argentina #rosaio #argentina #san_carlos_de_bariloche #bolivia #bolivia #cochabamba 2015-01-12 06:41:19465171630
Becky Collins16,609Science Circle :Circle of very #social #engagerspeople and companiesTo be included in my shares (#sharedcircle), be so kind to:1 - Do +1 t the post2 - Comment the post and specify your "category" (job or interest) Ex: Fashion, SEO, Companies, Social Media Marketing, Sailing, Photography, Bloggers/Writers, Web graphics and design, Italy, Artists, Sport, Finance/Economy ...3 - include the circle among your circles4 - share the circle (include yourself)Improve your popularity, be social be cool !Keep yourself updated, enjoy the Shared Circles Hellenic Alliance, you can share your shared circles inside the upcoming Community:https://plus.google.com/communities/112552559573595396104  #socialmedia  #media  #circles   #circleshare   #circlesharing  #circlecircle   #beckyscircle   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles  #sharedcircleoftheday  +Becky Collins ?2014-09-16 05:24:00459104
Becky Collins15,950Dance Related Circle :Circle of very #social #engagerspeople and companiesTo be included in my shares (#sharedcircle), be so kind to:1 - Do +1 t the post2 - Comment the post and specify your "category" (job or interest) Ex: Fashion, SEO, Companies, Social Media Marketing, Sailing, Photography, Bloggers/Writers, Web graphics and design, Italy, Artists, Sport, Finance/Economy ...3 - include the circle among your circles4 - share the circle (include yourself)Improve your popularity, be social be cool !Keep yourself updated, enjoy the Shared Circles Hellenic Alliance, you can share your shared circles inside the upcoming Community:https://plus.google.com/communities/112552559573595396104  #socialmedia  #media  #circles   #circleshare   #circlesharing  #circlecircle   #beckyscircle   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles  #sharedcircleoftheday  +Becky Collins ?2014-09-02 05:00:4347131835
Becky Collins15,192Recipes and Cooking Circle : Circle of very #social #engagerspeople and companiesTo be included in my shares (#sharedcircle), be so kind to:1 - Do +1 t the post2 - Comment the post and specify your "category" (job or interest) Ex: Fashion, SEO, Companies, Social Media Marketing, Sailing, Photography, Bloggers/Writers, Web graphics and design, Italy, Artists, Sport, Finance/Economy ...3 - include the circle among your circles4 - share the circle (include yourself)Improve your popularity, be social be cool !Keep yourself updated, enjoy the Shared Circles Hellenic Alliance, you can share your shared circles inside the upcoming Community:https://plus.google.com/communities/112552559573595396104  #socialmedia  #media  #circles   #circleshare   #circlesharing  #circlecircle   #beckyscircle   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles  #sharedcircleoftheday  +Becky Collins ?2014-08-18 05:14:394770212
Aman Singh2,014Circle of the dayYour re-share is appreciatedPlease re-share this circle in your stream.To be added:1- Add +Circles Circles Circles to your circles2- Write the URL of your blog in the comments section below3- Your blog must be an active blog (posts must be current)2014-07-16 12:15:324990719
Ryan Johnson9,485Hi friends! This is a great circle created with an important selection from all circles. The most important engagers are reshared because only that way can we grow our circle and have the people of google circle us.To get in, and to ensure you stay in this circle you need to do the following:1. Add me to your circles, if you haven't done so already!2. +1 this circle!3. Publicly share this circle to public, your circles and extended circles.4. If possible, leave a comment on this circle so I know you have done the three steps above!#circleshare #circlesharing #circleoftheday #wanttobecircled #addmetoyourcircles #public #publiccircle #sharedcircles #Britain #sharedcircle #morefollowers #sharingcircles #sharedpubliccircles #sharedpublicircles #sharedcircle #photography #uk  #nottingham #Holland #Netherlands #Duch2014-07-16 10:40:014918812
Adam Black6,732Transhumans CircleBy popular Demand,  I am sharing some of my Circles. This is +Mark Bruce  Transhumans Circle  Plus Others Ive been adding.If you are tagged,  you are in it.Web Link for Mobile https://plus.google.com/u/0/+AdamBlack/posts/6iQmLpEj1Zm #sharedcircles   #GeekCulture   #ScienceSunday #Transhumans #Transhumanism #HumanPlus  2014-04-13 06:25:0424521733
Krzysztof Skomra4,828New circle 201404031. Plus this post2. Leave a comment (introduce yourself, if you’d like)3. Add this circle to your circles4. Add yourself to the circle5. Share this circle publicly to your stream1. Dodaj Plus dla postu 2. Zostaw komentarz (przedstaw ślad po sobie, jeśli chcesz) 3. Dodaj ten krąg do swoich kręgów 4. Dodaj się do kręgu 5. Poleć ten krąg publicznie do strumienia #techlover   #photographers   #bloggers   #circle   #circleshare   #circlesharing  #circles   #share   #sharedpubliccircles   #sharedcircles   #sharemycircles  #sharemycircle   #iwillfollow   #followback   #followers#cardphoto   #circle #circles #publiccircle #circleshare #circlesharing #sharedcircles #sharedcircle #morefollowers #sharingcircles #circleshare#sharedpubliccircles #sharedpublicircles #sharedcircle #AddCircle #FindCircles #AwesomeCircle #addcircle #addpeople #circlemeup 2014-04-03 21:55:02501349
Aleksander Adamczyk0New circle 201404031. Dodaj Plus dla postu 2. Zostaw komentarz (przedstaw ślad po sobie, jeśli chcesz) 3. Dodaj ten krąg do swoich kręgów 4. Dodaj się do kręgu 5. Poleć ten krąg publicznie do strumienia EN.1. Plus this post2. Leave a comment (introduce yourself, if you’d like)3. Add this circle to your circles4. Add yourself to the circle5. Share this circle publicly to your stream#techlover   #photographers   #bloggers   #circle   #circleshare   #circlesharing  #circles   #share   #sharedpubliccircles   #sharedcircles   #sharemycircles  #sharemycircle   #iwillfollow   #followback   #followers#cardphoto   #circle #circles #publiccircle #circleshare #circlesharing#sharedcircles #sharedcircle #morefollowers #sharingcircles #circleshare#sharedpubliccircles #sharedpublicircles #sharedcircle #AddCircle #FindCircles#AwesomeCircle #addcircle #addpeople #circlemeup #circlesdiscovery  2014-04-03 21:29:32501014
Matthew J Price8,236It's been some time since I shared my favorite circle: Accelerated Thinkers.  These 91 people are the ones I trust with bringing me the good news every day, and leading the conversation about the future of humanity.  Thank you so much!2014-03-22 04:25:4591103
John Nuntiatio29,767#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport2014-03-14 06:27:36393014
John Nuntiatio29,767#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport2014-03-14 06:26:50393033
John Nuntiatio29,767#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport2014-03-14 06:26:17393011
John Nuntiatio (TodayNews)29,767#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport2014-03-14 06:25:52393011
John Nuntiatio29,767#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport2014-03-14 06:25:16393203
Lo Sauer2,493This is a great circle combined of active engagers, creative folks and  some of the best and brightest people on google+. A thank you in this circle-inclusion-shoutout to: +Peter Terren +Michael Műller +Carlos Esteban +Justin Chung +Malthus John +Marta Rauch +Rajini Rao +Katherine Vucicevic +Jonathan Eisen +Mike Allton +Scott Buehler +Mario Falcetti +Zvonimir Fras +Krithika Rangarajan +sridhar krishnan +Joanna Ortynska +Seamus Smyth +Chuck Croll +Michael Schobel +2013-11-19 18:19:4843218317
Rank Kemeng0This is a group of individuals that has personally shared four of my best circle sharing circles in the last month (or so).  They also include a mix of new circle sharers and some that are just trying to learn it for the first time. :) :) :0)They are individuals, to a large degree, that are very interested in not just circle sharing (which is great), but also engaging with you in a meaningful way (which is awesome)!!!Guidelines for Core Multipliers- Share the circle to stay in the circle- Have some fun!- If you are new and want in the circle, share the circle.This is a great group.  Enjoy this circle and have an awesome Thursday!*if you were somehow missed/ not included in the circle, please let me know and it will be corrected on the next share. My apologies ahead of time! :)**For those coming from multiplying circle, we are not inviting new folks here, you can privately message them or ping them when you share the circle on your public feed. Thanks!#corecircle #multiplyingcircle #coremultipliers #sharedcircles #circleshare #bestsharedcircle   #circleshare   #sharedcircles   #circleoftheday   #CircleQueen   #CircleMaster   #GPlusList   #Circle   #Circleshare   #Circlesharing   #PublicSharedCircles2013-11-01 15:53:38426115
Silvio De Rossi3,801It's dance time! #saturdaynight  Circle! :DThis is my first #sharedcircle of #topengagers, a group of interesting people who share unique and original content.What are you waiting to add them to your circles? :)To be included in my shares (#sharedcircle), be so kind to:1) Do +1 t the post2) Comment the post and specify your "category" (ex: fashion, photography, seo, social media marketing)3) Include the circle among your circles4) Share the circle (include yourself)5) Smile to life, sun in sunshine.Special thanks my dear #friends and #followers:+Raffaele Romeo Arena  +Tancredi Matranga +Alessandro Folghera +Christine DeGraff +Viktor Mulin +Cesare Riccardo Have a good life!#topsharedcircle   #facciamolastoria   #leonardo   #deroplus   #circleoftheday   #sharedcircle   #topsharedcircle   #sharedcircleoftheday   #myseoissocial   #besocial   #socializethesocial  #trust #circles  #circleshare  #sharedcircle   2013-10-26 19:28:02457531239
Coyeb Sundel02013-10-24 10:04:35425202
Raffaele Romeo Arena5,311Welcome my dear #friends and #follower this is #thursdaycircle #topengagers  This circle is very important because it's composed of many important peolple, that often #interact with me and our community.You remember that #social  is   #sharedlife  and #follow is #friendship  . And so:-include me in your circles-create a large network-shared the circle (include yourself)-add +1 to the post-interact will allow you to enter the great circle that soon will share-happy life and sun is sunshine.Special thanks, to my #friends  and #followers  :+Alessandro Folghera +Mario Falcetti +Cesare Riccardo +Edith Kukla +Dominique Keller +Viktor Mulin +Silvio De Rossi +Tancredi Matranga +Tazein Mirza Saad +Fashion Circles #circles   #circleshare   #sharedcircle 2013-10-24 09:20:30459623468
Raffaele Romeo Arena4,418#mondaysharedcircle in your #circle #seocircle #fashioncircle This #circle includes important followers to affirm a strong #community getting bigger. Join the community and shareTo be included in my shares (#sharedcircle), be so kind to:1 - Do +1 t the post2 - Comment the post and specify your "category" (job or interest)  Ex: Fashion, SEO, Companies, Social Media Marketing, Sailing, Photography, Bloggers/Writers, Web graphics and design, Italy, Artists, Sport, Finance/Economy ...3 - Include the circle among your circles4 - Share the circle (include yourself)If you come accross Google error messages, incorporating my circles, please provide me the error, I'm classifying these errors. Have a wonderful Monday and all week; and a better popularityMost important: Keep yourself updated, enjoy the Shared Circles Hellenic Alliance, you can share your shared circles inside the upcoming Community:https://plus.google.com/communities/112552559573595396104Special thaks to my friend and special follower:+Alessandro Folghera+Viktor Mulin+Fashion Circles+Scott Buehler+Sam Stormborn Ormandy+Владимир Самсонов+Ludovic Moreeuw+Dominique Keller+Tancredi Matranga+Silvio De Rossi+Edith Kukla2013-10-14 20:44:30460211238
James Steward1,112These are awesome scientist friends who comment my posts#scientistcirle #circle #circleshared #sharedcircle #circleoftheday #followfriday2013-10-10 16:30:23414103
James Steward1,112These are awesome scientist friends who comment my posts#scientistcirle #circle #circleshared #sharedcircle #circleoftheday #followfriday2013-10-10 16:29:39414003
James Steward1,112These are awesome scientist friends who comment my posts#scientistcirle #circle #circleshared #sharedcircle #circleoftheday #followfriday2013-10-10 16:29:27414002
James Steward1,112These are awesome scientist friends who comment my posts#scientistcirle #circle #circleshared #sharedcircle #circleoftheday #followfriday2013-10-10 16:29:04414002
James Steward1,112These are awesome scientist friends who comment my posts#scientistcirle #circle #circleshared #sharedcircle #circleoftheday #followfriday2013-10-10 16:27:59414004
James Steward1,112These are awesome scientist friends who comment my posts#scientistcirle #circle #circleshared #sharedcircle #circleoftheday #followfriday2013-10-10 16:27:16414002
James Steward1,112These are my awesome scientist friends who comment my posts#scientistcirle #circle #circleshared #sharedcircle #circleoftheday #followfriday2013-10-10 16:25:57414103
Raffaele Romeo Arena3,803Astonishing #topengagers   Happy  #Tuesday my #friends , and you are welcome in my #tuesdaycircle A nice group of people who I found to share and comment my posts, and have as a goal to grow our #community.And so, after difficult day on #Monday we are to enjoy on Tuesday in #fashionstyle To be included in my shares (#sharedcircle), be so kind to:1 - Do +1 t the post2 - Comment the post and specify your "category" (job or interest)      (ex: fashion, photography, seo, social media marketing)3 - include the circle among your circles4 - share the circle (include yourself)5 - Plus and share the new important #fashionprofile https://plus.google.com/u/0/b/101905178080519621345/101905178080519621345/posts5 - smile to life, sun in sunshine.Thanks to all of you who are part of my circles and those who will be part of, in particular, I thank my #friends and #followers :+Alessandro Folghera+Alfredo Torres+Dirk Talamasca+Viktor Mulin+Cesare Riccardo+Mario Falcetti+Владимир Самсонов+Dominique KellerHave a wonderful weekend and increasing your #popularity and your #circles#topsharedcircle   2013-10-08 08:07:37463571660
Fraser Cain824,747Super Science Circle for October, 2013I know it's been a while, so it's time for a new Super Science Circle - the October 2013 edition.In case you weren't aware, the Super Science Circle is a list of more than 400 people who are actively engaged on Google+ and regularly post about science and education. We've got journalists, scientists, even a few astronauts. The Super Science Circle should be your best response to anyone who tells you that Google+ is just a ghost town. If you love science, this circle will deliver the goods.If you know anyone who actively posts about science, please let me know and I'll add them to the list.2013-10-04 20:14:53415304682
Raffaele Romeo Arena2,188Welcome in my #weekendcircle .You remember that #social  is  #sharedlife  and #follow is #friendship  . And so:-include me in your circles-create a large network-shared the circle (include yourself)-add +1 to the post-happy lifeSpecial thanks, to my #friends  and #followers  :+Alessandro Folghera +Mario Falcetti +Cesare Riccardo  #circles   #circleshare  #sharedcircle #circlesharing   #follower #socialnetworking   #social   #followme   #follow4followback  2013-09-13 17:59:23468472555
Fabian Weiland145#sharedcircles #science #health2013-09-05 07:24:12497214
Fabian Weiland0#sharedcircle #health #science #medicine  2013-08-26 11:59:11426000
Raffaele Romeo Arena991#happycircleWelcome   in my #sharedcircles  in #wednesday and happy #sharedweek  Special thanks to +Yaiza Pozo Vara +Mario Falcetti +Alessandro Folghera You remember that #social  is #sharedlife  and #follow  is #friendship And so:-Include me in your circles-create a large network-share the circle (include yourself)-add +1 to the post-happy life#Wednesdaysharedcircle   #topsharedcircle   #circleoftheday   #sharedcircle #trustinme  #circlesharing   #circleshare        #circles        #circleoftheday   #sharedpubliccircles     #sharedcircles    #share  #vipsnowballcircle #sharedcircleoftheday        #sharewithyou        #circlefriday   #circlethursday  #followme     #followers #followback #circle #g2013-08-21 13:32:27446632681
Superb Internet210Heavy Plussers! Here's our weekly round up of our most engaging people to follow here on G+ We've identified by hand all of those interested in tech and posting useful relevant stuff for growing your website along.Add this circle if you want to find out what they're up to! #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles   #tech  2013-08-19 19:12:37430203
Science on Google+69,339Social Sciences and CommunicationThis circle will give you exposure to Anthropology, Economics, Linguistics, Philosophy, Psychology/Neuroscience, Sociology, and it also contains K- 12 Science Teachers and Science Writers/Outreach.Science on Google+ Database: http://goo.gl/Yz8KRScience on Google+ Community: http://goo.gl/uhJCNIf you have a science related degree, you are a science journalist, you are a K-12 science teacher, or you curate a science page, then add your profile/page to the database by filling out this form (http://goo.gl/yEg7M). Active profiles and pages will be included in the next shared circle.#sciencesunday #science #publiccircles   #sharedcircles  2013-08-15 14:47:5621441434
Kai Saffron14,954Mathematician +Richard Green's shared circle of highly engaged Plussers!  Consider adding to liven up your stream-  Remember: "nothing ventured, nothing gained". #SharedCircles   #GooglePlus   #GhostTown   2013-08-07 16:37:49446582266
Leo Walsh3,691Richard Green originally shared:Engagers Showcase Circle, August 5 2013 If you received a notification, it means that you are included in my Engagers Showcase Circle. “Showcase” means that you are invited to leave a comment (on the original post) with a link to one of your own posts, which ideally should be one of your best recent posts.This circle consists of people who have engaged with one of my recent posts in the form of +1s, comments and reshares. I may have missed some people due to limitations of the G+ interface, but as usual, everyone who reshared last week's version of the circle has been included this time.As always, reshares are appreciated. And, if you have been, thanks for reading my posts!2013-08-06 00:51:27447521360
Richard Green20,938Engagers Showcase Circle, August 5 2013 If you received a notification, it means that you are included in my Engagers Showcase Circle. “Showcase” means that you are invited to leave a comment (on the original post) with a link to one of your own posts, which ideally should be one of your best recent posts.This circle consists of people who have engaged with one of my recent posts in the form of +1s, comments and reshares. I may have missed some people due to limitations of the G+ interface, but as usual, everyone who reshared last week's version of the circle has been included this time.As always, reshares are appreciated. And, if you have been, thanks for reading my posts!2013-08-05 23:36:22446267123229
Richard Green19,934Engagers Showcase Circle, July 28 2013 If you received a notification, it means that you are included in my Engagers Showcase Circle. “Showcase” means that you are invited to leave a comment (on the original post) with a link to one of your own posts, which ideally should be one of your best recent posts. This circle consists of people who have engaged with one of my recent posts in the form of +1s, comments and reshares. I may have missed some people due to limitations of the G+ interface. I'm pleased to see that this week's circle contains quite a few scientists.Circle tip of the weekAre you experiencing the problem of not being able to add people to your circles, even though you haven't altered your circles within 24 hours, and you aren't near the 5000 limit? The following steps may help.1. Take one of your circles that contains close to 500 people, and share it as a private post to yourself.2. Remove the whole circle in your Google+ Circles pages.3. Wait at least 24 hours.4. See if you can now add people. If you can, you can gradually add back the circle you previously deleted, by using the privately shared post in step 1.If that worked for you, you can thank +Circloscope for the tip. And, as always, thanks for reading my posts!2013-07-28 05:43:40477300112241
Fraser Cain798,034Super Science Circle, July 2013 EditionNeed more science in your streams? Want to convince a friend that Google+ is a thriving place of science and rational thinking? Then import my Super Science Circle and be amazed at the awesomeness.PLEASE RESHARE THIS CIRCLE... FOR SCIENCE!Every single person in this circle is active on Google+ and regularly contributes high quality posts about science. You've got my personal guarantee.As always, I recommend you import this group into a temporary circle and look for people who match your interests. Then pull them over into more permanent locations in your circles. Or just wait for me to give you an update next month.If you want to be included in this circle, just make a post in the comments and I'll check out your profile.I'm looking for people who:1. Are active on Google+ (but not too active)2. Regularly post about science3. Provide context and additional information, and not just bare links or annoying memes.2013-07-16 18:35:56415255987
Paul Christen113If you want to be TOTALLY freaked out, follow this science circle. Its not mine, it was shared by (I think) +Fraser Cain .Man, a  day does not go by that I'm not amazed by the advances in science and technology.2013-06-11 13:54:194095310
George Stanley392Matt Talks Tech Circle #7Our new shared technology circle!   Lots of new people in this addition.Add this circle to follow people who love to talk technology.If you are a member of this circle, make sure you share it with your friends!  If everyone shares this circle, you will all be introduced to lots of new people who are interested in tech.  People in this circle who share this circle will be added to the next circle automatically.  If you would like to be add to our next Tech Circle:  1) Share this post to Public  2) Click on this link to go to the Circles section of the Matt Talks Tech  community page - http://bit.ly/10FD9sd - and comment "Add Me" to the Circle Sign Up Post on that page.Thanks! #Circle #Circles #PublicCircle #CircleShare #CircleSharing #SharePublicCircle #circleoftheday #publicsharedcircles #publiccirclesproject #sharedcircleoftheday #1000newfollowers #addmetoyourcircles #sharedcircles #sharedpubliccircles2013-06-10 21:03:221583614
George Stanley392Matt Talks Tech Circle #7Our new shared technology circle!Add this circle to follow people who love to talk technology.If you are a member of this circle, make sure you share it with your friends!  If everyone shares this circle, you will all be introduced to lots of new people who are interested in tech.  People in this circle who share this circle will be added to the next circle automatically.  If you would like to be add to our next Tech Circle:  1) Share this post to Public  2) Click on this link to go to the Circles section of the Matt Talks Tech  community page - http://bit.ly/10FD9sd - and comment "Add Me" to the Circle Sign Up Post on that page.Thanks! #Circle #Circles #PublicCircle #CircleShare #CircleSharing #SharePublicCircle #circleoftheday #publicsharedcircles #publiccirclesproject #sharedcircleoftheday #1000newfollowers #addmetoyourcircles #sharedcircles #sharedpubliccircles2013-06-10 21:00:1315810613
Virginia Zuloaga1,208The Technology circle originally created by +Katherine Vucicevic *Science and Technology shared circleThis circle includes people who regularly post about science, technology and helpful hints and tips about G+*If you want to be included in this great circle, here are the RULES*ADD this circle (I can't include you if you don't)PLUS this postSHARE this circle publiclyCOMMENT that you want to be included2013-06-09 14:49:3213311314
Science on Google+62,910Smokin' Science CircleWe took 500 active profiles from the  +Science on Google+: A Public Database and put them into this circle.  Be careful, this circle is smokin' hot! #scienceeveryday    Don't forget to check out the Science on Google+ Community: http://goo.gl/mTTxXDatabaseSearch Communities: http://goo.gl/RvyezSearch Pages: http://goo.gl/WCohTSearch Profiles: http://goo.gl/Yz8KRAdd Profile or Page to Database: http://goo.gl/yEg7MAdd Community to Database: http://goo.gl/zh0xJ2013-06-06 00:17:11500387674
Fraser Cain779,548Super Science Circle - May 2013 EditionNeed more science in your Google+? Well, here's all the science you can handle! Enjoy my latest, heavily curated edition of the Super Science Circle.Please share this circle... for Science!For the uninitiated, I maintain a circle of 450+ people who are active on Google+ and regularly post on Google+. In this circle you'll find scientists, journalists, astronauts, educators, and science enthusiasts. By importing this circle into your own circles, you'll immediately gain a vibrant and fascinating feed of amazing science stories.I recognize that it might be too much science, so I suggest you create a brand new temporary circle and evaluate the people in the circle. Only transfer the keepers to your permanent circles. Then, when I update the circle next month, rinse and repeat.Are you active on G+ and regularly post about science? +mention me and I'll check out your profile.Remember, please share this post2013-05-22 19:26:51456348088

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2015-04-24 03:48:36 (22 comments, 13 reshares, 65 +1s)Open 

Fantasy Grounds has hit the big time, apparently. I'm happy to see this. I used it for years, and it was pretty great even back in 2012.

Most reshares: 46

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2015-04-22 16:10:10 (1 comments, 46 reshares, 55 +1s)Open 

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2015-04-24 03:48:36 (22 comments, 13 reshares, 65 +1s)Open 

Fantasy Grounds has hit the big time, apparently. I'm happy to see this. I used it for years, and it was pretty great even back in 2012.

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2015-05-03 11:27:09 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

I just got woken up by the grinding of the gigantic plate of solid stone on which I live. #earthquake

I just got woken up by the grinding of the gigantic plate of solid stone on which I live. #earthquake___

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2015-05-03 02:58:57 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

Just ran into this hilariously bad post from a few years ago, and was delighted to see that I'd made a (really great) comment on it. Good work, past me.

"You guys mention the effects of the tea as being "like two Vicodins" at 5 pods. That indicates that you're either very much doing it wrong or (more likely), that whatever people are buying in the Flower District isn't P. somniferum. Other poppy species vary in their opiate content, and combined with the statement about "dizziness" being the primary effect, I'd guess that they're getting something that's high in thebaine, rather than morphine. That's probably P. bracteatum, which looks a lot the "real" opium poppy, and could well be what the flower vendors are selling as a "poppy pod." Thebaine is one of the natural precursors to some of the semi-synthetic opioids, andten... more »

Just ran into this hilariously bad post from a few years ago, and was delighted to see that I'd made a (really great) comment on it. Good work, past me.

"You guys mention the effects of the tea as being "like two Vicodins" at 5 pods. That indicates that you're either very much doing it wrong or (more likely), that whatever people are buying in the Flower District isn't P. somniferum. Other poppy species vary in their opiate content, and combined with the statement about "dizziness" being the primary effect, I'd guess that they're getting something that's high in thebaine, rather than morphine. That's probably P. bracteatum, which looks a lot the "real" opium poppy, and could well be what the flower vendors are selling as a "poppy pod." Thebaine is one of the natural precursors to some of the semi-synthetic opioids, and tends to be more stimulating, less euphoric, and more "itchy" than morphine.

Moreover, though I haven't seen this episode (or even heard of the show), this whole thing is consistent with her having what's described as an "exaggerated" reaction to the tea. The main in vivo metabolite of thebaine is oripavine, which can produce seizures at even moderate doses, despite having a pain-killing potential similar to that of morphine. That's why we synthesize things like oxycodone and hydrocodone from thebaine rather than using it directly.

Finally (and this is probably the most important point), the fact that also mention that these pods are legal until you "extract opium" from them also indicates that you don't know what you're talking about, which is never a good position to be in when experimenting with psychoactive chemicals. Opium is by definition the dried latex that's extruded by fresh P. somniferum pods--generally when they're still alive and in the ground. You can't extract opium from dried pods. You can extract morphine, but most people don't: making them into a tea isn't an extraction.

Here's the punchline: the substance you use to make the tea is called "poppy straw," and it's illegal just in virtue of being prepared for human consumption, not in virtue of having had an extraction performed on it. Just grinding up the pods is enough for you to possess an illegal substance, which is why it's legal for the vendors to sell pods (even if they're "real" poppies). Making this mistake could really get people in trouble."___

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2015-05-03 00:17:33 (2 comments, 2 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

"Living down to our worst expectations, the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology voted Thursday to cut deeply into NASA's budget for Earth science, in a clear swipe at the study of climate change.

The committee's markup of the NASA authorization bill for fiscal 2016 and 2017 passed on a party-line vote, Republicans in the majority. The action followed what appears to be a deliberate attempt to keep Democrats out of the loop. According to Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-Texas), the committee's ranking Democrat, her caucus "did not even know [the markup] existed before last Friday. ... After we saw the bill, we understood why."

As outlined by Marcia Smith at SpacePolicyOnline, the measure would cut NASA's Earth science budget to at most $1.45 billion in fiscal 2016, from $1.77 billion currently -- a cut of $323 million, or nearly 20%. Under some... more »

"Living down to our worst expectations, the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology voted Thursday to cut deeply into NASA's budget for Earth science, in a clear swipe at the study of climate change.

The committee's markup of the NASA authorization bill for fiscal 2016 and 2017 passed on a party-line vote, Republicans in the majority. The action followed what appears to be a deliberate attempt to keep Democrats out of the loop. According to Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-Texas), the committee's ranking Democrat, her caucus "did not even know [the markup] existed before last Friday. ... After we saw the bill, we understood why."

As outlined by Marcia Smith at SpacePolicyOnline, the measure would cut NASA's Earth science budget to at most $1.45 billion in fiscal 2016, from $1.77 billion currently -- a cut of $323 million, or nearly 20%. Under some circumstances, the budget could shrink even further to $1.12 billion, a cut of nearly one-third. Compared with President Obama's request for fiscal 2016, which is $1.95 billion, the proposal would amount to a cut of at least 26%.

The budget plan perfectly reflects the House GOP's glorification of space exploration, which masks its disdain for research on climate change. Unsurprisingly, it has created consternation among experts. The American Geophysical Union observed just before the vote that NASA's Earth science programs involve more than the study of climate change as such, but "provide a basis for knowledge and understanding of natural hazards, weather forecasting, air quality, and water availability."___

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2015-05-02 23:43:37 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Holy shit

Well done Resistant Agents for this impressive #MayDay  operation in Indonesia ! 
https://plus.google.com/u/0/+AdhitAikawa/posts/goo8CSPAuby___Holy shit

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2015-05-02 23:34:26 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

Don't eat that pizza! and other tragic happenings...

Digital Horror: A Gallery

#brokengifs   #digitalhumor   #gifs   #smash2014  

Don't eat that pizza! and other tragic happenings...

Digital Horror: A Gallery

#brokengifs   #digitalhumor   #gifs   #smash2014  ___

2015-05-02 06:39:57 (2 comments, 4 reshares, 18 +1s)Open 

Amazon video has a recommendation listing that says "Because you watched The Watchmen."

I'm glad we finally figured out who did that. 

Amazon video has a recommendation listing that says "Because you watched The Watchmen."

I'm glad we finally figured out who did that. ___

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2015-05-02 03:41:11 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

So close to breaking top 50 in LA. #ingress

So close to breaking top 50 in LA. #ingress___

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2015-05-02 03:36:42 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

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2015-05-02 02:22:04 (4 comments, 26 reshares, 56 +1s)Open 

Protester: "You want to report that we're thugs and we're breaking shit down. You got these two black dudes protecting you (talking about Geraldo's bodyguards) from all these black folks. We're the ones that need protection! Report for us! You're working for Fox News. Adam Jackson just went on Sean Hannity...."

(Geraldo tries to get away)

"Why are you running away? Talk to me. Just talk to me. Listen, a black man can raise his voice and you don't have to be intimidated."

(Geraldo mumbles something)

"Because I want you and Fox News to get out of Baltimore City. Because you are not here reporting about the boarded up homes and the homeless people on the MLK. You're not reporting about the poverty levels up and down North Avenue. Two years ago, when the 300 man march and we marched (street names), you weren't... more »

Protester: "You want to report that we're thugs and we're breaking shit down. You got these two black dudes protecting you (talking about Geraldo's bodyguards) from all these black folks. We're the ones that need protection! Report for us! You're working for Fox News. Adam Jackson just went on Sean Hannity...."

(Geraldo tries to get away)

"Why are you running away? Talk to me. Just talk to me. Listen, a black man can raise his voice and you don't have to be intimidated."

(Geraldo mumbles something)

"Because I want you and Fox News to get out of Baltimore City. Because you are not here reporting about the boarded up homes and the homeless people on the MLK. You're not reporting about the poverty levels up and down North Avenue. Two years ago, when the 300 man march and we marched (street names), you weren't here. You're here for the black riots! You're not here for the death of Freddie Gray."___

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2015-05-02 01:25:40 (10 comments, 1 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

Notice the total lack of a mention of "warp drive." It's not a warp drive. You don't accidentally invent a warp (Alcubierre) drive. It requires exotic matter, and it's unclear if that's even a real thing. I'm still skeptical about the EM drive, as there's still no good theoretical explanation, but if it works it's exciting enough on its own; no need to say crazy things. A trip to Mars in 70 days, or a trip to Alpha Centauri at 9.4% the speed of light (!!) is plenty cool enough on its own. If this works, it's the difference between a one way trip to other planets and a round trip in less time than it once took to cross the Atlantic ocean. If that's not sufficient to get you all hot and bothered, you're an asshole. 

Notice the total lack of a mention of "warp drive." It's not a warp drive. You don't accidentally invent a warp (Alcubierre) drive. It requires exotic matter, and it's unclear if that's even a real thing. I'm still skeptical about the EM drive, as there's still no good theoretical explanation, but if it works it's exciting enough on its own; no need to say crazy things. A trip to Mars in 70 days, or a trip to Alpha Centauri at 9.4% the speed of light (!!) is plenty cool enough on its own. If this works, it's the difference between a one way trip to other planets and a round trip in less time than it once took to cross the Atlantic ocean. If that's not sufficient to get you all hot and bothered, you're an asshole. ___

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2015-05-01 23:35:23 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 20 +1s)Open 

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2015-04-30 23:05:34 (1 comments, 4 reshares, 12 +1s)Open 

This is a nice (if brief) write-up on the work of Deborah Gordon, who is in my opinion one of the best and most creative scientists working today.

"“Individually, an ant is dumb,” Gordon says. She gazes off into the distance and inhales sharply. “But the colony? That’s where the intelligence is.”

About 110 miles from Gordon’s offices in Palo Alto, Calif., Mark Goldman studies a different kind of complex, emergent behavior. Goldman is a neuroscientist at the University of California, Davis. For most of his life, he was never particularly interested in ants. But when he traveled to Stanford in 2012 to plan some experiments with a colleague who had recently attended one of Gordon’s talks, something clicked.

“As I watched films of these ant colonies, it looked like what was happening at the synapse of neurons. Both of these systems accumulate evidence abouttheir inputs—re... more »

This is a nice (if brief) write-up on the work of Deborah Gordon, who is in my opinion one of the best and most creative scientists working today.

"“Individually, an ant is dumb,” Gordon says. She gazes off into the distance and inhales sharply. “But the colony? That’s where the intelligence is.”

About 110 miles from Gordon’s offices in Palo Alto, Calif., Mark Goldman studies a different kind of complex, emergent behavior. Goldman is a neuroscientist at the University of California, Davis. For most of his life, he was never particularly interested in ants. But when he traveled to Stanford in 2012 to plan some experiments with a colleague who had recently attended one of Gordon’s talks, something clicked.

“As I watched films of these ant colonies, it looked like what was happening at the synapse of neurons. Both of these systems accumulate evidence about their inputs—returning ants or incoming voltage pulses—to make their decisions about whether to generate an output—an outgoing forager or a packet of neurotransmitter,” Goldman said. On his next trip to Stanford, he extended his stay. An unusual research collaboration had begun to coalesce: Ants would be used to study the brain, and the brain, to study ants."___

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2015-04-30 22:52:36 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Bingo.

"Pattern formation captures the most intuitive view of emergence: the interaction of low level entities, leading to symmetry  breaking,  generates  a  coordinate behavior which is expressed via patterns which are novel and identifiable as such by an external observer. Given that a system can be viewed and studied at different levels, and that multiple different patterns will likely appear at different levels, it is natural to ask at what level and on what patterns our analysis should focus. A reasonable answer is provided by the concept of efficiency of emergence: ‘‘the level at which it is easier or more efficient to construct a workable model’’. At this level, the observed patterns provide us with simpler or fewer structures on which to focus the analysis of the overall system."

This is a great paper.

"Computer models can help humans gain insight into the functioning of complex systems. Used for training, they can also help gain insight into the cognitive processes humans use to understand these systems. By influencing humans understanding (and consequent actions) computer models can thus generate an impact on both these actors and the very systems they are designed to simulate. When these systems also include humans, a number of self-referential relations thus emerge which can lead to very complex dynamics. This is particularly true when we explicitly acknowledge and model the existence of multiple conflicting representations of reality among different individuals. Given the increasing availability of computational devices, the use of computer models to support individual and shared decision making could potentially have implications far wider than the ones often discussed within the Information and Communication Technologies community in terms of computational power and network communication."___Bingo.

"Pattern formation captures the most intuitive view of emergence: the interaction of low level entities, leading to symmetry  breaking,  generates  a  coordinate behavior which is expressed via patterns which are novel and identifiable as such by an external observer. Given that a system can be viewed and studied at different levels, and that multiple different patterns will likely appear at different levels, it is natural to ask at what level and on what patterns our analysis should focus. A reasonable answer is provided by the concept of efficiency of emergence: ‘‘the level at which it is easier or more efficient to construct a workable model’’. At this level, the observed patterns provide us with simpler or fewer structures on which to focus the analysis of the overall system."

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2015-04-30 22:39:11 (1 comments, 4 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

This is a great paper.

"Computer models can help humans gain insight into the functioning of complex systems. Used for training, they can also help gain insight into the cognitive processes humans use to understand these systems. By influencing humans understanding (and consequent actions) computer models can thus generate an impact on both these actors and the very systems they are designed to simulate. When these systems also include humans, a number of self-referential relations thus emerge which can lead to very complex dynamics. This is particularly true when we explicitly acknowledge and model the existence of multiple conflicting representations of reality among different individuals. Given the increasing availability of computational devices, the use of computer models to support individual and shared decision making could potentially have implications far wider than the ones often... more »

This is a great paper.

"Computer models can help humans gain insight into the functioning of complex systems. Used for training, they can also help gain insight into the cognitive processes humans use to understand these systems. By influencing humans understanding (and consequent actions) computer models can thus generate an impact on both these actors and the very systems they are designed to simulate. When these systems also include humans, a number of self-referential relations thus emerge which can lead to very complex dynamics. This is particularly true when we explicitly acknowledge and model the existence of multiple conflicting representations of reality among different individuals. Given the increasing availability of computational devices, the use of computer models to support individual and shared decision making could potentially have implications far wider than the ones often discussed within the Information and Communication Technologies community in terms of computational power and network communication."___

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2015-04-30 18:13:03 (1 comments, 3 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

Didn't we learn our lesson from the stupid FTL neutrino thing? The effectiveness of the intended function of the drive has neither been peer reviewed, nor plausibly theoretically explained. All we have so far is the design team's word. The idea that it might also be accidentally a warp drive is insane. Horrible science journalism.

Nasa's official site says that: "There are many 'absurd' theories that have become reality over the years of scientific research. But for the near future, warp drive remains a dream."

What part of that says to you "may have invented a warp drive?"

Didn't we learn our lesson from the stupid FTL neutrino thing? The effectiveness of the intended function of the drive has neither been peer reviewed, nor plausibly theoretically explained. All we have so far is the design team's word. The idea that it might also be accidentally a warp drive is insane. Horrible science journalism.

Nasa's official site says that: "There are many 'absurd' theories that have become reality over the years of scientific research. But for the near future, warp drive remains a dream."

What part of that says to you "may have invented a warp drive?"___

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2015-04-30 09:24:54 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

// Are you in NYC and interested in a summer job teaching math and science to gifted youth? The courses being offered look great! This will be my 9th summer working with CTY, and I can answer any questions you have about the program. If you like teaching science in nontraditional settings, you'll love this work;  CTY has provided some of my most meaningful and instructive educational experiences of my career.

> Johns Hopkins University's Center for Talented Youth (CTY) is seeking candidates for instructor for our 2015 Summer Academic Programs in New York City at our site at The Speyer Legacy School. This is a non-residential site. CTY Summer Programs provide intensive course work to academically talented students who have just completed 2nd through 6th grade. Program dates are from July 16 – August 7, and consist of a three week session where students are in class 5 days a week forap... more »

// Are you in NYC and interested in a summer job teaching math and science to gifted youth? The courses being offered look great! This will be my 9th summer working with CTY, and I can answer any questions you have about the program. If you like teaching science in nontraditional settings, you'll love this work;  CTY has provided some of my most meaningful and instructive educational experiences of my career.

> Johns Hopkins University's Center for Talented Youth (CTY) is seeking candidates for instructor for our 2015 Summer Academic Programs in New York City at our site at The Speyer Legacy School. This is a non-residential site. CTY Summer Programs provide intensive course work to academically talented students who have just completed 2nd through 6th grade. Program dates are from July 16 – August 7, and consist of a three week session where students are in class 5 days a week for approximately 5 hours per day. As a CTY instructor, you will gain experience teaching gifted students, work in small classes with approximately 12-14 students, have your own program assistant, competitive salary, and a healthy lab budget for applicable science courses.
 
We are currently seeking instructor candidates for the following courses:
 
Geometry and Spatial Sense
Through interactive investigation and discussion, students discover mathematical relationships such as congruence, symmetry, and reflection. They learn geometric formulas to calculate area, surface area, perimeter, circumference, and volume and are asked to explain their findings using geometric terminology. Tessellations, similarity, measurement, polygons, polyhedra, and curved shapes are investigated through two- and three-dimensional drawings and physical models. Students also construct classic geometric figures using a straight edge and a compass as they are introduced to the essential elements of geometry. Competitive instructor candidates have had undergraduate or graduate coursework in mathematics and education as well as classroom experience (especially with the age group).
 
Numbers: Zero to Infinity
What does a subatomic particle measured in femtometers have in common with a galaxy measured in light years? Both are a part of the uniquely human effort to quantify the world around us. In this course, students explore numbers, from the very small to the unimaginably large, and learn how numeric representations help to explain natural phenomena such as time, distance, and temperature. Competitive instructor candidates have had undergraduate or graduate coursework in mathematics, classroom experience (especially with the age group), and experience developing curriculum.

Inductive and Deductive Reasoning
Reasoning, logic, and critical thinking skills are the building blocks of intellectual inquiry. This course focuses on developing these skills through problem solving, puzzles, and exposure to a wide range of topics in mathematics. Students learn to distinguish between inductive and deductive reasoning and examine the roles played by each in mathematics. Competitive instructor candidates have had upper level undergraduate or graduate coursework in mathematics, classroom experience (especially with the age group), and experience developing curriculum.
 
Model United Nations and Advanced Geography 
In this course, students learn how the UN addresses global concerns. They also hone their writing, speaking, and critical-thinking skills and gain a working knowledge of international relations and geography. Competitive instructor candidates have teaching experience, preferably with children or adolescents; extensive undergraduate and/or graduate coursework in History, International Relations, International Politics, or related fields of study; a graduate degree in the field is desired.
 
The Physics of Engineering
Through hands-on activities demonstrating basic physics, students examine Newton’s laws and delve into other elements of engineering and mechanics. Students in this course explore various approaches to problem solving in math and physical science. Competitive instructor candidates have had undergraduate or graduate coursework in Physics and/or Engineering, classroom experience (especially with the age group), and experience developing curriculum.

http://cty.jhu.edu/jobs/summer/positions/day/instructor.html___

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2015-04-30 09:20:48 (7 comments, 6 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

Contributing factors to what makes online content go viral, from "What Makes Online Content Viral?" (duh) by Berger & Milkman (http://journals.ama.org/doi/abs/10.1509/jmr.10.0353). Inciting anger is the strongest predictor. 

Contributing factors to what makes online content go viral, from "What Makes Online Content Viral?" (duh) by Berger & Milkman (http://journals.ama.org/doi/abs/10.1509/jmr.10.0353). Inciting anger is the strongest predictor. ___

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2015-04-30 02:08:03 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

I've posted this before, but it can never be shared too much. Random snippets of Erowid.org drug experience reports combined with random snippets of corporate recruiting emails via Markov chains.

"Google Express, you can't shop at Macys or Nordstrom and you seem like a Francis Bacon painting, a mixture of anguished flesh and black oils"

"My whole face burnt and I felt as if it’s engulfed me, my surroundings, the physical universe and the Google Staffing team"

"I almost got hit by some unknown force; a force whose sole purpose is to simplify medical offices with web-based medical billing"

"Alex, I'm doing a search for Senior Java Developers and I literally become ‘lost’ in the toilet"

I've posted this before, but it can never be shared too much. Random snippets of Erowid.org drug experience reports combined with random snippets of corporate recruiting emails via Markov chains.

"Google Express, you can't shop at Macys or Nordstrom and you seem like a Francis Bacon painting, a mixture of anguished flesh and black oils"

"My whole face burnt and I felt as if it’s engulfed me, my surroundings, the physical universe and the Google Staffing team"

"I almost got hit by some unknown force; a force whose sole purpose is to simplify medical offices with web-based medical billing"

"Alex, I'm doing a search for Senior Java Developers and I literally become ‘lost’ in the toilet"___

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2015-04-29 19:35:46 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

"With the completion of Tabloid Vivant, Poly- Blue is now developing Goldilocks, a science fiction feature about space trash, and an untitled documentary about the prevalence of the word ‘crazy’ as a term to describe women."

___"With the completion of Tabloid Vivant, Poly- Blue is now developing Goldilocks, a science fiction feature about space trash, and an untitled documentary about the prevalence of the word ‘crazy’ as a term to describe women."

2015-04-28 19:26:31 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

Someone should really make a TV show about all the systemic poverty, entrenched crime, and official corruption in Baltimore. I'm sure it would be a hit, and that way anyone who had seen it would understand the roots of all this unrest.

Someone should really make a TV show about all the systemic poverty, entrenched crime, and official corruption in Baltimore. I'm sure it would be a hit, and that way anyone who had seen it would understand the roots of all this unrest.___

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2015-04-28 17:55:15 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

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2015-04-28 17:53:04 (0 comments, 5 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

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2015-04-28 16:32:47 (2 comments, 3 reshares, 16 +1s)Open 

Apropos again

Apropos again___

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2015-04-28 06:07:45 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

"When nonviolence is preached as an attempt to evade the repercussions of political brutality, it betrays itself. When nonviolence begins halfway through the war with the aggressor calling time out, it exposes itself as a ruse. When nonviolence is preached by the representatives of the state, while the state doles out heaps of violence to its citizens, it reveals itself to be a con."

"When nonviolence is preached as an attempt to evade the repercussions of political brutality, it betrays itself. When nonviolence begins halfway through the war with the aggressor calling time out, it exposes itself as a ruse. When nonviolence is preached by the representatives of the state, while the state doles out heaps of violence to its citizens, it reveals itself to be a con."___

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2015-04-28 05:55:17 (1 comments, 4 reshares, 13 +1s)Open 

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2015-04-27 23:49:33 (7 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

I'm not sure this is legitimate or not, but it's very interesting. I can't see how it would be better than simply using clean energy to power electric cars directly. It seems like the process of converting CO2 and water into fuel using electricity is going to have to be fairly lossy, as you're going to lose usable energy to entropy at each step in the process. Better to simply go directly from the initial electricity to power cars.

I suppose that there's an argument to be made that this is an intermediate step on the way to decarbonizing the economy. If this stuff can run in standard engines, it's certainly better than using regular gasoline. While we go about making the switchover from combustion engines to electric cars, this might be a good stopgap.

It might also have interesting applications as a method of carbon capture and sequestration (CCS). If the... more »

Is it just me, or is this a "game-changer"?
The energy density of oil along with its ease of storage and transport is unrivaled.
Its liquid power.  Doing the same with electricity has been a challenge because the storage/density isn't as good.
So now, it appears, Audi has liquefied electricity (in the form of chemical bonds).  And, when that electricity is sourced from renewable power and the carbon is reclaimed from sources that would have gone into the atmosphere - you get carbon neutral "oil."

If the numbers on the cost of production are right, how will this affect standard oil prices?

Since there's no risky drilling involved some regulatory hurdles will not need to be passed - cost savings?

Interesting thought of the day: Is this a way for oil companies to remain oil companies without contributing to climate change?

This last one seems the most important to me from a social engineering perspective.

+Jon Lawhead - have you heard of this? Is it hokum?


http://www.sciencealert.com/audi-have-successfully-made-diesel-fuel-from-air-and-water___I'm not sure this is legitimate or not, but it's very interesting. I can't see how it would be better than simply using clean energy to power electric cars directly. It seems like the process of converting CO2 and water into fuel using electricity is going to have to be fairly lossy, as you're going to lose usable energy to entropy at each step in the process. Better to simply go directly from the initial electricity to power cars.

I suppose that there's an argument to be made that this is an intermediate step on the way to decarbonizing the economy. If this stuff can run in standard engines, it's certainly better than using regular gasoline. While we go about making the switchover from combustion engines to electric cars, this might be a good stopgap.

It might also have interesting applications as a method of carbon capture and sequestration (CCS). If the process is actually reasonably efficient, it might be a great way to extract CO2 from the air and lock it into a medium that can be easily stored away from the atmosphere. The biggest problem with atmospheric CCS is that it's really, really hard to do it in an energy efficient way; it's tough to extract the gas from ambient air because CO2 is so diffuse. If they've found a way to do that efficiently, then that's a really big deal.
I can't seem to find any details beyond their press release. Maybe I'll shoot the contact an email and see if he'll send me a whitepaper...

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2015-04-27 23:34:57 (17 comments, 33 reshares, 26 +1s)Open 

Busting a few GMO Myths

I'm reposting this from a discussion on my Facebook wall.

A little while back, I posted the attached link about Jane Goodall, and it sparked a conversation about GMOs.  Some of the things that people were saying are frequently-repeated misconceptions about genetic modification, so I think my attempt to clear up the confusion is worth reposting here.  I'll update, maybe, as the conversation evolves.  I'm bolding the (edited) claims, and leaving my responses unformatted.

Claim: Science doesn't say things like "GMOs are safe."  Anyone advocating GMOs is a business person, because scientific claims are more contextual than that, and there's no preponderance of evidence.

Response:

That's absurd. There's a tremendous amount of peer reviewed evidence that GMOs are in no wayhar... more »

Busting a few GMO Myths

I'm reposting this from a discussion on my Facebook wall.

A little while back, I posted the attached link about Jane Goodall, and it sparked a conversation about GMOs.  Some of the things that people were saying are frequently-repeated misconceptions about genetic modification, so I think my attempt to clear up the confusion is worth reposting here.  I'll update, maybe, as the conversation evolves.  I'm bolding the (edited) claims, and leaving my responses unformatted.

Claim: Science doesn't say things like "GMOs are safe."  Anyone advocating GMOs is a business person, because scientific claims are more contextual than that, and there's no preponderance of evidence.

Response:

That's absurd. There's a tremendous amount of peer reviewed evidence that GMOs are in no way harmful. Asserting that anyone disputing claims that they pose health risks is a "business person" is just as crazy as saying that anyone claiming that climate change is a real problem is being paid off by the government (or whatever). It's a conspiracy theory, and it's irrational.

The parallels between climate deniers and GMO skeptics are striking and obvious. In both cases, there's a strong scientific consensus about the right answer to some question, along with a popular rejection of that scientific consensus. Virtually every study done on GMOs has shown that they pose absolutely no additional health risk to human beings; asserting that GMOs are safe is absolutely a scientific position. I'm not sure what you mean when you say that "science is contextual." Yes, of course we haven't done every single test possible on the health risks associated with consuming GMOs in every possible circumstance. We don't know if they pose a health risk when consumed on Mars, while standing on your head, while sitting in a bathtub full of homemade gin, and so on; to be skeptical of their general safety on that basis is totally insane, though. 

By every indicator we have, they're perfectly safe, and it's reasonable to base our opinion on the best science we currently have. Claiming that any scientist (that includes me, by the way!) who agrees that GMOs are safe is a shill for agribusiness is exactly the same thing as claiming that any scientist who claims vaccines are safe is a shill for "big pharma." It's a completely unwarranted conspiracy theory. Of course science can't make a claim like "All GMOs are completely risk free for every person in all circumstances," but that's a strawman--no one is making that claim. The claim is that based on all the evidence we have, GMOs are pose no more health risks than non-GMO crops for the majority of people. There are, of course, people out there who might have allergies to some component in GMO foods, just as there are people who have allergies to some components of vaccinations. However, that has absolutely no bearing on their general safety, and (again) we have strong evidence that they are indeed safe.

Just as with climate change, it's really, really important that people keep abreast of the genuine research on this issue before making claims like this. In both cases (as well as with vaccinations), the body of scientific literature is extensive, and the evidence is firmly on one side of the issue. Climate change is real, GMOs are safe, and vaccines save lives. Disputing any of those points is to go against the scientific consensus. In all cases, of course, research is ongoing and always evolving. It's possible that we'll discover some hidden danger associated with GMOs, just as it's possible that we'll discover that we've been entirely mistaken about anthropogenic climate change. Basing beliefs or public policy on the unsupported supposition that future research will overturn the current consensus, though, is crazy.

Claim: Glyphosate is incredibly dangerous.  It's been linked to Celiac disease (citing http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3945755/), as well as the widespread die-off of honeybees.

Response:

The first (and most important) point here is that even if glyphosate is actually dangerous to humans (a claim for which there is virtually no evidence), that's a problem with glyphosate rather than with GMOs. Saying that pesticide resistant GMO crops are inherently dangerous because of the pesticides is absurd--if there's a risk there, it's a risk associated with the pesticide itself, rather than with genetic modification. This is similar to the point about monoculture that I mentioned above--we can say that some of the farming practices associated with GMO agribusiness are suspect without that implying that GMOs themselves are suspect. If I engineer an organism to grow better in the presence of arsenic, and people become sick after consuming the arsenic covered crops, that doesn't show that it was the genetic modification that made people sick--it was the arsenic. Again, there's a strong parallel with climate change here. The fact that some approaches to dealing with global warming (say, geoengineering) carry substantial risks themselves is not evidence that global warming isn't happening, nor is it an argument against trying to deal with the problem in some way.

All that aside, the study that you linked to is itself suspect in a number of different ways. A quick review of the article shows that the authors are basing their conclusions on a single paper out of India from 2009 (http://cropandweed.com/vol5issue1/46.1.html) in which the investigators exposed fish to a "glyphosate containing" (emphasis mine) compound. The researchers found changes in the fish's digestive tract which (in their words) "appeared to resemble Celiac disease." That's not much of a link. I did a little more digging, though, and things are even more suspect. The particular compound that they used in the 2009 study is a commercial compound called "Excel Mera 71" (EM71). EM71 is a terrestrial herbicide--not designed for use in water--that contains, in addition to glyphosate, a number of other compounds--most notably a couple of surfactants. Surfactants aren't used in non-terrestrial applications, as lots of aquatic animal life is known to be vulnerable to it, and the damage associated with surfactants is the sort that the authors noticed in this study. In fact, the National Pesticide Information Center notes that "pure glyphosate is low in toxicity to fish and wildlife, but some products containing glyphosate may be toxic because of the other ingredients in them." Every other study conducted shows that glyphosate is minimally harmful to fish, but compounds that it is mixed with can be harmful, which is why those formulations aren't used in water. The 2009 study on which the Celiac claim is based doesn't take this into account, and fails to control for damage that might have been induced by other compounds in EM71. That's bad science, but jumping from that single study conducted on fish that found damage that looked like Celiac disease to the researchers to the claim that glyphosate causes Celiac disease in humans is beyond bad science: it's fear-mongering that's completely without basis in reality.

So, there are three major things wrong with the claim that GMOs are dangerous because glyphosate might cause Celiac disease: (1) If that's true, it's a risk associated with glyphosate, not GMOs. (2) The proposed glyphosate/Celiac link itself is based on a single study of EM71's damage to fish, and (3) the fish study itself was methodologically suspect. That's very unconvincing.

Honeybee colony collapse disorder is indeed worrying, but I've never seen a single plausible paper suggesting that it's linked to GMOs directly. There are a lot of proposed mechanisms on the table, and we're still trying to figure out what's going on. However, none of the proposed mechanisms blame genetic modification. In fact, the biggest metastudy done on that question (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2169303/) found that there is no discernable link between GMOs and honeybee health. Even when exposed directly (and exclusively) to Bt crops, bee fertility, larvae viability, or adult lifespan. Blaming colony collapse on GMOs is completely unwarranted speculation that isn't backed up by science.

Claim: Saying "GMOs are no more dangerous than other crops" isn't the same as saying "GMOs are safe."  Some GMOs are bred to require more water, or encourage more pesticide use.  Pesticides can run off into the water supply, and that's really bad.

Response:

I suppose "no safer than non-GMO food" isn't the same as "safe," that's true. That seems like sort of a peculiar point, though. There are risks associated with agriculture, especially the large-scale industrial agriculture (which is one of the largest contributors to climate change, incidentally) that we practice in much of the world now. I'm happy to admit that, and I share your concern about water table contamination and water use--I'm quite worried about that stuff as well.

However, I think framing this stuff in terms of GMO vs. non-GMO food muddies the water (so to speak) of the debate, and distracts from the very real problems associated with industrial farming practices. Worrying that genetic modification as a practice is dangerous, or claiming (as Goodall does here) that we're "poisoning ourselves" with GMOs confuses one problem with another, which makes it harder to solve the real problem. Genetically modified food itself poses no health hazard, according to the best scientific evidence we have. GMOs are not poison, or even risky as far as we can tell.

Now, if it's true that some GMO crops need more water to grow (a claim for which I'd like to see a citation), that's a concern. However, framing the problem in terms of an issue with GMOs themselves also blocks off a potential avenue for solving the problem: engineering crops that require less water to thrive. A cursory Google search shows that at least some people are actively working on this idea (http://12.000.scripts.mit.edu/.../genetically-modified.../). That's wonderful. If the public narrative is dominated by claims that GMOs are inherently unsafe, though, that makes it that much harder for these sorts of crops to come into wide use, which makes the problem significantly worse.

Similarly, if we're worried about pesticide runoff into lakes and rivers (which we should be!), framing the problem in terms of a risk associated with genetic modification just makes it that much harder to solve. A significant number of genetic modifications are actually designed to produce crops that don't require pesticides in virtue of allowing the plant itself to produce proteins that harm local pests. This piece from the New York Times discusses one such crop, a genetically modified species of eggplant being grown in some places in Africa, which has been engineered to be toxic to the most pervasive local pest: http://mobile.nytimes.com/.../how-i-got-converted-to-gmo...

Using that crop seems unequivocally great. It's helping the environment by decreasing the use of pesticides, and it's helping a small subsistence farmer make a better living. However, the crop has met with considerable resistance from environmental activists who oppose its use purely on the grounds that it is genetically modified. This reflects a lack of scientific understanding on the part of the activists, and has the potential to do a lot of damage, both environmentally and economically. That's the problem with framing this debate in terms of GMO-associated dangers. It obfuscates the real problem, and can prevent real, helpful solutions that benefit both people and the environment.

Claim: I guess I'll just have to trust you on this

Response: 

No, don't trust me on this! I'm incredibly untrustworthy in general, but at least when it comes to climate change I've done an extensive amount of real original work on the issue, and am an expert in my own right. I'm not an expert on GMOs. However, I am a scientist and I have a tremendous amount of trust in the scientific method and institution. I'm happy to put my faith in my colleagues working on this issue, just as I'd hope that they'd put their trust in me and my fellow climate change researchers when it comes to AGW. I'm basing my claims here on the existence of a strong consensus among those who are experts on this issue. That's the only reasonable position to take with respect to any complicated issue in which I'm not an expert. If the people who know the most about this stuff overwhelmingly say that it's safe, I'm very inclined to believe them.

#GMO   #gmofree   #environmentalism   #scienceeveryday  ___

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2015-04-26 04:02:58 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Have you recently thought to yourself "I wonder what Macaulay Culkin is doing these days?" Well, here's your answer. He's fronting a pizza-themed Velvet Underground tribute band. What have you done with your life?

Have you recently thought to yourself "I wonder what Macaulay Culkin is doing these days?" Well, here's your answer. He's fronting a pizza-themed Velvet Underground tribute band. What have you done with your life?___

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2015-04-26 02:52:40 (9 comments, 1 reshares, 17 +1s)Open 

I just found the greatest typo on Wikipedia

I just found the greatest typo on Wikipedia___

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2015-04-25 23:57:31 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

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2015-04-25 21:46:25 (5 comments, 7 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

"Enjoy the unbelievable electric rush of interacting with arbys online? Love dipping our #crap in our other #shit? Who cares? Arbys: fuck this."

"Cry. Go ahead and cry. Nana ain't coming back. Neither is fluffy. Go to Arbys and eat some hillbilly boy's pet cow. The universe is cruel."

"Enjoy the unbelievable electric rush of interacting with arbys online? Love dipping our #crap in our other #shit? Who cares? Arbys: fuck this."

"Cry. Go ahead and cry. Nana ain't coming back. Neither is fluffy. Go to Arbys and eat some hillbilly boy's pet cow. The universe is cruel."___

2015-04-25 05:48:02 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

There's no u in "narcissist." There's a lot of I, but there could be more.

There's no u in "narcissist." There's a lot of I, but there could be more.___

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2015-04-25 05:43:17 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

"One contribution of the web is probably a shift from the role of the biological individual as the primary unit of analysis to a dynamic ensemble of the biological and the wider technical environment. When this new "image of the (post)human" as a complex socio-technical assemblage is increasingly merged with a low-latency universalizing information space — the web! — that lets phenomena scale globally, all sorts of interesting and some quite weird things start happening, from memes to revolutions.

With the rise of the "Internet of Things," we're now seeing this kind of shift in terms of unit of analysis not just of the human subject, but also all sorts of objects that are now interconnected to the Internet. To handle this new world, we as both philosophers and scientists need both a micro-level understanding of the protocols of the web and of the macro-leveleff... more »

"The web evokes equally as potent theoretical questions as traditional philosophy: How do we think about language when we can communicate with thousands across the world nearly immediately? Do we really think of the mind as "individual" when our memories are spread into collective data banks? In this way, the web is less a distinct area of inquiry rather than a core revolution in a whole network of concepts, a historical event that restructures philosophical understanding itself. In this regard, the best antecedent to the web in terms of philosophy is probably the invention of writing."

cont___"One contribution of the web is probably a shift from the role of the biological individual as the primary unit of analysis to a dynamic ensemble of the biological and the wider technical environment. When this new "image of the (post)human" as a complex socio-technical assemblage is increasingly merged with a low-latency universalizing information space — the web! — that lets phenomena scale globally, all sorts of interesting and some quite weird things start happening, from memes to revolutions.

With the rise of the "Internet of Things," we're now seeing this kind of shift in terms of unit of analysis not just of the human subject, but also all sorts of objects that are now interconnected to the Internet. To handle this new world, we as both philosophers and scientists need both a micro-level understanding of the protocols of the web and of the macro-level effects they are engendering in order to understand the world we live in.

That's why we need a philosophy of the web."

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2015-04-25 05:14:16 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

This is interesting, and I have mixed feelings here. The fact that he's suing Columbia rather than his accuser makes me feel a little better about it; there's a decent case to be made that the university was indeed negligent in protecting his privacy. I think it's fairly likely that he did do something wrong, but even assuming he did commit rape, that doesn't seem to negate his right to confidentiality during the investigation, which Columbia did very little to protect. He might be the biggest scumbag on earth, but by Columbia's own rules it looks like he's got a case here; due process is important.

I hate that these things keep getting mishandled. Just as with the Rolling Stone piece, this sort of mistake just gives more ammunition to people who want to redirect attention from the very real sexual violence problem on college campuses. It's essential that stuff like... more »

This is interesting, and I have mixed feelings here. The fact that he's suing Columbia rather than his accuser makes me feel a little better about it; there's a decent case to be made that the university was indeed negligent in protecting his privacy. I think it's fairly likely that he did do something wrong, but even assuming he did commit rape, that doesn't seem to negate his right to confidentiality during the investigation, which Columbia did very little to protect. He might be the biggest scumbag on earth, but by Columbia's own rules it looks like he's got a case here; due process is important.

I hate that these things keep getting mishandled. Just as with the Rolling Stone piece, this sort of mistake just gives more ammunition to people who want to redirect attention from the very real sexual violence problem on college campuses. It's essential that stuff like this be handled perfectly, or else the deeper problem is just going to get more and more difficult to address.

I also think it's terrible that the professor is caught up in this, as he's pretty clearly not culpable. Ensuring that Columbia enforces Title IX and its own due process guidelines is about a million miles above even a full professor's pay grade. His job was to evaluate whether or not Emma's project had merit as a piece of performance art, which it clearly did. The legal culpability here lies entirely with the administration.

In sum, I'm inclined to believe that even the worst people are entitled to due process, and that his might have been violated here, but I'm open to other arguments. I'd appreciate hearing what other people think about this, especially if you're involved in advocacy for this kind of thing, or have a law degree.___

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2015-04-25 00:13:53 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

"A recent paper published in Nature Climate Change tackles the job of revising some of the most important climate predictions based on observations from the last few years, which experienced much slower warming than many scientists anticipated.  This period, which has popularly become known as the “warming hiatus,” provides some important data points that can help us understand how the global climate system responds to various factors.  While the “warming hiatus” (such as it was) seems now to be over, it’s still important for us to analyze temperature trends during this period to see what we can learn.  The Nature Climate Change article is rather technical, though, and not immediately accessible to most people.  In this post, I’ll do my best to communicate some of the most important findings from the paper, and explore what they might mean for the future of our climate. "

"A recent paper published in Nature Climate Change tackles the job of revising some of the most important climate predictions based on observations from the last few years, which experienced much slower warming than many scientists anticipated.  This period, which has popularly become known as the “warming hiatus,” provides some important data points that can help us understand how the global climate system responds to various factors.  While the “warming hiatus” (such as it was) seems now to be over, it’s still important for us to analyze temperature trends during this period to see what we can learn.  The Nature Climate Change article is rather technical, though, and not immediately accessible to most people.  In this post, I’ll do my best to communicate some of the most important findings from the paper, and explore what they might mean for the future of our climate. "___

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2015-04-25 00:09:41 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

Wrote a long thing about the global warming hiatus and climate sensitivity today.  Go learn yourself something and read it.

Wrote a long thing about the global warming hiatus and climate sensitivity today.  Go learn yourself something and read it.___

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2015-04-24 21:06:28 (3 comments, 17 reshares, 25 +1s)Open 

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2015-04-24 09:31:09 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

"High elevation environments around the world may be warming much faster than previously thought, according to members of an international research team. They call for more aggressive monitoring of temperature changes in mountain regions and more attention to the potential consequences of warming".

(Posted by +rasha kamel​)

"High elevation environments around the world may be warming much faster than previously thought, according to members of an international research team. They call for more aggressive monitoring of temperature changes in mountain regions and more attention to the potential consequences of warming".

(Posted by +rasha kamel​)___

2015-04-24 07:08:33 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

This is delightfully hypnotic.

"Listen to the sound of Wikipedia's recent changes feed. Bells indicate additions and string plucks indicate subtractions. Pitch changes according to the size of the edit; the larger the edit, the deeper the note. Green circles show edits from unregistered contributors, and purple circles mark edits performed by automated bots. You may see announcements for new users as they join the site, punctuated by a string swell. You can welcome him or her by clicking the blue banner and adding a note on their talk page."

This is delightfully hypnotic.

"Listen to the sound of Wikipedia's recent changes feed. Bells indicate additions and string plucks indicate subtractions. Pitch changes according to the size of the edit; the larger the edit, the deeper the note. Green circles show edits from unregistered contributors, and purple circles mark edits performed by automated bots. You may see announcements for new users as they join the site, punctuated by a string swell. You can welcome him or her by clicking the blue banner and adding a note on their talk page."___

2015-04-24 06:57:51 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

'Tis the season for tech company anniversaries. The first YouTube video ever went up ten years ago today. What we did for my first two years of college I'll never know.

'Tis the season for tech company anniversaries. The first YouTube video ever went up ten years ago today. What we did for my first two years of college I'll never know.___

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2015-04-24 06:31:27 (3 comments, 3 reshares, 16 +1s)Open 

Tech News, "Fanboys," and the Attention Shadow Economy

I've seen a bunch of people flipping out about the attached post--both here and on Facebook--and bickering about what it does or doesn't mean. The comments on the article itself are full of contributions like "omfg fanboys" and "how much is apple paying you for this?" This suggests to me that people don't understand how ad-driven digital commerce works. This is an amazing object lesson. Here's what I mean.

Is Businesses Insider (lulz) or any other big publication published by systematically biased "fanboys?" No, of course not. Are they taking kickbacks? No, of course not. There's a really simple reason for this: they don't need to. What they need to do--and what they're succeeding wildly at doing--is post controversial fluff pieces that draw distressed... more »

Tech News, "Fanboys," and the Attention Shadow Economy

I've seen a bunch of people flipping out about the attached post--both here and on Facebook--and bickering about what it does or doesn't mean. The comments on the article itself are full of contributions like "omfg fanboys" and "how much is apple paying you for this?" This suggests to me that people don't understand how ad-driven digital commerce works. This is an amazing object lesson. Here's what I mean.

Is Businesses Insider (lulz) or any other big publication published by systematically biased "fanboys?" No, of course not. Are they taking kickbacks? No, of course not. There's a really simple reason for this: they don't need to. What they need to do--and what they're succeeding wildly at doing--is post controversial fluff pieces that draw distressed partisans on both sides of a conflict, get them to look at the article, and sell advertising. In this case, they're drawing in both diehard Apple customers and diehard Android customers to the same vapid article just through the headline. That's how they make money. They don't care about Apple, Android, or even the veracity of their content except insofar as it helps them leverage clicks to sell ads.

When I started writing this post, I did a Google search for other BI posts about the same topic, guessing that I'd find something saying more-or-less the opposite of this with similar language. I could not possibly have been more hilariously correct.

After telling us things like "Apple is the rich man's brand," and "Apple users just tend to be better off than Android users," look at this post on the same site from 15 hours later: http://www.businessinsider.my/android-wear-vs-apple-watch-which-should-you-buy-2015-4/#q4GPLR7dutuHMPs1.97 ("9 Ways Android Wear is Better Than the Apple Watch ")

This is an almost diametrically opposed message, presented in equally provocative terms. This isn't balance, and it isn't journalistic integrity--it's a carefully calculated commercial strategy to draw exactly the same group of readers in twice, but for opposite-seeming reasons. And it works. It works really, really well. Just look at all the angry comments.

They don't need kickbacks. They're not marketing Apple, and they're not not marketing Google. They're not reporting. They're flashing a red cape, letting people charge, and basking in the applause of their real customers: their advertisers. They're not selling devices or even information: they're selling access to your attention.

They're making money off of your outrage, and you're getting nothing in return.

They're so good at it, most people don't even notice. ___

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2015-04-24 03:48:36 (22 comments, 13 reshares, 65 +1s)Open 

Fantasy Grounds has hit the big time, apparently. I'm happy to see this. I used it for years, and it was pretty great even back in 2012.

Fantasy Grounds has hit the big time, apparently. I'm happy to see this. I used it for years, and it was pretty great even back in 2012.___

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2015-04-24 03:07:15 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

looooooooooooooooooooooooooooooool

"But no one ever told me that if you take it every night and want to get off of it, the withdrawal is comparable to that of _heroin._ "


looooooooooooooooooooooooooooooool

"But no one ever told me that if you take it every night and want to get off of it, the withdrawal is comparable to that of _heroin._ "
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2015-04-23 20:06:57 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

I keep trying to use the excuse "I can't help it, I'm a drug-buying robot," but somehow they never buy it with me.

I keep trying to use the excuse "I can't help it, I'm a drug-buying robot," but somehow they never buy it with me.___

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2015-04-23 17:52:35 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Horror movies by state

Horror movies by state___

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2015-04-23 06:28:44 (1 comments, 2 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

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2015-04-23 05:23:37 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

“She says she is passionate about avoiding gluten, dairy and coffee, but doesn’t really understand how cancer works.”

Shocking, shocking news. 

“She says she is passionate about avoiding gluten, dairy and coffee, but doesn’t really understand how cancer works.”

Shocking, shocking news. ___

2015-04-23 04:35:42 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

I went to an earth science talk today about the relationship between volcanic activity and glacial ablation. None of the data presented even remotely fit any of the models, and it wasn't even clear if it made any sense. We all agreed that this was a problem, and then left. The whole thing took about 40 minutes. It was great.

I went to an earth science talk today about the relationship between volcanic activity and glacial ablation. None of the data presented even remotely fit any of the models, and it wasn't even clear if it made any sense. We all agreed that this was a problem, and then left. The whole thing took about 40 minutes. It was great.___

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2015-04-22 18:06:28 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

You can't make an omelette without composting a few girlfriends.

You can't make an omelette without composting a few girlfriends.___

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2015-04-22 16:10:10 (1 comments, 46 reshares, 55 +1s)Open 

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