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Daniel Estrada29,708// 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/8cMKSIBut 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 Estrada29,708This 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/8cMKSIBut 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 matters2014-06-14 04:00:009 

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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 05:24:00459102
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 05:00:4347130935
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 05:14:394770210
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 12:15:324990617
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 06:25:0424522733
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 21:29:32501011
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
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John Nuntiatio29,767#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
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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
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
Fraser Cain770,050Super Science Circle - April 2013 EditionIt's time for another sharing of my Super Science Circle. This is a collection of 400+ active people on Google+ who often post about science. If anyone tells you G+ is a ghost town (not that anyone does any more), get them to import this circle. PLEASE SHARE THIS CIRCLE... FOR SCIENCE!I have personally reviewed each and every person on this list, to make sure that they:1. Are active and engaged on Google+2. Regularly post science-related stories on Google+In this list you'll find scientists, journalists, researchers, professors, astronauts and general science enthusiasts. Not everyone in this list is going to be to your personal liking. So what you'll want to do is import the list into a temporary circle. Then move people over one by one into more permanent locations in your circles.I'm always looking for more people to add to the list, so if you know people who meet my criteria, feel free to nominate them.Again, please share the circle. Every little bit helps2013-04-26 21:02:03419226277
Alessandro Folghera7321. PLUS+1 This Post! 2. ADD Circle3, Share the circle (note you can add yourself when you go to share)4. COMMENT Below if you are not on it and I will add you!#circleshare   #geekcircle   #sciencecircle   #sharedcircle   #sharedcircles   #sharedcircleoftheday  Social Media Marketing Shared Circle ... share and increase your popularity !2013-04-16 08:01:53422229
Mike Barnes590Science and Techno Geeks Shared Circle1. PLUS+1 This Post! 2. ADD Circle3, Share the circle (note you can add yourself when you go to share)4. COMMENT Below if you are not on it and I will add you! #circleshare   #geekcircle   #sciencecircle   #sharedcircle   #sharedcircles   #sharedcircleoftheday  For more Social Media and Search Engine Marketing Tips visit http//SEO-Alien.com2013-04-09 20:08:43412417
Fraser Cain759,117The Return of the Super Science CircleOkay, I'll admit, I made a mistake in retiring the Super Science Circle. I wasn't wrong; Communities are still the future and the best way to make friends here on Google+. But I realized that the Super Science Circle is simple and efficient way to get new people to see that Google+ isn't a ghost town.PLEASE SHARE THIS POST... FOR SCIENCE!When I was attending +ScienceOnline 2013, I must have helped dozens of people join Google+, and the first thing I had them do was import this circle. It's an invaluable tool for getting new people up to speed.So, I just did a complete refresh on the circle. I examined every single member and judged them according to my two-part criteria:1. Active in the last 30 days or so.2. Regularly post on scientific topics.If you know anyone who might make a good candidate for this circle, please let me know.As always, import this circle into a new, temporary circle, and then you can refresh it when I share a new version.DON'T FORGET TO SHARE THIS POST2013-03-19 22:39:3139967163160
Euro Maestro44,196Weekly roundup and the Who's Who of Google Plus !#sharedcircles      #top500      #ff      #euromaestrocircles     #euromaestro       #sundayseven   #weeklyreview  Find out where you are on CircleCount  http://www.circlecount.com/euromaestrowhoswho/The top photographers this week+Rinus Bakker  +Mike Shaw  +Trey Ratcliff  With the Google redesign this week, we were not able to make the changes necessary to fully incorporate category list. Stay tuned.  The top gplussers in Europehttp://www.circlecount.com/cont-eu/euromaestrowhoswho/The top gplussers in Canadahttp://www.circlecount.com/ca/euromaestrowhoswho/The top gplussers in Chinahttp://www.circlecount.com/cn/euromaestrowhoswho/The top gplussers in Finlandhttp://www.circlecount.com/fi/euromaestrowhoswho/The top gplussers in Francehttp://www.circlecount.com/fr/euromaestrowhoswho/The top gplussers in Germanyhttp://www.circlecount.com/de/euromaestrowhoswho/The top gplussers in Indiahttp://www.circlecount.com/in/euromaestrowhoswho/The top gplussers in the UKhttp://www.circlecount.com/gb/euromaestrowhoswho/The top gplussers in the UShttp://www.circlecount.com/us/euromaestrowhoswho/Congrats to +Marques Brownlee and +Amanda Blain pretty consistently in a virtual tie for the number 1 spot. Congrats also to +Luke Mulvey who shot up in the rankings this week. Who are the top 50 in my country ?On the top of the page change "all countries" in the selection field to the country that you are interested in to see the top engagers for that country. Where am I or my friends on the list ?If you don't see yourself or your friends, just put your name or his name in the search box and you can find the scores and ranking.  Click on "open page with profile" to see  who is right above or below as well. How can I find the list durin2013-03-10 21:53:30260852485

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2014-10-10 05:07:31 (10 comments, 9 reshares, 17 +1s)Open 

Ok I read the original paper. This was an independent lab doing the review. It's actually very straightforward, and doesn't have any physics beyond pretty basic thermodynamics, fluid dynamics, and my mechanics. Part of the reason that's interesting is that it points to the fact that these people have absolutely no idea what they have on their hands. All of what we know about nuclear physics says that this device should not be able to do what it appears to be doing.

So here's what it appears to be doing: producing more heat (lots more--an order of magnitude more) than should be possible if all that's going on inside the device is a chemical reaction, and doing it with the kind of energy input that you could get out of a plug in your house (as opposed to the kind of energy input you get out of the gravity inside the sun).

Any kind of combustion--from burning gasoline,... more »

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2014-09-29 05:44:34 (5 comments, 10 reshares, 18 +1s)Open 

Most plusones: 37

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2014-09-30 20:53:43 (7 comments, 1 reshares, 37 +1s)Open 

So apparently Don Hertzfeldt did the (3 minute long) couch gag for the Simpsons this week.  The results are predictably...yeah.  

Rub it on your flippers.

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2014-10-25 04:05:25 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

"A gamergate (pronounced /ˈɡæmərˌɡeɪt/) is a reproductively viable female worker ant that is able to reproduce with mature males when the colony is lacking a queen."

And in other news...
#Gamergate   #NoNotThatOne   #LearnSomethingNewEveryDay  ___"A gamergate (pronounced /ˈɡæmərˌɡeɪt/) is a reproductively viable female worker ant that is able to reproduce with mature males when the colony is lacking a queen."

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2014-10-24 22:52:19 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

Canada scouts > Boy Scouts

Canada scouts > Boy Scouts___

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2014-10-24 18:18:18 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Toward a post-carbon world

Big news!   European leaders have signed a deal obliging the EU to cut greenhouse gases by at least 40% by 2030, relative to the 1990 level of emissions.  They'd already agreed to cut them 20% by 2020, and they're close to meeting that goal already. 

The president of the EU Council said:

"It was not easy, not at all, but we managed to reach a fair decision. It sets Europe on an ambitious yet cost effective climate and energy path. Climate change is one of the biggest challenges of mankind. Ultimately this is about survival."

This is great.  And there's some self-interest here, too.  The EU plans to make money in the long term by getting ahead of other countries on implementing technologies that reduce carbon emissions.  If they lead by example, it increases the chance that others will follow.
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Toward a post-carbon world

Big news!   European leaders have signed a deal obliging the EU to cut greenhouse gases by at least 40% by 2030, relative to the 1990 level of emissions.  They'd already agreed to cut them 20% by 2020, and they're close to meeting that goal already. 

The president of the EU Council said:

"It was not easy, not at all, but we managed to reach a fair decision. It sets Europe on an ambitious yet cost effective climate and energy path. Climate change is one of the biggest challenges of mankind. Ultimately this is about survival."

This is great.  And there's some self-interest here, too.  The EU plans to make money in the long term by getting ahead of other countries on implementing technologies that reduce carbon emissions.  If they lead by example, it increases the chance that others will follow.

As well as the greenhouse gas pact, two 27% targets were agreed - for renewable energy market share and increase in energy efficiency. But the renewable energy agreement is binding only on the EU as a whole, not on particular nations, raising tricky issues. And the energy efficiency target is optional.

The reason?  Its seems some of the poorer nations raised objections: Portugal, Poland, and... umm... Britain?

Apparently the British Prime Minister David Cameron is "keen to minimise any perceived loss of UK sovereignty over energy policy." He tried to cut the energy efficiency target to 25%, but he accepted 27% as long as it was not binding on Britain.  So, now it's not binding on any nation, though somehow it's supposedly binding on the EU as a whole.

Poland relies a lot on coal, and it managed to get concessions that will allow it to get hundreds of millions of euros to modernise its coal-fired power plants. Of eight EU nations eligible for these subsidies, Poland will get 60% of the total up until 2019.

“It’s scandalous,” said Julia Michalak, a spokeswoman for Climate Action Network Europe. “A continuation of free emission permits for Poland’s coal-reliant energy system would be a grave mistake. Leaders who came to Brussels to agree new historic climate goals, are actually discussing whether to hand out money to Europe’s dirtiest power plants.”

But still: we're seeing progress. 

I got a lot of this material from here:

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/oct/24/eu-leaders-agree-to-cut-greenhouse-gas-emissions-by-40-by-2030

#carbonfootprint  ___

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2014-10-24 15:05:15 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Lorenz's lecture notes from the famous chaos talk

Lorenz's lecture notes from the famous chaos talk___

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2014-10-24 12:52:28 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Hey nerds, we're livestreaming the Rotman Climate Modeling Conference, starting in about 15 minutes and going through the weekend.  The stream is available here!

Hey nerds, we're livestreaming the Rotman Climate Modeling Conference, starting in about 15 minutes and going through the weekend.  The stream is available here!___

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2014-10-23 04:22:46 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

Intelligence in the Human-Machine, a duet for cello and brainwaves

Intelligence in the Human-Machine, a duet for cello and brainwaves___

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2014-10-22 00:28:00 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

I'm leaving early Thursday morning to participate in this conference on climate modeling at the University of Western Ontario.  I'll be giving a talk called "Multi-Scale Modeling and Emergent Constraints in Climate Science."  Here's the abstract:

"The global climate is a paradigmatic complex system, and so exhibits interesting behavioral regularities at many different spatio­temporal scales. Moreover, these patterns are mutually constraining: the presence of a stable behavioral regularity at one scale can influence the structure of stable behavioral regularities at other scales. This structure of interscale constraints makes the construction of holistic climate models an unusually daunting scientific challenge. In this talk , I describe some of the novel conceptual and methodological challenges associated with modeling the behavior of complex systems, and considerho... more »

I'm leaving early Thursday morning to participate in this conference on climate modeling at the University of Western Ontario.  I'll be giving a talk called "Multi-Scale Modeling and Emergent Constraints in Climate Science."  Here's the abstract:

"The global climate is a paradigmatic complex system, and so exhibits interesting behavioral regularities at many different spatio­temporal scales. Moreover, these patterns are mutually constraining: the presence of a stable behavioral regularity at one scale can influence the structure of stable behavioral regularities at other scales. This structure of interscale constraints makes the construction of holistic climate models an unusually daunting scientific challenge. In this talk , I describe some of the novel conceptual and methodological challenges associated with modeling the behavior of complex systems, and consider how those challenges bear on the debate about pluralism in climate models. I argue that the burgeoning pluralism of climate models is a natural consequence of the global climate’s considerable complexity, and ought to be embraced as a boon to our attempt to accurately predict the future of Earth’s climate."

Any other #climate  people out there attending?

#climatechange   #philosophy   #philosophyofscience   #complexityscience  ___

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2014-10-21 22:43:29 (2 comments, 8 reshares, 31 +1s)Open 

More polygons = better than

More polygons = better than___

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2014-10-21 21:03:14 (6 comments, 2 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

From "The Problem of Pattern and Scale in Ecology" (Levin, 1992).  I want to make sex with this quotation.

From "The Problem of Pattern and Scale in Ecology" (Levin, 1992).  I want to make sex with this quotation.___

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2014-10-19 00:59:30 (2 comments, 4 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

I'm pleased to be able to announce that a group of people finally recognized the innovative nature of the attention economy stuff that +Daniel Estrada has been working on for a decade. Today, an Israeli company announcing a new kind of network that is the apotheosis of distributed currency and social networking. Dan's been quietly working with these guys for months to build this, and it's finally here.

I'm pleased to be able to announce that a group of people finally recognized the innovative nature of the attention economy stuff that +Daniel Estrada has been working on for a decade. Today, an Israeli company announcing a new kind of network that is the apotheosis of distributed currency and social networking. Dan's been quietly working with these guys for months to build this, and it's finally here.___

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2014-10-16 21:37:32 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

This article is a lot more fun if you pretend every instance of 'we' refers to 'philosophers.'

This article is a lot more fun if you pretend every instance of 'we' refers to 'philosophers.'___

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2014-10-15 21:01:06 (0 comments, 4 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

This can never be posted enough.  Go play with a live animated map of air circulation, temperature, and other atmospheric phenomena around the globe.

This can never be posted enough.  Go play with a live animated map of air circulation, temperature, and other atmospheric phenomena around the globe.___

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2014-10-10 05:07:31 (10 comments, 9 reshares, 17 +1s)Open 

Ok I read the original paper. This was an independent lab doing the review. It's actually very straightforward, and doesn't have any physics beyond pretty basic thermodynamics, fluid dynamics, and my mechanics. Part of the reason that's interesting is that it points to the fact that these people have absolutely no idea what they have on their hands. All of what we know about nuclear physics says that this device should not be able to do what it appears to be doing.

So here's what it appears to be doing: producing more heat (lots more--an order of magnitude more) than should be possible if all that's going on inside the device is a chemical reaction, and doing it with the kind of energy input that you could get out of a plug in your house (as opposed to the kind of energy input you get out of the gravity inside the sun).

Any kind of combustion--from burning gasoline,... more »

Ok I read the original paper. This was an independent lab doing the review. It's actually very straightforward, and doesn't have any physics beyond pretty basic thermodynamics, fluid dynamics, and my mechanics. Part of the reason that's interesting is that it points to the fact that these people have absolutely no idea what they have on their hands. All of what we know about nuclear physics says that this device should not be able to do what it appears to be doing.

So here's what it appears to be doing: producing more heat (lots more--an order of magnitude more) than should be possible if all that's going on inside the device is a chemical reaction, and doing it with the kind of energy input that you could get out of a plug in your house (as opposed to the kind of energy input you get out of the gravity inside the sun).

Any kind of combustion--from burning gasoline, to coal, to firewood--is a sort of chemical reaction. There's a hard limit on how much energy a reaction like that can put out; it has to do with how much energy is stored in the bonds of the molecules that make up the thing being burned, how hard it is to break those bonds, and how completely they break. That's why something like butane burns hotter than pine wood: butane gas molecules are just 3 carbon atoms and a bunch of hydrogen atoms. The bonds break fast and well, and release lots of energy when they go. 

Chemical reactions can only do so much, though, because they can't change things at the atomic level--only the molecular level. The amount of energy stored in the atomic bonds of a material is many, many times greater than the amount of energy stored in its molecular bonds. Nuclear power produces so much energy because rather than combusting its fuel, it changes its atomic structure. When you either break an atom apart (fission, like in a nuclear power plant) or smash two atoms together to make a bigger atom (fusion, like in stars), some of the energy that was stored in the bonds keeping the atom together gets shot out.

This experiment was set up to see how much energy the device radiated as heat. Because energy is conserved and has to come from somewhere, any heat energy that the reactor gives off that's over and above the energy they put into it has to come from some kind of reaction. They found that the reactor put out heat in quantities that were between 10 and 100 times as much as they could possibly had gotten if they'd simply burned the fuel source. The only other possible source for that energy that we know about is a nuclear reaction. 

Moreover, they compared the relative proportions off different isotopes in the fuel before and after running the device. They found that new elements had formed while the device ran, which also indicates that something nuclear took place. 

Weirdly, though, they never saw any neutrons, gamma radiation, alpha radiation or other nuclear byproducts appear while the device ran; it seems to have emmitted heat almost exclusively. Every nuclear reaction we know of emits radiation, so that's really puzzling. Even the fuel byproducts were devoid of radioactivity. 

The authors of the paper are quite open about the fact that they're at a complete loss to explain this. The reactor seems to work, but not only do they not know why, there doesn't even seem to be a possible explanation given our current physical theory. 

This doesn't mean that this thing has broken the laws of physics. Some sort of experimental or methodological design oversight (or very clever fraud) is still the more likely explanation. The out-of-the-blue design of a totally revolutionary invention that overturns the laws of physics as we know them happens, well, basically never. It's not impossible that this thing is something totally new--the kind of breakthrough that will change our civilization forever--but we shouldn't jump to conclusions; good science is conservative. There are a lot of questions that need answers still (we don't know the internal structure of the reactor even yet), and while this is an exciting and intriguing result, there's a lot of work still to do.___

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2014-10-07 23:21:15 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

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2014-10-07 21:45:55 (0 comments, 4 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

The climate dynamics modeler that I'm working with at USC calls this guy "the Dumbledore of climate science" for reasons that are kind of opaque to me, but this is a fantastic piece.  There are a few things worth highlighting.

The central claim of the piece--the really interesting and poignant part of it--is the claim that climate science is "settled enough." Climate Dumbledore writes:

 "Science is never settled, but it can be settled enough. Newtonian mechanics was not settled science—it was overturned by both relativity and quantum mechanics. Nonetheless, it was, and continues to be, settled enough to build bridges and design airplanes. It is in this spirit that the word settled is used sometimes in connection with climate science, and not in the cartoonish sense that Koonin fabricates in his straw-man argument. It is always easy to find gaps—evenvery ... more »

The climate dynamics modeler that I'm working with at USC calls this guy "the Dumbledore of climate science" for reasons that are kind of opaque to me, but this is a fantastic piece.  There are a few things worth highlighting.

The central claim of the piece--the really interesting and poignant part of it--is the claim that climate science is "settled enough." Climate Dumbledore writes:

 "Science is never settled, but it can be settled enough. Newtonian mechanics was not settled science—it was overturned by both relativity and quantum mechanics. Nonetheless, it was, and continues to be, settled enough to build bridges and design airplanes. It is in this spirit that the word settled is used sometimes in connection with climate science, and not in the cartoonish sense that Koonin fabricates in his straw-man argument. It is always easy to find gaps—even very significant gaps—in the understanding of a system as complex as the climate, but the issue on the table isn’t whether our understanding is complete, but whether it is complete enough to justify the need for serious controls on carbon dioxide emissions. It’s not the situation that the range of climate predictions runs from “pretty good” to “somewhat bad”—the truth is more like “bad” to “extremely bad,” unless emissions growth is halted and eventually reversed."

I couldn't be more delighted to see other people starting to frame this problem in complexity theoretic language.  This is a deep and philosophically sensitive bit of analysis, which is great to see from practicing scientists.  This sort of imperfect knowledge is one of the defining characteristics of working with complex systems. I actually closed my dissertation with a similar sentiment: if we're going to succeed in soliciting broad public support for reforms that might prevent a catastrophic change in climate dynamics, we need to communicate more than just the predictions climate science makes--we need to communicate why climate science is fundamentally different from most other sciences people are familiar with. This is part of the reason I'm so gung-ho about framing the discussion in terms of complexity.

While this complexity revolution has changed (and will continue to change) the practice of scientific model building, it must also change the way we talk about science in public, and the way we teach science in schools.  The future impact of complexity must be neither confined to esoteric discussions in the philosophy of science, nor even to changes in how we build or scientific models.  Rather, it must make an impact on how the general public thinks about the world around them and their place in that world.  Moreover, it must make an impact on how the general public evaluates scientific progress, and what they expect out of their scientific theories.

Many of the criticisms of climate science are, to some extent, founded on a failure to appreciate the unique challenges of modeling such a complex system.  The scientists  at work building working climate models, of course, by and large appreciate these challenges.

The public, however, very clearly does not.  The widespread failure to accept the urgency and immediacy of the call to act to avert a climate change disaster is one symptom of this failure to understand.

This is not just a matter of clear presentation of the data, or of educating people about what climate models say--though these are certainly very important things.  Instead, the disconnect between the scientific consensus and the public opinion about the reliability and effectiveness of climate models is a symptom of science education and science journalism that has been left behind by scientific progress.  The demands for more data, better models, further research, a stronger consensus, and so on would be perfectly sensible if we were dealing with predictions about a less complex system.  Science is presented to the public--both in primary/secondary education and in most popular journalistic accounts--as aiming at certainty, analytic understanding, and tidy long term predictions: precisely the things that complexity theory often tells us we simply cannot have.  Is it any wonder, then, that the general public fails to effectively evaluate the reliability of climate predictions and models?  Climatology (like economics, another widely mistrusted complex systems science) does great violence to the public perception of what good science looks like.  The predictions and methods of science bear little resemblance to the popular paradigm cases of science: Issac Newton modeling the fall of an apple with a neat set of equations, or Jonas Salk working carefully in a forest of flasks and beakers to isolate a vaccine for polio.  
 
If we’re to succeed in shifting the public opinion of climate science--and if we’re to avoid engaging in a precisely analogous public fight over the reliability of the next complex system science breakthrough--then we need to communicate the basics of complexity-based reasoning, and we need to help the public understand that science is a living enterprise.  We need to communicate to the average citizen the truth of one of my favorite maxims: the world is messy and science is hard. ___

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2014-10-07 20:45:15 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

The climate dynamics modeler that I'm working with at USC calls this guy "the Dumbledore of climate science" for reasons that are kind of opaque to me, but this is a fantastic piece.  There are a few things worth highlighting.

The central claim of the piece--the really interesting and poignant part of it--is the claim that climate science is "settled enough." Climate Dumbledore writes:

 "Science is never settled, but it can be settled enough. Newtonian mechanics was not settled science—it was overturned by both relativity and quantum mechanics. Nonetheless, it was, and continues to be, settled enough to build bridges and design airplanes. It is in this spirit that the word settled is used sometimes in connection with climate science, and not in the cartoonish sense that Koonin fabricates in his straw-man argument. It is always easy to find gaps—evenvery ... more »

The climate dynamics modeler that I'm working with at USC calls this guy "the Dumbledore of climate science" for reasons that are kind of opaque to me, but this is a fantastic piece.  There are a few things worth highlighting.

The central claim of the piece--the really interesting and poignant part of it--is the claim that climate science is "settled enough." Climate Dumbledore writes:

 "Science is never settled, but it can be settled enough. Newtonian mechanics was not settled science—it was overturned by both relativity and quantum mechanics. Nonetheless, it was, and continues to be, settled enough to build bridges and design airplanes. It is in this spirit that the word settled is used sometimes in connection with climate science, and not in the cartoonish sense that Koonin fabricates in his straw-man argument. It is always easy to find gaps—even very significant gaps—in the understanding of a system as complex as the climate, but the issue on the table isn’t whether our understanding is complete, but whether it is complete enough to justify the need for serious controls on carbon dioxide emissions. It’s not the situation that the range of climate predictions runs from “pretty good” to “somewhat bad”—the truth is more like “bad” to “extremely bad,” unless emissions growth is halted and eventually reversed."

I couldn't be more delighted to see other people starting to frame this problem in complexity theoretic language.  This is a deep and philosophically sensitive bit of analysis, which is great to see from practicing scientists.  This sort of imperfect knowledge is one of the defining characteristics of working with complex systems. I actually closed my dissertation with a similar sentiment: if we're going to succeed in soliciting broad public support for reforms that might prevent a catastrophic change in climate dynamics, we need to communicate more than just the predictions climate science makes--we need to communicate why climate science is fundamentally different from most other sciences people are familiar with. This is part of the reason I'm so gung-ho about framing the discussion in terms of complexity.

While this complexity revolution has changed (and will continue to change) the practice of scientific model building, it must also change the way we talk about science in public, and the way we teach science in schools.  The future impact of complexity must be neither confined to esoteric discussions in the philosophy of science, nor even to changes in how we build or scientific models.  Rather, it must make an impact on how the general public thinks about the world around them and their place in that world.  Moreover, it must make an impact on how the general public evaluates scientific progress, and what they expect out of their scientific theories.

Many of the criticisms of climate science are, to some extent, founded on a failure to appreciate the unique challenges of modeling such a complex system.  The scientists  at work building working climate models, of course, by and large appreciate these challenges.

The public, however, very clearly does not.  The widespread failure to accept the urgency and immediacy of the call to act to avert a climate change disaster is one symptom of this failure to understand.

This is not just a matter of clear presentation of the data, or of educating people about what climate models say--though these are certainly very important things.  Instead, the disconnect between the scientific consensus and the public opinion about the reliability and effectiveness of climate models is a symptom of science education and science journalism that has been left behind by scientific progress.  The demands for more data, better models, further research, a stronger consensus, and so on would be perfectly sensible if we were dealing with predictions about a less complex system.  Science is presented to the public--both in primary/secondary education and in most popular journalistic accounts--as aiming at certainty, analytic understanding, and tidy long term predictions: precisely the things that complexity theory often tells us we simply cannot have.  Is it any wonder, then, that the general public fails to effectively evaluate the reliability of climate predictions and models?  Climatology (like economics, another widely mistrusted complex systems science) does great violence to the public perception of what good science looks like.  The predictions and methods of science bear little resemblance to the popular paradigm cases of science: Issac Newton modeling the fall of an apple with a neat set of equations, or Jonas Salk working carefully in a forest of flasks and beakers to isolate a vaccine for polio.  
 
If we’re to succeed in shifting the public opinion of climate science--and if we’re to avoid engaging in a precisely analogous public fight over the reliability of the next complex system science breakthrough--then we need to communicate the basics of complexity-based reasoning, and we need to help the public understand that science is a living enterprise.  We need to communicate to the average citizen the truth of one of my favorite maxims: the world is messy and science is hard. ___

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2014-10-06 22:15:11 (7 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

"Bare minimum, these things will hold up for a million years. As group supervisor Peter Kazansky states: "it is thrilling to think that we have created the first document which will likely survive the human race. This technology can secure the last evidence of civilization: all we've learnt will not be forgotten."

"Bare minimum, these things will hold up for a million years. As group supervisor Peter Kazansky states: "it is thrilling to think that we have created the first document which will likely survive the human race. This technology can secure the last evidence of civilization: all we've learnt will not be forgotten."___

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2014-10-06 20:16:14 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

This is a really neat interview with Gavin Schmidt, who is the head of the Goddard Institute for Space Studies at NASA.  The GISS model is one of the most widely used coupled general circulation climate models in existence today, so GISS is really at the forefront of climate modeling.

In this interview, Schmidt talks about some of the underlying physics and physical intuitions that serve as the foundations of climate models, the challenges associated with computationally modeling complex systems, and a bunch of other fun stuff.  It's pitched at people who don't know a lot about climate modeling, but have some background in other physical sciences, and helps explain why climate science is so damn hard to do well.

"What we have decided, as a scientific endeavor, is to extrapolate as much as we can from our knowledge of the individual processes that we can measure:e... more »

This is a really neat interview with Gavin Schmidt, who is the head of the Goddard Institute for Space Studies at NASA.  The GISS model is one of the most widely used coupled general circulation climate models in existence today, so GISS is really at the forefront of climate modeling.

In this interview, Schmidt talks about some of the underlying physics and physical intuitions that serve as the foundations of climate models, the challenges associated with computationally modeling complex systems, and a bunch of other fun stuff.  It's pitched at people who don't know a lot about climate modeling, but have some background in other physical sciences, and helps explain why climate science is so damn hard to do well.

"What we have decided, as a scientific endeavor, is to extrapolate as much as we can from our knowledge of the individual processes that we can measure: evaporation from the ocean, the formation of a cloud, rainfall coming from a cloud, changes in the wind patterns as a function of the pressure field, changes in the jet stream. What we have tried to do is encapsulate those small-scale processes, put them altogether, and see if we can predict the emerging properties of that fundamental complex system."___

2014-10-05 10:57:45 (3 comments, 1 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Hey. Hey you guys. Did you hear about the fingerless thief?

He left the police stumped, and no joint could hold him. 

Hey. Hey you guys. Did you hear about the fingerless thief?

He left the police stumped, and no joint could hold him. ___

2014-10-02 22:55:26 (0 comments, 3 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

+John Baez and I have been discussing the possibility of organizing a workshop for interdisciplinary/non-traditional approaches to climate study and modeling.  The kind of network-centric work John does is a great example of the kind of thing that I'd like to include.

It's likely to be a mostly regional affair at this point, so restricted to scholars in the greater Southern California area; it'll probably be hosted at USC by the Sustainability Task Force.  

If any of you out there are interested in participating or know someone who might be interested, please get in touch with me.  We've got plenty of time, as the workshop wouldn't happen until April at the earliest.

+John Baez and I have been discussing the possibility of organizing a workshop for interdisciplinary/non-traditional approaches to climate study and modeling.  The kind of network-centric work John does is a great example of the kind of thing that I'd like to include.

It's likely to be a mostly regional affair at this point, so restricted to scholars in the greater Southern California area; it'll probably be hosted at USC by the Sustainability Task Force.  

If any of you out there are interested in participating or know someone who might be interested, please get in touch with me.  We've got plenty of time, as the workshop wouldn't happen until April at the earliest.___

2014-10-02 10:19:07 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

“The worst thing that could possibly happen to anybody would be to not be used for anything by anybody. Thank you for using me, even though I didn't want to be used by anybody.”


-Kurt Vonnegut

“The worst thing that could possibly happen to anybody would be to not be used for anything by anybody. Thank you for using me, even though I didn't want to be used by anybody.”


-Kurt Vonnegut___

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2014-10-02 06:24:41 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

No words

Not the Onion.

http://www.theverge.com/2014/10/1/6877269/nervous-chinese-officials-search-pigeon-anuses-for-bombs___No words

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2014-10-01 19:33:20 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 15 +1s)Open 

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2014-10-01 18:57:59 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

“We’re not giving feet to the geometric shapes . . . What you [will] see in Tetris is the teeny tip of an iceberg that has intergalactic significance.”

“We’re not giving feet to the geometric shapes . . . What you [will] see in Tetris is the teeny tip of an iceberg that has intergalactic significance.”___

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2014-10-01 07:43:31 (0 comments, 4 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

" In the documentary, Attenborough explores how music exists in the natural world, taking viewers through the filming of the Reed Warbler and Blue Whales. For her part, Björk argues that cutting-edge technology keeps music intuitive and accessible. Featured are the instruments Björk developed forBiophilia: the “pendulum harp,” the “sharpsichord” and the “gameleste,” a combination gamelan and celesta programmed to be played remotely on an iPad."

" In the documentary, Attenborough explores how music exists in the natural world, taking viewers through the filming of the Reed Warbler and Blue Whales. For her part, Björk argues that cutting-edge technology keeps music intuitive and accessible. Featured are the instruments Björk developed forBiophilia: the “pendulum harp,” the “sharpsichord” and the “gameleste,” a combination gamelan and celesta programmed to be played remotely on an iPad."___

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2014-10-01 00:41:36 (0 comments, 3 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

"The feedback loops that guide self-organisation, at any scale, rely ultimately on the action of protein-based mechanisms, and proteins are encoded by genes.

Genes do not make body features, they make the machines that organise body features adaptively."



"The feedback loops that guide self-organisation, at any scale, rely ultimately on the action of protein-based mechanisms, and proteins are encoded by genes.

Genes do not make body features, they make the machines that organise body features adaptively."

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2014-10-01 00:33:47 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

The book of face comes through with the single greatest social media headline ever.

#ebola   #ello   #bendgate  

The book of face comes through with the single greatest social media headline ever.

#ebola   #ello   #bendgate  ___

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2014-09-30 21:10:20 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

The CDC has confirmed that Ebola has reached the US.  There's a press conference in 20 minutes (5:30 EDT) from Atlanta.

The CDC has confirmed that Ebola has reached the US.  There's a press conference in 20 minutes (5:30 EDT) from Atlanta.___

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2014-09-30 20:53:43 (7 comments, 1 reshares, 37 +1s)Open 

So apparently Don Hertzfeldt did the (3 minute long) couch gag for the Simpsons this week.  The results are predictably...yeah.  

Rub it on your flippers.

So apparently Don Hertzfeldt did the (3 minute long) couch gag for the Simpsons this week.  The results are predictably...yeah.  

Rub it on your flippers.___

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2014-09-30 19:19:24 (9 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Looking for another fantasy epic to munch on while you wait for Game of Thrones? Part 1 of Sanderson's so-far-excellent Stormlight series is free on Kindle today.

Looking for another fantasy epic to munch on while you wait for Game of Thrones? Part 1 of Sanderson's so-far-excellent Stormlight series is free on Kindle today.___

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2014-09-30 18:59:04 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Surprised more Stephenson didn't make it. Nothing against Anathem and The Baroque Cycle but he's definitely got better stuff.

Fuck yeah for starting with House of Leaves

The first of a series of posts listing philosophers' recommended readings in philosophical speculative fiction.___Surprised more Stephenson didn't make it. Nothing against Anathem and The Baroque Cycle but he's definitely got better stuff.

Fuck yeah for starting with House of Leaves

2014-09-30 09:17:28 (6 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Things that exist, but that I can't fathom wanting (in order of undesireability):

1. Babies

2. $300 toaster ovens

3. Hummers

4. Morning

5. Your mom

Things that exist, but that I can't fathom wanting (in order of undesireability):

1. Babies

2. $300 toaster ovens

3. Hummers

4. Morning

5. Your mom___

2014-09-30 01:51:04 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Scale Relativity and the Anthropocene

I've started a nice discussion with an old colleague who is now doing a PhD in geography at Berkeley and working on ecological/sustainability stuff.  He mentioned in the thread that he was worried about the term 'anthropocene,' and I'm sharing my response here for posterity.  I'll update the OP as the discussion continues.  Comments encouraged.

Him

I think it [anthropocene] is a useful shorthand, but questions of bounding (when does it start?) and scale (is it right to declare a new geologic age in the context of, at most, a few thousand years, vis-a-vis the deep time scales of other geologic ages?), but I also am hesitant to use it in a more bounded sense (since fossil fuel use expansion) because it seems to then indicate a sharp break from other ways in which humans (and all other species)ha... more »

Scale Relativity and the Anthropocene

I've started a nice discussion with an old colleague who is now doing a PhD in geography at Berkeley and working on ecological/sustainability stuff.  He mentioned in the thread that he was worried about the term 'anthropocene,' and I'm sharing my response here for posterity.  I'll update the OP as the discussion continues.  Comments encouraged.

Him

I think it [anthropocene] is a useful shorthand, but questions of bounding (when does it start?) and scale (is it right to declare a new geologic age in the context of, at most, a few thousand years, vis-a-vis the deep time scales of other geologic ages?), but I also am hesitant to use it in a more bounded sense (since fossil fuel use expansion) because it seems to then indicate a sharp break from other ways in which humans (and all other species) have modified their environments. Thoughts?

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Me  

I don't know if these are objections or not. I'm thinking about pretty much exactly this stuff too, so maybe they're just disconnected thoughts that might or might not be helpful.

So I think those are good worries to have about things in general: questions of vagueness and (relatedly) questions of scale are really significant when you're trying to demarcate any system or process within a system. To a certain extent, I think the vagueness stuff falls out of the scale stuff. Once we've defined a spatiotemporal scale that we're interested in, questions of vagueness usually dissolve. For example, once I've decided to analyze a human body at the scale of organs, worries that I can't rigorously define the liver in virtue of the fact that there's a constant exchange of electrons at the boundary between the liver and the abdominal cavity start to look kind of silly. 

This comes up explicitly when we're doing climatology. At small scales (like when we're doing very short term weather prediction), we can model atmospheric physics as a fluid using the Navier-Stokes equation on a rotating body. The N-S is explicitly non-linear, though, which means that the more terms we try to model with it (or the further out we try to model them), the harder it gets to generate good predictions. The way that climatologists compensate for this is by renormalizing the scale of the N-S. If I'm looking at anything bigger than low mesoscale phenomena in the atmosphere (pretty much anything larger than a medium-sized cloud), it becomes really impractical to model the whole system in terms of mutually interacting fluid flows.

To overcome this, we can look at what factors dominate the system's behavior at the scale we've chosen. We estimate the order of magnitude of the different terms in the equation, and look at their relative contribution to the overall dynamics. Those with relatively minor impact can just be ignored, and treated as if they had no impact on the overall outcome. That lets us shrink things down to a level that's manageable, and while there's some amount of degradation in the predictive accuracy when we do this, the degree to which the included terms dominate the behavior of the system at the given scale usually make that pretty minimal.

So what's the point? The last few centuries of human civilization have introduced terms into the relevant set of equations that operate on a very, very different time scale than we're used to seeing in climatological/ecological systems. The global economy, for instance, is making a very non-negligible impact on the state of the climate, but its changes are measured on the time scale of years, not on the scale of centuries. Before humans, that kind of impact was unusual--it happened only with (literally) catastrophic events like volcanic eruptions, which are (if not exactly unusual) at least fairly consistent and statistically predictable over time.

The term "anthropocene" strikes me as an interesting and useful term, then, precisely because of the scale shift that you're worried about. Entrance into the anthropocene is characterized by the (rather sudden) appearance of dominant influences on climate dynamics that operate on an entirely new time scale. This throws a monkey-wrench into the task of predicting what the climate is going to do, which is part of what makes it a good marker.

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Him

 Jon - I don't think we disagree, and at the end you get to the reasons why I don't toss the term out - I"m just hesitant about its (over)use by some scholars, with whom it just feels like the hip new buzzword to throw around (these folk are not usually the climate scientists, to be clear).

The methodological challenges you note are fascinating to me as well. As a colleague of mine put it (paraphrasing), just because everything is interrelated doesn't mean everything is interrelated equally!

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Me

Yeah, this is why I find the scale relativity discussions so central to doing good complex systems sciences. Making sure terms like this have a clean and rigorous referent is really important if they're going to figure into either our scientific theories or our public policies.

I love that quotation. Can you give me the name (even if just by PM) so I can use it and cite it?

#anthropocene   #climatechange  ___

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2014-09-30 01:00:07 (5 comments, 1 reshares, 29 +1s)Open 

John Oliver is really hitting his stride.  I wonder when this is going to go daily.

___John Oliver is really hitting his stride.  I wonder when this is going to go daily.

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2014-09-30 00:29:22 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

NERRRRRRRDS

NERRRRRRRDS___

2014-09-29 22:06:34 (7 comments, 1 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

A new paper on a great topic, and just as I'm about to give a conference presentation about the, too. 

A new paper on a great topic, and just as I'm about to give a conference presentation about the, too. ___

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2014-09-29 05:44:34 (5 comments, 10 reshares, 18 +1s)Open 

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2014-09-29 05:11:14 (10 comments, 2 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

I didn't enjoy math until I had a reason to. College math instruction focuses heavily on degenerate cases and techniques for dealing with them. Applied math is seen as "soft" and almost ignored. I hated math in high school and college, even though I was good at it. Once in graduate school I developed an interest that forced me to learn some math to proceed, though, I started enjoying it. I suspect many people are in similar positions.

"Math instruction has a broken culture. The instructors often do not show real-world problems, focusing instead on the beauty of math for blossoming mathematicians. The beauty of math is a fine point of view, but not the point of view that will make sense for most students."

I didn't enjoy math until I had a reason to. College math instruction focuses heavily on degenerate cases and techniques for dealing with them. Applied math is seen as "soft" and almost ignored. I hated math in high school and college, even though I was good at it. Once in graduate school I developed an interest that forced me to learn some math to proceed, though, I started enjoying it. I suspect many people are in similar positions.

"Math instruction has a broken culture. The instructors often do not show real-world problems, focusing instead on the beauty of math for blossoming mathematicians. The beauty of math is a fine point of view, but not the point of view that will make sense for most students."___

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2014-09-29 04:35:38 (4 comments, 1 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Read the paper. Their survey is restricted to engineers and scientists living in Alberta. Why does that matter?

From the paper itself:

"And the petroleum industry – through oil and gas companies, related industrial services, and consulting services – is the largest employer, either directly or indirectly, of professional engineers and geoscientists in Alberta."

Why fancy that!

Read the paper. Their survey is restricted to engineers and scientists living in Alberta. Why does that matter?

From the paper itself:

"And the petroleum industry – through oil and gas companies, related industrial services, and consulting services – is the largest employer, either directly or indirectly, of professional engineers and geoscientists in Alberta."

Why fancy that!___

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2014-09-28 20:53:19 (4 comments, 2 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

HEY!

HEY!___

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2014-09-28 01:14:15 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

But if you try sometimes

But if you try sometimes___

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2014-09-27 21:48:10 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

Why the Internet of Things may never happen (part 2)

The Internet of Things is great -- if, that is, you like the Internet and you also own some things.

Until this week, the Internet of Things vision had a fatal flaw. But now, it has two fatal flaws.

I'm going to describe the vision, then the flaws. And then I'm going to tell you what I think is actually going to happen: 

http://www.computerworld.com/article/2687741/why-the-internet-of-things-may-never-happen-part-2.html

#Internetofthings  

(Pic props: http://www.geekculture.com/joyoftech/joyarchives/1947.html )

Why the Internet of Things may never happen (part 2)

The Internet of Things is great -- if, that is, you like the Internet and you also own some things.

Until this week, the Internet of Things vision had a fatal flaw. But now, it has two fatal flaws.

I'm going to describe the vision, then the flaws. And then I'm going to tell you what I think is actually going to happen: 

http://www.computerworld.com/article/2687741/why-the-internet-of-things-may-never-happen-part-2.html

#Internetofthings  

(Pic props: http://www.geekculture.com/joyoftech/joyarchives/1947.html )___

2014-09-27 17:53:22 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

"As those familiar with the unwritten Ideen IV (perhaps Husserl's clearest work) will immediately realize, this destitution implies the eidetic mutual transcendence of all principles, including that of noematico-epochosynthetic correlaticity relative to that of destitutional analysis. The implications of this are as radical as they are obvious."

"As those familiar with the unwritten Ideen IV (perhaps Husserl's clearest work) will immediately realize, this destitution implies the eidetic mutual transcendence of all principles, including that of noematico-epochosynthetic correlaticity relative to that of destitutional analysis. The implications of this are as radical as they are obvious."___

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2014-09-27 17:11:59 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Though I'm not as gung-ho about his work as I used to be, I'm still really glad I worked with John Searle when I was first starting out. He taught me to not write like an academic, and I'll always be grateful for that. 

Though I'm not as gung-ho about his work as I used to be, I'm still really glad I worked with John Searle when I was first starting out. He taught me to not write like an academic, and I'll always be grateful for that. ___

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2014-09-27 08:45:40 (0 comments, 4 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

#winning

Analytics 101: Averages suck, distributions rock! goo.gl/fmhdCe

If you query how much alcohol American's drink on average, the answer is four. But that does not tell you much. 

Turns our, 30% don't drink any alcohol (I'm relieved, I'm not weird!) and the top 10% (24 MILLION!) drink 74 drinks per week, or a little more than 10 per day.

Now, that is interesting. Lots of good questions arise (primarily, #omg !), lots of interesting and specific avenues can be taken for data analysis or programs to assist the top 10%, if they would like that.

It also brings about media/advertising/analytics challenges. If just 10% of the people are responsible for over 50% of the alcohol consumed, and 30% don't drink at all and the next 30% barely any, why is alcohol advertising so pervasive and wasteful in its targeting? Can't all those marketing dollars, those customer retention and loyalty dollars be spent more efficiently, or just go to reducing cost of the product?

If you take off the business lens and put on your human lens, you can also see that if our peers are having 10+ drinks a day they have a challenge. How should alcohol businesses react to that? Today they even more heavily court that audience for business profit. 

The article on this graph is here: http://goo.gl/vcq9ct It ends with this astonishing fact: "If the top decile somehow could be induced to curb their consumption level to that of the next lower group (the ninth decile), then total ethanol sales would fall by 60 percent."

While business would suffer, some job layoffs will happen, think of the impact on the quality of lives. 

#foodforthought or #drinkforthought   :)___#winning

2014-09-27 06:41:19 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

So #shroomshotsaturday is a thing. And it's awesome. 

So #shroomshotsaturday is a thing. And it's awesome. ___

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2014-09-26 23:31:44 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

The first thing I did with my paycheck is donate a few dollars to this. I encourage you to give a little bit to help save this remarkable institution. 

The first thing I did with my paycheck is donate a few dollars to this. I encourage you to give a little bit to help save this remarkable institution. ___

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2014-09-26 09:08:40 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

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2014-09-26 08:46:46 (0 comments, 3 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

This is super awesome.

"The Tarantino fan behind the Youtube channel KillBillreference sifted through the numerous pop culture references in Kill Bill andPulp Fiction and made a Youtube playlist of the multitude of actual references from some of Tarantino’s seminal works. The list tracks some well-known references (like the obvious parallels between Bruce Lee and the Bride) and some not-so-well-known references, such as Elle Driver’s (Daryl Hannah) demented whistling of the song “Twisted Nerve.” That was apparently inspired by the 1968 British psychological thriller of the same name about a deranged serial killer obsessed with a girl named Susan. Random, but creepy. The playlist ranges from mild (Flintstones-Mia Wallace square reference!)  to totally terrifying (being buried alive!)"

This is super awesome.

"The Tarantino fan behind the Youtube channel KillBillreference sifted through the numerous pop culture references in Kill Bill andPulp Fiction and made a Youtube playlist of the multitude of actual references from some of Tarantino’s seminal works. The list tracks some well-known references (like the obvious parallels between Bruce Lee and the Bride) and some not-so-well-known references, such as Elle Driver’s (Daryl Hannah) demented whistling of the song “Twisted Nerve.” That was apparently inspired by the 1968 British psychological thriller of the same name about a deranged serial killer obsessed with a girl named Susan. Random, but creepy. The playlist ranges from mild (Flintstones-Mia Wallace square reference!)  to totally terrifying (being buried alive!)"___

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