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Daniel Estrada29,606// 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 05:44:028G+
Daniel Estrada29,606This 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 04:00:009G+

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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 05:14:394770210CC G+
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 12:15:324990617CC G+
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 10:40:014918812CC G+
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 06:25:0424522733CC G+
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 21:55:02501349CC G+
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 21:29:32501011CC G+
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 04:25:4591103CC G+
John Nuntiatio29,767#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport2014-03-14 06:27:36393014CC G+
John Nuntiatio29,767#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport2014-03-14 06:26:50393033CC G+
John Nuntiatio29,767#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport2014-03-14 06:26:17393011CC G+
John Nuntiatio29,767#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport2014-03-14 06:25:52393011CC G+
John Nuntiatio29,767#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport2014-03-14 06:25:16393203CC G+
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 18:19:4843218317CC G+
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 15:53:38426115CC G+
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 19:28:02457531238CC G+
Coyeb Sundel02013-10-24 10:04:35425202CC G+
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 09:20:30459623468CC G+
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 20:44:30460211238CC G+
James Steward1,112These are awesome scientist friends who comment my posts#scientistcirle #circle #circleshared #sharedcircle #circleoftheday #followfriday2013-10-10 16:30:23414103CC G+
James Steward1,112These are awesome scientist friends who comment my posts#scientistcirle #circle #circleshared #sharedcircle #circleoftheday #followfriday2013-10-10 16:29:39414003CC G+
James Steward1,112These are awesome scientist friends who comment my posts#scientistcirle #circle #circleshared #sharedcircle #circleoftheday #followfriday2013-10-10 16:29:27414002CC G+
James Steward1,112These are awesome scientist friends who comment my posts#scientistcirle #circle #circleshared #sharedcircle #circleoftheday #followfriday2013-10-10 16:29:04414002CC G+
James Steward1,112These are awesome scientist friends who comment my posts#scientistcirle #circle #circleshared #sharedcircle #circleoftheday #followfriday2013-10-10 16:27:59414004CC G+
James Steward1,112These are awesome scientist friends who comment my posts#scientistcirle #circle #circleshared #sharedcircle #circleoftheday #followfriday2013-10-10 16:27:16414002CC G+
James Steward1,112These are my awesome scientist friends who comment my posts#scientistcirle #circle #circleshared #sharedcircle #circleoftheday #followfriday2013-10-10 16:25:57414103CC G+
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 08:07:37463571860CC G+
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 20:14:53415304682CC G+
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 17:59:23468472555CC G+
Fabian Weiland145#sharedcircles #science #health2013-09-05 07:24:12497214CC G+
Fabian Weiland0#sharedcircle #health #science #medicine  2013-08-26 11:59:11426000CC G+
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 13:32:27446632681CC G+
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 19:12:37430203CC G+
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 16:37:49446582266CC G+
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 00:51:27447521360CC G+
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 23:36:22446267123229CC G+
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 05:43:40477301117242CC G+
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 18:35:56415255986CC G+
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 13:54:194095310CC G+
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 21:03:221583614CC G+
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 21:00:1315810613CC G+
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 14:49:3213311314CC G+
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 00:17:11500388175CC G+
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 19:26:51456348290CC G+
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 21:02:03419226277CC G+
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 08:01:53422229CC G+
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 20:08:43412417CC G+
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 22:39:3139967163160CC G+
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 21:53:30260852485CC G+
Euro Maestro43,443Weekly roundup and the Who's Who of Google Plus !#sharedcircles     #top500     #ff     #euromaestrocircles     #euromaestro     #weeklyreview  Find out where you are on CircleCount  http://www.circlecount.com/euromaestrowhoswho/The top photographers this week+Rinus Bakker  +Mike Shaw  +Trey Ratcliff  Next week, I'll do a long list of photographers. If you want to be included, just tell me in the comments you want to be included in the photographers category.+Jason Joseph  is one of the great photographers that helps moderate Trey's photographer's community.  He has some amazing work and I understand that there will be some prints on sale next week. News from around the Google Plusverse !Google ends its #ifihadglass  campaignYou can read about it in TechCrunch but something tells me that +Derek Ross  and +Trey Ratcliff  were not too impressed by this posthttp://techcrunch.com/2013/02/28/youdidntgetglass-google-has-closed-registrations-for-their-ifihadglass-pre-order-ploy/The judge from the UK Samsung vs Apple case in the news, post by +Mike Elgan https://plus.google.com/+MikeElgan/posts/iYNgzVNKEWf+Randy Hilarski and +Anabell araúz  a husband and wife team are number 1 and number 2 in Panama in terms of having the most followers. 2013-03-01 19:57:422301593396CC G+
Euro Maestro42,940Weekly roundup and the Who's Who of Google Plus !#sharedcircles    #top500    #ff    #euromaestrocircles    #euromaestro    #weeklyreview  Find out where you are on CircleCount  http://www.circlecount.com/euromaestrowhoswho/The top gplussers in Europehttp://www.circlecount.com/cont-eu/euromaestrowhoswho/+Ali Adelstein Euro Maestro +Rinus Bakker  Mike Shaw +Paco Barranco  The top gplussers in Canadahttp://www.circlecount.com/ca/euromaestrowhoswho/+Amanda Blain  +Denis Labelle  +Robert Armstrong  Darryl Van GaalRon CliffordThe top gplussers in Chinahttp://www.circlecount.com/cn/euromaestrowhoswho/+变态辣椒  +William Long  The top gplussers in Finlandhttp://www.circlecount.com/fi/euromaestrowhoswho/Mikko LagerstedtMikko Tyllinen+Jaana Nyström  The top gplussers in France+Euro Maestro  +Morgan Abbou  David Guetta The top gplussers in Germanyhttp://www.circlecount.com/de/euromaestrowhoswho/+Ali Adelstein  +Patrick Graber  Phillip SteuerCarston Knobloch+jan schellenberger  The top gplussers in Indiahttp://www.circlecount.com/in/euromaestrowhoswho/Kirthika MGayatri VantilluShailja Sharma+Rahul Roy  Sunidhi KapoorThe top gplussers in the UKhttp://www.circlecount.com/gb/euromaestrowhoswho/+Mike Shaw   Alison ThurstonEmma WatsonKate Savage+April Summers  The top rapper+Soulja Boy The top gplussers in the UShttp://www.circlecount.com/us/euromaestrowhoswho/+Marques Brownlee  +Rosa Golijan  +Carter Gibson  +Wil Wheaton  +Nixie Pixel  The top 25 in the World1  Marques Brownlee  55k follow  1000 Engage  100 Edge  199 coms  249 shares  1323 likes2  Amanda Blain  2517k follow  1000 Engage  77 Edge  156 coms  183 shares  861 likes3  Rosa Golijan  857k follow  1000 Engage  83 Edge  143 coms  113 shares  675 likes4  Ali Adelstein  23k follow  1000 Engage  100 Edge  128 coms  152 shares  518 likes5  Euro Maestro  42k follow  1000 Engage  99 Edge  174 coms  96 shares  232 likes6  Neila Rey  34k follow  1000 Engage  100 Edge  223 coms  292 shares  1225 likes7  Rinus Bakker  53k follow  1000 Engage  100 Edge  284 coms  237 shares  1043 likes8  Malaika Ali  33k follow  1000 Engage  100 Edge  147 coms  231 shares  696 likes9  Mike Shaw  1862k follow  1000 Engage  78 Edge  146 coms  110 shares  1125 likes10  nicinhagil gil  51k follow  1000 Engage  99 Edge  150 coms  103 shares  210 2013-02-22 23:43:58130691760CC G+

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2014-06-25 18:47:40 (10 comments, 2 reshares, 10 +1s)

“Boy, maybe we shouldn’t do that anymore,” Rao added. “Anyone have any better ideas?”

Most reshares: 12

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2014-07-06 00:54:02 (0 comments, 12 reshares, 24 +1s)

H/t +Jay Gordon 

Most plusones: 24

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2014-07-06 00:54:02 (0 comments, 12 reshares, 24 +1s)

H/t +Jay Gordon 

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2014-08-07 03:07:41 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 5 +1s)

#digitalhumanities

#digitalhumanities___

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2014-08-03 15:53:14 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 3 +1s)

#complexity

#complexity___

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2014-08-01 16:22:41 (3 comments, 1 reshares, 7 +1s)

"Finally, here’s what ABDs can do to help themselves. Dare to stop reading and start writing, and revel in an early draft that is an unabashed hot mess. Realize that the greatest misconception of dissertation writers is that the project must be perfect. In fact, for a career academic, the dissertation should actually be the worst thing you ever write."

"Finally, here’s what ABDs can do to help themselves. Dare to stop reading and start writing, and revel in an early draft that is an unabashed hot mess. Realize that the greatest misconception of dissertation writers is that the project must be perfect. In fact, for a career academic, the dissertation should actually be the worst thing you ever write."___

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2014-07-31 16:17:42 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 2 +1s)

Posts generated by a Markov chain trained on the King James Bible, Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs, and Why's Poignant Guide to Ruby.

Posts generated by a Markov chain trained on the King James Bible, Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs, and Why's Poignant Guide to Ruby.___

2014-07-31 02:56:15 (1 comments, 2 reshares, 1 +1s)

"A stimulation of everything"

"A stimulation of everything"___

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2014-07-30 04:31:48 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)

Staff early arrival

Staff early arrival___

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2014-07-25 11:14:06 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)

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2014-07-22 22:40:59 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 5 +1s)

There are so many insects along the Mississippi, they're showing up as patterns on the weather radar. 

There are so many insects along the Mississippi, they're showing up as patterns on the weather radar. ___

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2014-07-22 01:01:30 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 5 +1s)

The Imitation Game - Staring Benedict Cumberbatch As Alan Turing

I have a lot of hope for this film that they will present Turing as the once in a thousand years genius that he was, the fact he is the father of modern computing and his contributions to the world... from everything I've read and heard Cumberbatch say I believe it will.

What a PHENOMENAL cast too! Cumberbatch (like you didn't know him from SHERLOCK and Star Trek), Keira Knightley as Joan Clarke (someone you really don't hear enough about), Matthew Goode, Mark Strong (YES!), Rory Kinnear (have you seen Penny Dreadful??), Charles Dance, Allen Leech and Matthew Beard. 

Enjoy. It looks amazing. 

#sherlock   #alanturing   #computing   #film   #trailers  

The Imitation Game - Staring Benedict Cumberbatch As Alan Turing

I have a lot of hope for this film that they will present Turing as the once in a thousand years genius that he was, the fact he is the father of modern computing and his contributions to the world... from everything I've read and heard Cumberbatch say I believe it will.

What a PHENOMENAL cast too! Cumberbatch (like you didn't know him from SHERLOCK and Star Trek), Keira Knightley as Joan Clarke (someone you really don't hear enough about), Matthew Goode, Mark Strong (YES!), Rory Kinnear (have you seen Penny Dreadful??), Charles Dance, Allen Leech and Matthew Beard. 

Enjoy. It looks amazing. 

#sherlock   #alanturing   #computing   #film   #trailers  ___

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2014-07-16 23:46:58 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)

Jibo: A social, family robot that uses emotional intelligence

Watch this video, and you'll see why folks like Cynthia Breazeal and  +Guy Hoffman are focusing on why emotional intelligence is important to the future of robotics. 

This particular robot, Jibo, is not yet available. It's creator has launched a Indigogo campaign to assist the company in reaching its goal of delivering Jibo robots next year.

In the meantime, what's most interesting here is the emotional engineering that goes into something like this.  

"I would say this is the first social, personal robot," says Illah Nourbakhsh, a roboticist at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. Jibo's body language and expressions are designed to convey emotional states in the same way humans do, while his sensors and programming are tuned to our presence.Jibo... more »

Jibo: A social, family robot that uses emotional intelligence

Watch this video, and you'll see why folks like Cynthia Breazeal and  +Guy Hoffman are focusing on why emotional intelligence is important to the future of robotics. 

This particular robot, Jibo, is not yet available. It's creator has launched a Indigogo campaign to assist the company in reaching its goal of delivering Jibo robots next year.

In the meantime, what's most interesting here is the emotional engineering that goes into something like this.  

"I would say this is the first social, personal robot," says Illah Nourbakhsh, a roboticist at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. Jibo's body language and expressions are designed to convey emotional states in the same way humans do, while his sensors and programming are tuned to our presence. Jibo knows when someone enters a room, and can identify who it is if he can see their face or hear their voice. The idea is that Jibo's social skills help him to fit seamlessly into the household.

Jibo's body and head movements are complex and smooth enough to convey convincing human-like body language but he cannot move around. For that, he relies on the humans in the household to pick him up – he weighs a mere 2.7 kilos – and move him from place to place. Jibo charges up via wireless pads plugged in around the house, or he can run on batteries for about 30 minutes away from a power source. When he joins the family at the dinner table, for instance.

More background on Jibo here: 
http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn25881-meet-jibo-the-cute-social-robot-that-knows-the-family.html#.U8bLmo1dU2x

The campaign: 
https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/jibo-the-world-s-first-family-robot/contributions/new

The Jibo website:
http://www.myjibo.com/

More on emotional robots: 
https://plus.google.com/105103058358743760661/posts/FjFULfT8FxV

https://plus.google.com/105103058358743760661/posts/eMGyhxWqaxQ

#robotics   #eq   #emotionalintelligence   #ai   #jibo  ___

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2014-07-16 23:46:30 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)

My students just did their final review for my Human Nature and Technology class at Princeton. Look at everything they learned in just 2.5 weeks!

My students just did their final review for my Human Nature and Technology class at Princeton. Look at everything they learned in just 2.5 weeks!___

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2014-07-16 03:26:46 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 3 +1s)

"ME: what do we think of German idealism
BABY: [grasps own foot]
ME: come on
you know this
what do we think of Young Hegelians
BABY: [releases foot]
ME: I KNOW YOU KNOW THIS
BABY: [spits up]
ME: that's right
very good"

"ME: what do we think of German idealism
BABY: [grasps own foot]
ME: come on
you know this
what do we think of Young Hegelians
BABY: [releases foot]
ME: I KNOW YOU KNOW THIS
BABY: [spits up]
ME: that's right
very good"___

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2014-07-16 03:04:41 (1 comments, 10 reshares, 16 +1s)

#digitalhumanities  

#digitalhumanities  ___

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2014-07-16 02:40:11 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)

#TheLastofUs.

Best game ever. 

#TheLastofUs.

Best game ever. ___

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2014-07-13 23:24:13 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)

I guess it's nice that he loves his kid and all, but don't we frown on people just claiming parts of the they don't live in these days? I thought that was a thing we didn't like anymore. 

I guess it's nice that he loves his kid and all, but don't we frown on people just claiming parts of the they don't live in these days? I thought that was a thing we didn't like anymore. ___

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2014-07-11 01:35:26 (8 comments, 4 reshares, 7 +1s)

" The only reason today's teachers learned to use two spaces is because their teachers were in the grip of old-school technology. We would never accept teachers pushing other outmoded ideas on kids because that's what was popular back when they were in school."

lololololololol

" The only reason today's teachers learned to use two spaces is because their teachers were in the grip of old-school technology. We would never accept teachers pushing other outmoded ideas on kids because that's what was popular back when they were in school."

lololololololol___

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2014-07-09 21:57:58 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s)

Old, but great

By +Matthew Inman 

Old, but great

By +Matthew Inman ___

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2014-07-08 05:16:09 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)

All over this.

Now you can apply to attend a workshop on Entropy and Information in Biological Systems.  This is going to be fun!

I'm running it with John Harte at Berkeley, who uses maximum entropy methods to study ecosystems, and +Marc Harper at UCLA, who uses information theory to study evolutionary games.  It's happening on April 8-10, 2015 at the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis in Knoxville Tennesee.  There will be financial support for workshop attendees who need it.  We will choose among the best applicants and invite 10-15 of them. 

To apply, go here:

http://www.nimbios.org/workshops/WS_entropy

The idea

Information theory and entropy methods are becoming powerful tools in biology, from the level of individual cells, to whole ecosystems, to experimental design, model-building, and the measurement of biodiversity. The aim of this investigative workshop is to synthesize different ways of applying these concepts to help systematize and unify work in biological systems.  Early attempts at “grand syntheses” often misfired, but applications of information theory and entropy to specific highly focused topics in biology have been increasingly successful.  In ecology, entropy maximization methods have proven successful in predicting the distribution and abundance of species.  Entropy is also widely used as a measure of biodiversity.  Work on the role of information in game theory has shed new light on evolution. As a population evolves, it can be seen as gaining information about its environment.  The principle of maximum entropy production has emerged as a fascinating yet controversial approach to predicting the behavior of biological systems, from individual organisms to whole ecosystems.  This investigative workshop will bring together top researchers from these diverse fields to share insights and methods and address some long-standing conceptual problems.

Our goals

• To study the validity of the principle of Maximum Entropy Production (MEP), which states that biological systems – and indeed all open, non-equilibrium systems – act to produce entropy at the maximum rate.

• To familiarize all the participants with applications to ecology of the MaxEnt method: choosing the probabilistic hypothesis with the highest entropy subject to the constraints of our data. We will compare MaxEnt with competing approaches and examine whether MaxEnt provides a sufficient justification for the principle of MEP.

• To clarify relations between known characterizations of entropy, the use of entropy as a measure of biodiversity, and the use of MaxEnt methods in ecology.

• To develop the concept of evolutionary games as “learning” processes in which information is gained over time.

• To study the interplay between information theory and the thermodynamics of individual cells and organelles.

For more details including a list of invited speakers, go here:

http://johncarlosbaez.wordpress.com/2013/11/02/entropy-and-information-in-biological-systems/___All over this.

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2014-07-08 04:42:18 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)

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2014-07-07 20:42:01 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)

Pyritohedral symmetry

This animation by Tom Ruen shows a cube morphing into a regular dodecahedron, then into a rhombic dodecahedron, and then back again. Even better, the morphing is done in such a way as to preserve as much symmetry as possible.

As I mentioned in a recent post, the rhombic dodecahedron has 12 identical rhombus-shaped faces, and 24 rotational symmetries. Another way to say this is that there are 24 essentially different ways to pick up a rhombic dodecahedron from a table and then replace it in a way that looks identical. This is because there are 12 choices for the face that ends up touching the table, and 2 choices for which way round to place this face. (The latter is because a rhombus has rotational symmetry of order 2.)

These 24 rotational symmetries form what mathematicians call a group; this particular group is called the... more »

Pyritohedral symmetry

This animation by Tom Ruen shows a cube morphing into a regular dodecahedron, then into a rhombic dodecahedron, and then back again. Even better, the morphing is done in such a way as to preserve as much symmetry as possible.

As I mentioned in a recent post, the rhombic dodecahedron has 12 identical rhombus-shaped faces, and 24 rotational symmetries. Another way to say this is that there are 24 essentially different ways to pick up a rhombic dodecahedron from a table and then replace it in a way that looks identical. This is because there are 12 choices for the face that ends up touching the table, and 2 choices for which way round to place this face. (The latter is because a rhombus has rotational symmetry of order 2.)

These 24 rotational symmetries form what mathematicians call a group; this particular group is called the symmetric group S4, of order 24. The simplest way to think of this group is to think of it as the 24 ways to permute four objects; the 24 in this case comes from 4! (4 factorial), which is equal to 4x3x2x1.

In order to understand how the group S4 relates to the rhombic dodecahedron, it helps to identify four objects that are being permuted by the rotations. Although the rhombic dodecahedron has 14 vertices (corners), these vertices are of two distinct types. Six of the vertices occur where four rhombuses meet at their acute-angle corners, and the other eight vertices occur where three rhombuses meet at their obtuse-angle corners. The subset of eight vertices falls into four opposite pairs, and it is these four opposite pairs that are being permuted to give the correspondence with the symmetric group S4.

If you watch the animation, you will see that the set of six vertices corresponds to the six faces of the cube, and the set of eight vertices corresponds to the corners of the cube. The group of rotational symmetries of a cube is also given by S4, and in this case, the four objects being permuted are the four pairs of opposite corners. 

Notice that the numbers 6 and 8 are factors of 24; this is not a coincidence, but relates to the orbit-stabilizer theorem, which is a result in the branch of mathematics known as group theory. A group theorist would say that S4 acts transitively on the 12 faces of a rhombic dodecahedron, which means that if one chooses two of the twelve faces and calls them A and B, then it is possible to find a rotation of the polyhedron that moves face A to face B. However, this is possible only because 12 is a factor of 24. Since there are 14 vertices and 14 is not a factor of 24, it follows from group theory that there must be more than one type of vertex. A mathematician would say that there are two orbits of vertices under the action of the group of rotations: one of size 6, and one of size 8.

The cube in the animation is depicted with each of its six faces subdivided into two identical rectangles. Half the rotations of the cube respect this subdivision, and the other half do not. The 12 rotations of the cube that do respect the subdivision form a group of order 12 called the alternating group A4; in this case, the number 12 is given by the formula 4!/2. There is also an alternating group A5, with 60 elements (because 60 = 5!/2 = 5x4x3x2x1/2). This is the group of rotational symmetries of the regular dodecahedron appearing at the midpoint of the animation.

Something that the groups A4, A5 and S4 have in common is that they all contain the group A4 as a substructure. All the polyhedra in the intermediate stages of the animation have A4 as part of their rotational symmetry group. In additional to this rotational symmetry, all of the intermediate shapes also have mirror symmetry. These intermediate shapes are dodecahedra with irregular pentagonal faces called pyritohedra, and the A4-based symmetry that they exhibit is called pyritohedral symmetry. The name comes from the fact that the mineral iron pyrite (fool's gold) comes in two crystalline forms: cubical and pyritohedral.

Relevant links
Rhombic dodecahedron: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rhombic_dodecahedron
Symmetric group: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Symmetric_group
Alternating group: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alternating_group
Iron pyrite: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pyrite

The animation also appears on Wikipedia.

This post is a sequel to a recent post by me about rhombic dodecahedra: https://plus.google.com/101584889282878921052/posts/5mLoukdZAA5

#mathematics #scienceeveryday___

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2014-07-07 14:02:01 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 1 +1s)

Going to be giving this talk to both my and +Daniel Estrada 's human nature and technology CTY class today as an introduction to complexity thinking.

Humans Create #Climate  Systems  (Or: How I Almost Got Struck By Lightning at +Burning Man 2012  Man 2012 )

So I went to Burning Man this year, and just got back (as in about 45 minutes ago; I just took my first shower in 8 days).  This was my seventh year on the playa, and for the second year in a row I also went with my friend and colleague +Daniel Estrada  .  We had a great time--he's still there actually, I went out and came home early this year, since I have to start teaching a class this week.  I'll be posting a lot of pictures and whatnot in the coming days, but first I'm going to post this write-up about the coolest meteorological thing that's ever happened to me.  It sounds nerdy (and the way I tell it it is, since I'm interweaving it with my research), but it was also really cool and makes a pretty good story.  I'm hoping that there will be some pictures up by the time I give my introductory lecture for my philosophy of science class this Thursday, since this is going to form the skeleton of the talk.  I'm breaking this up into parts.  If you're not familiar with Burning Man, read Part 0 first.  If you want to just hear about our almost getting struck dead by lightning, read Part 1.  If you want to hear the nerdy analysis in full, read the whole thing (including Part 2.)

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In case you've been under a non-Black rock for your entire life, Burning Man is an, um, "festival" that's held annually out in the Nevada desert.  It lasts for roughly a week or so in late summer, and culminates with the ritualistic burning of a giant wooden effigy.  For the week or so leading up to the Burn, the Black Rock Desert--a huge dry lake bed a few hours east of Reno--is home to some 50,000 happy mutants, who fill the desert with every kind of art project imaginable.  It's really hard to do Burning Man credit in text (or any medium: just go), and that's not the point of this essay anyway, so I'm not going to try.  If you're curious, this video does one of the best second-for-second jobs of characterizing it: Burning Man 2011 Home  

Anyway, out behind all the actual living structures and art projects, there's a huge (mostly empty) area known as the "Deep Playa."  At night, this area of the city is largely populated by very small groups of people (or individuals) just walking around and enjoying the night in one way or another.  It's very, very, dark, and there's not much around.  It's one of my favorite places on Earth.  At a place that's full of some of the most interesting people around, the deep playa is where you go to find those who are really unusual--it's a good 3/4 mile walk from any living quarters, and you really have to put your mind to it to get there, or you'll get distracted by all the other awesome stuff out in the desert.

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On Thursday night, Dan and I put our minds to it, and wandered out there.  Burning Man is arranged in a very large horseshoe-shape, with the Man in the middle, and the Deep Playa out beyond the open end of the U.  If you face back toward the city from there, you can see all the lights and fire off in the distance; if you face away from the city, you can see miles and miles of empty desert (and, at the far limit of vision, some tiny little rural Nevada town). We'd been walking around talking about functional parts--he's been trying to convince be that I should appreciate Aristotle more than I do--and we found ourselves out in deep playa, looking back at the city as a really big thunderstorm developed around us.  

We stood out in the dark desert, arguing about whether the storm had indviduatable functional parts, and if so in what sense it had them (yeah, this is what we do).  As we had this discussion, both of us were referring to (and gesturing at) the various parts of the gathering storm.  In the course of the discussion, it went from "gathering" to "full-on."  The wind was blowing pretty hard, and we noticed that it was blowing steadily out in one direction: away from Burning Man, and out toward the empty desert.  Once we noticed that, it became obvious that the storm as a whole was really strongly oriented in that direction: it was gathering over the city, and discharging--both in the sense of rain and lighting--on the far end of the desert.  This was visually spectacular: we could see the storm system rising up on one horizon and the lighting firing off on the other.

As we considered this, we also noticed that it was actually more-or-less clear in the sky beyond Burning Man (that is, beyond Burning Man in the other direction from where we were standing).  One of us pointed out that the first thing you see driving in to Burning Man is the big cloud of dust and moisture kicked up by all the people: in the otherwise very arid Nevada desert, all that activity is really significant, and sticks out like a sore thumb.  We started wondering what this activity must look like to someone driving in that night (there were lots of arrivals that night, since Thursday is a popular day to come in), and then something really interesting occurred to us: the combination of the unique Burning Man surroundings and the particular meteorological conditions of the night were giving rise to something really unusual--an almost entirely human-generated storm.  The prevailing winds were pulling warm, dry air from up south (all the big fires in California had something to do with that), and all the activity on the playa--50,000 people respiring, metabolizing, respiring, walking around, and (sometimes) bathing--was putting a ton of water vapor (via evaporation) and dust (via...Burning Man) into the air.  The result was the storm we were watching.

At this point, we decided that this was an insight worth sharing.  Burning Man is an event founded on participation, and we thought other people on the playa might be interested to know what was going on, given that they'd played a role in it.  The deep playa is pretty empty, but people still wander by (and you can see forever--plus I had a glowing staff), so pretty soon we flagged someone down by yelling "Hey!  Can we teach you something?"  A girl in a halter top and blue glitter tutu listened to us talk excitedly about the storm's behavior for a few minutes, then informed us that someone had stolen her bike and she was just out looking for it, but that it was late and (as we said) it looked like rain.  She yawned, and walked away.  This was unsatisfactory.  I pointed out that one of the worst things about working on climate systems is that no one wants to come out to look at climate systems, and Dan agreed that it was likely a central problem for the field.  We resolved to do better.

Over the course of the next hour or so, we flagged down a number of other people, and refined our presentation of the information into more-or-less what I'm giving here, though it was more spectacular when you could see the result first-hand.  Our continued efforts paid off, and people started paying attention.  We kept at this for most of the night (and I'm going to tell you a bit more about the analysis in a second), but here's the money-shot I alluded to in the title of this essay.

Eventually, we attracted the attention of a lone gentleman riding what looked like the bicycle from the Fat Tire Ale boxes.  He was dressed in a full British gentleman's attire, including vest and top-hat.  We started our explanation, and he broke in in a vaguely Scandinavian accent:

"You fellows must want some beers!"

We politely declined, but Dan urged him to have a beer if he wanted.

"Why, I should say that I've had quite enough!" he replied, swaying slightly on his feet.

Fair enough.  We continued to talk about the weather.  

Dan and I have been friends for more than five years now, and have spent literally hundreds of hours lecturing together in the same classroom; we can hand off a talk rather seamlessly between one another (to a degree that's actually kind of creepy), which is what we were doing with Fat Tire guy.  Dan was making a point, and stuck his finger up in the air, gesturing at the storm.

There was a visible spark, and a little crackling noise--similar to what you'd get rubbing your hand on a wool hat in the dark.

We all stopped talking.  Dan and I both slowly put up our hands, while Fat Tire guy just stared open-mouthed (http://xkcd.com/242/).  The static field in the air was palpable: it was like putting your hand next to a balloon that's been charged up.  There was lightning everywhere, and the hair on my arms started to stand up.  It suddenly occurred to us that we were the tallest things for several hundred yards.  Well, more precisely, Fat Tire guy was the tallest thing for several hundred yards.

"We...probably shouldn't be out here anymore."  I said, making the over-statement of the evening.  "This seems like it could be kind of dangerous."

Dan agreed.  We said good night to Fat Tire guy, and set off at a fast walk for the closest structure (a full-sized stand-alone movie theater).  We didn't run, but walked just one notch below it.  We both ducked for the whole walk, trying to be shorter than one another.  After offering to let us all pile onto his bike (which we again politely declined), Fat Tire guy sped off into the dark.

We reached the movie theater, and continued to talk to people outside about the weather (now adding this anecdote to the talk) for the rest of the evening.  One guy claimed to be the grandson of C.S. Manning (!!), and spent more than 30 minutes talking to me about the ramifications of all this for complexity theory.  It was awesome.

So that's how Dan and I almost got struck by lightning, which is one interesting thread of this essay/lecture (these are really lecture notes, as anyone who knows me knows that I really do write just like I talk).  I should say at this point that while Burning Man is famous for drug use, I'm absolutely certain that what I've just described really happened, and was not our imagination: I'm not going to say that we were stone-cold sober, but we were sober enough to be having detailed and lucid discussions about systems theory, and (more importantly) other people were there. Fat Tire guy definitely saw it, and we both confirmed it through several different sensory modes.  I'm still not sure how dangerous it actually was (even a high voltage in the air isn't necessarily dangerous), but that's part of why it was so terrifyingly awesome: I have no idea what would have happened if we'd stuck around, and when I'm totally uncertain between "nothing" and "get struck by lightning," I leave.  

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Almost getting struck by lightning is only one thread in this, though, and while it's maybe the coolest thread, it's not necessarily the most philosophically interesting (unless you think we deserved to get struck by lightning).  The other half of the title of this essay/talk is that "humans create climate systems," and that's what I want to turn to now.  We told those people out at Burning Man "you made this storm."  One girl we talked to put it brilliantly: 

"So all this rain right now is our dirty dishes?"

Yes.  

All the rain was our dirty dishes (and breathing and sweat and evaporation ponds and...), and the lighting was caused by the alkali dust moving through the air and creating an electrical charge, kind of like a battery.  On the other hand, though....

No.

We didn't make that storm.  That's hyperbolic, and while it captures something interesting about what's going on, it's worth being precise.  The population of people I talked to about this at Burning Man was really educated (shockingly so), but I have confidence that this audience is even more educated, so I’m going to be precise.

We participated in that storm, which is more interesting and way more significant.  Think again about the desert, and about how I said that outside of Burning Man, it’s a pretty boring place.  That’s not exactly true (I’ve been out there outside Burning Man), but it is true that outside Burning Man, it’s a pretty lifeless place.  That means that when 50,000 people show up and start breathing and kicking up dust, that tends to dominate the local weather dynamics.  I told Dan when we were out there that I’d bet money that there’s a trackable meteorological event associated with Burning Man each year, and that’s a bet that I’d still be willing to take (I’m going to try to get in touch with some local climate scientists and look into it); I’ve seen the cloud every year with my own eyes.  

But at the same time, if there’s any lesson worth drawing from complexity theory (and I’m staking my whole career on the bet that there is), dominating doesn’t amount to “being the only factor in.”  One of the other art projects we saw this year out there was a big fire pendulum--there were seven or eight individual arms on it, all of different lengths and with different weights on the end, so that when you set them swinging they’d all swing at different rates.  They also lit the ends on fire (it’s Burning Man).  Dan and I were talking to the guy who designed the pendulum--this was the night after we almost got struck by lightning--and the designer was complaining about how the wind on the desert that night messed up the pendulum design.  He’d designed all the weights and lengths so that if you released them all from the same height at the same time, they’d weave this particular pattern before coming into sync after (I think) 150 seconds of swinging.  The wind was blowing really hard--like 30 miles per hour--and messing that up, so they were just lighting the things on fire and setting them swinging.  I pointed out that while the wind might be dominating in this case, the fire should technically mess things up too.  The guy standing next to us on the playa disagreed (I told you Burners were smart), and pointed out that contrary to in a hot air balloon, the pendula arms were not above each other, but rather were next to one another.  He argued that this should make the fire insignificant., since heat rises.

We were both half right.  The ends of each bob were really heavy, and the pendulums were swinging really fast.  The fire was putting out some energy, but it didn’t really make much difference with regard to those other factors: features of the pendulum dominate under normal conditions.  The designer said (I think) that the fire would throw things off by (on average) a few hundredths of a second; I’m a philosopher, so that seems like a significant difference to me (which is why I said something), but I see his point too.  Here’s what we both should have said to be 100% (rather than half) right.

Think about the pendulum, and think about the wind.  In an environment like this one, the coefficients of motion on the pendulum bobs and the wind are going to be much larger than the coefficients of motion on the molecules in the fire.  Think about why: the pendulum bobs are really massive, but they’re not moving all that fast most of the time (though all the molecules in the bob are always moving in the same direction together).  On the other hand, the wind isn’t very big (air molecules are small), but it’s moving really fast most of the time, and all together in one direction.  Fire’s moving fast--things that burn are very energetic--but it’s all over the place.  If you want to use fire to power something, you need a big sink to capture the average motion of the particles--something like a balloon or a steam engine--because on their own they don’t do much.  One way to think about it is that fire makes wind (think about a backdraft), but without the proper channeling (or a big enough fire), the wind is insignificant, since it blows in random directions.The upshot of all this is that in a very quiet environment, pendulums work as designed.  On the playa, pendulums work as designed, but high winds can come to dominate things if they get fast enough.  The fire makes a difference, but the difference is only significant if you look really closely (or if the conditions are just right, and the pendulums are really light and there’s no wind).

Now think again about what Dan and I saw when we were watching the storm.  Or, rather, think about the difference between what we saw and what we would have seen on the playa if Burning Man hadn’t been happening at the time.  I’ve been out camping on the playa in very small groups, and if it storms when I’m doing that, I don’t think I made (or even meaningfully participated in) the storm.  Why not?  My contention is that in one case, human influence is like wind on the pendulum of climate, and in the other case it’s like fire.  A few people out  in the desert alone (or in small groups at different times) doesn’t make a perceptible difference, because any influence they have on the behavior of the weather is just lost in the overwhelmingly powerful effect of the existing ambient climate patterns. When everyone’s out camping on the playa though--all kicking up dust and smoke and water at the same time in the same place--it’s a lot like the concerted motion of wind on a pendulum: even when the pendulum is heavy, all that motion together can start to influence its behavior.  

Dan pointed out that there was never a lighting strike on the playa while we watched, and I should have pointed out that there was only a spark around a finger once while we watched--and it happened while we were standing there doing what we were doing: the playa without any significant human input is one thing, and the playa with significant human input is quite another.  What counts as “significant” depends on your scale of reference: it might be a spark on your finger, or it might be a thunderstorm.  Either way, the presence of people can be the cause.  If we'd continued to stand out there, we might have nudged the state of the system enough to cause a cloud-to-person-to-ground strike.  Who knows.

Now, weather systems aren’t climate systems in the same sense that a snow storm isn’t a winter, but they’re related (and almost in exactly the same way).  In particular, a climate is just the concerted motion of weather systems over time--a pattern in how the weather behaves over the long term.  This suggests that if I was right in any way in saying that there’s a trackable meteorological event associated with Burning Man every year, then the more interesting part of this essay’s title is right, and humans create climate systems, because a weather pattern that shows up every year at the same time for the same reason just is a climate pattern.  A lot of humans in one place can change the weather, and a lot of humans in one place for a long time doing the same thing can change the climate.

This suggests that we should think long and hard about (so to speak) what direction we’re blowing as a species.  The climate system is a dynamical system that’s very much like a pendulum, and we’re starting to become a high wind.  The same girl who said “the rain is our dirty dishes” reacted in just the right way when Dan made the point that I’ve made in the title of this essay: she said:

“How could humans not be making climate systems?”

This is exactly right.  How could we not be?  We’re all blowing in the same direction.  It’s worth looking at where we’re blowing the pendulum.

#complexitytheory   #ClimateChange   #BurningMan2012  ___Going to be giving this talk to both my and +Daniel Estrada 's human nature and technology CTY class today as an introduction to complexity thinking.

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2014-07-06 06:48:42 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)

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2014-07-06 01:11:46 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)

I'm really super skeptical of the idea that there's a single universal neuronal correlate of consciousness (NCC) that we can selectively toggle on and off with a particular concentrated signal. The point that I was making with the 2001 clip is that turning off consciousness is actually quite easy: hit a conscious organism's head really hard, and you've toggled consciousness off (at least for a while). Talking about this in terms of an "on/off switch" suggests that there's both a single class of neuronal activity that's appropriately described as "consciousness," and that there's a universally shared region of the brain that's responsible for producing that activity. Moreover, it implies that the nature of the NCC isn't sensitive to path-dependent features of neural network development and doesn't change in response to widespread alterations in the... more »

I'm really super skeptical of the idea that there's a single universal neuronal correlate of consciousness (NCC) that we can selectively toggle on and off with a particular concentrated signal. The point that I was making with the 2001 clip is that turning off consciousness is actually quite easy: hit a conscious organism's head really hard, and you've toggled consciousness off (at least for a while). Talking about this in terms of an "on/off switch" suggests that there's both a single class of neuronal activity that's appropriately described as "consciousness," and that there's a universally shared region of the brain that's responsible for producing that activity. Moreover, it implies that the nature of the NCC isn't sensitive to path-dependent features of neural network development and doesn't change in response to widespread alterations in the structure of the neural network in question. 

There's a lot of good empirical evidence suggesting that at least one of those assumptions is false, and that the real relationship between consciousness and neuronal activity is more complicated than the one described here. Consciousness is a process, and so is something that emerges from the interaction of lots of different systems (neuronal, technological, and otherwise), and which likely lacks any kind of internal on/off switch. The fact that high level reasoning abilities (and empirical correlates of consciousness) can be recovered even after significant damage to the structure of human brains suggests that this is the right way to look at things.

Even if consciousness looks like particular sort of integration of internal and external stimuli it's not at all clear that a general NCC exists. If when we say 'consciousness' we mean "the behavior of neural network constituents that are constrained in such-and-such a way by the overall state of the network," then it's hard to see how this supports the sweeping generalizations offered in the write-up.___

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2014-07-06 00:54:02 (0 comments, 12 reshares, 24 +1s)

H/t +Jay Gordon 

H/t +Jay Gordon ___

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2014-07-06 00:43:55 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s)

#scoobydoo

#scoobydoo___

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2014-06-30 22:46:13 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 3 +1s)

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2014-06-29 19:59:08 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)

The year's most important stories in tech?

This evening starts my eighth year teaching my philosophy of technology course for #CTY   #Princeton . The course is titled "Human Nature and Technology", but the cool kids call it #HTECb . +Jon Lawhead is leading #HTECa . I'm incredibly excited to start!

One of our first activities is a research project into major events in technology and science over the last year. For the last two years I've been asking my G+ stream to help seed the list. So, my wonderful network, what have been the biggest stories in science and tech since last summer?

Here's what we have so far:

- Heartbleed
- Net Neutrality (Verizon v FCC)
- Right to be forgotten (Costeja) 
- Most recent IPCC reports
- Facebook buys Occulus Rift/ trends in AR/VR 
- Drones/autonomousrobo... more »

The year's most important stories in tech?

This evening starts my eighth year teaching my philosophy of technology course for #CTY   #Princeton . The course is titled "Human Nature and Technology", but the cool kids call it #HTECb . +Jon Lawhead is leading #HTECa . I'm incredibly excited to start!

One of our first activities is a research project into major events in technology and science over the last year. For the last two years I've been asking my G+ stream to help seed the list. So, my wonderful network, what have been the biggest stories in science and tech since last summer?

Here's what we have so far:

- Heartbleed
- Net Neutrality (Verizon v FCC)
- Right to be forgotten (Costeja) 
- Most recent IPCC reports
- Facebook buys Occulus Rift/ trends in AR/VR 
- Drones/autonomous robots/self-driving cars
- Facebook psychology experiments
- Turing test passed (?!)
- TwitchPlaysPokemon
- Chang'e 3, China's moon rover

This list seems a little thin compared to previous years, but I'm sure I'm missing important things. Can you think of others?

You can see the previous lists and resulting presentations here:

2013: http://goo.gl/O1f0c, http://goo.gl/0RQGtH
2012: http://goo.gl/5bNHW, http://goo.gl/0upYl

You can read more about  #htecb  here: http://goo.gl/G48E6

Last year, we played with +Google Glass, built some Game of Life boards from +Adafruit Industries, and dominated +Klout. We're doing even more amazing stuff this year. It'll be a fun summer =)

Engage us @htecb and stay tuned! https://twitter.com/htecb___

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2014-06-29 17:42:42 (1 comments, 4 reshares, 5 +1s)

Simple technology pushed to the limit. #htec

Simple technology pushed to the limit. #htec___

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2014-06-29 16:42:03 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)

+Daniel Estrada #htec

+Daniel Estrada #htec___

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2014-06-29 15:57:12 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)

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2014-06-29 12:55:43 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 3 +1s)

In which +Reggie Goodwin discovers the #attentioneconomy

___In which +Reggie Goodwin discovers the #attentioneconomy

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2014-06-29 05:04:49 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 2 +1s)

" I mean, what exactly is the definition of a zombie? Is it something that is undead and not in control? If that’s true, then we’re in the middle of an apocalypse right now.

Because everybody is controlled by something else. Your smartphone is in control of you and computers are in control of all of us."

" I mean, what exactly is the definition of a zombie? Is it something that is undead and not in control? If that’s true, then we’re in the middle of an apocalypse right now.

Because everybody is controlled by something else. Your smartphone is in control of you and computers are in control of all of us."___

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2014-06-29 00:36:30 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)

I think this headline speaks for itself

I think this headline speaks for itself___

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2014-06-29 00:34:09 (3 comments, 5 reshares, 17 +1s)

"Middle-out economics rejects the old misconception that an economy is a perfectly efficient, mechanistic system and embraces the much more accurate idea of an economy as a complex ecosystem made up of real people who are dependent on one another.

Which is why the fundamental law of capitalism must be: If workers have more money, businesses have more customers. Which makes middle-class consumers, not rich businesspeople like us, the true job creators. Which means a thriving middle class is the source of American prosperity, not a consequence of it. The middle class creates us rich people, not the other way around."

"Middle-out economics rejects the old misconception that an economy is a perfectly efficient, mechanistic system and embraces the much more accurate idea of an economy as a complex ecosystem made up of real people who are dependent on one another.

Which is why the fundamental law of capitalism must be: If workers have more money, businesses have more customers. Which makes middle-class consumers, not rich businesspeople like us, the true job creators. Which means a thriving middle class is the source of American prosperity, not a consequence of it. The middle class creates us rich people, not the other way around."___

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2014-06-28 16:48:38 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 2 +1s)

Q: Who lives in a pineapple under the sea?

A: In his house in R'leyh, dead Cthulhu waits dreaming.

Q: Who lives in a pineapple under the sea?

A: In his house in R'leyh, dead Cthulhu waits dreaming.___

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2014-06-26 04:34:53 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 2 +1s)

Black Rock City street names!

Black Rock City street names!___

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2014-06-25 23:13:52 (1 comments, 2 reshares, 5 +1s)

Fascinating. If meditation can have profound positive physiological effects--and lots of evidence suggests it can--it's not surprising that it can have similarly profound negative effects. 

Fascinating. If meditation can have profound positive physiological effects--and lots of evidence suggests it can--it's not surprising that it can have similarly profound negative effects. ___

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2014-06-25 23:01:09 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 0 +1s)

“It’s bad for the environment. That’s definitely true,” says Ryan. “And some of the kids that have diesel trucks can look like tools. And you can cause a wreck, but everything else about it is pretty good.”

“It’s bad for the environment. That’s definitely true,” says Ryan. “And some of the kids that have diesel trucks can look like tools. And you can cause a wreck, but everything else about it is pretty good.”___

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2014-06-25 18:47:40 (10 comments, 2 reshares, 10 +1s)

“Boy, maybe we shouldn’t do that anymore,” Rao added. “Anyone have any better ideas?”

“Boy, maybe we shouldn’t do that anymore,” Rao added. “Anyone have any better ideas?”___

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2014-06-25 14:35:37 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)

"Nonconforming is an art. There is a right and a wrong way to practice this art."

"Nonconforming is an art. There is a right and a wrong way to practice this art."___

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2014-06-25 04:05:39 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)

Here's a thing I did tonight while I was taking a break from packing.

Here's a thing I did tonight while I was taking a break from packing.___

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2014-06-24 19:04:02 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 2 +1s)

"Yes, our demons rise up again and again, but we can answer them just as often by turning to the Bible or running a blender for hours on end until the motor burns out or throwing old clothes and hats into a river or doing anything else, without exception.

Try it, whatever it may be, and you might find an inner peace you’ve never felt before."



"Yes, our demons rise up again and again, but we can answer them just as often by turning to the Bible or running a blender for hours on end until the motor burns out or throwing old clothes and hats into a river or doing anything else, without exception.

Try it, whatever it may be, and you might find an inner peace you’ve never felt before."

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2014-06-23 18:59:39 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)

" The new sexist, nun-hating, poverty-perpetuating, pedophile-protecting homophobe is the same as the old sexist, nun-hating, poverty-perpetuating, pedophile-protecting homophobe, but gosh how the media loves him"

" The new sexist, nun-hating, poverty-perpetuating, pedophile-protecting homophobe is the same as the old sexist, nun-hating, poverty-perpetuating, pedophile-protecting homophobe, but gosh how the media loves him"___

2014-06-23 06:50:31 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)

I wish I were a professional jewel thief.

I wish I were a professional jewel thief.___

2014-06-22 05:55:37 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)

While we were packing and had one of the drawers at the bottom of our bedframe out, one of the cats got under the bed, chewed through the lining on the bottom of the box spring, got inside said lining, and got stuck there. We just had to cut her out with scissors. 

While we were packing and had one of the drawers at the bottom of our bedframe out, one of the cats got under the bed, chewed through the lining on the bottom of the box spring, got inside said lining, and got stuck there. We just had to cut her out with scissors. ___

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2014-06-19 16:44:07 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)

An interesting proposal from Larry Lessig to crowdsource campaign finance reform. They're creating a PAC to raise $7 million to fund Congressional candidates in a few key districts, so those legislators can spend no time fundraising and act without being influenced by the actions of lobbyists. We'll see how well it works

An interesting proposal from Larry Lessig to crowdsource campaign finance reform. They're creating a PAC to raise $7 million to fund Congressional candidates in a few key districts, so those legislators can spend no time fundraising and act without being influenced by the actions of lobbyists. We'll see how well it works___

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2014-06-19 04:27:17 (2 comments, 5 reshares, 22 +1s)

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2014-06-18 20:23:24 (2 comments, 3 reshares, 2 +1s)

Sciencenews will be shocked when they will discover Category Theory. I wonder what kind of title they will find!

Sciencenews will be shocked when they will discover Category Theory. I wonder what kind of title they will find!___

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2014-06-18 12:26:15 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)

" The spiders in question, Anelosimus studiosus, have been extensively studied, and females show two distinct personalities: aggressive and docile. The animals' behavior is exactly what it sounds like, and it isn't associated with any obvious physical differences. These females also behave socially, collectively creating a single web, sharing food and the rearing of offspring. Past studies have shown that colonies that are a mix of these two personalities outperform those composed of animals with a single personality type."

" The spiders in question, Anelosimus studiosus, have been extensively studied, and females show two distinct personalities: aggressive and docile. The animals' behavior is exactly what it sounds like, and it isn't associated with any obvious physical differences. These females also behave socially, collectively creating a single web, sharing food and the rearing of offspring. Past studies have shown that colonies that are a mix of these two personalities outperform those composed of animals with a single personality type."___

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"Though it goes without saying that I wouldn’t have wanted Fredo to use an E-ZPass. I’d never do business with a fucking snake like that."

"Though it goes without saying that I wouldn’t have wanted Fredo to use an E-ZPass. I’d never do business with a fucking snake like that."___

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