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Barry Kort has been shared in 45 public circles

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Lynn Keller7,237I've put together this  circle which includes a host of engaging, appealing, interesting people from different communities and ongoing conversations. Best to all! #circlecount #sharedcircles #circleshare 2014-08-05 20:16:01374827
John Nuntiatio39,469#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #bestcircle #news #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport #small #smallcircle #photography #health2014-06-26 07:41:04207142
John Nuntiatio37,221#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #bestcircle #news   #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport #small   #smallcircle #tennis #golf #photography #health #weightloss 2014-05-27 06:18:55201172
John Nuntiatio29,572#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport2014-03-12 06:21:31469006
John Nuntiatio29,572#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport2014-03-12 06:20:51469102
Tancredi Matranga8,830WEB INFLUENCER MEGAMIX 13Have a Great Tuesday my Google+ Friends!I am happy to share with you my 13th  #sharedcircle named Web Influencer Megamix.I put together a mix of #TopEngagers  - Really Interesting People who share unique and original content.   Do yo want to be added to the Web #Influencer Circle?To be included, be so kind to:   1 - Do +1 t the post   2 - Comment the post and specify your "category" (job or interest)         (ex: fashion, photography, seo, social media marketing)   3 - Include the circle among your circles   4 - Share the circle (include yourself)   5 - Be free and smile to life! :)   #circles #sharedcircles #addcircle #sharedpubliccircles #growfollowers #circleshare #publicsharedcircles #circleoftheweek #circlesharing #publiccircle #findcircles #circlemeup #influencers #influencer #influence #influencermarketing #sharedcircle #circletuesday   #tuesdaycircle   #tuesdaycircleshare   #tuesdaycircleshare  2013-12-03 07:43:1749910046117
Kyle Pearce116A great Google+ Circle of Educators!  2013-11-24 15:10:12501606
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
Coyeb Sundel02013-10-24 10:04:35425202
Tiberiu Igrisan448Science (part 1)#science #sciencecircle #sharedcircles  2013-10-14 18:53:04257123
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
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
Markos Giannopoulos5,491Geeks rule! // +CircleCount has added a new tag system (see announcement here http://bit.ly/15XaDov). Thousands of profiles have been tagged already, so here are the top (by number of followers) geek-tagged plussers (full list at http://bit.ly/134FoFN) The top ten: 1) +Robert Scoble 2) +Amanda Blain 3) +Darya Pino Rose 4) +Michelle Marie 5) +Brian Matiash 6) +Wick Sakit 7) +Joe Azure 8) +Keith Barrett 9) +Derek Ross 10) +Ahmed Zeeshan  For other rankings see also - Most popular geeks by comments/+1's/shares http://bit.ly/16SAddw- Most engaging geeks http://bit.ly/15XdZYm #circleshare   #circlesunday   #geeks  2013-07-21 15:19:0049018312
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
Markos Giannopoulos3,766197 interesting People // If you're into technology, the Web, photography and science, here's a circle to consider. Methodology: out of 3200 people that I follow, using +Circloscope I ordered them according to relevance score (calculated by Google depending on whose posts I engage the most) and filtered for a value over 30, then filtered for whether they are active (when was their last post) and finally filtered by whether they were in my "must read" circles. Voila! I hope you find it interesting :) #circleshare   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles  #circlesharing  2013-05-26 09:51:2119713412
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
Jason Hurtado Daniels12,888Shared CircleSustainability and Clean TechnologyThis is the first installment of a community I am growing. Please let me know if you want to be included. Frequent sharers about: #biology #biomass #biomedical #energy #environment #ethanol #gardening #food #geothermal #green #innovation #international #internet #Linux #methane #opensource #organic #renewable #science #software #solar #startup #strategy #sustainability #technology #wave #web #wind #wireless#circleshare #sharedcircles #sharedcircle #sharedpubliccircles #circlesharing #publiccircle  2013-01-16 01:47:255005711
David D. Stanton5,770Here is my Geek's Circle: (Note I have just cleaned my G+ to try to remove inactive users.) Enjoy! 2012-06-25 08:47:49501012
David D. Stanton5,770Here is my Science and Technology Circle.... Enjoy! 2012-06-25 08:46:46501105
John Kellden7,662Here's a few people who are not too shabby.I will spend a week in Greece with wife and kids. Have promised not to bring laptop, and not cheat too much with the G+ mobile thing either. This means you will have to wander aimlessly through the Google Plus Ghosttown while I'm working my tan, enjoying food and wine and sploshing about in the pool. But have no fear, quality content and even higher quality conversation is just a few clicks away, even if you only add a few of the people in the below circle. You all behave now, and talk more in a week.2012-06-18 09:24:0950043238
John Kellden6,655Google Plus People Worth Reading And Listening To, take two+Shamil Weerakoon was perceptive enough to notice I had set my phaser to stun, sharing this circle only to my extended circles. Here it is again in all its public glory. :) I tweaked it a bit to be able to squeeze in a few more...2012-05-08 17:45:22500502438
Eileen O'Duffy4,436Calling all Educators worldwideThis is my updated Educators circle. Most of us educators post and have an interest in a very wide variety of subjects such as philosophy, psychology, sociology. media, art, photography science, technology etc. For this reason I’m trying to curate and collate the best of education posts on +24-7tutorials.com ,my education news page. I’d like a wide cosmopolitan mix rather than a focus on Ireland/UK/US only. +Radu Jugureanu +Olimpius Istrate Romanian education system? +Juan-Pablo Ferrero Spanish? +chowdary kodali Indian? +John Macasio Philippines? If you’re posting great education stories of general interest, can you post public and tag +24-7tutorials.com ? (you’ll need to add the page to circles so I can share)2012-04-10 20:34:0838227815
Robert Kappenhagen151+Charlie Hoover this is Fraser's Science circle (with a few of my own additions) If you want to share it with anyone.2012-03-08 01:47:57295000
Eileen O'Duffy2,160A number of people have requested I share my Educators CircleThis circle includes some friends and followers who are not educators but interested in education. I’ve also a few ‘high fliers’ who haven’t posted yet e.g. +Marc Prensky We are eagerly awaiting your posts! Please comment below if you work in education and want to be added. If you want to follow education news only my 24-7tutorials.com business page is here https://plus.google.com/104011470055537289400/about2012-02-22 14:59:153598510
Mitchel Rodwell0+Duncan Hayes , +Hanii Leigh this is my biggest circle, #Intellectual. I'd advise you follow either this or #Political, depending on which appeals to you more. As you can see, I follow a lot of very serious people, which is the sort of stuff I post as well. There's way more than what I've shared with you on +Google+ . There's +Handmade , there's +Android , there's +Funny Pictures & Videos . It's not just about serious stuff, even though that's what I mostly use it for.Anyway, happy G+ing! Make circles, post things, fill out your profiles, and if you see something really cool, share it! I don't have a good #Music circle, or a good #Photography circle, so one day you guys might share circles with me that I'd like :)P.s. Some useful tips. Google+ has #hashtag support, so when you put a "#" before a term it makes it a clickable link to see other times someone's mentioned that hashtag. So clicking #Intellectual up there would take you to a bunch of intellectual posts. And you tag people or pages with a "+" before their name.2012-01-23 13:52:20463500
Fraser Cain24,647My official, super science circle+Robert Scoble wanted me share my awesome science list. These are people who are active on Google+ and love to talk about science. We've got actual scientists, journalists, bloggers... even an astronaut!If you still don't really get why Google+ is such a great resource, just import this circle, and suddenly you'll see amazing science posts streaming by. Then you'll understand.For those of you wondering how to get on this list, just reply to this share suggesting yourself or someone else who's active and sciency. I'll take a look through your posting history and then add you.For Science!2012-01-17 21:41:532487414188
Imaad Saiyed0"You need more Science in your diet."- +Chris Pirillo.I've gained a lot of new followers in the last month; many have just joined Google+ and have an empty stream. For those of you who are brand new to the service, I want you to understand:The key to enjoying Google+ is to have an active and engaged stream of content. Circle interesting people.To help you out, I'm sharing my carefully curated science circle. This list contains almost 250 people who are active on Google+ and regularly post about science topics. We've got scientists, journalists and science enthusiasts.If you import this circle, you'll see what I'm seeing, and I think you'll get why I like Google+ so much. If you don't import it, you'll see an empty screen and wonder why your friends haven't joined.I try to share this circle once a month or so, with some new faces, and the inactive people removed. So I suggest you import this list into a brand new circle which you can then replace when I send out an update._As always, if I've missed someone, please let me know and I'll be glad to add them for the next round._" Via +Fraser Cain #sharedcircle2012-01-11 06:09:50245200
Gregory Esau87An enhanced version of my previously shared circle of "World Intelligence" . If there is anybody else that you feel should be on here... maybe even you!!...please let me know. This is what I call my "World Intelligence" Circle. The purpose of this circle is that collectively, they give us a enhanced understanding of the world...and this included our Google Plus World!!...we live in.Our collective goal is to build on this circle, to constantly improve the diversity of views, and depth of knowledge, so we can 'crowd source' better ways to both understand the world in which we operate, but in turn lead in this world, to make it a better place for all of us. This Circle falls roughly into six categories:1) Economics and Economic Systems2) The Internet and Social Technologies3) Politics and Global Politics4) Science and Technology5) Religions and Spirituality6) Environment and Ecological Systems. These all inter-relate in one way or another, and it has long been my view, to understand our world, we need to constantly learn, and collaboratively share our knowledge around these 'systems'. None of us individually can 'know' or 'understand' the world, but as a collaborative enterprise, we can develop better knowledge for better leadership.2011-12-11 00:07:392393212
Derek Dunfield121My Science Circle After a month off, this might be the perfect return-post. A combination of +Robby Bowles and +Allison Sekuler 's Science Circle with +Fraser Cain's Science Circle, I present to you 442 great people to follow. (cc +Brian McGirr)2011-12-06 04:27:21442936
Jon Hiller3,781I would like to share a circle that encases #science #astronomy& #physics and a few #biologists. I present to you, the Sci Talker circle2011-12-03 05:49:31355754
Mike Powell0SCIENCE NASA CIRCLEMike Powell shared a circle with you.2011-10-28 04:20:57328101
Christopher Long0Stanford AI Class CircleChris Long shared a circle with you.2011-10-22 11:47:31491001
Juan Gabriel Calderón-Pérez0This is my updated Stanford AI Class Circle. If you want to get added, leave a comment below. I also have a circle for ML and DB. :-)Resources:Facebook AI Class Study and Discussion Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/242894285747091/Facebook ML Class Study and Discussion Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/146765042081335/Strong Artificial Intelligence Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/strongartificialintelligence/Stanford Courses Forum: http://www.stanfordclass.comTop 10 Study Groups & Resources for Stanford’s Open Class on AI: http://therohanaurora.com/stanford-ai-open-class-resources/Download GNU Octave for ML: http://www.gnu.org/software/octave/download.htmlYoutube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/knowitvideos#g/uTwitter: http://twitter.com/aiclassGoogle Group: http://groups.google.com/group/stanford-ai-class Reddit: http://www.reddit.com/r/aiclass/Class Notes (By the AI Community): UNIT1: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1tF3TJ98uysJHKasFjBidBolhQBNLhz9H0sx28D6Fku0/preview?hl=en_US&pli=1&sle=trueUNIT2: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1eH5ZqtpOpVsURqelWEydTesFKInqXJVXLQElMUGElPA/preview?hl=en_US&sle=trueClass Notes (By LarveCode): Unit Notes in a fun way: http://larvecode.tumblr.com/tagged/ai-classClass Notes (By +Ivan De Marino ): Ivan's Blog: http://blog.ivandemarino.me/2011/10/16/ai-class-com---Notes-of-Lesson-1-and-2UNIT1: https://www.evernote.com/shard/s1/sh/5a5f0750-5afd-4aa8-89b3-f1415dee4d00/a5ba70b87bcaee6cddb409632a9bba4dUNIT2: https://www.evernote.com/shard/s1/sh/42ff5536-31af-4dd0-a0e8-7d17e38b62f1/d89e4cbd0fd75ba1ace59cab1a3b7182Extras: For those interested in other free Stanford courses visit the Stanford Engineering Everywhere Program here: http://see.stanford.edu/see/courses.aspx2011-10-15 23:07:104893324299
Robert Scoble161,698A circle of geeks (part I). Here's almost 1,000 active geeks. Programmers, developers, and highly technical people. Here's A-K.Robert Scoble shared a circle with you.2011-10-12 03:14:05493797563
john sawyer0New Linux circle. Thanks guys.john sawyer shared a circle with you.2011-10-09 01:29:18398122
Daniel Allan0My Standford AI circle, right on 500 :)Daniel Allan shared a circle with you.2011-10-08 20:30:23500301
Darren Bounds4,529I've read that the 250 limit on shared circles has been lifted. Here's my Space & Science circle again with the full 449.Darren Bounds shared a circle with you.2011-10-07 13:38:564491549
Ravi sharma12If you love scienceRavi sharma shared a circle with you.2011-10-03 12:57:51202100

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2014-08-30 14:03:25 (136 comments, 1 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

There is a convincing narrative for every conceivable opinion or belief, and a convicting narrative for every skeptic, critic, or infidel.

I conclude that the Method of Comparative Narratives (supplemented by the Method of Demonization) is not a reliable method for arriving at the ground truth.

Most reshares: 7

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2014-10-26 09:05:06 (0 comments, 7 reshares, 15 +1s)Open 

Cognition, Affect, and Learning  — The Role of Emotions In Learning

Our species, Homo Sapiens, is the being who thinks. But we are also the beings who learn, and the beings who experience a rich spectrum of affective emotional states.

This article presents research and theoretical models relating emotions to learning and cognition.

Most plusones: 15

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2014-10-26 09:05:06 (0 comments, 7 reshares, 15 +1s)Open 

Cognition, Affect, and Learning  — The Role of Emotions In Learning

Our species, Homo Sapiens, is the being who thinks. But we are also the beings who learn, and the beings who experience a rich spectrum of affective emotional states.

This article presents research and theoretical models relating emotions to learning and cognition.

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2014-10-29 14:50:09 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

NPR begins a new education series, beginning with Socrates, one of the greatest teachers of all time.

I've been teaching this way (by the Socratic Method) forever, beginning with my own brother when we were both in grammar school. I began using it in earnest in high school and college, especially when I was tutoring math and science.

What I have found is that individuals who are eager to learn, and who like to figure things out for themselves, love this method. Conversely, individuals who are resistant to learning or who do not want to figure things out for themselves are allergic to this method and sometimes respond in a hostile, unresponsive, or antagonistic manner. I have some curious examples of the latter, a few of which remain as obscure archives on the public Internet.

NPR begins a new education series, beginning with Socrates, one of the greatest teachers of all time.

I've been teaching this way (by the Socratic Method) forever, beginning with my own brother when we were both in grammar school. I began using it in earnest in high school and college, especially when I was tutoring math and science.

What I have found is that individuals who are eager to learn, and who like to figure things out for themselves, love this method. Conversely, individuals who are resistant to learning or who do not want to figure things out for themselves are allergic to this method and sometimes respond in a hostile, unresponsive, or antagonistic manner. I have some curious examples of the latter, a few of which remain as obscure archives on the public Internet.___

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2014-10-26 09:05:06 (0 comments, 7 reshares, 15 +1s)Open 

Cognition, Affect, and Learning  — The Role of Emotions In Learning

Our species, Homo Sapiens, is the being who thinks. But we are also the beings who learn, and the beings who experience a rich spectrum of affective emotional states.

This article presents research and theoretical models relating emotions to learning and cognition.

Cognition, Affect, and Learning  — The Role of Emotions In Learning

Our species, Homo Sapiens, is the being who thinks. But we are also the beings who learn, and the beings who experience a rich spectrum of affective emotional states.

This article presents research and theoretical models relating emotions to learning and cognition.___

2014-09-05 13:06:10 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

What happens to the state when the Consent of the Governed is displaced by the Discontent of the Governed?

What happens to the state when the Consent of the Governed is displaced by the Discontent of the Governed?___

2014-09-03 10:56:57 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Politics is an increasingly ghastly topic. I reckon it's always been ghastly, but most politicians try to conceal their true ghastliness.

Politics is an increasingly ghastly topic. I reckon it's always been ghastly, but most politicians try to conceal their true ghastliness.___

2014-08-30 14:03:25 (136 comments, 1 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

There is a convincing narrative for every conceivable opinion or belief, and a convicting narrative for every skeptic, critic, or infidel.

I conclude that the Method of Comparative Narratives (supplemented by the Method of Demonization) is not a reliable method for arriving at the ground truth.

There is a convincing narrative for every conceivable opinion or belief, and a convicting narrative for every skeptic, critic, or infidel.

I conclude that the Method of Comparative Narratives (supplemented by the Method of Demonization) is not a reliable method for arriving at the ground truth.___

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2014-08-11 19:16:13 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

The criminal justice system that went off the rails while persecuting Aaron Swartz was doing what it routinely does. It's not that Aaron Swartz was being singled out for unjust treatment. The whole system is rigged and unjust and broken from the gitgo. The dysfunctionality is baked into the DNA of the system.

The criminal justice system that went off the rails while persecuting Aaron Swartz was doing what it routinely does. It's not that Aaron Swartz was being singled out for unjust treatment. The whole system is rigged and unjust and broken from the gitgo. The dysfunctionality is baked into the DNA of the system.___

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2014-04-03 13:15:20 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

Corporations are people, too.

Not sure why the original cartoon caption did not appear.  It reads:

“The corporation was very lonely, because people thought it was different from them.”

Corporations are people, too.

Not sure why the original cartoon caption did not appear.  It reads:

“The corporation was very lonely, because people thought it was different from them.”___

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2014-03-28 13:01:20 (1 comments, 2 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

To avoid boredom, a person needs stimuli which operate at the sweet spot between fascination and perplexity. Enough fascination to draw interest and attention, plus enough perplexity to engage the mind in constructive and creative puzzle-solving.

To avoid boredom, a person needs stimuli which operate at the sweet spot between fascination and perplexity. Enough fascination to draw interest and attention, plus enough perplexity to engage the mind in constructive and creative puzzle-solving.___

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2014-03-14 16:36:53 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

It looks like Pi Day is a partly cloudy day with variable winds blowing the clouds around.

It looks like Pi Day is a partly cloudy day with variable winds blowing the clouds around.___

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2014-02-14 17:28:58 (0 comments, 3 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

The MIT Academic Council reviews the issues raised in Hal Abelson's report in the aftermath of the Aaron Swartz tragedy.

The MIT Academic Council reviews the issues raised in Hal Abelson's report in the aftermath of the Aaron Swartz tragedy.___

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2014-02-11 14:50:36 (2 comments, 2 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Little known footnotes on the history of suicide bombing.

Little known footnotes on the history of suicide bombing.___

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2014-01-10 18:28:59 (1 comments, 4 reshares, 12 +1s)Open 

Writing in The Atlantic, Larry Lessig explains the purpose his upcoming march across the state of New Hampshire.

Writing in The Atlantic, Larry Lessig explains the purpose his upcoming march across the state of New Hampshire.___

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2013-12-24 21:18:56 (8 comments, 5 reshares, 14 +1s)Open 

Larry Lessig has written a new article reflecting on the life and death of Aaron Swartz.

Larry Lessig has written a new article reflecting on the life and death of Aaron Swartz.___

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2013-12-17 13:59:25 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

To Siri With Love

I wonder what Sherry Turkle will say about this new Spike Jonze flick featuring a protagonist who falls in love with his computer operating system.

To Siri With Love

I wonder what Sherry Turkle will say about this new Spike Jonze flick featuring a protagonist who falls in love with his computer operating system.___

2013-12-15 20:18:24 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

Those who fail to learn from history are doomed to retweet it.

Those who fail to learn from history are doomed to retweet it.___

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2013-11-26 18:50:39 (10 comments, 3 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

Mathematically Defined Crypto-Currencies

There has been a lot of attention on BitCoin of late, and a number of my correspondents have been digging into the topic.

I was looking for some good analogies through which to understand the idea and the dynamics of BitCoin and similar mathematically defined crypto-currencies. This is my first shot at constructing such an analogy.

In this model, I think of the economy (the exchange of goods and services) to be an intricate clockwork mechanism. Everything is connected to everything else. Energy flows through the gears, allowing the machinery to operate at some level of speed and efficiency to move things along.

Any economy, like any clockwork mechanism, has friction. Energy needs to be supplied to overcome the friction, and that energy eventually degrades to heat as the state of the clockwork mechanism evolves over... more »

Mathematically Defined Crypto-Currencies

There has been a lot of attention on BitCoin of late, and a number of my correspondents have been digging into the topic.

I was looking for some good analogies through which to understand the idea and the dynamics of BitCoin and similar mathematically defined crypto-currencies. This is my first shot at constructing such an analogy.

In this model, I think of the economy (the exchange of goods and services) to be an intricate clockwork mechanism. Everything is connected to everything else. Energy flows through the gears, allowing the machinery to operate at some level of speed and efficiency to move things along.

Any economy, like any clockwork mechanism, has friction. Energy needs to be supplied to overcome the friction, and that energy eventually degrades to heat as the state of the clockwork mechanism evolves over time.

One can improve the efficiency of the machine by applying a high quality lubricant. With a good lubricant, there is less friction, and less energy is needed to drive the machine.

In an economy, money is the lubricant that allows the machinery of commerce to operate efficiently. That’s the function of money: to act as a lubricant for the gears of the economy.

Suppose an inventor devises a super-lubricant that outperforms all current lubrication technologies. What happens? In an ideal world, everyone upgrades to the new lubricant and it soon takes a lot less energy to keep the clockwork machine running smoothly.

What could possibly go wrong?

The problem is that manufacturing the new lubricant is not free. Just as it takes energy to overcome friction, it also takes time and energy to manufacture the super-lubricant. And so there ensues a “gold rush” to manufacture this wonderful new super-lubricant.

Eventually, those who got in the game early end up owning barrels and barrels of this valuable super-lubricant. The problem is, they are not using it to lubricate the mechanism. Rather they are hoarding it because its market value is rising. As a result there is a shortage of lubricant in the clockwork mechanism. The material economy is not yet benefiting from the new super-lubricant because very little of it is being released into the gears of the machine. Most of it is simply being hoarded in privately owned barrels whose value on paper is rising.

But if and when all that hoarded lubricant is released into the clockwork machinery of the real economy, two interesting things will happen. The real economy will operate more efficiently (and that’s a good thing) while the price (or value) of the (now increasingly abundant) super-lubricant will drop. When that happens, the late-comers to the gold rush game will find that they unwisely spent a lot of resources in vain to manufacture or purchase small amounts of the once scarce lubricant that has now become cheap and plentiful.

Does this analogy work? How can it be refined, illustrated or improved?___

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2013-11-26 18:48:07 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Mathematically Defined Crypto-Currencies

There has been a lot of attention on BitCoin of late, and a number of my correspondents have been digging into the topic.

I was looking for some good analogies through which to understand the idea and the dynamics of BitCoin and similar mathematically defined crypto-currencies. This is my first shot at constructing such an analogy.

In this model, I think of the economy (the exchange of goods and services) to be an intricate clockwork mechanism. Everything is connected to everything else. Energy flows through the gears, allowing the machinery to operate at some level of speed and efficiency to move things along.

Any economy, like any clockwork mechanism, has friction. Energy needs to be supplied to overcome the friction, and that energy eventually degrades to heat as the state of the clockwork mechanism evolves over... more »

Mathematically Defined Crypto-Currencies

There has been a lot of attention on BitCoin of late, and a number of my correspondents have been digging into the topic.

I was looking for some good analogies through which to understand the idea and the dynamics of BitCoin and similar mathematically defined crypto-currencies. This is my first shot at constructing such an analogy.

In this model, I think of the economy (the exchange of goods and services) to be an intricate clockwork mechanism. Everything is connected to everything else. Energy flows through the gears, allowing the machinery to operate at some level of speed and efficiency to move things along.

Any economy, like any clockwork mechanism, has friction. Energy needs to be supplied to overcome the friction, and that energy eventually degrades to heat as the state of the clockwork mechanism evolves over time.

One can improve the efficiency of the machine by applying a high quality lubricant. With a good lubricant, there is less friction, and less energy is needed to drive the machine.

In an economy, money is the lubricant that allows the machinery of commerce to operate efficiently. That’s the function of money: to act as a lubricant for the gears of the economy.

Suppose an inventor devises a super-lubricant that outperforms all current lubrication technologies. What happens? In an ideal world, everyone upgrades to the new lubricant and it soon takes a lot less energy to keep the clockwork machine running smoothly.

What could possibly go wrong?

The problem is that manufacturing the new lubricant is not free. Just as it takes energy to overcome friction, it also takes time and energy to manufacture the super-lubricant. And so there ensues a “gold rush” to manufacture this wonderful new super-lubricant.

Eventually, those who got in the game early end up owning barrels and barrels of this valuable super-lubricant. The problem is, they are not using it to lubricate the mechanism. Rather they are hoarding it because its market value is rising. As a result there is a shortage of lubricant in the clockwork mechanism. The material economy is not yet benefiting from the new super-lubricant because very little of it is being released into the gears of the machine. Most of it is simply being hoarded in privately owned barrels whose value on paper is rising.

But if and when all that hoarded lubricant is released into the clockwork machinery of the real economy, two interesting things will happen. The real economy will operate more efficiently (and that’s a good thing) while the price (or value) of the (now increasingly abundant) super-lubricant will drop. When that happens, the late-comers to the gold rush game will find that they unwisely spent a lot of resources in vain to manufacture or purchase small amounts of the once scarce lubricant that has now become cheap and plentiful.

Does this analogy work? How can it be refined or improved?___

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2013-11-15 14:15:51 (2 comments, 2 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

One of the more creative ideas is to express a time-worn or shop-worn message in a novel communication medium.

Here, Virgin America Airlines demonstrates the attention-grabbing power of that idea.

One of the more creative ideas is to express a time-worn or shop-worn message in a novel communication medium.

Here, Virgin America Airlines demonstrates the attention-grabbing power of that idea.___

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2013-11-10 16:21:35 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Once again, a brilliant redhead sorts it all out.

By incorporating neuroscience into philosophy, Patricia Churchland has undermined several staples of Philosophy 101.

Once again, a brilliant redhead sorts it all out.

By incorporating neuroscience into philosophy, Patricia Churchland has undermined several staples of Philosophy 101.___

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2013-11-04 17:16:10 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

My colleague, Rosalind Picard of the MIT Media Lab, has been globe-trotting of late giving keynote addresses on her field of research in Affective Computing.

Here, from Wired UK, is a story of her recent presentation in London.

My colleague, Rosalind Picard of the MIT Media Lab, has been globe-trotting of late giving keynote addresses on her field of research in Affective Computing.

Here, from Wired UK, is a story of her recent presentation in London.___

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2013-10-28 22:40:04 (3 comments, 2 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

Zeinab Badawi of BBC HARDtalk interviews my colleague, Rosalind Picard, on her pathbreaking research in Affective Computing.

Imagine a world where robots can think and feel like humans. HARDtalk speaks to pioneering American scientist Professor Rosalind Picard of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, who has advanced the capability of computers to recognise human emotions. In the future, could robots fitted with intelligent computers perform such tasks as caring for the elderly or fighting as soldiers on the battlefield? And, if so, what are the ethical implications?

Zeinab Badawi of BBC HARDtalk interviews my colleague, Rosalind Picard, on her pathbreaking research in Affective Computing.

Imagine a world where robots can think and feel like humans. HARDtalk speaks to pioneering American scientist Professor Rosalind Picard of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, who has advanced the capability of computers to recognise human emotions. In the future, could robots fitted with intelligent computers perform such tasks as caring for the elderly or fighting as soldiers on the battlefield? And, if so, what are the ethical implications?___

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2013-10-21 06:00:28 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Fascination with Fear

This week on The Forum on the BBC, host Carrie Gracie discusses the phenomenon of fear -- heart racing, palms sweating, skin prickling fear -- with her guests, René Hurlemann, Lucy Bolton and Liana Zanette. 

Why does fear make the landscape green? Canadian biologist Liana Zanette explains breakthrough research on how intimidation changes the ecosystem. German neuroscientist René Hurlemann tells the story of the very rare individuals who go through life without feeling fear. And the horror film expert Lucy Bolton asks what scares us in the cinema, and why we deliberately seek to be made afraid.

Fascination with Fear

This week on The Forum on the BBC, host Carrie Gracie discusses the phenomenon of fear -- heart racing, palms sweating, skin prickling fear -- with her guests, René Hurlemann, Lucy Bolton and Liana Zanette. 

Why does fear make the landscape green? Canadian biologist Liana Zanette explains breakthrough research on how intimidation changes the ecosystem. German neuroscientist René Hurlemann tells the story of the very rare individuals who go through life without feeling fear. And the horror film expert Lucy Bolton asks what scares us in the cinema, and why we deliberately seek to be made afraid.___

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2013-10-06 21:21:06 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Hal Abelson reflects on the lessons to be gleaned from his review of the events leading up to the tragic death of Aaron Swartz.

Hal Abelson reflects on the lessons to be gleaned from his review of the events leading up to the tragic death of Aaron Swartz.___

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2013-10-06 16:07:31 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

Antinomy and Antagony

Most people conflate Democracy with the Rule of Law.

In Democracy, everyone gets an equal say.

In the Rule of Law, that which is ‘said’ is expressed in the form of a rule, regulation, law, or statute.

Our Democracy is dysfunctional (now verging on nonfunctional) because the Democratic Process is operating in the framework of the Rule of Law.

That’s a mathematically silly framework to be operating in. We should be operating in the framework of System Functions instead of rules, regulations, laws, and statutes.

Antinomy and Antagony

Most people conflate Democracy with the Rule of Law.

In Democracy, everyone gets an equal say.

In the Rule of Law, that which is ‘said’ is expressed in the form of a rule, regulation, law, or statute.

Our Democracy is dysfunctional (now verging on nonfunctional) because the Democratic Process is operating in the framework of the Rule of Law.

That’s a mathematically silly framework to be operating in. We should be operating in the framework of System Functions instead of rules, regulations, laws, and statutes.___

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2013-10-06 16:06:28 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Antinomy and Antagony

In Democracy, everyone gets an equal say.

In the Rule of Law, that which is ‘said’ is expressed in the form of a rule, regulation, law, or statute.

Our Democracy is dysfunctional (now verging on nonfunctional) because the Democratic Process is operating in the framework of the Rule of Law.

Antinomy and Antagony

In Democracy, everyone gets an equal say.

In the Rule of Law, that which is ‘said’ is expressed in the form of a rule, regulation, law, or statute.

Our Democracy is dysfunctional (now verging on nonfunctional) because the Democratic Process is operating in the framework of the Rule of Law.___

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2013-10-06 01:40:49 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

Song Parody From Barsoom Tork Associates ...

Title: Losing My Tea Party
Artist: John Boehner
Composer: Peter Buck and Barsoom Tork Associates
YouTube: Losing My Religion (R.E.M.) http://youtu.be/D2gHt-U1eSg

Oh drat, it's foolish
It's foolish now to be
The Speaker of the Tea
The lengths that I will go to
The insistance in my guile
Oh no, I've gone too far
I've gone too far

That's me in the corner
That's me in the spotlight
Losing my Tea Party
Trying to keep up my appearance
And I don't know if I can do it
Oh no, I've lied too much
I haven't cried enough

I thought that I heard them laughing
I thought that I felt the sting
I think I heard old Bob Dole sigh

Every whisper 
Of every waking hour
I'm... more »

Song Parody From Barsoom Tork Associates ...

Title: Losing My Tea Party
Artist: John Boehner
Composer: Peter Buck and Barsoom Tork Associates
YouTube: Losing My Religion (R.E.M.) http://youtu.be/D2gHt-U1eSg

Oh drat, it's foolish
It's foolish now to be
The Speaker of the Tea
The lengths that I will go to
The insistance in my guile
Oh no, I've gone too far
I've gone too far

That's me in the corner
That's me in the spotlight
Losing my Tea Party
Trying to keep up my appearance
And I don't know if I can do it
Oh no, I've lied too much
I haven't cried enough

I thought that I heard them laughing
I thought that I felt the sting
I think I heard old Bob Dole sigh

Every whisper 
Of every waking hour
I'm choosing my obsessions
Trying to keep an air of cool
Like a hurt, lost and blinded fool, fool
Oh no, I've gone too far
I've gone too far

Consider this
Consider this, the crippled Democracy
Consider this, the slip
That brought me to my knees, failed
What if all these crises come
Flailing around
Now I've lied too much

I thought that I heard them laughing
I thought that I felt the sting
I think I heard old Bob Dole sigh

But that was just a scream
That was just a scream

That's me in the corner
That's me in the spotlight
Losing my Tea Party
Trying to keep up my appearance
And I don't know if I can do it
Oh no, I've lied too much
I haven't cried enough

I thought that I heard them laughing
I thought that I felt the sting
I think I heard old Bob Dole sigh

But that was just a scream
Try, cry, why try
That was just a scream
Just a scream
Just a scream, scream


CopyClef 2013 Peter Buck and Barsoom Tork Associates.
North American Bupkis.  All songs abused.

"At North American Bupkis, we solemnly swear we are up to no good."___

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2013-10-04 10:47:32 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

A Cancer on the Body Politic

There is a political war of biblical proportions underway.

The battle line lies between the 4th and the 5th rung of Kohlberg's Ladder of Moral Reasoning.

The House of Representatives is operating on the 4th rung, corresponding to the complex machinations of the Rule of Law.

The 5th rung is called the Social Contract Model. It is not yet very well known outside of academia. I reckon it won't gain a foothold until at least 25% of the population become well-educated in the STEM disciplines and Wide-Angle Systems Thinking.

The 4th rung has an inherent affliction that we might characterize as "brain cancer."

The more familiar name for that particular type of cancer is corruption driven by narrow-minded selfishness.

Brain cancer is an insidious killer.

But it's not the... more »

A Cancer on the Body Politic

There is a political war of biblical proportions underway.

The battle line lies between the 4th and the 5th rung of Kohlberg's Ladder of Moral Reasoning.

The House of Representatives is operating on the 4th rung, corresponding to the complex machinations of the Rule of Law.

The 5th rung is called the Social Contract Model. It is not yet very well known outside of academia. I reckon it won't gain a foothold until at least 25% of the population become well-educated in the STEM disciplines and Wide-Angle Systems Thinking.

The 4th rung has an inherent affliction that we might characterize as "brain cancer."

The more familiar name for that particular type of cancer is corruption driven by narrow-minded selfishness.

Brain cancer is an insidious killer.

But it's not the only scourge afflicting the Body Politic.

See "Brain Cancer" for in-depth links to Kohlberg's Ladder and more...___

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2013-10-02 06:53:15 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Antinomy and Antagony

Most people conflate Democracy with the Rule of Law.

In Democracy, everyone gets an equal say.

In the Rule of Law, that which is 'said' is expressed in the form of a rule, regulation, law, or statute.

Our Democracy is dysfunctional (now verging on nonfunctional) because the Democratic Process is operating in the framework of the Rule of Law.

That's a mathematically silly framework to be operating in. We should be operating in the framework of System Functions instead of rules, regulations, laws, and statutes.

If you want to build a well-regulated high-functioning system, you don't build it out of rules. That's a silly, juvenile, idiotic, unscientific thing to do. Rather you build it out of functions. And not just any haphazardly chosen functions. You have to build it out of functions that... more »

Antinomy and Antagony

Most people conflate Democracy with the Rule of Law.

In Democracy, everyone gets an equal say.

In the Rule of Law, that which is 'said' is expressed in the form of a rule, regulation, law, or statute.

Our Democracy is dysfunctional (now verging on nonfunctional) because the Democratic Process is operating in the framework of the Rule of Law.

That's a mathematically silly framework to be operating in. We should be operating in the framework of System Functions instead of rules, regulations, laws, and statutes.

If you want to build a well-regulated high-functioning system, you don't build it out of rules. That's a silly, juvenile, idiotic, unscientific thing to do. Rather you build it out of functions. And not just any haphazardly chosen functions. You have to build it out of functions that mathematically solve the System Model for ethical best practices to reach (democratically chosen) goal states.

If you try to build your regulatory system or guidance system out of rules, regulations, laws, and statutes, you will inevitably end up with an erratic, chaotic, dysfunctional, nightmarish regulatory/guidance juggernaut, flush with antinomy and antagony.___

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2013-09-27 21:50:47 (1 comments, 3 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

Go get 'em, Larry!

Go get 'em, Larry!___

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2013-09-26 15:11:49 (15 comments, 0 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

Resilience

Tensegritoy is a science toy based on Bucky Fuller's concept of Tensegrity (tension + integrity).  The sticks provide integrity while the elastic bands provide tension.

Resilience

Tensegritoy is a science toy based on Bucky Fuller's concept of Tensegrity (tension + integrity).  The sticks provide integrity while the elastic bands provide tension.___

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2013-09-22 11:14:40 (2 comments, 4 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

Krista Tippett interviews Stanford's Keith Devlin on the spirituality of the mathematical endeavor.

Mathematical equations are like sonnets says Keith Devlin. What most of us learn in school, he says, doesn’t begin to convey what mathematics is. And technology may free more of us to discover the wonder of mathematical thinking — as a reflection of the inner world of our minds.

Krista Tippett interviews Stanford's Keith Devlin on the spirituality of the mathematical endeavor.

Mathematical equations are like sonnets says Keith Devlin. What most of us learn in school, he says, doesn’t begin to convey what mathematics is. And technology may free more of us to discover the wonder of mathematical thinking — as a reflection of the inner world of our minds.___

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2013-09-11 22:19:34 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Let Facts Be Submitted To a Candid World

Modern day humans devised the Protocols of the Scientific Method as our most reliable method for sorting out accurate hypotheses from incorrect ones. Politicians, alas, are notorious for declining to rely on the Scientific Method for drawing conclusions. 

How well does John Kerry's evidence stand up to scrutiny when examined in accordance with the Protocols of the Scientific Method?

Let Facts Be Submitted To a Candid World

Modern day humans devised the Protocols of the Scientific Method as our most reliable method for sorting out accurate hypotheses from incorrect ones. Politicians, alas, are notorious for declining to rely on the Scientific Method for drawing conclusions. 

How well does John Kerry's evidence stand up to scrutiny when examined in accordance with the Protocols of the Scientific Method?___

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2013-09-11 21:10:40 (0 comments, 3 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Veteran Boston journalist, David Boeri, reflects on the loss of freedoms that Americans have experienced in the aftermath of 9/11.

Veteran Boston journalist, David Boeri, reflects on the loss of freedoms that Americans have experienced in the aftermath of 9/11.___

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2013-09-11 11:30:40 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

The Game of Cluelessness

Suspect: Colonel Mustard in the Library with Fawlty Logic

The Puzzle ...

We have the Null Hypothesis and the Working Hypothesis, and the challenge to falsify either of them.

H₀ (Null Hypothesis) - The US rigorously adheres to the protocols of the scientific method and the concepts of the Rule of Law.

H₁ (Working Hypothesis) - The US routinely departs from the protocols of the scientific method and the concepts of the Rule of Law.

The high-stakes brinksmanship game now in play will help determine which of the two hypotheses best characterizes the practices of our national governance model and methodology.

I am frankly not sanguine about the outcome of this trial.

The Game of Cluelessness

Suspect: Colonel Mustard in the Library with Fawlty Logic

The Puzzle ...

We have the Null Hypothesis and the Working Hypothesis, and the challenge to falsify either of them.

H₀ (Null Hypothesis) - The US rigorously adheres to the protocols of the scientific method and the concepts of the Rule of Law.

H₁ (Working Hypothesis) - The US routinely departs from the protocols of the scientific method and the concepts of the Rule of Law.

The high-stakes brinksmanship game now in play will help determine which of the two hypotheses best characterizes the practices of our national governance model and methodology.

I am frankly not sanguine about the outcome of this trial.___

2013-09-10 09:12:41 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Toxic Agents, Toxic Practices, Red Lines, Toxic Government, Guidelines, and Toxic Cleanup

Between Fukushima in Japan and Sarin in Syria, this has been a season of toxic agents and toxic cleanup.
 
In between, we've had to reckon red lines, life lines, and guidelines.  We've had to diagnose toxic practices, toxic governments, and toxic cleanup.

Are we making progress in reducing the proliferation of toxic agents, toxic practices, toxic red lines, toxic governments, and toxic military solutions?

Toxic Agents, Toxic Practices, Red Lines, Toxic Government, Guidelines, and Toxic Cleanup

Between Fukushima in Japan and Sarin in Syria, this has been a season of toxic agents and toxic cleanup.
 
In between, we've had to reckon red lines, life lines, and guidelines.  We've had to diagnose toxic practices, toxic governments, and toxic cleanup.

Are we making progress in reducing the proliferation of toxic agents, toxic practices, toxic red lines, toxic governments, and toxic military solutions?___

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2013-09-09 23:09:09 (24 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

This is why we need to rigorously adhere to the protocols of the scientific method when examining all conceivable hypotheses to explain an anomalous observation. 

I don't personally care which of four or five suggested hypotheses emerge at the end of the day as the one closest to the ground truth, but I do care if our government is demonstrating that our intelligence analysts are conscientiously adhering to the protocols of the scientific method.

I expect Mr. Kerry to reveal how he has conclusively falsified all conceivable hypotheses but one, and how he conscientiously tried (and failed) to falsify the one he proposes to advance as the sole surviving theory at the end of the day.

"Let Facts be submitted to a candid world." ~Thomas Jefferson

This is why we need to rigorously adhere to the protocols of the scientific method when examining all conceivable hypotheses to explain an anomalous observation. 

I don't personally care which of four or five suggested hypotheses emerge at the end of the day as the one closest to the ground truth, but I do care if our government is demonstrating that our intelligence analysts are conscientiously adhering to the protocols of the scientific method.

I expect Mr. Kerry to reveal how he has conclusively falsified all conceivable hypotheses but one, and how he conscientiously tried (and failed) to falsify the one he proposes to advance as the sole surviving theory at the end of the day.

"Let Facts be submitted to a candid world." ~Thomas Jefferson___

2013-09-06 15:48:57 (7 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

I am not alarmed by the NSA's vaunted code-breaking ability.

I have discovered an utterly unbreakable code.

I write up my thoughts in plain English and absolutely no one can figure out what I said.

No matter how hard they look for the hidden meaning, they simply cannot find it.

I am not alarmed by the NSA's vaunted code-breaking ability.

I have discovered an utterly unbreakable code.

I write up my thoughts in plain English and absolutely no one can figure out what I said.

No matter how hard they look for the hidden meaning, they simply cannot find it.___

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2013-09-06 06:16:52 (4 comments, 2 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

I don't even own a cell phone. Not even a dumb one. What am I missing out on?

I don't even own a cell phone. Not even a dumb one. What am I missing out on?___

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2013-09-05 06:21:48 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

L'Shanah Tovah!

In keeping with the spirit of the season, I hope the next ten days will provide our leaders in Washington a chance to repent and turn away from the sin they are about to commit.

L'Shanah Tovah!

In keeping with the spirit of the season, I hope the next ten days will provide our leaders in Washington a chance to repent and turn away from the sin they are about to commit.___

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2013-09-04 17:39:16 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

It occurs to me that politics doesn't just wreck one's ability to do math, it demolishes one's ability to adhere to the protocols of the scientific method.

It occurs to me that politics doesn't just wreck one's ability to do math, it demolishes one's ability to adhere to the protocols of the scientific method.___

2013-09-01 11:52:42 (2 comments, 2 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Let Facts Be Submitted To a Candid World

The most powerful act any individual can perform is to bear accurate witness.

On Friday, John Kerry stood up to bear accurate witness as to what transpired in Syria, based on US Intelligence.

So far so good.

Now what?

Now the US — having clearly observed Assad engaging in crimes against humanity — is obliged to act by taking the evidence to the International Court, there to indict and try Mr. Assad and his participating lieutenants on war crimes, under the aegis of International Law.

This is how the US, being a leader among civilized nations and a leader in the practice of the Rule of Law, demonstrates how a civilized nation operates in accordance with the Rule of Law, as it applies to international law governing war crimes and crimes against humanity.

This is how a Nobel PeacePri... more »

Let Facts Be Submitted To a Candid World

The most powerful act any individual can perform is to bear accurate witness.

On Friday, John Kerry stood up to bear accurate witness as to what transpired in Syria, based on US Intelligence.

So far so good.

Now what?

Now the US — having clearly observed Assad engaging in crimes against humanity — is obliged to act by taking the evidence to the International Court, there to indict and try Mr. Assad and his participating lieutenants on war crimes, under the aegis of International Law.

This is how the US, being a leader among civilized nations and a leader in the practice of the Rule of Law, demonstrates how a civilized nation operates in accordance with the Rule of Law, as it applies to international law governing war crimes and crimes against humanity.

This is how a Nobel Peace Prize Winner demonstrates how state-sponsored violence is answered with non-violence, under the Rule of International Law.

In the words of Thomas Jefferson, “Let Facts be submitted to a candid world.”___

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2013-08-30 09:39:47 (10 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

Perhaps the wisdom of MLK is finally beginning to sink in.

If, after sober analysis, the UN concludes that Assad was responsible for the use of chemical weapons against his own people, then let the civilized nations of the world indict Assad and try him on crimes against humanity in the International Court and thereby demonstrate the concept of the Rule of Law. 

(Assuming anyone in this lunatic game of geopolitics even believes in or relies on the Rule of Law any more.)

Perhaps the wisdom of MLK is finally beginning to sink in.

If, after sober analysis, the UN concludes that Assad was responsible for the use of chemical weapons against his own people, then let the civilized nations of the world indict Assad and try him on crimes against humanity in the International Court and thereby demonstrate the concept of the Rule of Law. 

(Assuming anyone in this lunatic game of geopolitics even believes in or relies on the Rule of Law any more.)___

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2013-08-30 07:38:31 (9 comments, 1 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

In a rare display of sanity, Britain's Parliament says no to mimetic psychopathy under the color of law.

In a rare display of sanity, Britain's Parliament says no to mimetic psychopathy under the color of law.___

2013-08-29 10:10:51 (8 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

The US is the most powerful nation on the planet.

Therefore, the US has no good options in Syria.

The US is the most powerful nation on the planet.

Therefore, the US has no good options in Syria.___

2013-08-28 13:26:15 (6 comments, 4 reshares, 15 +1s)Open 

Today is a strange day in America.

Today, Barak Obama, who received the Nobel Peace Prize in 2009, will stand in the footsteps of Martin Luther King, who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964.

And then, tomorrow, Barak Obama will decide whether or not to launch Cruise Missiles into Syria.

Today is a strange day in America.

Today, Barak Obama, who received the Nobel Peace Prize in 2009, will stand in the footsteps of Martin Luther King, who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964.

And then, tomorrow, Barak Obama will decide whether or not to launch Cruise Missiles into Syria.___

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2013-08-25 11:46:03 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

As Above, So Below

Fifty years ago this week, people of all races, creeds, and colors gathered on the Mall in Washington DC to hear Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" speech.

The issues highlighted in that classic speech still have not yet been resolved. These continuing issues even permeate online culture, notably including WikiCulture.

Five years ago, we reprised the words of Martin Luther King to apply them directly to the festering issues of online culture, with WikiCulture being the premier example of modern times.

As Above, So Below

Fifty years ago this week, people of all races, creeds, and colors gathered on the Mall in Washington DC to hear Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" speech.

The issues highlighted in that classic speech still have not yet been resolved. These continuing issues even permeate online culture, notably including WikiCulture.

Five years ago, we reprised the words of Martin Luther King to apply them directly to the festering issues of online culture, with WikiCulture being the premier example of modern times.___

2013-08-23 16:58:51 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

Almost everyone I know on Facebook has at least one screw loose somewhere. If you attend to someone long enough, their loose screws will start rattling sooner or later. What is one to do about it?

If we knew what the hell we were doing, we'd simply tighten up each other's loose screws. 

Alas, one of the features of having a loose screw is that we don't know what we're doing, so we fiddle with the wrong screws, which tends to annoy those whose loose screws we are fiddling around with. 

The bottom line is that we can't ever seem to drive the net number of loose screws to zero. So it's no wonder we're all screwed up.

Almost everyone I know on Facebook has at least one screw loose somewhere. If you attend to someone long enough, their loose screws will start rattling sooner or later. What is one to do about it?

If we knew what the hell we were doing, we'd simply tighten up each other's loose screws. 

Alas, one of the features of having a loose screw is that we don't know what we're doing, so we fiddle with the wrong screws, which tends to annoy those whose loose screws we are fiddling around with. 

The bottom line is that we can't ever seem to drive the net number of loose screws to zero. So it's no wonder we're all screwed up.___

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2013-08-22 14:33:48 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Woke up, it was a Chelsea Manning, and the first thing that I heard ...

Woke up, it was a Chelsea Manning, and the first thing that I heard ...___

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2013-08-22 11:45:41 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Apostasy and Emunah

Trust is a relatively fragile component of social capital. It takes a long time to build trust, and it's easily shattered by a single ill-conceived misadventure.

The Snowden-Manning leaks and the ensuing controversies over the secret practices of NSA and the demonization of Assange, Snowden, and Manning has plunged the government into a crisis that jeopardizes the general climate of trust that all governments rely on to justify their existence.

I expect to see a rising tide of stories revealing how and why the government has squandered its most precious asset in the social contract with the people -- the ability of the general public to trust the government to function in an ethical manner in everyone's best interest.

Apostasy and Emunah

Trust is a relatively fragile component of social capital. It takes a long time to build trust, and it's easily shattered by a single ill-conceived misadventure.

The Snowden-Manning leaks and the ensuing controversies over the secret practices of NSA and the demonization of Assange, Snowden, and Manning has plunged the government into a crisis that jeopardizes the general climate of trust that all governments rely on to justify their existence.

I expect to see a rising tide of stories revealing how and why the government has squandered its most precious asset in the social contract with the people -- the ability of the general public to trust the government to function in an ethical manner in everyone's best interest.___

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2013-08-20 08:33:55 (4 comments, 1 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

I dunno if it's nature or nurture, but a serious deficit in Homo Schleppians is the commonplace inability for the brain to host or reckon a recursive function. As a result, our species is woefully inept at reasoning coherently about sustainable vs unsustainable practices.

And so we have a hell of a time living with, struggling with, and suffering with a host of unsustainable practices in our individual lives, in our families and organizations, and in our culture and civilization at large.

See The Ninth Intelligence for more on this rare (yet crucial) mode of reasoning.

I dunno if it's nature or nurture, but a serious deficit in Homo Schleppians is the commonplace inability for the brain to host or reckon a recursive function. As a result, our species is woefully inept at reasoning coherently about sustainable vs unsustainable practices.

And so we have a hell of a time living with, struggling with, and suffering with a host of unsustainable practices in our individual lives, in our families and organizations, and in our culture and civilization at large.

See The Ninth Intelligence for more on this rare (yet crucial) mode of reasoning.___

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