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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 sawyer30New Linux circle. Thanks guys.john sawyer shared a circle with you.2011-10-09 01:29:18398022
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, 14 +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: 14

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2014-10-26 09:05:06 (0 comments, 7 reshares, 14 +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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2014-12-19 07:57:41 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Give Us This Day Our Daily Rage

Slate has tracked what everyone was outraged about every day in 2014.

Can it be that Systemic Injustice and Systemic Abuse are more salient now than at any other time in our occasionally placid lives?

My takeaway from the Salon article is that our fickle social networking culture is experiencing an epidemic of mimetic outrage.

We are like scouts sitting around the campfire, toasting marshmallows, and telling stories of personal outrage, each scout in turn trying to one-up the last storyteller in terms of recounting some horrifying, disgusting, and outrageous episode of injustice or abuse for which we have become hopelessly and irredeemably scarred for life.

The scouts don't even need a campfire to toast their marshmallows. We have collectively concocted a sufficient conflagration of outrage to toast our... more »

Give Us This Day Our Daily Rage

Slate has tracked what everyone was outraged about every day in 2014.

Can it be that Systemic Injustice and Systemic Abuse are more salient now than at any other time in our occasionally placid lives?

My takeaway from the Salon article is that our fickle social networking culture is experiencing an epidemic of mimetic outrage.

We are like scouts sitting around the campfire, toasting marshmallows, and telling stories of personal outrage, each scout in turn trying to one-up the last storyteller in terms of recounting some horrifying, disgusting, and outrageous episode of injustice or abuse for which we have become hopelessly and irredeemably scarred for life.

The scouts don't even need a campfire to toast their marshmallows. We have collectively concocted a sufficient conflagration of outrage to toast our personal marshmallows to a deliciously crusty burnt umbrage.___

2014-12-15 15:52:50 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Now here's a thought.

If Schrödinger's Cat had been wearing an +Empatica Embrace wristband around its neck, what would that have done to Schrödinger's Gedanken Experiment?

I reckon it would have saved two generations of students from being confused by the ill-considered interpretations of the mathematics of Quantum Mechanics.

Now here's a thought.

If Schrödinger's Cat had been wearing an +Empatica Embrace wristband around its neck, what would that have done to Schrödinger's Gedanken Experiment?

I reckon it would have saved two generations of students from being confused by the ill-considered interpretations of the mathematics of Quantum Mechanics.___

2014-12-15 02:19:34 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Politics is an anti-social drama in which frightened, insecure, and ill-informed characters exchange threatening, confusing, and misleading messages with each other.

Politics is an anti-social drama in which frightened, insecure, and ill-informed characters exchange threatening, confusing, and misleading messages with each other.___

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2014-12-10 14:23:35 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

This week's edition of the BBC World Service Radio Program, "Click," includes a segment (beginning at 16:15 into the 35-minute podcast) on the new Embrace Seizure Alert Wristband from +Empatica.  The segment includes an interview with my colleague from the MIT Media Lab, +Rosalind Picard.

Find this week's Click episode (entitled, "Typhoon Hagupit / OSM; Logan Symposium; Seizure Wristband; Robot World") here:

This week's edition of the BBC World Service Radio Program, "Click," includes a segment (beginning at 16:15 into the 35-minute podcast) on the new Embrace Seizure Alert Wristband from +Empatica.  The segment includes an interview with my colleague from the MIT Media Lab, +Rosalind Picard.

Find this week's Click episode (entitled, "Typhoon Hagupit / OSM; Logan Symposium; Seizure Wristband; Robot World") here:___

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2014-12-08 16:00:08 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Vi Hart, who calls herself a Mathemusician, is a National Treasure.

Here, she offers a remarkable playable model of "Shapism" based on the Nobel Prize winning work of Thomas Schelling.

Vi Hart, who calls herself a Mathemusician, is a National Treasure.

Here, she offers a remarkable playable model of "Shapism" based on the Nobel Prize winning work of Thomas Schelling.___

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2014-11-30 22:32:02 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Empatica continues to garner positive press for their product launch of the innovative Embrace medical sensor.

Empatica continues to garner positive press for their product launch of the innovative Embrace medical sensor.___

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2014-11-30 11:53:59 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Have you ever danced with the devil by the pale moonlight?

Have you ever danced with the devil by the pale moonlight?___

2014-11-28 11:09:11 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Shreklisch Drama (Abridged Version from RimShot Publications)

Protagonist: You're toxic.

Antagonist: No, you're toxic!

Protagonist: You say I'm a poison? I say you're a poison!

Antagonist: Harrumph.

Protagonist: I'm a poison, you're a poison ...

Antagonist: This must be a poison-to-poison call.

Shreklisch Drama (Abridged Version from RimShot Publications)

Protagonist: You're toxic.

Antagonist: No, you're toxic!

Protagonist: You say I'm a poison? I say you're a poison!

Antagonist: Harrumph.

Protagonist: I'm a poison, you're a poison ...

Antagonist: This must be a poison-to-poison call.___

2014-11-24 11:00:54 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Our nation's politicians range from misguided and pathetic buffoons at best to despicable malefactors at worst.

Our nation's politicians range from misguided and pathetic buffoons at best to despicable malefactors at worst.___

2014-11-21 18:03:30 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

"Sometimes you have a gut feeling that all is not well in our society. But what can one person do? Not much. Not much individually, that is. But together we can purge the system of the rot of social detritus." ~Irving Mazloh-Freen, Founder, American Visceral Society

"Sometimes you have a gut feeling that all is not well in our society. But what can one person do? Not much. Not much individually, that is. But together we can purge the system of the rot of social detritus." ~Irving Mazloh-Freen, Founder, American Visceral Society___

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2014-11-21 00:58:01 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Congratulations to my friend and colleague, +Rosalind Picard, and to her new startup, Empatica, for bringing this innovative medical sensor to market.

Embrace, developed in part by MIT Media Lab’s Rosalind Picard, is a revolutionary technology designed to bring a better lifestyle to people that live with Epilepsy and anyone trying to live a more balanced life. The smartwatch can measure stress, epileptic seizures, activity, and sleep.___Congratulations to my friend and colleague, +Rosalind Picard, and to her new startup, Empatica, for bringing this innovative medical sensor to market.

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2014-11-20 20:11:57 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

My colleagues at the MIT Media Lab report an astounding success at crowdfunding the Embrace medical sensor from their startup, Empatica.

We couldn't be more grateful and proud to reach our #indiegogo   #crowdfunding  target after just 1 day! Without our fans and supporters, this achievement wouldn’t have been possible. So, from all of us here at Empatica, we TRULY THANK YOU for your help, kindness and encouragement! NOW, LET'S GO FOR SETTING A RECORD, TOGETHER! http://bit.ly/EmbraceIG Please continue to help us spread the word of the #EmbraceWatch  and pay-it-forward for those living with chronic diseases, like epilepsy. #payitforward   #poweringroups   #makingadifference   #Empatica   #epilepsy   #epilepsyfoundation  ___My colleagues at the MIT Media Lab report an astounding success at crowdfunding the Embrace medical sensor from their startup, Empatica.

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2014-11-19 12:14:44 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Colleagues of mine at the MIT Media Lab are the brains behind this innovative technology.

It's finally here! Empatica has just launched an #Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign to develop its first ever consumer offering! Please help support the #EmbraceWatch by donating and sharing the great news! http://bit.ly/EmbraceIG___Colleagues of mine at the MIT Media Lab are the brains behind this innovative technology.

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2014-11-19 10:53:50 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Hat tip to Ankur Dhar for this item, spelling out the elements of professional ethics in science discourse.

Hat tip to Ankur Dhar for this item, spelling out the elements of professional ethics in science discourse.___

2014-11-18 23:46:28 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

San Francisco criminal lawyer, Dan Purcell, explains why Aaron Swartz was not a criminal.

San Francisco criminal lawyer, Dan Purcell, explains why Aaron Swartz was not a criminal.___

2014-11-18 13:21:32 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Way back in 1932, D. B. Steinman published this amusing parable about the mindset of engineers.

The Engineer - A Parable By D. B. Steinman, President, National Council State Boards of Engineering Examiners and President, New York State Society of Professional Engineers

One day three men, a Lawyer, a Doctor, and an Engineer, appeared before St. Peter as he stood guarding the Pearly Gates.

The first man to step forward was the Lawyer. With confidence and assurance, he proceeded to deliver an eloquent address which left St. Peter dazed and bewildered. Before the venerable Saint could recover, the Lawyer quickly handed him a writ of mandamus, pushed him aside, and strode through the open Portals.

Next came the Doctor. With impressive, dignified bearing, he introduced himself: "I am Dr. Brown." 

St. Peter received him cordially. "I... more »

Way back in 1932, D. B. Steinman published this amusing parable about the mindset of engineers.

The Engineer - A Parable By D. B. Steinman, President, National Council State Boards of Engineering Examiners and President, New York State Society of Professional Engineers

One day three men, a Lawyer, a Doctor, and an Engineer, appeared before St. Peter as he stood guarding the Pearly Gates.

The first man to step forward was the Lawyer. With confidence and assurance, he proceeded to deliver an eloquent address which left St. Peter dazed and bewildered. Before the venerable Saint could recover, the Lawyer quickly handed him a writ of mandamus, pushed him aside, and strode through the open Portals.

Next came the Doctor. With impressive, dignified bearing, he introduced himself: "I am Dr. Brown." 

St. Peter received him cordially. "I feel I know you, Dr. Brown. Many who preceded you said you sent them here. Welcome to our City!"

The Engineer, modest and diffident, had been standing in the background. He now stepped forward. "I am looking for a job," he said. 

St. Peter wearily shook his head. "I am sorry," he replied; "we have no work for you. If you want a job, you can go to Hell." 

This response sounded familiar to the Engineer, and made him feel more at home. 

"Very well," he said, "I have had Hell all my life and I guess I can stand it better than the others." 

St. Peter was puzzled. "Look here, young man, what are you?" 

"I am an Engineer," was the reply. 

"Oh yes," said St. Peter, "Do you belong to the Locomotive Brotherhood?" 

"No, I am sorry," the Engineer responded apologetically, "I am a different kind of Engineer." 

"I do not understand," said St. Peter, "what on Earth do you do?" 

The Engineer recalled a definition and calmly replied: "I apply mathematical principles to the control of natural forces." 

This sounded meaningless to St. Peter, and his temper got the best of him. "Young man," he said, "you can go to Hell with your mathematical principles and try your hand on some of the natural forces there!" 

"That suits me," responded the Engineer, "I am always glad to go where there is a tough job to tackle." Whereupon he departed for the Nether Regions.

And it came to pass that strange reports began to reach St. Peter. The Celestial denizens, who had amused themselves in the past by looking down upon the less fortunate creatures in the Inferno, commenced asking for transfers to that other domain. The sounds of agony and suffering were stilled. Many new arrivals after seeing both places, selected the Nether Region for their permanent abode. Puzzled, St. Peter sent messengers to visit Hell and to report back to him. They returned, all excited, and reported to St. Peter:

"That Engineer you sent down there," said the messengers, "has completely transformed the place so you would not know it now. He has harnessed the Fiery Furnaces for light and power. He has cooled the entire place with artificial refrigeration. He has drained the Lakes of Brimstone and has filled the air with cool perfumed breezes. He has flung bridges across the Bottomless Abyss and has bored tunnels through the Obsidian Cliffs. He has created paved streets, gardens, parks and playgrounds, lakes, rivers, and beautiful waterfalls. That Engineer you sent down there has gone through, Hell and has made of it a realm of happiness, peace, and industry!"___

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2014-11-17 12:56:58 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

American scientists have located a virus that attacks human DNA, which may cause those infected to be less intelligent, impairing brain activity, learning and memory.

Researchers from Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and the University of Nebraska have identified traces of an algal virus, known as ATCV-1, in throat swabs drawn from healthy volunteers which appeared to lessen their mental capacity.

American scientists have located a virus that attacks human DNA, which may cause those infected to be less intelligent, impairing brain activity, learning and memory.

Researchers from Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and the University of Nebraska have identified traces of an algal virus, known as ATCV-1, in throat swabs drawn from healthy volunteers which appeared to lessen their mental capacity.___

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2014-11-17 00:20:51 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?

Precision time-keeping varies noticeably from one location to the next, even for nearby locations just a few centimeters apart.

Does that observation have any significant implications?

It occurs to me that the notion that precision timekeeping varies from one location to the next (even for locations only a few centimeters apart) has significant implications for one of the most puzzling and controversial results in Quantum Mechanics.

Fifty years ago, John Bell published a result, known as Bell's Theorem, that contradicts the Einstein-Podolsky-Rosen (EPR) prediction for a pair of twin particles sharing a common quantum state and moving apart in opposite directions. While the mathematics of Bell's Theorem may be challenging for the layperson to understand, Bell's key assumption is not: Bell's Theorem... more »

Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?

Precision time-keeping varies noticeably from one location to the next, even for nearby locations just a few centimeters apart.

Does that observation have any significant implications?

It occurs to me that the notion that precision timekeeping varies from one location to the next (even for locations only a few centimeters apart) has significant implications for one of the most puzzling and controversial results in Quantum Mechanics.

Fifty years ago, John Bell published a result, known as Bell's Theorem, that contradicts the Einstein-Podolsky-Rosen (EPR) prediction for a pair of twin particles sharing a common quantum state and moving apart in opposite directions. While the mathematics of Bell's Theorem may be challenging for the layperson to understand, Bell's key assumption is not: Bell's Theorem assumes the twin particles share a "common time." Other researchers have considered imaginable departures from the crucial assumption of common time.

Infinitesimal perturbations in the local gravitational field destroy Bell's crucial assumption of "common time." Moreover, quantum fluctuations in the fabric of spacetime at the Planck scale would similarly destroy the key assumption of common time for twin particles moving apart, along different paths in space.

It occurs to me that one can review Alain Aspect's experiment in view of the observation that "common time" is not a realistic assumption — either because of infinitesimal fluctuations in the local gravitational field strength or because of inherent quantum fluctuations in the fabric of spacetime, as suggested by String Theory and/or M-Theory.___

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2014-11-08 21:21:19 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

A Necessary Rebellion

Here is a 20-minute talk by Joi Ito, Director of the MIT Media Lab.

At Poptech last month, Media Lab Director Joi Ito talked about "necessary rebellion." Now available to watch online: http://t.co/RjmfervkEx___A Necessary Rebellion

Here is a 20-minute talk by Joi Ito, Director of the MIT Media Lab.

2014-11-08 15:18:54 (16 comments, 1 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

From time to time in a major media interview, a journalist will ask, "What's the biggest mistake you ever made in life?"

It's an intriguing question to ask, even if it's unlikely the person being interviewed will respond forthrightly with an honest answer.

But it occurs to me a more useful question to ask is "What is the most significant small systematic mistake that you continue to make, day after day, without realizing how all those recurring systematic mistakes add up to a large cumulative effect over a lifetime?"

I've been thinking about that, and I have a candidate to disclose.

I suspect that one of the most significant systematic mistakes I make on a routine daily basis is overestimating the degree to which my correspondents understand what I'm talking, writing, or thinking about.

And I reckon it also... more »

From time to time in a major media interview, a journalist will ask, "What's the biggest mistake you ever made in life?"

It's an intriguing question to ask, even if it's unlikely the person being interviewed will respond forthrightly with an honest answer.

But it occurs to me a more useful question to ask is "What is the most significant small systematic mistake that you continue to make, day after day, without realizing how all those recurring systematic mistakes add up to a large cumulative effect over a lifetime?"

I've been thinking about that, and I have a candidate to disclose.

I suspect that one of the most significant systematic mistakes I make on a routine daily basis is overestimating the degree to which my correspondents understand what I'm talking, writing, or thinking about.

And I reckon it also applies the other way around. I reckon my correspondents routinely overestimate the degree to which I accurately apprehend what they're talking, writing, or thinking about.

Is there a word in the English language to name this kind of small, but systematic, misconception and corresponding miscalculation in reckoning the quality or reliability of one's pattern of communication that adds up to a lifetime of diverging perspectives?___

2014-11-08 15:17:13 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

From time to time in a major media interview, a journalist will ask, "What's the biggest mistake you ever made in life?"

It's an intriguing question to ask, even if it's unlikely the person being interviewed will respond forthrightly with an honest answer.

But it occurs to me a more useful question to ask is "What is the most significant small systematic mistake that you continue to make, day after day, without realizing how all those recurring systematic mistakes add up to a large cumulative effect over a lifetime?"

I've been thinking about that, and I have a candidate to disclose.

I suspect that one of the most significant systematic mistakes I make on a routine daily basis is overestimating the degree to which my correspondents understand what I'm talking, writing, or thinking about.

And I reckon it also... more »

From time to time in a major media interview, a journalist will ask, "What's the biggest mistake you ever made in life?"

It's an intriguing question to ask, even if it's unlikely the person being interviewed will respond forthrightly with an honest answer.

But it occurs to me a more useful question to ask is "What is the most significant small systematic mistake that you continue to make, day after day, without realizing how all those recurring systematic mistakes add up to a large cumulative effect over a lifetime?"

I've been thinking about that, and I have a candidate to disclose.

I suspect that one of the most significant systematic mistakes I make on a routine daily basis is overestimating the degree to which my correspondents understand what I'm talking, writing, or thinking about.

And I reckon it also applies the other way around. I reckon my correspondents routinely overestimate the degree to which I accurately apprehend what they're talking, writing, or thinking about.

Is there a word in the English language to name this kind of small, but systematic, misconception and corresponding miscalculation in reckoning the quality or reliability of one's pattern of communication that adds up to a lifetime of diverging perspectives?___

2014-11-06 12:31:25 (7 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Quantum Pretzels should be as unentangled as possible, but not so unentangled that they are no longer genuine pretzels.

Quantum Pretzels should be as unentangled as possible, but not so unentangled that they are no longer genuine pretzels.___

2014-11-02 18:01:06 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

It's really hard to do complex mathematics in E-Mail and on Disqus threads.

It's really hard to do complex mathematics in E-Mail and on Disqus threads.___

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2014-10-31 13:49:07 (1 comments, 2 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Here is a "Feelings Wheel" providing vocabulary terms for labeling one's affective emotional state.

Find the Perfect Word for Your Feelings with This Vocabulary Wheel

Here is a "Feelings Wheel" providing vocabulary terms for labeling one's affective emotional state.

Find the Perfect Word for Your Feelings with This Vocabulary Wheel___

2014-10-31 13:26:51 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

The Process of Enlightenment Works In Mysterious Plays.

The Process of Enlightenment Works In Mysterious Plays.___

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2014-10-29 14:50:09 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 8 +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, 14 +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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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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