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Emergent day to you. 2010-04-22 is my knowmad birthday. Think I understood the word. More to emerge.
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    No, this is not about how digital imaging has removed the photographic emulsion known as negative film from general circulation. This is along the lines of, "try not to think of a pink elephant." Done? Thank you. What did you see? Point taken? If that is difficult, start over, or read on.

    From Jon Rappoport, 2011-08-26

    A significant amount of traditional therapy, and a whole lot of pop-culture psychology, involves "getting rid of negative material." Baggage.

    The theory behind it sounds good at first. It's sort of like surgery. The doctor says, "You have this thing right here, and we're going to take it out."

    But lo and behold, as the years roll on, it doesn't seem to be turning out so well. One piece of "negative emotion" is sort of gone, and so is another piece, but other pieces, not seen before, have cropped up. Where is the end to it?

    Clue: there is no end.

    Why not?

    Because when the goal is "getting rid of problems," people dedicate themselves to it, and in that dedication they will keep finding (or inventing) negative material so THERE IS SOMETHING TO DO. Otherwise, the goal is useless.

    Therefore, the goal becomes a long freight train heading down the tracks, and it keeps going-and keeps on going...

    This was not seen clearly when modern therapy was first invented. Neurosis (in the generalized sense) was viewed more or less as a big tin can, and the negative material was inside. If you washed the can out, you were cured.

    However, it's not that simple.

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    Cancer is a modern, man-made disease caused by environmental factors such as pollution and diet, a study by University of Manchester scientists has strongly suggested.

    Quoting Professor Rosalie David, at the Faculty of Life Sciences, and Professor Michael Zimmerman, a visiting Professor at the KNH Centre, who is based at the Villanova University in the US.

    Video narration 2:45. Text-to-voice courtesy of Xtranormal..

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    A copy of the paper ‘Cancer: an old disease, a new disease or something in between?’ is available at

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    Monica Anderson explains.

    Reductionism is an amazingly powerful strategy for leveraging the work of scientists and for disseminating the results in the form of re-usable models of structure and causality. But for some of the "remaining hard problem domains" such as Life (biology, psychology, ecology, etc), the World (world modeling, economies, sociology), Intelligence (understanding the brain, intelligence, and creating Artificial General Intelligences - AGI) and the problem of determining the semantics of language (e.g. text) Reductionism has failed. I claim that reductionist models cannot be created in these domains (which have been named "Bizarre Domains") and that we must use Model Free (Holistic) Methods for these domains. This has important implications for AGI research strategies.

    "AI is the last holdout of pure reductionism, if you will."

    AGI: Artificial General Intelligence. In later lectures she uses AN: Artificial iNtuition.

    Slow down and enjoy the presentation. 31:22
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    Hans Rosling, genius of data visualization at Gapminder leads us to grasp surprising big data and aim for adequate context. One of his key messages for me: what we can do to effectively help people in one place and condition would not necessarily work well elsewhere. That is why I feel complex adaptive people networks have a growing role in improving the world.
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    Hans Rosling: No more boring data 20 minutes TED talk - 2006

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