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Another brilliant project by Katie Paterson A thousand trees have been planted in Nordmarka, a...
From First Dark
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Systems thinking is relevant to all professions and academic disciplines that deal with life in...
From CoCreatr
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Motivating people is very simple, and its surprising how most people can fail to understand its most basic concept.... Everyone acts toward their own goals, whatever those may be, some weighted more important than others. They act toward nothing else. Their goals may include good things for others or that others also accomplish their own goals in...
From BenRayfield
I'm not sure how to prove it, but I think that to solve this reliably is an NP-Complete problem and practically is useful for new kinds of routing protocols and a foundation for decentralized global democracy more similar to how Wikipedia allows billions of people to agree on many things instead of top down ways of organizing things. How can a...
From BenRayfield
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The fashionable ideology that “artificial” lacks the inherent goodness of “natural” is...
From Mariana Soffer
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I think I am thinking about thinking, but when I try to write it in math it doesn't think about its own thinking. Intelligence is deeply self referencing, a hall of mirrors so bizarre you can't tell if you're a reflection or the real thing. We live in darkness, delusional enough to think the electricity patterns crossing our skull are the objects...
From BenRayfield
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When 2 scientists meet the first time, they should start as Socrates did. Its the only way to...
From BenRayfield
 
I know that I know nothing and from that I start to know one thing. I often rebuild large parts...
From BenRayfield
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In 1997 the superformula was discovered, which solved the problem of the limited symmetry of...
From CoCreatr
 
Something's exciting about the bluish little illustrations printed on nearly every page of...
From gamma
Do some research starting at places like and calculate and prove to scientific peer reviewed standards, how much does it cost to save the cheapest Human life? That number of dollars we should call HUMANLIVES. It fluctuates like a stock price. It increases when more is given to efficient charities, since the cheapest Human lives to save are saved...
From BenRayfield
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Polytopia
 
... our children can only do as bad as we are doing, and this is the challenge we are facing - we...
From CoCreatr
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Anticipation of Love Neither the intimacy of your look, your brow fair as a feast day, ...
From syncopath
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If the doors of perception were cleansed every thing would appear to...
From syncopath
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Government corruption has gone too far and crossed the line in how it openly allows a whole...
From BenRayfield
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Polytopia
 
This mini-paper was given at the Escapologies symposium, at Goldsmiths University, on the 5th of...
From Rourke
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Socrates said, "The misuse of language induces evil in the soul." He wasn’t talking about grammar. To misuse language is to use it the way politicians and advertisers do, for profit, without taking responsibility for what the words mean. Language used as a means to get power or make money goes wrong: it lies. Language used as an end in...
From unfolding
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“I have not here been considering the literary use of language, but merely language as an instrument for expressing and not for concealing or preventing thought. Others have come near to claiming that all abstract words are meaningless, and have used this as a pretext for advocating a kind of political quietism. Since you don’t know what...
From unfolding
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Any attempt to decipher nature and reveal its order requires certainty that the grid will not change in the course of the...
From Rourke
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Humans can build spaceships and fly to the moon because they have a more advanced communication...
From BenRayfield
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from neurons to self by Rodolfo R. Llinas This essay arose out of a set of talks given at The University of St. Andrews in Scotland, where Professor Glen Cottrell had graciously invited me to give the American Alumni Lectures in 1989. Little did I know then that St. Andrews would be back in my life, when, in 1998, my son...
From gamma
Something from the Past-Future-Present. "Imagine, if you can, a small room, hexagonal in shape, like the cell of a bee. It is lighted neither by window nor by lamp, yet it is filled with a soft radiance. There are no apertures for ventilation, yet the air is fresh. There are no musical instruments, and yet, at the moment that my...
From sonicport+techfolder
Jack A. Tuszynski (Ed.) "THE EMERGING PHYSICS OF CONSCIOUSNESS" Contents 1 The Path Ahead Jack A. Tuszynski, Nancy Woolf . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 1.1 Definition and Fundamentals . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 1.1.1 Definition of...
From gamma
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Mars has chosen this physics, the science of fall, and that of silence. This is the plague. Always the same concatenation: the...
From Rourke
Smarter animals recognize themself in a mirror. Others see their reflection and act like its another animal. They hide their food, get ready for a fight, or run away for example. Monkeys are smart enough to act based on where others are looking. They value 1 of 2 boxes higher if a person appears to value it, and more often choose to open that...
From BenRayfield
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t]he earth — the deterritorialized, the glacial, the giant molecule — is abody without...
From wordofcommand
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This essay was originally published on my site: MachineMachine.net In two short essays –...
From Rourke
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Polytopia
 
I am currently reading one of (probably) the best books in the hard sci-fi genre, it appears that...
From Wildcat
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(Below are some brief thoughts on the effects on creativity in the Information Age, taken from...
From Apollo
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Polytopia
 
Zeesy Powers Zeesy Powers gave us some impressions on the following questions for the Future...
From Gabriel Shalom
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(The following is an excerpt from 'Contact' by Carl Sagan) “Do Buddhists believe in God,...
From Apollo
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“Whether the cloud of alternatives that is yet hidden in our eyes; Whether the soft snow that...
From Xaos
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Tonight, I see the Internet as a sort of controlled state of dreaming: directed, curated......
From Apollo
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The source of a distinction's guaranteeing reality lies in its own operative unity. It is, however, precisely as this unity that...
From Rourke
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Polytopia
 
“Dear Mother Nature: Sorry to disturb you, but we humans—your offspring—come to you with...
From Wildcat
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September through December 2010 was my first semester of education since I left high school in 2007. In one of my courses, Contemporary Issues, I wrote a paper (a very short one) entitled "Why Computers Do Not," which was meant as a counter to the hopelessly superior article by Marvin Minsky of MIT "Why People Think Computers...
From Jorgen
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In this book, I discovered one of the most inspiring (fore)words in the area of BRAIN SCIENCE that swiftly explain consciousness as if it never represented much of a problem. I am sure you will enjoy. "Modeling Phase Transitions in the Brain" Editors: D. Alistair Steyn-Ross · Moira Steyn-Ross Early in the 19th century debates on...
From gamma
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The Gutenberg Bible, printed in 1455, was thought to be the world's first printed book, until a...
From meika
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This article was originally published at 3quarksdaily and io9 Mid-way through H.G.Wells’ The...
From Rourke
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Make things as simple as possible, but not simpler. --Albert Einstein E usually does not equal M C^2. Thats only when its not moving. The USA government learned that terrorists keep more secrets and try to have more privacy than people who are not terrorists. Therefore secrets and privacy are bad, so the USA government proceeded to build...
From BenRayfield
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Sensation and Forces "Not to reproduce what we can already see, but to make visible what we cannot" (Paul Klee) The task of art, in all its forms, is to capture forces. Deleuze and Guattari say that this, ultimately, is what makes art abstract - the "summoning" and making visible of otherwise imperceptible forces (Deleuze...
From Wildcat
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The Elements and Movements in Bacon's Paintings "There is no excellent beauty that hath not some strangeness in the proportions" (Sir Francis Bacon) Deleuze distinguishes 3 pictorial elements in Bacon's paintings, which together constitute a highly precise system - the field that is the spatializing material structure, the...
From Wildcat
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Painting, Its Ways and Faces "The adventure of painting is that it is the eye alone that can attend to material existence or material presence [...]" (39). Deleuze relates to two definitions of painting - one by line and color, which is visual, and the other by trait and color-patch, which is manual. He then proceeds to...
From Wildcat
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A Short Introduction "If you don’t admire something, if you don’t love it, you have no reason to write a word about it". (Deleuze and Parnet, Dialogues, 144; in O'Sullivan, 5) Though it may not have been recognized as such at the time of its publication, today, The Logic of Sensation has come to be recognized as one of...
From Wildcat
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In this short (8 minutes) video, some people give out their short response to the question: What we...
From Fast T
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Why do we place so much value on reading, writing and arithmetic? We have polarized our...
From jaycousins
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The material and the spiritual are so closely entwined in the human mind that making meaning for...
From Mariana Soffer
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People are fascinated by language. An enormous amount has been discovered about language in...
From Mariana Soffer
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What is the meaning of meaning? We can view meaning at two levels. First, it is a cognitive...
From Mariana Soffer
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