A Crude Look at the Whole looks at complexity theory, which wants to understand everything. Image by agsandrew/Thinkstock The world has gotten a lot smaller over the past century, but the store of knowledge has become unfathomably large. One way to think about it: Last week, I was able to fly across the country in five hours while carrying 10,000 PDFs on my laptop. In his new book A Crude Look at the Whole: The Science of Complex Systems in Business, Life, and Society, complexity theorist John H. Miller puts it this way: “Science has proceeded by developing increasingly detailed maps of decreasingly small phenomena.” The rise of complexity theory, an interdisciplinary field studying the emergent behavior and patterns of the interactions of simple (and not so simple) components, has been one of the most important responses to this ballooning of knowledge, which in 1964 Stanislaw Lem called the “megabyte bomb.”
That term may have seemed scary in its time; now it just sounds hilariously and anachronistically small. Science didn’t bear out this vision. Tensegrity. Index of /files/resources/selfstudy. Consensus reality. Consensus reality is that which is generally agreed to be reality, based on a consensus view. The difficulty with the question stems from the concern that human beings do not in fact fully understand or agree upon the nature of knowledge or ontology, and therefore it is not possible to be certain beyond doubt what is real. Accordingly, this line of logic concludes, we cannot in fact be sure beyond doubt about the nature of reality.
We can, however, seek to obtain some form of consensus, with others, of what is real. We can use this consensus as a pragmatic guide, either on the assumption that it seems to approximate some kind of valid reality, or simply because it is more "practical" than perceived alternatives. Throughout history this has also raised a social question: "What shall we make of those who do not agree with consensus realities of others, or of the society they live in? " General discussion Consensus reality in science and philosophy Objectivists The first website went online 25 years ago today. Where are the creators in 2015? Berners-Lee is still as tightly involved with web as he ever was, directing the World Wide Web Consortium he helped create. In fact, he's pushing hard to protect the open web against both government censorship and telecoms' attempts to crush net neutrality.
CERN's role, however, has changed somewhat. While it's still embroiled in networking research (specifically grid computing), it's more often known for smashing particles. The one point of common ground is the web itself. It's more of a platform than a bunch of documents, and it's now available on everything from the phone in your pocket to a display on your head. Chemists show life on Earth was not a fluke.
Lupus Map | Disease Maps. Ripple Effects by Nicole Eyraud. Why are we raising money? Our mission is simple: We believe that people should never have to pay for water. Did you know that the average consumer, if drinking the doctor-recommended amount of water each day, can spend anywhere from $40-$75 each month on bottled water! Did you know that there is 30 tons of trash in the ocean 80% being plastic waste. That is twice the size of Texas! We essentially create something to last forever that we use for only seconds. Here is our community project: We want to encourage individuals, and our local community at large, to discontinue the use of bottled water all together - drastically improving our efforts to decrease our carbon footprint, acting as the forerunner we are in this eco-friendly lifestyle effort.
Our commitment to our community: We will provide individuals and businesses a place to donate used glass containers. We will then sanitize and reuse the donated glass containers in the most eco-friendly way possible Who doesn’t like bonus points? This great map lets you explore the history of migration for every country in the world. 18 Maps That Will Change How You See The World. What Happens When A New Age Spiritual Guru Becomes A Congressional Candidate. Government. System or group of people governing an organized community, often a state "Government" generally refers to the organizational structure that makes laws, sets policy, and runs the day-to-day affairs of some political unit, region, or community. As such, it generally is not used to refer to organizations that are considered to be privately owned or privately run, such as e.g. a business, a corporation or company, private organization, or any private entity. 1This map was compiled according to the Wikipedia list of countries by system of government.
See there for sources. 2Several states constitutionally deemed to be multiparty republics are broadly described by outsiders as authoritarian states. This map presents only the de jure form of government, and not the de facto degree of democracy. Historically prevalent forms of government include monarchy, aristocracy, timocracy, oligarchy, democracy, theocracy and tyranny. Definitions and etymology History Political science Classification Forms Maps. Charting the Slow Death of the Universe.
Eso1533 — Organisation Release GAMA survey releases first data at IAU General Assembly 10 August 2015 An international team of astronomers studying more than 200 000 galaxies has measured the energy generated within a large portion of space more precisely than ever before. This represents the most comprehensive assessment of the energy output of the nearby Universe. They confirm that the energy produced in a section of the Universe today is only about half what it was two billion years ago and find that this fading is occurring across all wavelengths from the ultraviolet to the far infrared.
The study involves many of the world’s most powerful telescopes, including ESO's VISTA and VST survey telescopes at the Paranal Observatory in Chile. The research is part of the Galaxy And Mass Assembly (GAMA) project, the largest multi-wavelength survey ever put together. All the energy in the Universe was created in the Big Bang, with some portion locked up as mass. Notes More information Links Contacts. The 30 Top Thinkers Under 30: The First-Generation College Student Modifying the Memories of Humans - Pacific Standard. If you read last year’s “30 Under 30” list, you know about Steve Ramirez, who figured out how to implant false memories in rats’ brains.
This year we’re profiling Iliana Vargas, who’s trying to do the same in humans. She was 17 when she first became interested in neuroscience—she’d read a Scientific American article about synesthesia. “Even though this was the most interesting and bizarre disorder I had ever heard of, what intrigued me the most was not the disorder itself, but the possible neural bases behind the disorder,” Vargas says. “Since then, my interest in the neural processes underlying cognition has grown and my focus has shifted from synesthesia to memory.”
She’s especially interested in how memories are consolidated and stored and processed in different regions of the brain. Her lab’s research has already shown that playing specific sounds to people who are sleeping can strengthen their recollection of what they learned that day. The Era of Breakdown. The fourth of the stages in the sequence of collapse we’ve been discussing is the era of breakdown. (For those who haven’t been keeping track, the first three phases are the eras of pretense, impact, and response; the final phase, which we’ll be discussing next week, is the era of dissolution.) The era of breakdown is the phase that gets most of the press, and thus inevitably no other stage has attracted anything like the crop of misperceptions, misunderstandings, and flat-out hokum as this one.
The era of breakdown is the point along the curve of collapse at which business as usual finally comes to an end. That’s where the confusion comes in. It’s one of the central articles of faith in pretty much every human society that business as usual functions as a bulwark against chaos, a defense against whatever problems the society might face. The phase of breakdown is the point at which this exercise in futility finally grinds to a halt. This is business as usual in today’s America. 20 Principles for Successful Community Organizing. By Si Kahn / alternet.org 1. Most people are motivated primarily by self-interest. As a creative community organizer, you are always trying to figure out people’s common self-interest, the glue that binds political organizations and movements. 2. Institutions and people that hold power over others are rarely as united as they first appear. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20.
About Si Kahn I’ve been a rabble-rouser and social activist for 45 of my almost 66 years, and have made my living as a professional civil rights, labor, and community organizer, as well as a performer. Why Love And Light Is Only One Side Of The Awakening Story. 15th May 2015 By Phillip J. Watt Guest Writer for Wake Up World We have all been through personal suffering but only some of us have broken mostly free of it. One way that is becoming more and more common in an ‘awakening’ society is to embrace a philosophy of unity and live via the principles of love and light. To the more enlightened individual, it’s as if we’re living in ‘Crazy Town’. Welcome to Crazy Town! For starters, most of the governments of the world advocate for backwards laws which seem so surreal it’s hard to believe it’s true.
The politicians are turning a blind eye to the capitalist circus – the inaccurately labelled ‘free market’ – which funnels the wealth and resources to those who already have it. Geopolitical games are endangering life as we know it. Multinational organisations are producing large droves of brainwashed minions who over-consume in an unsustainable and self-harming fashion. Not even academic and scientific establishments can be trusted. Beyond Crazy-Town. You're 17 times more likely to die traveling the same distance in a car than on a train. (Javier Zarracina/Vox) In the wake of Tuesday's Amtrak derailment, it's worth comparing the safety of trains versus other modes of travel. Though train accidents are terrifying — and get lots of public attention when they occur — the truth is that traveling by train is much, much safer than by car.
The most recent comparison was conducted in 2013 by economist Ian Savage. The number of rail deaths from year to year ranges widely (because many can happen in large, sporadic accidents), but between 2000 and 2009, a person was about 17 times more likely to die while traveling in a car, compared with on a train, for the same distance. The seven deaths that occurred during the recent derailment might change this, but only slightly. Anti-Epistemology | Crucial Considerations - a science, philosophy, rationality & ethics blog. Introduction: The Phenomenon “But even as light is opposed by darkness, science and reason have their enemies.”
Quine and Ullian, The Web of Belief, 1978 Sometimes Anti-Epistemology is understood as the general process of covering and obscuring knowledge. We mean something more specific, namely an interesting phenomenon in the area of belief-acquisition and revision. Sometimes people are very fond of certain beliefs. Prime examples are religious beliefs, but people may also cling to more mundane beliefs, such as the belief that they are morally decent persons or good drivers.
Like most beliefs, these beliefs are linked to various other beliefs – other beliefs either confirm or disconfirm the original belief, support the original belief or call it into question. There are numerous ways to resolve this tension. Ordinary Beliefs and Cherished Beliefs Not all beliefs are equally important to us. The Web of Beliefs Anti-Epistemology: Dangerous Ways of Restoring Rational Equilibrium References. The Top 8 “Conspiracy Theories” That Are Turning Out To Be True. Conspiracy Theory: It’s a term used by many to brush off something that clashes with what they believe in, or have believed in for a long period of time. Taking in new information that runs counter to a current belief system is not easy and can cause the feeling of cognitive dissonance – a term used in modern psychology to describe the feeling of discomfort that arises from being confronted with two or more conflicting ideas, beliefs, or values.
It suggests that we have an inner drive to hold on to all of our beliefs and attitudes, avoiding the feelings of discomfort and instability that accompany new ideas, regardless of whether those ideas are backed by evidence and sound logic. Why do we always believe, without consideration, what is presented to us through mainstream sources? Why do we hold it to be true, without question? It’s unfortunate that our world has been riddled with lies, misinformation, and fraud. The Black Budget Unidentified Flying Objects (UFOs) Dr.
Water Fluoridation. Home | The International Flat Earth Research Society. The Genetic Map Of Europe. Map created by eupedia.com The map above, created by eupedia.com, shows the genetic makeup of European countries based on Haplogroups. These groups each share a common ancestor and can be one way of looking at the genetic makeup of a population. In humans, haplogroups can either be based on Y-DNA which is passed from father to son or mtDNA which is passed from mother to offspring of both sexes. The map above is only based on Y-DNA, thus only shows male common ancestors not female ones. Moreover, it should obviously not be used to imply that any country is better than any other. While we there may be differences between some of us, we are all equal. The map does highlight some rather interesting things.
The British Isles have much more common with people from France, Spain and Portugal than they do with people from Scandinavia. And just so people don’t take the map too seriously, here’s what reddit user tigranater commented when the map was posted on reddit: Study reveals wide gaps in opinion between scientists and general public. A recent study from Pew Research Center reveals gaping differences in opinion between scientists and the general public about issues related to scientific research and the direction science is taking. Photo by Reuters Scientists and the public agree on very little when it comes to climate change, childhood vaccine requirements and more, but both groups feel more pessimistic about the direction of science, according to a new study released today from the Pew Research Center. In fact, when Pew staff looked for overarching patterns that helped to explain why scientists and the public share some opinions but not others, they couldn’t find any, said Lee Rainie, director of Internet, science and technology at Pew Research Center.
“What was really striking about this is that you really had to go issue by issue. There were no really broad patterns,” Rainie said. Some figures might raise questions at first glance. “These findings are broadly consistent with those kinds of figures,” she said. Millennial Monday: Waking Up With Greg. LYRAE AND THE REPTILIANS. Map the World Grid with Gridpoint Atlas – Age of Aquarius - New Age of Aquarius. Interactive Infographic - 13 Reasons Why Your Brain Craves Infographics. On This Day in History | HistoryOrb.com. What is a Blood Moon? Is Work Necessary? 12 Worst Ideas Religion Has Unleashed on the World. The Mystery of The Left Hand – The Occult University Library. Celebrities Who Drink Kangen Water | Change your water... Change your life! School of Metaphysics | Facebook.
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