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Qanon is an Enormous Alternate Reality Game (ARG) Run by Malevolent Puppetmasters. What follows is a summary of my findings, how I came to these conclusions and important background.

Qanon is an Enormous Alternate Reality Game (ARG) Run by Malevolent Puppetmasters

Hi! I was one of several ‘puppetmasters’ on the largest alternate reality games (ARGs) ever run — before Qanon. I was co-founder, CTO and game designer at 42 Entertainment from 2003–2007 and I ran the team that built I Love Bees, Year Zero, the first half of Why So Serious? And lots of others. What Makes Humans Different? Fiction and Cooperation. Yuval Noah Harari has a few unconventional theories about humankind: religion is our greatest invention, and our species itself will evolve into something new within a couple hundred years.

What Makes Humans Different? Fiction and Cooperation

A lecturer in history at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Harari is the author of Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind, out in the U.S. in February. Join the Q: How the Wayfair Conspiracy Got Absorbed by QAnon. A story claiming that popular e-commerce site, Wayfair, was using ‘overpriced’ cabinets recently set the Internet alight.

Join the Q: How the Wayfair Conspiracy Got Absorbed by QAnon

The theory originated from a post by PrincessPeach1987 on Reddit’s conspiracy subreddit. After nearly 6000 upvotes, 2.7k comments, and crossposts to other subreddits including pedogate, the post erupted across all social media platforms as users began conducting their own research (which mostly amounted to searching products priced high>low, finding items that didn’t appear to fit, and seeing if they shared a name with any entry on missing children databases), really hitting its stride the weekend after PrincessPeach1987’s initial post.

As seen in the incredibly popular tweet below, the conspiracy found almost instant international appeal once spreading out of Reddit. As journalists and netizens attempted to address the spurious nature of the evidence provided, more threads were then added to the conspiracy. Twitter Analysis The Turkish Connection. A Game Designer’s Analysis Of QAnon. Q is a fictional character I’m afraid this needs to be said. Q is not a real person, but a fictional character. QAnon uses the oldest trope of all mystery fiction. A mysterious stranger shows up and drops a strange clue leading to long-hidden secrets which his clues, and your detecting power, can reveal. Qanon is an Enormous Alternate Reality Game (ARG) Run by Malevolent Puppetmasters. Neural correlates of maintaining one’s political beliefs in the face of counterevidence.

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Neural correlates of maintaining one’s political beliefs in the face of counterevidence

Examination of psychological processes underlying resistance to persuasion. J Consum Res 27, 217–232, doi: 10.1086/314321 (2000).Article Google Scholar Jacks, J. Z. & Devine, P. G. A new brain study sheds light on why it can be so hard to change someone's political beliefs. Albert Einstein was one of the most important physicists of all time.

A new brain study sheds light on why it can be so hard to change someone's political beliefs

His scientific predictions have withstood 100 years of scientific challenges. His thinking fundamentally changed the way we understand the universe. Yet people are more likely to be convinced Einstein wasn’t a great physicist than to change their minds on topics like immigration or the death penalty. It has nothing to do with a person’s intelligence (or the quality of information on Einstein or immigration policy). Hbm. Apollo 13 in Real Time. Blog.bjrn.se: Let’s build an MP3-decoder! Even though MP3 is probably the single most well known file format and codec on Earth, it’s not very well understood by most programmers – for many encoders/decoders is in the class of software “other people” write, like standard libraries or operating system kernels.

blog.bjrn.se: Let’s build an MP3-decoder!

This article will attempt to demystify the decoder, with short top-down primers on signal processing and information theory when necessary. Additionally, a small but not full-featured decoder will be written (in Haskell), suited to play around with. The focus on this article is on concepts and the design choices the MPEG team made when they designed the codec – not on uninteresting implementation details or heavy theory. Commemorating Cassini at Saturn: A gallery of wonders. On Friday, September 15, 2017, the Cassini mission will come to an end.

Commemorating Cassini at Saturn: A gallery of wonders

This has been one of the most successful space exploration ventures of all time. It launched in 1997 and took nearly seven years to get to Saturn. CC. Google's artificial intelligence bot thinks the purpose of life is 'to live forever' This week, Google released a research paper chronicling one of its latest forays into artificial intelligence.

Google's artificial intelligence bot thinks the purpose of life is 'to live forever'

Researchers at the company programmed an advanced type of “chatbot” that learns how to respond in conversations based on examples from a training set of dialogue. And the bot doesn’t just answer by spitting out canned answers in response to certain words; it can form new answers from new questions. This means Google’s researchers could get a little creative with it, and they certainly did — they asked the bot everything from boring IT questions to the meaning of life.

23 Emotions We All Feel But Don't Know The Names Of. Unskilled and unaware of it: how difficul... [J Pers Soc Psychol. 1999] Redirecting. ​Why Freezing to Death Makes You Want To Get Naked. Some of the symptoms in Terminal Restlessness and Delirium is undressing and trying to get out of the bed.

​Why Freezing to Death Makes You Want To Get Naked

At this point in the dying process, they're too weak to leave the bed, but many of them tend to find comfort in odd sleeping poses if their pain/discomfort isn't managed well enough. If they had enough strength to leave the bed, who knows, maybe they'd wander to a spot and curl into it like Hypothermia victim. Also, when the brain starts to shut down, including the hypothalamus, we lose control of our body temperature, causing fever spikes that have no other real cause (infection and the like). Why The Human Brain Isn't As Special As We Think It Is. All I know is I somehow have 4 cats that let me pet them in exchange for feeding them, cleaning up their shit, and treating them like royalty.

Why The Human Brain Isn't As Special As We Think It Is

Use These Tips And Never Lose At Rock Paper Scissors Again. 37 Everyday Things That Look Insane in Slow Motion. 7 Things You Can do Right Now to Protect Your Vision. I spend all day on a computer. No, wait, that’s an understatement. I spend nearly every waking hour of every single day in front of a digital device. By 4:00 p.m. my eyes are dry, bloodshot, and begging for relief. They are out of luck though because I have maybe four or five hours left of work here.

When it’s really bad, I can actually hear myself blinking. Why Anti-Authoritarians are Diagnosed as Mentally Ill. (Note: Read Bruce Levine’s latest post: Anti-Authoritarians and Schizophrenia: Do Rebels Who Defy Treatment Do Better? In my career as a psychologist, I have talked with hundreds of people previously diagnosed by other professionals with oppositional defiant disorder, attention deficit hyperactive disorder, anxiety disorder and other psychiatric illnesses, and I am struck by (1) how many of those diagnosed are essentially anti-authoritarians, and (2) how those professionals who have diagnosed them are not. Anti-authoritarians question whether an authority is a legitimate one before taking that authority seriously. Evaluating the legitimacy of authorities includes assessing whether or not authorities actually know what they are talking about, are honest, and care about those people who are respecting their authority. Some activists lament how few anti-authoritarians there appear to be in the United States.

Why Mental Health Professionals Diagnose Anti-Authoritarians with Mental Illness. Religious fundamentalism could soon be treated as mental illness. Why a Head Injury Can Be Far Worse Than You Realize. How The Military Could Turn Your Mind Into The Next Battlefield. Actually, the reason I think they won't happen is that most talk of nanotech and cybernetics and such is more science fiction than science fact. Moving forward into the future won't change the laws of physics, and thus won't change the practicality of any technology. Its like the article that ran about comparing 3D printers to Star Trek's replicators.

The two technologies aren't comparable, because the Star Trek replicator requires matter teleportation for its mode of assembly, and that breaks known physics. 12 Reasons Robots Will Always Have An Advantage Over Humans. The Most Amazing Science Images Of 2014. A Vision Of Deep Space Exploration That Will Give You Chills. An "Impenetrable Barrier" Protects The Earth From Killer Electrons. This Weird Vintage Airplane Flies With Cylinders Instead Of Wings. NASA’s 'Remastered' View of Europa Is The Best Yet. Did Jesus Save the Klingons? This Inverted Ice Pyramid Grew Out of a Bird Bath. 26 Pictures Will Make You Re-Evaluate Your Entire Existence. 20 Medications That Cause Memory Loss. Deane Alban, Waking Times | Prescription drugs cause over 100,000 deaths per year and cause another 1.5 million people to experience side effects so severe they must be hospitalized.

Adverse drug reactions are now the fourth leading cause of death in the US. (1) Every medication carries some risks and memory loss is a very common side effect. The Top 3 Types of Drugs That Cause Memory Loss If you are taking any prescription medication, the odds are that it falls into one of these three categories of drugs known to cause memory loss and other cognitive problems: The “Anti” Drugs. What You Need To Know About Ear Wax. Can You Refrain From Picturing A Pink Elephant? The Hidden Patterns Created by Animals in Flight. These Wasps Built Their Colony On A Window – And The View Is Incredible.

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20 Crucial Terms Every 21st Century Futurist Should Know. What's The Purpose Of The Universe? Here's One Possible Answer. A Massive Solar Superstorm Nearly Blasted The Earth In 2012. This Terrifying Simulation Shows A Year In The Life Of Earth's CO2. The 10 Algorithms That Dominate Our World. Are Cities Evolving Into Hive Organisms? This ISS Experiment Looks Like A Miniature Star Factory. This fascinating auditory illusion transforms normal speech into music. How Artificial Superintelligence Will Give Birth To Itself. How a Mysterious Body Part Called Fascia Is Challenging Medicine.

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