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What Makes Us Human? Connectome: How the Brain's Wiring Makes Us Who We Are. I am my connectome This lecture at TEDGlobal 2010 introduced the idea that “I am my connectome.” The slogan summarizes the hypothesis that personality traits, memories, mental disorders, and other aspects of personal identity are encoded in the pattern of connections between the brain’s neurons. The talk has been summarized on the Brain Posts blog. 80share 6share 3share. Future - Columns - Uniquely Human. Being Human. Introduction to Sociology/Sociological Videos.

1. A map of social theories, 1000-2000 by Alan Macfarlane. Gapminder: Unveiling the beauty of statistics for a fact based world view. Be Effortlessly Cool in Your Red Shoes and Own Your Own Life. January 9, 2012 Liz published this at 7:22 am The rules, values, and ideas we learned growing up served us in those situations and settings.

Be Effortlessly Cool in Your Red Shoes and Own Your Own Life

Some of those rules, values and ideas are universal to humanity, but others were built from the goals people who . Yet we often keep living by those rules long after we’ve left the group, society, or culture from which they came. We still use rules from grade school peer groups to define ourselves and make decisions as adults. In my high school, it was a social and a fashion faux pas to EVER wear red shoes. In every group, society, and culture that we belong, we use rules, values, and ideas to identify ourselves as members of the group, align our goals and define our roles. In increments we’ve learned to look outside us — to our parents, teachers, friends, bosses — for answers for the keys to navigate those elusive rules, values, and ideas that define good behavior and outline the clearest path to our success.

Think about that. It’s your life. Welcome to Social Dimension. The Sociological Cinema - Home. What Can Social Media Tell Us About American Society? [INFOGRAPHIC] America is obsessed with its social media tools — more than half of all Americans have a social networking profile.

What Can Social Media Tell Us About American Society? [INFOGRAPHIC]

But what does social media tell us about American society? Is our use of social tools a reflection of our interests and behaviors? Social media strategy firm Hasai decided to find out. The result is an infographic that draws several conclusions about the nature of the average American: Apparently we Americans have a lot to say (48% of all bloggers are U.S. -based), love talking about television (77% have used social media to share their love of a show) and love video games (10% of all US-based web activity involves video games).

Oh, and apparently North Dakota and New Jersey are among the most social states in the union. Check out the infographic and let us know in the comments what you think social media says about American society. Infographic courtesy Hasai. Networks are not always revolutionary. Al-Jazeera, a 'traditional' TV network whose success is largely a result of their net-savvy business and communications strategy.

Networks are not always revolutionary

Photograph: Karim Jaafar/AFP/Getty Images "For most artists," as the famous Tim O'Reilly aphorism has it "the problem isn't piracy, it's obscurity. " To me, this is inarguably true and self-evident – the staying power of this nugget has more to do with its admirable brevity and clarity than its novelty. And yet, there are many who believe that O'Reilly is mistaken: they point to artists who are well-known, but who still have problems.

There are YouTube video-creators who've racked up millions of views; bloggers with millions of readers, visual artists whose work has been appropriated and spread all around the world, such as the photographer Noam Galai, whose screaming self-portrait has found its way into everything from stencil graffiti to corporate logos, all without permission or payment. Take the Egypt uprising. Doctor-Assisted Suicide Is Moral Issue Dividing Americans Most. PRINCETON, NJ -- Doctor-assisted suicide emerges as the most controversial cultural issue in Gallup's 2011 Values and Beliefs poll, with Americans divided 45% vs. 48% over whether it is morally acceptable or morally wrong.

Doctor-Assisted Suicide Is Moral Issue Dividing Americans Most

Having a baby out of wedlock and abortion also closely divide Americans. However, stronger public consensus exists on 14 other issues tested. Americans are in broadest agreement about what behaviors are morally wrong. At least 8 in 10 U.S. adults interviewed in the May 5-8 survey say this about extramarital affairs, polygamy, cloning humans, and suicide. The American Dream. The American Dream is a 30 minute animated film that shows you how you've been scammed by the most basic elements of the government system.

The American Dream

From the author: All of us Americans strive for the American Dream, and this film shows you why your dream is getting farther and farther away. Do you know how your money is created? Or how banking works? Why did housing prices skyrocket and then plunge? Do you really know what the Federal Reserve System is and how it affects you every single day? The American Dream takes an entertaining but hard hitting look at how the problems we have today are nothing new, and why leaders throughout our history have warned us and fought against the current type of financial system we have in America today. You will be challenged to investigate some very entrenched and powerful institutions in this nation, and hopefully encouraged to help get our nation back on track. Watch the full documentary now - PsyWar. Human Resources. It's a documentary about Social Control, examining the history, the philosophy and ultimately the pathology of elite power.

Human Resources

Overall, Human Resources is rough around the edges but still overloaded with gems. Set aside some time to digest this - and take notes. Scott Noble does an admirable job of fitting ten hours of material into two.