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* Randomness as Meaning

* Randomness as Meaning
Introduction This article describes how, in our search for order and purpose in life, people sometimes assign meaning to events that are objectively random and devoid of meaning. Consider these two images — one dot pattern is random, the other isn't: One of the two images above shows a random pattern of dots, the other has been manipulated to resemble a random pattern but isn't really random. In perception studies, most people choose Sample A because Sample B shows tight clusters of dots that don't really seem random. The meaning of this experiment is that, when people see tight clusters of dots (or of events), they conclude it isn't a chance grouping but has special significance. The following sections show examples where, for psychological reasons, people assign meaning to meaningless groupings, significance to insignificant coincidences, even invest in outright frauds based on mistaken perceptions of reality. The Gambler's Fallacy Friday the 13th The Birthday Problem Amazing Rock Related:  Interesting

The Top 10 Existential Movies of All Time Browsing through my DVD collection recently I realized that I have a fairly decent selection of what can be called 'existential movies' -- philosophical films that study the nature of existence and what it means to be alive. It's debatable as to what defines the 'quintessential' existential movie, but ultimately it must speak to the human condition and reframe it in such a way that the viewer gains an enhanced appreciation of their own existence and situation in life. These are the kinds of films that you find yourself reflecting back upon time and time again as you engage in your own day-to-day life, struggles and relationships. Thus, I present to you the top 10 existential movies of all time: 10. The Quiet Earth The best of the 'last man on Earth' movies, The Quiet Earth (1985) looks at human nature and the value of social relationships through a post-apocalyptic lens. 9. The movie also acknowledges the harsh realities of modern relationships. 8. 7. 6. 5. 4. 3. 2. 1.

The CHAOS Report 2009 on IT Project Failure June 16, 2009 | Author: PM Hut | Filed under: Uncategorized The CHAOS Report 2009 on IT Project Failure By Jorge Dominguez The Standish Group collects information on project failures in the IT industry and environments with the objective of making the industry more successful and to show ways to improve its success rates and increase the value of the IT investments. The latest results have been compiled into the CHAOS Report 2009 published by the organization in April. Problem: it measures success by only looking at whether the projects were completed on time, on budget, and with required features and functions (met user requirements). The organization leaves out of its measures the quality, the risk, and customer satisfaction. CHAOS Report - Pie Chart The report shows that software projects now have a 32% success rate compared to 35% from the previous study in 2006 and 16% in 1994. Jorge Dominguez, PMP® Related Articles

50 Life Secrets and Tips Memorize something everyday.Not only will this leave your brain sharp and your memory functioning, you will also have a huge library of quotes to bust out at any moment. Poetry, sayings and philosophies are your best options.Constantly try to reduce your attachment to possessions.Those who are heavy-set with material desires will have a lot of trouble when their things are taken away from them or lost. Possessions do end up owning you, not the other way around. Read “Zen and the Art of Happiness” by Chris Prentiss.This book will give you the knowledge and instruction to be happy at all times regardless of the circumstances.

Project Avalon - Klaus Dona: The Hidden History of the Human Race Click here for the PDF version of this interview (20 pages) Click here for the video presentation March 2010 **Ed note: Some transcripts contain words or phrases that are inaudible or difficult to hear and are, therefore, designated in square brackets. BILL RYAN (BR): This is Bill Ryan here from Project Camelot and Project Avalon. Klaus is going to be doing an audio commentary on one of his extremely special, unusual, and fascinating slide shows about the artifacts and the various phenomena that he has been researching, discovering, investigating personally all over the world relating to what I think you could legitimately call The Hidden History of the Human Race. KLAUS DONA (KD): That's a very good summary, yes. BR: [laughs] So I'm going to step back here, and what follows now, just kick back and enjoy this slide presentation. What are we looking at here ? Ancient World Maps Ecuador Even the next one, [right, above] you can see how this statue is sitting. Bolivia Colombia Giants BR: Good!

Eye Movement and Lying - How to detect lies Interesting Info -> Lying Index -> Eye Direction & Visual Accessing Cues Eye Movement and Direction & How it Can Reveal Truth or Lies This is a continuation of our previous article Detecting Lies. Many comments by our visitors asked about how eye direction can indicate the presence of a lie. Can the direction a person's eyes reveal whether or not they are making a truthful statement? Short answer: sort of. In these shows a detective will deduce if a person is being untruthful simply because they looked to the left or right while making a statement. In reality, it would be foolish to make such a snap judgment without further investigation... but the technique does have some merit. So, here it is... read, ponder and test it on your friends and family to see how reliable it is for yourself. Visual Accessing Cues - "Lying Eyes" When asked a question a "normally organized" right-handed person looks (from your viewpoint, looking at them): The Gist of it... How this information is used to detect lies:

Play Nintendo | Games Online SNES and NES Emulator MoNETA: A Mind Made from Memristors Though memristors are dense, cheap, and tiny, they also have a high failure rate at present, characteristics that bear an intriguing resemblance to the brain's synapses. It means that the architecture must by definition tolerate defects in individual circuitry, much the way brains gracefully degrade their performance as synapses are lost, without sudden system failure. Basically, memristors bring data close to computation, the way biological systems do, and they use very little power to store that information, just as the brain does. Basically, without this paradigm shift in hardware architecture, you couldn't even think about building MoNETA. To build a brain, you need to throw away the conceit of separate hardware and software because the brain doesn't work that way. Where HP is taking care of the hardware component of the neuromorphic processor, we are building the software—the brain models that will populate the hardware.

100 inspirational quotes to celebrate 100 blog posts & Always Well Within 100 quotes - to inspire, challenge, encourage, remind, enlighten, reassure, soothe, and delight. In celebration of 100 blog posts at Always Well Within! Many thanks to my wonderful readers and subscribers. Please enjoy this feast of wisdom! “People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” - Maya Angelou“If you have much, give of your wealth; if you have little, give of your heart.” “It’s a terrible thing to see and have no vision.” - Helen Keller“You will succeed if you persevere; and you will find joy in overcoming obstacles. - Helen Keller“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” - Helen Keller“We could never learn to be brave and patient if there were only joy in the world.” - Helen Keller“We do not write in order to be understood; we write in order to understand.” - C.S. “If you mind is empty, it is always ready for anything; it is open to everything.

6 Insane Discoveries That Science Can't Explain | Cracked.com We like to feel superior to the people who lived centuries ago, what with their shitty mud huts and curing colds by drilling a hole in their skulls. But we have to give them credit: They left behind some artifacts that have left the smartest of modern scientists scratching their heads. For instance, you have the following enigmas that we believe were created for no other purpose than to fuck with future generations. The Voynich Manuscript The Mystery: The Voynich manuscript is an ancient book that has thwarted all attempts at deciphering its contents. It appears to be a real language--just one that nobody has seen before. Translation: "...and when you get her to put the tennis racket in her mouth, have her stand in a fountain for a while. There is not even a consensus on who wrote it, or even when it was written. Why Can't They Solve It? Could you? Don't even try. As you can imagine, proposed solutions have been all over the board, from reasonable to completely clownshit. Our Guess:

18 Ways to Improve Your Body Language There is no specific advice on how to use your body language. What you do might be interpreted in several ways, depending on the setting and who you are talking to. You’ll probably want to use your body language differently when talking to your boss compared to when you talk to a girl/guy you’re interested in. These are some common interpretations of body language and often more effective ways to communicate with your body. First, to change your body language you must be aware of your body language. You might want to practice in front of a mirror. Another tip is to close your eyes and visualize how you would stand and sit to feel confident, open and relaxed or whatever you want to communicate. You might also want observe friends, role models, movie stars or other people you think has good body language. Some of these tips might seem like you are faking something. In the beginning easy it’s to exaggerate your body language. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18.

Nordens Vipassana Center, Dhamma Sobhana, Lyckebygården, Ödeshög, Sweden To access the Old Student Regional Site please click here. A user name and password will be required to access these pages. All courses are run solely on a donation basis. All expenses are met by donations from those who, having completed a course and experienced the benefits of Vipassana, wish to give others the same opportunity. Neither the Teacher nor the assistant teachers receive remuneration; they and those who serve the courses volunteer their time. Thus Vipassana is offered free from commercialisation. Old students - Those who have completed a 10-day Vipassana Meditation course with S.N. Old students have the opportunity to provide Dhamma Service at the courses listed above. 10-day courses are an introductory course to Vipassana Meditation where the technique is taught step-by-step each day. Bilingual courses are courses which are taught in two languages. Old Student short courses (1-3 days) are for any student who has completed the 10-day course with S.N.

Top 6 Sites that Inspire and Educate — Life Scoop If you’re a professional who likes to be intellectually stimulated and you enjoy keeping up with the latest news and breaking trends, the internet provides you with an endless choice of carefully curated sites to visit. Today, we bring you six of them that we believe are leaps and bounds above the rest. These sites will not only educate you on topics ranging from business and technology to art and design, they’ll motivate you to find your own, original ideas and see them through. They’re culturally relevant, they’re idea driven and most of all, they’re deeply inspirational. TED is short for three incredibly important subjects in our modern world; technology, entertainment and design. Tip: Download TED’s free iPad app to browse through 800 videos by date, popularity or keyword. 2. Brain Pickings started from very humble beginnings. Tip: With over 63K Twitter followers, Brainpicker has a strong audience…and for good reason. 4. 5.

Why Smart People Are Stupid | The New Yorker Editors’ Note: The introductory paragraphs of this post appeared in similar form in an October, 2011, column by Jonah Lehrer for the Wall Street Journal. We regret the duplication of material. Here’s a simple arithmetic question: A bat and ball cost a dollar and ten cents. The vast majority of people respond quickly and confidently, insisting the ball costs ten cents. For more than five decades, Daniel Kahneman, a Nobel Laureate and professor of psychology at Princeton, has been asking questions like this and analyzing our answers. When people face an uncertain situation, they don’t carefully evaluate the information or look up relevant statistics. Although Kahneman is now widely recognized as one of the most influential psychologists of the twentieth century, his work was dismissed for years. The philosopher, it turns out, got it backward. West and his colleagues began by giving four hundred and eighty-two undergraduates a questionnaire featuring a variety of classic bias problems.

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