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Twitter and the Global Brain

Guy Kawasaki (GuyKawasaki) Humanity’s Next God: You? In a recent article in The Economist, futurist Paul Saffo claims humanity’s overdue for a new god. He points out that throughout history, great new religions took shape during times characterized by uncertainty and social unrest, combined with an ability to spread compelling new ideas and world views virally. And here we are today, he says, equipped with the Web as our communication channel, and a cultural climate bubbling with that same potential for something new to emerge. The article ends there, with only an image of worshippers gathered around an iPad to suggest where we might be placing our faith next. It was just a prompt, but it’s made me wonder.. is this where we’re headed? Will the next “great” mythology be a story about how technology is going to save us? If a new zeitgeist were to capture the minds of billions, what might it look like? Perhaps it’s time to advance our collective story. We continue to grow more connected, more informed, more intelligent, and more dangerous.

Web 3.0+: The Hyperconnected Global Internet « Nothing Ventured… The title of this blog comes from a presentation I did at last year’s Web 2.0 conference in NYC, in September 2010. I overviewed the growth of the global internet and penetration, noting that the future of the Web was going to be driven by emerging countries, as mobile connectivity continues to be more ubiquitous and the West is largely penetrated. The slides are here. While I haven’t updated the numbers, if anything, the pace of adoption has accelerated. We also have the experience of the Arab Spring, Japan earthquake and, more recently, Occupy Wall Street in the past year to highlight how global the Web has become. That presentation marked the beginning of a year of travel for me. Last week I attended a NYC screening of Tiffany Shlein‘s fantastic new documentary Connected which discusses a “new declaration of interdependence” created by technology. The importance of this connectivity applies to cities, individuals, companies, as well as nations and global causes. Like this:

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Cindy King (CindyKing) Facing Up to the Problem of Consciousness David J. Chalmers Department of Philosophy University of Arizona Tucson, AZ 85721 chalmers@arizona.edu [Published in the Journal of Consciousness Studies 2(3):200-19, 1995. 1 Introduction Consciousness poses the most baffling problems in the science of the mind. To make progress on the problem of consciousness, we have to confront it directly. 2 The easy problems and the hard problem There is not just one problem of consciousness. The easy problems of consciousness include those of explaining the following phenomena: the ability to discriminate, categorize, and react to environmental stimuli; the integration of information by a cognitive system; the reportability of mental states; the ability of a system to access its own internal states; the focus of attention; the deliberate control of behavior; the difference between wakefulness and sleep. All of these phenomena are associated with the notion of consciousness. The really hard problem of consciousness is the problem of experience.

'Male Brain': Why men obsess over sex Louann Brizendine: Male and female brains mostly alike, but some profound differences existMen's sexual pursuit area 2.5 times larger than the one in the female brain, she writesShe says testosterone drives the "Man Trance"-- or a glazed-eye stare at breastsBrizendine: A wife's pheromones cause "Daddy Brain." Later, "Lovable Grandpa" or "Grumpy Old Man"? Editor's note: Dr. (CNN) -- Although women the world over have been doing it for centuries, we can't really blame a guy for being a guy. Our brains are mostly alike. The "defend your turf" area -- dorsal premammillary nucleus -- is larger in the male brain and contains special circuits to detect territorial challenges by other males. Meanwhile, the "I feel what you feel" part of the brain -- mirror-neuron system -- is larger and more active in the female brain. There's the 'Man Trance,' that glazed-eye look a man gets when he sees breasts. If testosterone were beer, a 9-year-old boy would be getting the equivalent of a cup a day.

55 Must Know Twitter Tools and Applications If you haven’t heard of TWITTER, than you are surely an endangered species!!!! Today twitter is omnipresent. The growth of Twitter has been phenomenal. Due to this growth more and more people are trying to learn everything that they can about it. Also because of such a popularity the rate at which its tools and apps have been growing is uncontrollable. These Twitter Apps are websites which have built-in scripts that complement Twitter and also some other social networking sites. We have segregated the list into Twitter General Apps, Twitter Mobile Apps, Twitter Adobe AIR Platform Apps, Twitter Search Apps, Twitter Statistics Apps, Real Time Tweets Interface Apps, Twitter Browser Add-ons General Tools and Apps TwitPic TwitPic allows you to post photos to their site and then tweet the same to Twitter. Twittercal Twittercal connects your Twitter account with Google Calendar. Twitpay Twitpay is a simple way to send payments via Twitter Twitterfeed Sit back and focus on your blog now. Twitturly twibs

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