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October 25, 2014

Beeminder Blog

Beeminder ♥ HabitRPG

An infinibee in a treasure chest, RPG-style.

HabitRPG and Beeminder have a remarkably similar history and remarkably similar users. We consider this a match made in heaven. In fact, we and the HabitRPG folks have been talking about this for literally years now, so we’re very excited to finally be shipping it, thanks to the hacking skills of our own Alice Monday, and with assistance from Alice Harris. As a welcome to HabitRPG users new to Beeminder, we’re starting with a recap. For Beeminder regulars who don’t already know about HabitRPG, we summarize that as well. If you’re already sold on Beeminder and HabitRPG separately, dive in and start using them together!

Beeminder Reprise

You’re probably here because you either know and love Beeminder, or you know and love HabitRPG. So hi there, friendly Habiteers! Since this is Beeminder turf we’ll start with a quick explanation of what Beeminder’s all about. (For the full Beeminder story, you could start with our inaugural blog post about akrasia and self-binding, a.k.a. commitment devices.)

Beeminder’s ...

by dreeves at Sat, 25 Oct 2014 06:52 Instapaperify

FORA.tv - Program Feed

Session VIII

Session VIII
"On Being" with Krista Tippett, Courtney Martin & Parker Palmer
Date: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 11:00:00 -0700
Location: Camden, Maine, Camden Opera House, PopTech
Program and discussion: http://fora.tv/2014/10/24/session_viii







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QUANTUM Discussion

QUANTUM Discussion

The QUANTUM dance performance was developed by Swiss choreographer Gilles Jobin and German visual artist Julius von Bismarck in the Collide@CERN residency, at the world’s largest particle physics lab.

QUANTUM takes the quark as muse, fusing choreography and installation art into an ode to subatomic randomness. Six dancers vibrate, scatter, and whirl beneath a gyrating quartet of industrial lamps, programmed to respond to the slightest movement, while Carla Scaletti’s soundscape from particle collision data provides the sonic ether.

Following each performance is a discussion on the collaboration between choreographer Gilles Jobin, artist Julius von Bismarck, and scientific advisor and CERN physicist Nicolas Chanon. The QUANTUM world tour is part of a series of events celebrating the 60th anniversary of CERN in 2014. It is co-presented in San Francisco with ODC Theater, the Consulate General of Switzerland, swissnex San Francisco, and the Goethe-Institut in San Francisco.


Date: Sun, 12 Oct 2014 19:00:00 -0700
Location: San Francisco, CA, ODC Theater, swissnex San Francisco
Program and discussion: http://fora.tv/2014 ...

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October 24, 2014

h+ Magazine

3D Printing — State of the Art Update at MecklerMedia Inside 3D Printing

 

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Not for home use.

I recently attended a fun and innovative event, the MecklerMedia Inside 3D Printing Conference and Expo. Alan Meckler and MecklerMedia also hosted the early 1990s Meckler Virtual reality conferences that were key events in the early history of the field so I was familiar with this organization’s quality events. A friend from those days Marily Reed had invited me and I was excited to attend and learn more about 3D printing. The vibe was quite similar to those early VR events with small entrepreneurs mixing it up with bigger corporate players in a still mostly undefined market space.

While I’ve seen the 3D printing technology before, this was a great chance to get up to date on the latest generation of commercially available 3D printing gear and to meet some of the people at the leading and bleeding edge of innovation. I only attended the exposition portion of the show but there were also a number of interesting presentations and technical talks.

We hear a lot about the disruptive ...

by Peter Rothman at Fri, 24 Oct 2014 23:30 Instapaperify

FORA.tv - Program Feed

Session VI

Session VI
Josh Klein Dan Barasch
Date: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 07:00:00 -0700
Location: Camden, Maine, Camden Opera House, PopTech
Program and discussion: http://fora.tv/2014/10/24/session_vi







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Session VII

Session VII
Andrew Cotton hunter lee soik Pedro Alonzo with Swoon & Angelo Milano Lunch Break: 12:30 - 2:00 pm EDT
Date: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 08:30:00 -0700
Location: Camden, Maine, Camden Opera House, PopTech
Program and discussion: http://fora.tv/2014/10/24/session_vii







Fri, 24 Oct 2014 22:09 Instapaperify

Life Beyond Earth, Part 4: Penelope Boston

Life Beyond Earth, Part 4: Penelope Boston
Speleologist Penelope Boston studies bizarre life-forms in the deepest crevices of our home planet to understand what life might look like in harsh, extraterrestrial environments.
Date: Mon, 30 Jun 2014 03:00:00 -0700
Location: , , National Geographic Live
Program and discussion: http://fora.tv/2014/06/30/Life_Beyond_Earth_Part_4_Penelope_Boston







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Session V

Session V
Donna D'Cruz Ayah Bdeir
Date: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 05:30:00 -0700
Location: Camden, Maine, Camden Opera House, PopTech
Program and discussion: http://fora.tv/2014/10/24/session_v







Fri, 24 Oct 2014 21:50 Instapaperify

Kurzweil AI

The Future of Emotional Health and Intelligence

BRIGHTER BRAINS – THE FUTURE OF EMOTIONAL HEALTH AND INTELLIGENCE

Free Smart Drugs will be available (provided by NaturalStacks)

Tickets only $20–$35 available at EventBrite

Sponsor: NaturalStack

Co-Sponsor: The Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technology.

Co-Sponsor: Posit Science.

 

The Conference Speakers are:

Jyoti Mishra, Ph.D. (Keynote) is an Assistant Professor in the Dept. of Neurology at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF), and also serves as a Senior Scientist at the Brain Plasticity Institute at PositScience. Her training is in the field of human cognitive and computational neurosciences, with an emphasis on mechanisms of attention and cognitive control. Jyoti’s current research focuses on developing and evaluating novel neurotherapeutic tools that enhance cognition in healthy individuals, with further applications in individuals with cognitive impairments, including children with Attention Deficit Disorder (ADHD), children with an early life history of stress and abuse and older adults. These neurotherapeutic tools integrate the latest in software, hardware and internet technologies and their efficacy is rigorously evaluated in randomized controlled trials, conducted here in the US and worldwide ...

Fri, 24 Oct 2014 19:41 Instapaperify

Mind Hacks

Spike activity 24-10-2014

Quick links from the past week in mind and brain news:

A Victorian lunatic asylum begins to reveal its secrets. The Wellcome Library now has the first of many digitised asylum records online.

Narratively has an excellent piece on legendary San Francisco eccentric Emperor Norton.

The marketers latest fad – make it seem it’s a feminist social campaign – has been taken on as an attempt to sell a rejected antidepressant as a treatment for the invented ‘female sexual dysfunction’. In-depth and important article in the BMJ.

Time magazine has a special features that looks inside the quasi-legal science-free world of medical marijuana for children.

Russian artist cuts off earlobe to protest use of forced psychiatry on dissidents reports The Guardian.

BBC Radio 3 has an interesting doco called Como Songs about families’ experience of having a loved-one in a coma or coma-like state.

Decades of lie detection research has been unrealistic. Interesting piece from the BPS Research Digest.

IEEE Spectrum magazine has an interview with machine learning ninja Michael Jordan who grit blasts the hype ...

by vaughanbell at Fri, 24 Oct 2014 19:26 Instapaperify

FORA.tv - Program Feed

The Next America: Population 2043

The Next America: Population 2043
America is experiencing one of the largest demographic shifts in the country's history. As a result, the U.S. Department of Education recently projected that students from minority groups will comprise a majority of the country's public school K-12 students this school year.

Heartland communities like Des Moines, Iowa, are more diverse than ever before-today, 53 percent of students enrolled in Des Moines' public schools are children of color. The country's changing immigration patterns are creating both dynamic opportunities and important challenges for school systems across America.

Join National Journal in Des Moines, Iowa, for a robust town hall discussion with local opinion leaders about how the nation's rapidly evolving demographic shifts are impacting schools across the country as they educate a new generation of Americans.

We will explore questions such as: What factors have driven Des Moines' demographic change? How do the country's schools best provide a high quality education for all of their students, ensuring that all children live up to their full ...

Fri, 24 Oct 2014 19:16 Instapaperify

zenhabits

The Realization

By Leo Babauta

Lately I’ve been practicing asking myself a question:

What if this moment were already perfect, everything you needed to be happy?

This question is transformative.

If I’m upset about something, I reconsider the moment and realize that I’m being small-minded about something, and that if I look at the entire moment, I can appreciate how much I have to be grateful for.

Being mad at someone, I can see that actually this person is pretty wonderful and I should be grateful for having them in my life.

Being upset at a situation, I can see how much I actually have, how lucky I am, how great it is to be alive.

And even in non-frustrating moments, I can see how much of a gift this present moment is, and pause to really appreciate everything about it. And then make the most of it.

Is it possible this moment is the perfect blend you need for happiness?

by zenhabits at Fri, 24 Oct 2014 17:34 Instapaperify

99U

Skip Monday Blues with Sort-Your-Life-Out Sundays

Watch by Julien Deveaux from The Noun Project

Watch by Julien Deveaux from The Noun Project

When asked in an interview about how he structures his work week, Jack Dorsey (co-founder of Twitter and Square) said: “Sunday is [for] reflections, feedback, strategy and getting ready for the rest of the week.”

Laura Vanderkam, author of “What the Most Successful People Do on the Weekend,” observed that weekends, especially Sundays, are crucial when it comes to getting clear and prepared for the coming week. She’s dubbed the process of recalibrating yourself on the sabbath as “Sort-Your-Life-Out-Sunday.”

[On Sunday,] do something you love Monday to Friday. When the conditions of your job are right, you can start the week excited about it. You like the work for its own sake and hence, it isn’t a cause of anxiety.

But another, perhaps more practical, idea is to schedule something fun for Sunday nights. Get together for a game night with friends. Have people over for dinner. Find an adult soccer league that plays on Sunday nights. Go to religious services. Volunteer with your family ...

by Hamza Khan at Fri, 24 Oct 2014 16:45 Instapaperify

Life by Experimentation

Crappy Apps and Get Rich Quick Schemes

Sturgeon’s Law says that “90% of everything is crap.” When I first read this, it seemed immensely depressing. I couldn’t help but feel that it was somehow an attack on my work. All craftsmen, from authors to computer programmers, know the feeling of having created something that is not quite good enough. We have a tendency to be chronically self-critical, to the point that many skilled people never release their work to the world.

Get-Rich-Quick Apps

I saw an advertisement on Facebook the other day for new App Developers. I couldn’t believe my eyes; there was something viscerally repulsive about such a brazenly overstated get-rich-quick scheme in the space in which I work (iOS app development). Here’s what the advertisement had to say:

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I can’t program or code, but my super simple apps just hit 10,000,000 app downloads!

When I used to do consulting and freelance app development, I was forced to start many phone calls by explaining that the Wild Wild West / Gold Rush phase of the ...

by Zane Claes at Fri, 24 Oct 2014 16:42 Instapaperify

Doctor Stu's Science Blog

Granny’s Marvelous Medicines: 3 traditional treatments that actually work

Imagine a time before the internet. Go further back: think of what the world was like before mobile phones. Now go even further back… back to when computers weren’t around. I know that in today’s touch-screen age, it’s hard to imagine – but not so very long ago all knowledge was passed down through spoken … Continue reading

by Stuart Farrimond at Fri, 24 Oct 2014 16:08 Instapaperify

FORA.tv - Program Feed

Catching the Eye of Generation Y

Catching the Eye of Generation Y
Millennials, the young generation of Americans currently in their late-teens through mid-thirties, comprise 24% of the US population-and 100% of the coveted 18-34 demographic of media consumers that marketing and entertainment executives most want to reach. On October 23, ABC Family's Tom Ascheim, MTV's Susanne Daniels, and Defy Media's Keith Richman will visit the Media Council in Los Angeles to share insights and discuss strategies for earning-and keeping-the loyalty of a generation whose habits, preferences, and values are shaping the future of the media industry.
Date: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 19:30:00 -0700
Location: , , Paley Center for Media
Program and discussion: http://fora.tv/2014/10/23/Catching_the_Eye_of_Generation_Y







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NeuroLogica Blog

The Many Interacting Worlds Hypothesis

Howard Wiseman, a theoretical quantum physicist at Griffith University in Brisbane, Australia, and his colleagues have come up with an entirely new theory to explain the weird behavior of particles at the quantum level. The idea is that quantum effects result from classical universes interacting with each other.

Classical physics is essentially the physics of Newton and describes the macroscopic world. In classical physics particles have a definitive location and momentum. At the scale of fundamental particles, however, the world behaves very differently.

At this so-called quantum level, particles move in waves but then interact as particles. They have only a probabilistic location and cannot be nailed down specifically. There is a minimum amount of uncertainty when trying to measure any linked properties, such as location and momentum. Even more bizarre is quantum entanglement in which particles have linked properties, even when separated across the universe.

The bottom line is that we do not really know why the quantum world behaves as it does. We have experimental data, such as the double-slit experiments, that show ...

by Steven Novella at Fri, 24 Oct 2014 14:50 Instapaperify

PsyBlog

Science-Based Medicine

The “It’s All Good!” Fallacy of Complementary and Alternative Medicine…..

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“Trust me, have I got a deal for you!”

 

As a young mother comforts her feverish and uncomfortable infant, a doctor enters the dimly lit exam room. The child’s mother and the bedside nurse look at him expectantly.

“I’ve got the results. There is an infection in your son’s spinal fluid, which was one of the things we discussed as a possible cause of his high fever and irritablity,” the physician explains to the now crying mother. “We need to start treatment right away and admit him to the hospital.”

After answering the distraught mother’s questions and discussing her child’s treatment plan, the doctor leaves the room and begins to write orders in the patient’s chart. The nurse, eager to begin appropriate therapy looks over his shoulder with a confused look on his face.

“Excuse me doc, but you’ve got to be a little more clear on that order don’t you think?”

Written in barely legible doctor scribble, next to the date and time of the encounter ...

by Clay Jones at Fri, 24 Oct 2014 12:00 Instapaperify

mathbabe

The class warfare of Halloween

What’s the best thing about Halloween, the dress-up or the candy? Or is it the fact that, for that one night, you can go up to people’s houses and ring their bell and talk to them when they answer the door, and if you’re a kid you can even get demand and receive a gift? (Update: I asked my 6-year-old this question and he answered immediately: “it’s eating the candy afterwards.”)

For me it’s always been about the way social rules get thrown out the window and there’s a celebration of generosity and neighborliness. Costumes are the excuse to tell each other how amazing they look, and candy is the excuse to symbolically exchange a token of friendship.

I pretty much had kids in part so I could start going trick-or-treating again, that’s how much I love it. And yes, I went trick-or-treating well into my teens, it was embarrassing for everyone except my best friends who went with me. Near the end there we’d use the ...

by Cathy O'Neil, mathbabe at Fri, 24 Oct 2014 10:33 Instapaperify

rationalist filter - Stack Exchange

How to remember correct solution to (academic) mistakes? Learning techniques – productivity.stackexchange.com

While studying I do a lot of tutorial questions and I find that I always make at least one mistake in every tutorial. Once I've found the error I have several ways that I've tried to deal with it. ...

by Darren Lanigan at Fri, 24 Oct 2014 08:54 Instapaperify

FORA.tv - Program Feed

Session IV

Session IV
Vincent Horn Bob Sabiston Anil Dash
Date: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 11:00:00 -0700
Location: Camden, Maine, Camden Opera House, PopTech
Program and discussion: http://fora.tv/2014/10/23/session_iv







Fri, 24 Oct 2014 06:46 Instapaperify

Session III

Session III
Jessica Lawrence Sharrona Pearl NPR's "Big Idea" with Joe Palca feat. Maria Oden & Bryan Shaw Lunch Break: 12:30 - 2:00 pm EDT
Date: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 08:30:00 -0700
Location: Camden, Maine, Camden Opera House, PopTech
Program and discussion: http://fora.tv/2014/10/23/session_iii







Fri, 24 Oct 2014 06:38 Instapaperify

View from the Top: John Culver

View from the Top: John Culver
The Atlantic's interview series returns to Seattle for a conversation with John Culver, Starbucks' Group President for Starbucks Coffee China and Asia Pacific, Channel Development, and Emerging Brands. Culver, who has spent more than a decade rising through the ranks at Starbucks, will speak about his experience overseeing the growth of the company's fastest-growing retail segment in the China and Asia Pacific region. He'll also share insights from throughout his career, which also includes roles as Vice President, Sales for Nestle USA, and management positions within Houlihan's Restaurants.
Date: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 17:00:00 -0700
Location: seattle, WA, , Atlantic
Program and discussion: http://fora.tv/2014/10/23/View_from_the_Top_John_Culver







Fri, 24 Oct 2014 06:31 Instapaperify

Slate Star Codex

Book Review: A Future For Socialism

A boot, stamping on a human face – forever!

No! Wait! Sorry! Wrong future for socialism! This is John Roemer’s Future For Socialism, a book on how to build a kinder, gentler socialist economy. In my review of Red Plenty, I complained about the book’s lack of gritty economic planning details, and Gilbert commented:

The least unimpressive modern detail-level explanation of how socialism could work is [A Future For Socialism]. I might regret recommending this book, because Scott is the kind of person to fall for it.

With a recommendation like that, how could I not?

A Future For Socialism makes – and I believe proves – a bold thesis. It argues that a socialist economy is entirely compatible with prosperity, innovation, and consumer satisfaction – just as long as by “socialism”, you mean “capitalism”.

The book makes proposals, but you’re not exactly hearing the Internationale playing in the background as you read them. Prices are obviously the best form of allocating goods, so a socialist economy should keep them. Central planning could never work, so ...

by Scott Alexander at Fri, 24 Oct 2014 01:59 Instapaperify

FORA.tv - Program Feed

Session I

Session I
John Maeda Joi Ito Leetha Filderman
Date: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 05:30:00 -0700
Location: Camden, Maine, Camden Opera House, PopTech
Program and discussion: http://fora.tv/2014/10/23/session_i







Fri, 24 Oct 2014 00:52 Instapaperify

Session II

Session II
David Burstein Alec Ross Paola Antonelli
Date: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 07:00:00 -0700
Location: Camden, Maine, Camden Opera House, PopTech
Program and discussion: http://fora.tv/2014/10/23/session_ii







Fri, 24 Oct 2014 00:49 Instapaperify

October 23, 2014

FORA.tv - Program Feed

Daniel H. Rosen: 'Avoiding the Blind Alley'

Daniel H. Rosen: 'Avoiding the Blind Alley'
NEW YORK, October 22, 2014 - Daniel H. Rosen, Fall 2014 Wadsworth Fellow at the Asia Society Policy Institute (ASPI) and China Practice Leader at the Rhodium Group, presents findings of his ASPI report Avoiding the Blind Alley: China's Economic Overhaul and Its Global Implications. (25 min., 52 sec.)
Date: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 03:00:00 -0700
Location: New York, NY, Daniel H. Rosen: 'Avoiding the Blind Alley', Asia Society
Program and discussion: http://fora.tv/2014/10/22/Daniel_H_Rosen_Avoiding_the_Blind_Alley







Thu, 23 Oct 2014 23:49 Instapaperify

Sheena Iyengar: 'You Had to Get on Your Own Two Feet'

Sheena Iyengar: 'You Had to Get on Your Own Two Feet'
NEW YORK, September 26, 2014 - Sheena Iyengar, Columbia Business School professor and author of The Art of Choosing, describes how her grandmother's and mother's belief in higher education, which was radical at that time in India, shaped her path in life. (9 min., 13 sec.)
Date: Fri, 26 Sep 2014 03:00:00 -0700
Location: , , Asia Society
Program and discussion: http://fora.tv/2014/09/26/Sheena_Iyengar_You_Had_to_Get_on_Your_Own_Two_Feet







Thu, 23 Oct 2014 23:36 Instapaperify

Jack Ma: 'Small Is Beautiful, Small Is Powerful'

Jack Ma: 'Small Is Beautiful, Small Is Powerful'
NEW YORK, October 16, 2014 - Alibaba founder and CEO Jack Ma accepts his Asia Game Changer of the Year award from Asia Society in a ceremony at the United Nations. Ma recounts his company's rise from modest beginnings and concludes with the homily, "Keep your dream alive because it might come true one day." (7 min., 36 sec.)
Date: Thu, 16 Oct 2014 03:00:00 -0700
Location: New York, NY, , Asia Society
Program and discussion: http://fora.tv/2014/10/16/Jack_Ma_Small_Is_Beautiful_Small_Is_Powerful







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Leon Panetta

Leon Panetta
Leon Panetta's first career as a public servant began as an army intelligence officer and included a 35-year run in Congress, culminating in his role as Clinton's budget czar and White House chief of staff. He then "retired" to establish the Panetta Institute, to serve on the Iraq Study Group, and to protect his beloved California coastline. But in 2009, he returned to public office as the director of the CIA, and after leading the intelligence war that led to the killing of Osama bin Laden, Panetta became the U.S. secretary of defense and inherited two troubled wars in a time of austerity and painful choices. Like his career, Worthy Fights: A Memoir of Leadership in War and Peace is a reflection of Panetta's values. It is imbued with the frank, grounded, and quite funny spirit of a man who never lost touch with where he came from: his family's walnut farm in Carmel Valley. It is also a testament to the kind of political leadership that favors ...

Thu, 23 Oct 2014 23:18 Instapaperify

Building Market Economies in Europe

Building Market Economies in Europe
David Lipton on what transition countries of Central and Eastern Europe learned in the last 25 years and where they are going in the next 25. This is the focus of the National Bank of Poland-IMF conference on October 24.
Date: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 03:00:00 -0700
Location: , , International Monetary Fund
Program and discussion: http://fora.tv/2014/10/22/Building_Market_Economies_in_Europe







Thu, 23 Oct 2014 22:48 Instapaperify

Heritage Under Siege from Aleppo to Zanzibar

Heritage Under Siege from Aleppo to Zanzibar
The very places that convey great achievements, the passage of time, and the stability of culture are frequently proving fragile against the backdrop of natural disaster, warfare, and civil and religious conflict. Join WMF for an evening of discovery about these struggles and efforts to protect and conserve these magnificent records of cultural history.

Date: Tue, 14 Oct 2014 15:30:00 -0700
Location: New York, New York, 350 Fifth Avenue, Suite 2412 (Empire State Building), World Monuments Fund
Program and discussion: http://fora.tv/2014/10/14/Heritage_Under_Siege_from_Aleppo_to_Zanzibar







Thu, 23 Oct 2014 22:43 Instapaperify

Bulletproof

Dr. Bronner’s Magic: Sustainability, Psychedelics, & GMOs – #165

David Bronner is the grandson of Dr. Emanuel Bronner, the founder of Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps, one of the world’s largest personal care product companies to be certified under the USDA National Organic Program. David has a B.A. in Biology from Harvard, and has been president of Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps since 1998. He is […]

by Dave Asprey at Thu, 23 Oct 2014 21:45 Instapaperify

Andrew Gelman

No, Michael Jordan didn’t say that!

The names are changed, but the song remains the same.

First verse. There’s an article by a journalist,

to which Andrew responded in blog form,

Second verse. There’s an article by a journalist,

to which Michael Jordan responded in blog form,

Whenever I (Bob, not Andrew) read a story in an area I know something about (slices of computer science, linguistics, and statistics), I’m almost always struck by the inaccuracies. The result is that I mistrust journalists writing about topics I don’t know anything about, such as foreign affairs, economics, or medicine ...

Thu, 23 Oct 2014 21:08 Instapaperify

h+ Magazine

Transhumanism and Scientific Requirements to Hold Political Office

Recently I have written multiple articles about the scientific illiteracy of American politicians. [1] [2] [3] Even members of the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology display an ignorance of science that should make a high school student blush.

After reading my essays a perceptive reader posed the follow questions: 1) How do we decide if a person holds “unscientific” beliefs? 2) What about someone who denies evolution or specific aspects of modern cosmology? 3) Should there be a science test for this job [member of the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology]? 4) Could any of the members of the committee pass a realistically broad and deep science exam? To these questions I would like to add my own: 5)How are issues of scientific literacy among politicians relevant to transhumanism? Let me answer each of these questions in turn.

1) How do we decide if a person holds “unscientific” beliefs? In the simplest and most obvious case a person holds unscientific views if they deny a received view of modern science ...

by Peter Rothman at Thu, 23 Oct 2014 21:03 Instapaperify

What Happens in the Hippocampus?

hippocampusThe hippocampus has been object of scrutiny since the days of Gray’s Anatomy.

This year’s Nobel Prize in medicine recognises work on “cells that constitute a positioning system in the brain.” Those cells are found in the hippocampus. It is just one tiny part of the brain, but this structure gets at least its fair share of research attention.

The hippocampus is located in the middle of the brain in a region known as the medial temporal lobe. Imagine travelling inward from your ear toward the centre of your head. It resembles a seahorse, with the name derived from the Greek words “hippo” for horse and “kampos” for sea.

Its appearance and cellular arrangement are similar in all mammals, ranging from humans to rodents. The hippocampus has been called the “neural Rosetta stone” since the discovery in the 1950s that removing it in patients suffering from epilepsy prevented new memory formation.

Damage to the hippocampus leads to trouble forming new memories of the time or location of an event. Impaired blood flow and ...

by Peter Rothman at Thu, 23 Oct 2014 20:56 Instapaperify

The GiveWell Blog

Investigating the Ebola response

Should you donate to efforts to contain the Ebola outbreak in west Africa? With hundreds of millions of dollars coming in from other donors, will your donation make a difference? How does this compare to giving to GiveWell’s top charities?

These are difficult questions. It’s always hard to estimate how much good a donation does; it’s much harder in the midst of a rapidly evolving situation like this one. It requires predicting the future path of the pandemic and the effects of response efforts. New information (and new donations) are constantly changing the picture. Further complicating matters, the people who best understand the situation are extremely busy, and we need to be careful with how we request their time. Even coming up with a rough take on Ebola involves major effort. However, at this point – due to some preliminary analysis and estimates – we are in the midst of conducting a small investigation, and hope to publish our take on donating for Ebola response within the next week or two.

In this post ...

by Holden at Thu, 23 Oct 2014 19:30 Instapaperify

99U

How Designers Get a Seat at the CEO Table

Christopher Simmons’ voice can be heard loud and clear throughout the global world of design. As a leading advocate for the role of design in society and the belief that designers have a place in influencing change, he has helped shape the way many people view the both design thinking and the design craft today. As a proponent for design Christopher is well known for his role in founding San Francisco Design Week.

Simmons’ own life and career can be characterized by a desire to spread this ethos to others. As the author of four books, creator of San Francisco Design Week, AIGA national board member, and former professor, he takes advantage of a variety of platforms to use as his soapbox. Impressively, none of this has slowed down his own commitment to the craft as he runs the successful San Francisco based design studio, MINE, and has several pieces of his work displayed at prestigious design museums around the world.

We sat down with Christopher to talk entrepreneurship, his life mission, and the ...

by behanceteam at Thu, 23 Oct 2014 18:00 Instapaperify

Giveaway! Win an Advance Copy of 99U’s New Book: “Make Your Mark”

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Due out in less than a month, Make Your Mark is the third installment in the 99U book series—and the first to tackle the subject of leading a creative business.

These days an MFA is as likely to be leading a business as an MBA. More designers, artists, journalists, and creatives of all kinds are stepping up to the plate and anointing themselves entrepreneurs. The thing is: Creatives don’t work like everyone else. We’re restless and innovative and neurotic and full of ideas and energy. And we want to make stuff. But how does that “maker mentality” sync up with leading a business?

That’s what Make Your Mark is all about. We made a business book for creatives by creatives. It collects 21 essays and interviews from leading creative minds at businesses big and small, like Warby Parker, Google X, Facebook, DODOcase, Sugru, Contently, and many more.

How to Enter the Giveaway:

Make Your Mark is not just about how to run any old business. It’s about how to run ...

by behanceteam at Thu, 23 Oct 2014 17:06 Instapaperify