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Serotonin deficiency may not cause depression after all

Serotonin deficiency may not cause depression after all | art, philosophy, science, literature, world news | Scoop.it

New research may lead to a more direct and effective treatment than common SSRIs.


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A New Thermodynamics Theory of the Origin of Life | Simons Foundation

A New Thermodynamics Theory of the Origin of Life | Simons Foundation | art, philosophy, science, literature, world news | Scoop.it
An MIT physicist has proposed the provocative idea that life exists because the law of increasing entropy drives matter to acquire lifelike physical properties.

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John Symons's curator insight, January 23, 11:33 AM

Pretty nice stuff...

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Common scaling laws for city highway systems and the mammalian neocortex - Changizi - 2009 - Complexity - Wiley Online Library

Common scaling laws for city highway systems and the mammalian neocortex - Changizi - 2009 - Complexity - Wiley Online Library | art, philosophy, science, literature, world news | Scoop.it

Changizi, M. A. and Destefano, M. (2010), Common scaling laws for city highway systems and the mammalian neocortex. Complexity, 15: 11–18. doi: 10.1002/cplx.20288


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Eli Levine's curator insight, February 19, 4:01 PM

Could you imagine if we're able to mimic our social/constructed systems upon our natural/organic systems?  Imagine if we could discover the natural laws that shape our world and then make our world be in conformity with these natural, discovered laws (as opposed to our abstracted, imaginatively created laws.

 

Think about it!

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Outside the body our memories fail us

Outside the body our memories fail us | art, philosophy, science, literature, world news | Scoop.it
New research demonstrates for the first time that there is a close relationship between body perception and the ability to remember. For us to be able to store new memories from our lives, we need to feel that we are in our own body. According to researchers, the results could be of major importance in understanding the memory problems that psychiatric patients often exhibit.

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Finding communities in networks with R and igraph @sixhat

Finding communities in networks is often a common task under the paradigm of complex systems. Doing it in R is very easy and there are several ways to do

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Opening lines of 25 famous novels dissected to make an awesome poster

Opening lines of 25 famous novels dissected to make an awesome poster | art, philosophy, science, literature, world news | Scoop.it

Remember sentence diagramming? Turns out, it makes an awfully cool poster.


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Mark Zuckerberg called Obama to lecture him about privacy. It did not go well

Mark Zuckerberg called Obama to lecture him about privacy. It did not go well | art, philosophy, science, literature, world news | Scoop.it

The U.S. government risks undermining people's trust in the Internet if it keeps invading their privacy, warns Mark Zuckerberg, who ought to know. In a status update Thursday, the Facebooker-in-chief reports that he called up President Obama himself to complain about fresh reports of government spying.


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Should physicists stop looking for fundamental laws? | The Curious Wavefunction, Scientific American Blog Network

Should physicists stop looking for fundamental laws? | The Curious Wavefunction, Scientific American Blog Network | art, philosophy, science, literature, world news | Scoop.it
Physics, unlike biology or geology, was not considered to be a historical science until now. Physicists have prided themselves on being able to derive the vast ...

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With Enough Time, This Installation Will Produce Every Photograph Possible

With Enough Time, This Installation Will Produce Every Photograph Possible | art, philosophy, science, literature, world news | Scoop.it
In trying to make beauty through brute force Jeff Thompson raises questions about art authorship and even the very nature of existence.

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John Symons's curator insight, December 27, 2013 10:39 AM

H/T/ Antonio Fonseca

 

William Poundstone discussed this idea back in the 80s in his excellent popular science book "The Recursive Universe"

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What Happens When You Freeze Water in a Container So Strong the Water Can't Expand Into Ice?

What Happens When You Freeze Water in a Container So Strong the Water Can't Expand Into Ice? | art, philosophy, science, literature, world news | Scoop.it
Kevin asks: What would happen if you froze water, but the container was so strong the water couldn’t expand into ice?

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Why Cognition-as-a-Service is the next operating system battlefield - GigaOM

Why Cognition-as-a-Service is the next operating system battlefield - GigaOM | art, philosophy, science, literature, world news | Scoop.it
Why Cognition-as-a-Service is the next operating system battlefield GigaOM Stephen Wolfram announced the Wolfram Language, which models the world and combines both programs and data — what he calls a new “language for the global brain,” — that will...

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The surprise theory of everything - physics-math - 15 October 2012 - New Scientist

The surprise theory of everything - physics-math - 15 October 2012 - New Scientist | art, philosophy, science, literature, world news | Scoop.it
Forget quantum physics, forget relativity. Inklings of an ultimate theory might emerge from an unexpected place, says physicist Vlatko Vedral

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The Long Earth: Multiverse Physics

Philosopher of physics David Wallace guides us the many-worlds interpretation of quantum mechanics and the mind-bending claims it makes about our reality. Pa...
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13 lectures from Allen Ginsberg's 'History of Poetry' course (1975)

13 lectures from Allen Ginsberg's 'History of Poetry' course (1975) | art, philosophy, science, literature, world news | Scoop.it

If you want to understand poetry, ask a poet. 'What is this?' you ask, 'some kind of Zen saying?' Obvious, but subtle? Maybe.


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Every Thing Must Go - Metaphysics Naturalised: James Ladyman - YouTube

Every Thing Must Go - Metaphysics Naturalised: James Ladyman PhysPhil conference 2012, The University of St Andrews http://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/~qoi/physphil...

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John Symons's curator insight, January 29, 1:02 PM

Ladyman gives a fantastic presentation of a sensible way to think about ontology, interaction, and individuation.  Respecting physics in the right way without the usual fundamentalist/reductionist missteps.  I'd quarrel with the details, esp. with respect to emergent causation and what we mean by "downward" causal powers, but overall, this is the right way to go.

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Forget speed-reading. Here's speed-writing

Forget speed-reading. Here's speed-writing | art, philosophy, science, literature, world news | Scoop.it

With apps like Spritz and Spreeder, speed-reading is all the rage. But maybe the solution is writing faster: Decide important things. Write those. Understand?


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Citizen science can lower costs and increase excellence in research

Citizen science can lower costs and increase excellence in research | art, philosophy, science, literature, world news | Scoop.it
To date, citizen science has focused on top-down science communication. But as the exemplar of astronomy highlights, amateur enthusiasts can make significant contributions. It’s time to capture this potential, to expand the scope and excellence of research, says Fermin Serrano

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This Insane New App Will Allow You To Read Novels In Under 90 Minutes | Elite Daily

This Insane New App Will Allow You To Read Novels In Under 90 Minutes | Elite Daily | art, philosophy, science, literature, world news | Scoop.it
The reading game is about to change forever. Boston-based software developer Spritz has been in "stealth mode" for three years, tinkering with their program and leasing it out to different ebooks, apps, and other platforms.

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Ray Bradbury's advice on life and writing: 'Don’t think about things, just do them'

Ray Bradbury's advice on life and writing: 'Don’t think about things, just do them' | art, philosophy, science, literature, world news | Scoop.it

Ray Bradbury told an audience at the San Diego Comic Con in 2010 that the secret to life is being in love — in love with life, with who you are and what you do.


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The Essential Posthuman Science Fiction Reading List

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Science fiction has always asked what comes after Homo sapiens. A superhuman version of our species, or a dying planet devoid of intelligent life? This list of 35 essential posthuman novels will get you started answering the big questions too.

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John Symons's curator insight, February 26, 4:36 AM

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22. Emergence and Complexity - YouTube

(May 21, 2010) Professor Robert Sapolsky gives a lecture on emergence and complexity. He details how a small difference at one place in nature can have a hug...

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John Symons's curator insight, January 9, 10:18 AM

This is for students in the emergence course.  Please watch this to get a birds-eye view of the scientific enthusiasm for the concept of emergence.  Sapolsky is a wonderful teacher and a brilliant scientist.  Well worth the time to watch the entire thing.

Dmitry Alexeev's curator insight, January 10, 3:55 AM

butiful speaker

 

António F Fonseca's curator insight, January 10, 4:34 AM

A long but very interesting lecture about Emergence and Complexity from Stanford.

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Cellular Forms

Cellular Forms uses a simplified model of cellular growth to create intricate sculptural shape. Structures are created out of interconnected cells, with rules for…

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John Symons's curator insight, January 7, 9:51 PM

Very beautiful visualization of simple rules for interaction of cells.  

ht Hiroki Sayama

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Philosophy_of_Complex_Systems.pdf


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Complexity Podcast (BBC: In Our Time)


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John Symons's curator insight, December 19, 2013 8:59 AM

http://downloads.bbc.co.uk/podcasts/radio4/iot/iot_20131219-1100a.mp3

 

Jeff Johnson, Eve Mitleton-Kelly, and Ian Stewart discuss Complexity.  It's a good introductory overview with a few really nice insights.  Certainly worth a listen.  h/t David Rodrigues

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With Enough Time, This Installation Will Produce Every Photograph Possible

With Enough Time, This Installation Will Produce Every Photograph Possible | art, philosophy, science, literature, world news | Scoop.it
In trying to make beauty through brute force Jeff Thompson raises questions about art authorship and even the very nature of existence.

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John Symons's curator insight, December 27, 2013 10:39 AM

H/T/ Antonio Fonseca

 

William Poundstone discussed this idea back in the 80s in his excellent popular science book "The Recursive Universe"