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Inquirer Editorial: Money isn't everything

Inquirer Editorial: Money isn't everything | Heal the world | Scoop.it
One silver lining of the crisis that Philadelphia's schools have been staggering through has to be the activism it has generated for the proper education of the city's children.
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Parents who want their children to have a better education are concerned about every aspect of the learning process, including funding, staffing, supplies, environment, safety, and work rules.

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Why does the human brain create false memories?

Why does the human brain create false memories? | Heal the world | Scoop.it
Our memories constantly adapt and mould themselves to fit the world, but why do our brains generate false recollections?
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Doing good feels good

Action for Happiness http://www.actionforhappiness.org is a movement for positive social change. We're bringing together people from all walks of life who wa...

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Video: Up to 500 primary schools to sign up for digital programme

Video: Up to 500 primary schools to sign up for digital programme | Heal the world | Scoop.it
Initiative will see computers become natural part of student life (Video: Up to 500 primary schools to sign up for digital programme http://t.co/oTHs23A93G via @IrishTimes)...
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The health-wealth gap

The health-wealth gap | Heal the world | Scoop.it
Inequality in the United States is undermining Americans’ health and longevity.
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Americans not only die sooner, but also suffer higher rates of injury and disease than their peers in other high-income countries, the report found.

The reasons for America's grim prognosis are many and complex, experts say. It's clear, though, that social and economic inequality is an important factor. And all Americans, rich and poor, are suffering the consequences.

"We knew that Americans had poorer health than people in other countries, but the surprise for us was how bad the problem is," says Steven H. Woolf, MD, a professor of family medicine at Virginia Commonwealth University and chair of the panel that produced the report. "The problem has been going on for many years and has been getting worse."

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How to eliminate river blindness: lessons from Colombia

How to eliminate river blindness: lessons from Colombia | Heal the world | Scoop.it
Colombia recently eliminated this neglected disease through health education and drugs. Sound easy?

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Nature wins the war on drugs: Low-cost, super-potent plants prevent addiction and treat withdrawal safely

Nature wins the war on drugs: Low-cost, super-potent plants prevent addiction and treat withdrawal safely | Heal the world | Scoop.it
Nature wins the war on drugs: Low-cost, super-potent plants prevent addiction and treat withdrawal safely

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New research has led to the discovery of Avidekel which can help protect brain cells in the process of getting "HIGH". This new research can help prevent the further negative effects of certain drugs and decrease the amount of brain cells affected by the drug. I included this so that more people can become aware of Avidekel and its usefull effect on preventing addiction and the harsh symptoms of withdrawal. 

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Physicist Proposes New Way To Think About Intelligence

Physicist Proposes New Way To Think About Intelligence | Heal the world | Scoop.it

 A single equation grounded in basic physics principles could describe intelligence and stimulate new insights in fields as diverse as finance and robotics, according to new research. 

 

Alexander Wissner-Gross, a physicist at Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Cameron Freer, a mathematician at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, developed an equation that they say describes many intelligent or cognitive behaviors, such as upright walking and tool use.  The researchers suggest that intelligent behavior stems from the impulse to seize control of future events in the environment. This is the exact opposite of the classic science-fiction scenario in which computers or robots become intelligent, then set their sights on taking over the world.  The findings describe a mathematical relationship that can "spontaneously induce remarkably sophisticated behaviors associated with the human 'cognitive niche,' including tool use and social cooperation, in simple physical systems," the researchers wrote in a paper published today in the journal Physical Review Letters.

 

"It's a provocative paper," said Simon DeDeo, a research fellow at the Santa Fe Institute, who studies biological and social systems. "It's not science as usual." Wissner-Gross, a physicist, said the research was "very ambitious" and cited developments in multiple fields as the major inspirations.  The mathematics behind the research comes from the theory of how heat energy can do work and diffuse over time, called thermodynamics. One of the core concepts in physics is called entropy, which refers to the tendency of systems to evolve toward larger amounts of disorder. The second law of thermodynamics explains how in any isolated system, the amount of entropy tends to increase. A mirror can shatter into many pieces, but a collection of broken pieces will not reassemble into a mirror. The new research proposes that entropy is directly connected to intelligent behavior. In one test, the researchers presented Entropica with a situation where it could use one item as a tool to remove another item from a bin, and in another, it could move a cart to balance a rod standing straight up in the air. Governed by simple principles of thermodynamics, the software responded by displaying behavior similar to what people or animals might do, all without being given a specific goal for any scenario. "It actually self-determines what its own objective is," said Wissner-Gross. "This [artificial intelligence] does not require the explicit specification of a goal, unlike essentially any other artificial intelligence."

 

Entropica's intelligent behavior emerges from the "physical process of trying to capture as many future histories as possible," said Wissner-Gross. Future histories represent the complete set of possible future outcomes available to a system at any given moment. Wissner-Gross calls the concept at the center of the research "causal entropic forces." These forces are the motivation for intelligent behavior. They encourage a system to preserve as many future histories as possible. For example, in the cart-and-rod exercise, Entropica controls the cart to keep the rod upright. Allowing the rod to fall would drastically reduce the number of remaining future histories, or, in other words, lower the entropy of the cart-and-rod system. Keeping the rod upright maximizes the entropy. It maintains all future histories that can begin from that state, including those that require the cart to let the rod fall. "The universe exists in the present state that it has right now. It can go off in lots of different directions. My proposal is that intelligence is a process that attempts to capture future histories," said Wissner-Gross. The research may have applications beyond what is typically considered artificial intelligence, including language structure and social cooperation. DeDeo said it would be interesting to use this new framework to examine Wikipedia, and research whether it, as a system, exhibited the same behaviors described in the paper. "To me [the research] seems like a really authentic and honest attempt to wrestle with really big questions," said DeDeo.


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“American Dream”: Food loaded into Dumpsters while Hundreds of Hungry Americans Restrained by Police

“American Dream”: Food loaded into Dumpsters while Hundreds of Hungry Americans Restrained by Police | Heal the world | Scoop.it
Hundreds of poor people waiting outside of a closed grocery store for the possibility of getting the remaining food is not the picture of the “American Dream.” Yet on March 23, outside the Laney Walker Supermarket in Augusta, Ga., that is exactly...
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In Richmond County, there are about 20 evictions per day, and the area surrounding the supermarket is one of the poorest in the state. According to the last available data, the poverty rate is 41 percent. Many people in that parking lot probably knew all too well how evictions work, and were in desperate need of the food assistance.

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Climate After Growth: Why Environmentalists Must Embrace Post-Growth Economics & Community Resilience

Climate After Growth: Why Environmentalists Must Embrace Post-Growth Economics & Community Resilience | Heal the world | Scoop.it
In this provocative paper, PCI Executive Director Asher Miller and Transition Movement Founder (and PCI Fellow) Rob Hopkins make a convincing case for why the environmental community must embrace post-growth economics and community resilience in...

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What's Killing Bottlenose Dolphins? Experts Discover Cause

What's Killing Bottlenose Dolphins? Experts Discover Cause | Heal the world | Scoop.it
A virus in the same family as the human disease measles is likely responsible for hundreds of dolphin deaths along the U.S. East Coast.

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The Surprising Health Benefits Of Connecting With Everyone Around You

The Surprising Health Benefits Of Connecting With Everyone Around You | Heal the world | Scoop.it
By Nicole Frehsée An expert in the field of positive psychology explores the perks of bonding -- with everyone around you.

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How to lower cholesterol naturally

How to lower cholesterol naturally | Heal the world | Scoop.it
Many people ask if there is a perfect method to lower cholesterol in the blood.
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What are phytosterols?

Phytosterols are similar in their chemical structure to cholesterol, but they are not produced by the human body cells, and their only source is the food we consume. You can find them in very small quantities in fruits and vegetables, nuts and almonds, and in larger quantities in several types of grains (wheat, rye) and oils (sesame oil, corn oil).

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One in six children in poverty

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At least one out of every six children in the UK lives in relative poverty, according to data released by the Department for Work and Pensions.
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But the number living in absolute poverty is higher and on this measure, one in five children in the UK lives in poverty - a total of 2.6 million in 2011-12. On this measure, 300,000 more children fell below the poverty line compared with the year before.
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The Mental Strain of Making Do With Less

The Mental Strain of Making Do With Less | Heal the world | Scoop.it
The constant distraction of restricting calorie intake strains the mental capacity of dieters; in a similar way, poverty is a strain on the poor.
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Take the case of poverty. In a paper published last month in Science, with Profs. Anandi Mani at the University of Warwick and Jiaying Zhao at the University of British Columbia, Professor Shafir and I waded into politically charged territory. Some people argue that the poor make terrible choices and do so because they are inherently less capable. But our analysis of scarcity suggests a different perspective: perhaps the poor are just as capable as everyone else. Perhaps the problem is not poor people but the mental strain that poverty imposes on anyone who must endure it.

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Happiness Is Not a Passive Phenomenon

"Happiness is not something that happens to you; happiness is a work ethic," says Achor. "It's something that requires our brains to train just like an athle...

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Happiness, success and fulfilment can be learned and practiced. Author and speaker Shawn Achor shares some great insights and some great advice on how to practice happiness.

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VIDEO: "The Story of Solutions" - Annie Leonard's Latest

Published on Oct 1, 2013

Annie Leonard's back with another animated video, six years after the Story of Stuff came out, and after eight other short films. This time, she's talking about what we need to do to solve problems—and how we really need to reframe goals so we're looking at the whole system.

 

The Story of Solutions explores how we can move our economy in a more sustainable and just direction, starting with orienting ourselves toward a new goal.
In the current 'Game of More', we're told to cheer a growing economy -- more roads, more malls, more Stuff! -- even though our health indicators are worsening, income inequality is growing and polar icecaps are melting.
But what if we changed the point of the game? What if the goal of our economy wasn't more, but better -- better health, better jobs and a better chance to survive on the planet? Shouldn't that be what winning means? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cpkRvc-sOKk

 


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Specially interesting Annie's use of the world Goal. 

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Pupils breakfasting on energy drinks

Pupils breakfasting on energy drinks | Heal the world | Scoop.it
A survey suggests one in 20 teenage pupils goes to school on a can of energy drink instead of a good breakfast. (Pupils breakfasting on energy drinks-have to agree with most if this article, not a great idea!
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University is not about the subject, but about education

University is not about the subject, but about education | Heal the world | Scoop.it
The question a professor should ask is ‘What role could this student play in society’s future?
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If we want to re-establish the true worth of our universities, we don’t need teaching professors, we need educating professors – scholars who are dedicated to educating a generation able and willing to transform our society for the better.

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Virtual Roundtable Live 3 | Facebook

Virtual Roundtable Live 3 | Facebook | Heal the world | Scoop.it
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Topic: Happiness Factors - What Are The Keys To Being Happy?

The Roundtable Live project - a discussion platform for a wide spectrum of socially conscious people: activists, scholars, artists, educators, public officials and everyday citizens. It is a model for how we can all sit around the table as equals and look for how to build a just, healthy and sustainable society. 

Watch and participate LIVE at www.mutualresponsibility.org/roundtable
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ทรูมูฟ เอช " การให้ คือการสื่อสารที่ดีที่สุด " TrueMove H : Giving

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Nature and Humanity as Closed Systems

Nature and Humanity as Closed Systems | Heal the world | Scoop.it
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 Albert Einstein warned us about exactly this in an article he wrote on May, 1949 for the Monthly Review magazine. He predicted the situation we are witnessing today and suggested the only rational solution: “I have now reached the point where I may indicate briefly what to me constitutes the essence of the crisis of our time. It concerns the relationship of the individual to society. The individual has become more conscious than ever of his dependence upon society. But he does not experience this dependence as a positive asset, as an organic tie, as a protective force, but rather as a threat to his natural rights, or even to his economic existence.

Moreover, his position in society is such that the egotistical drives of his make-up are constantly being accentuated, while his social drives, which are by nature weaker, progressively deteriorate. All human beings, whatever their position in society, are suffering from this process of deterioration. Unknowingly prisoners of their own egotism, they feel insecure, lonely, and deprived of the naive, simple, and unsophisticated enjoyment of life. Man can find meaning in life, short and perilous as it is, only through devoting himself to society.”

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Plants send signal attracting birds when insects attack

Plants send signal attracting birds when insects attack | Heal the world | Scoop.it
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Plants can't flee voracious insects. But a new study says plants under attack can call in their own version of an airstrike: Trees waft special odors into the air, which attracts birds eager to perform pest control.

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