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An Intriguingly Detailed Animation of How People Move Around a City

An Intriguingly Detailed Animation of How People Move Around a City | Brain Tricks: Belief, Bias, and Blindspots | Scoop.it
Watch the commuting patterns of New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles.

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In San Francisco, the cab companies should use this knowledge to be more available to potential customers.

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Linda Alexander's curator insight, July 13, 2014 10:41 AM

You can actually plug-in income levels for these 3 cities and view daily commutes.  Fascinating CityLab data!

 

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Another fabulous post for Year 7 via Seth Dixon. An aspect of liveability in colour!
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Brain Tricks: Belief, Bias, and Blindspots
Our brains have many glitches that interfere with honest self-awareness and accurate self-assessment
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Plague Outbreaks That Ravaged Europe Were Driven by Climate Changes in Asia

Plague Outbreaks That Ravaged Europe Were Driven by Climate Changes in Asia | Brain Tricks: Belief, Bias, and Blindspots | Scoop.it
THE CONVERSATION Authors Boris Schmid Research Fellow, Centre for Ecological and Evolutionary Synthesis (CEES) at University of Oslo Nils Christian Stenseth Professor and Chair, Centre for Ecological and Evolutionary Synthesis (CEES) at...
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“She will dance at her wedding”: Healing the girl born without part of her brain

“She will dance at her wedding”: Healing the girl born without part of her brain | Brain Tricks: Belief, Bias, and Blindspots | Scoop.it
The origin of Moshe Feldenkrais' therapeutic method reads more like a spy thriller than a neuroscience textbook
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Reconstructing Visual Experiences From Brain Activity Evoked by Natural Movies — Gallant Lab at UC Berkeley

Quantitative modeling of human brain activity can provide crucial insights about cortical representations and can form the basis for brain decoding devices. Recent functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) studies have modeled brain activity elicited by static visual patterns and have reconstructed these patterns from brain activity. However, blood oxygen level-dependent (BOLD) signals measured via fMRI are very slow, so it has been difficult to model brain activity elicited by dynamic stimuli such as natural movies. Here we present a new motion-energy encoding model that largely overcomes this limitation. The model describes fast visual information and slow hemodynamics by separate components. We recorded BOLD signals in occipitotemporal visual cortex of human subjects who watched natural movies and fit the model separately to individual voxels. Visualization of the fit models reveals how early visual areas represent the information in movies. To demonstrate the power of our approach, we also constructed a Bayesian decoder by combining estimated encoding models with a sampled natural movie prior. The decoder provides remarkable reconstructions of the viewed movies. These results demonstrate that dynamic brain activity measured under naturalistic conditions can be decoded using current fMRI technology.

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Predicting human crowds with statistical physics

Predicting human crowds with statistical physics | Brain Tricks: Belief, Bias, and Blindspots | Scoop.it
For the first time researchers have directly measured a general law of how pedestrians interact in a crowd. This law can be used to create realistic crowds in virtual reality games and to make public spaces safer.
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Strong connection between violence and mental illness during Guatemala Civil War

Strong connection between violence and mental illness during Guatemala Civil War | Brain Tricks: Belief, Bias, and Blindspots | Scoop.it
Violence during the civil war in Guatemala from 1960 to 1996 resulted in the development of significant mental health problems and conditions for the county’s people, according to a new multi-institution study from researchers under the...
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What You Learn in Your 40s

What You Learn in Your 40s | Brain Tricks: Belief, Bias, and Blindspots | Scoop.it
There are no soul mates. There are no grown-ups. It’s O.K. if you don’t like jazz.

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Yakima Herald Republic | Take steps to assure safety of oil trains

Outside of the fluctuating price of gasoline and general outrage over petroleum spills, oil industry issues don’t get much notice in Washington state, whether from residents or regulators. But in recent years, derailments of trains hauling crude oil elsewhere have called attention to the increasing number of oil trains that are traversing our state, and those numbers will increase in the future. The public needs to be aware of this development, and regulators and first responders — firefighters, police and other emergency personnel — need the tools to assure the safety of our citizenry.

 

The most recent high-profile derailment occurred last month, when more than 100 cars carrying crude from the Bakken fields of North Dakota went off the tracks in West Virginia. The derailment caused multiple explosions that nearby residents likened to “a biblical judgment.” The accident caused no deaths, but hundreds of people were evacuated, and oil leaked into a nearby river tributary, threatening the area’s water supply.


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My Trouble With Mindfulness

My Trouble With Mindfulness | Brain Tricks: Belief, Bias, and Blindspots | Scoop.it
Jill Suttie knows the benefits of mindfulness, but she still doesn't practice it. What holds her back?

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Pew Report Details the Sorry State of Religious Tolerance in the World

Pew Report Details the Sorry State of Religious Tolerance in the World | Brain Tricks: Belief, Bias, and Blindspots | Scoop.it
Pew tells us restrictions on religion were high or very high in 39% of countries and that Muslims are as likely to be persecuted as Christians
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The Neuroscience of ISIS

The Neuroscience of ISIS | Brain Tricks: Belief, Bias, and Blindspots | Scoop.it
The gap is widening between visions of a brilliant future and one of deliberate Apocalyptic destruction.

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It’s worse than Scott Walker and Ted Cruz: Secrets of conservatives’ decades-long war on truth

It’s worse than Scott Walker and Ted Cruz: Secrets of conservatives’ decades-long war on truth | Brain Tricks: Belief, Bias, and Blindspots | Scoop.it
The right knows that facts and reason have a liberal bent. That's why their decades-long strategy is to lie
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If it isn’t llamas, it’s dresses

If it isn’t llamas, it’s dresses | Brain Tricks: Belief, Bias, and Blindspots | Scoop.it
Apparently, I missed the big noise raised about the color of this dress.
Some people see it as blue and black. Others (including me) see it as white and gold.
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What We Can Learn from A Stupid Dress on the Internet

There are two types of people in this world: Those who know what the title of this article means, and those who died before last Thursday.  Among that first group, there are those who say the dress is white and gold, and those who say that it is...
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What You Don't Know About History's Most Famous Scientists

What You Don't Know About History's Most Famous Scientists | Brain Tricks: Belief, Bias, and Blindspots | Scoop.it
In the 11th and 12th centuries, Muslim scientists were way ahead of contemporaries in Christian Europe.
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Inside the mind of Machiavelli: The early writings that foretold a revolution

Inside the mind of Machiavelli: The early writings that foretold a revolution | Brain Tricks: Belief, Bias, and Blindspots | Scoop.it
Niccolo Machiavelli was one of the most important thinkers of his time. Here's where he got his start

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Monica S Mcfeeters's curator insight, Today, 2:06 AM

Here is an account of one man's way to discover inner reflection...I suggest this is where every major, meaningful revolution starts.

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25% of the people have a 4th cone and see colors as they are ;p

25% of the people have a 4th cone and see colors as they are ;p | Brain Tricks: Belief, Bias, and Blindspots | Scoop.it
Given the sudden interest for the color of dresses and vision, here some of the fascinating findings we did recently.The color nuances we see depend on the number and distribution of cones (=color receptors) in our eye. You can check this rainbow: how many color nuances do you count?You see less than 20 color nuances: you are a dichromats, like dogs, which means you have 2 types of cones only. You are likely to wear black, beige, and blue. 25% of the population is dichromat.You see between 20 an
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The homeless child was freezing to death while no one approached him. I never thought this guy would be the only one!

The homeless child was freezing to death while no one approached him. I never thought this guy would be the only one! | Brain Tricks: Belief, Bias, and Blindspots | Scoop.it
In the world today, the number of homeless people grow by the minute. While parents lose their jobs, more and more children are abandoned and left on the streets to beg money for food. As life gets harder, they lose friends on the way until they are left alone to support themselves with nothing.
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Dorothy Retha Cook's curator insight, Today, 3:03 AM

THIS IS A TRUE CRIME AGAIN THERE IS NO GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY ! IS IT A CRIME OR NOT? ITS FOREVER ABOUT THE HOMELESS ADULTS AND THE SARCASIM PEOPLE HAVE TOWARDS THEM BUT WHAT ABOUT THE CHILDREN THAT ARE HOMELESS AND WE SHOULD BE ALL MINDFUL THAT WE ARE NOT WHERE WE ARE WITHOUT ANY HELP EVEN IF FROM THE GREATEST HELP OF ALL GOD ALL MIGHTY NOW WHO BE US TO NOT CARE ABOUT THE VERY ONES "CHILDREN" THAT GOD SAID SUFFER NOT TO HIS OWN CHOSEN SERVANTS , BUT IN THIS DAY AND TIME ITS NOT THOSE WITH MORE THAN ENOUGH BUT THOSE THAT HAVE NOT BUT SHARE WHAT THEY HAVE NOT ENOUGH OF BECAUSE THEY CARE! BUT WE SAY WE ALL GOING TO HEAVEN BUT TO KNOW TO DO RIGHT AND NOT TO DO IT IS  A SIN.

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The Racist Brain? - Neuroskeptic

The Racist Brain? - Neuroskeptic | Brain Tricks: Belief, Bias, and Blindspots | Scoop.it
Is the human brain… a racist? There are some worrying indications that it could be. After all, the cerebrum is largely composed of so-called “white” matter, and the only black area is a little ‘ghetto’ at the bottom called, shockingly, the substantia nigra…! Seriously though. There’s a paper just out in Nature Neuroscience from Kubota …
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Longplayer Conversation 2014: David Graeber and Brian Eno

The 2014 Artangel Longplayer Conversation between Brian Eno and David Graeber took place 7pm, Tuesday 7 October 2014 at the Royal Geographical Society, Londo...

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Jimmy Kimmel: The Template for Skewering the Anti Science Movement

Jimmy Kimmel: The Template for Skewering the Anti Science Movement | Brain Tricks: Belief, Bias, and Blindspots | Scoop.it
If you just substitute "climate change" for "measles", "Renewable Energy" for "vaccines",  and "Climate scientists" for "Doctors", the parallels are uncanny. The fossil fuel and tobacco industry ha...

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The sorry state of American political reporting in one dumb graphic

The sorry state of American political reporting in one dumb graphic | Brain Tricks: Belief, Bias, and Blindspots | Scoop.it
Before there was  Luke Russert, there was Mark Halperin.
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Demystifying the Muse: Five Creativity Myths You Should Stop Believing

Demystifying the Muse: Five Creativity Myths You Should Stop Believing | Brain Tricks: Belief, Bias, and Blindspots | Scoop.it
With creativity becoming a commodity that so many people trade on, it's more important than ever to have ideas constantly flowing. But are these creative careers only available to the gifted few? Not at all. Most ideas about creativity being an elusive muse just aren't accurate.

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The Right hemisphere of the brain contains so much power, potential and future business, but people solely relying on the Left hemisphere has made-up myths to try to deflate your CREATIVITY. Don't let them!

Here are 5 myths to BUST!

Spice-up your next meeting with CREATIVITY, and let us facilitate, so that the LEARNING lasts for long enough for you to APPLY it.

Feel free to call us at +45 6161 1616 or mail us at info@and.dk

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How Does Your Ego Impact Your Decision Making?

How Does Your Ego Impact Your Decision Making? | Brain Tricks: Belief, Bias, and Blindspots | Scoop.it
Do you know of anyone who has suppressed bad news to preserve their career or reputation?Or told the boss what they wanted to hear instead of the truth?Or overlooked a red flag to preserve the sense of harmony in the workplace?Most often ego is catalogued as 'good' or 'bad', but what if it's simply about your relationship with yourself? At the heart of the matter your ego, your self-esteem, self-worth and personal sense of security, chaperons your decision-making. Does the business culture have an impact on your ego?It’s absurd to pretend that the business culture doesn’t have an

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Bill Nye rejects racial divisions as unscientific: ‘We are all one species’

Bill Nye rejects racial divisions as unscientific: ‘We are all one species’ | Brain Tricks: Belief, Bias, and Blindspots | Scoop.it
In the video embedded below, Bill “The Science Guy” Nye spoke with Real Time with Bill Maher producer Miles Leicher about the new edition of his book — Undeniable: Evolution and the Science of Creation — which will be out in the fall.
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Another tool in the atheist armory: video games

Another tool in the atheist armory: video games | Brain Tricks: Belief, Bias, and Blindspots | Scoop.it
An excellent read: The Game That Let Me Mourn My Lost Faith. A former Christian describes his gradual abandonment of faith in the context of a video game about religion that he’s playing, and it’s subtle and complex…both the game and his loss.
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