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Writing 'Rudolph': The Original Red-Nosed Manuscript

Writing 'Rudolph': The Original Red-Nosed Manuscript | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it
The story's author, Robert L. May, had always felt like a bit of an outcast.
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What makes Christmas merry? A brief history of yuletide adjectives

What makes Christmas merry? A brief history of yuletide adjectives | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it
The word merry can be used in British English as a synonym for “tipsy”, and historically, the Christmas season was a time of intemperate revelry. Those aspects of the holiday were among the reasons it was banned by 17th- and 18th-century Puritans in both England the New England colonies, and they concerned the Victorian temperance movement as well. The success of the campaign for “Happy Christmas” in England may explain the greater popularity of that phrase in the British Isles to this day. From Happy Easter to Happy Halloween to countless Happy Birthdays, our felicitations hardly vary from one celebration to the next. Christmas is the not
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baby cake, n. : Oxford English Dictionary

. Either of two cakes traditionally eaten during the Christmas season: (a) a large cake into which a bean, coin, or other token is inserted which confers upon the recipient of the serving containing it the status of king or queen of the feast; = Twelfth-cake n.; (b) a small cake or biscuit formed into the shape of a person; = yule-dough n. at yule n. Compounds 1b. Now hist. and rare. The OED is the definitive record of the English language, featuring 600,000 words, 3 million quotations, and over 1,000 years of English.
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Collective intelligence: an interview with Pierre Levy | Masters of Media

"Levy is currently working on a research program, called IEML (Information Economy Meta Language). IEML is a metalanguage and proposes itself as the language of collective intelligence. As a metalanguage it differs fundamentally from natural languages we know. This can be best understood in the way it is conceived. Natural languages are, in the first place, the results of a process of documenting the spoken word. A metalanguage is artificial and is a result of formalizing ideas, instead of words. The practice of formalizing ideas in a universally adopted metalanguage is well established in the realm of natural sciences. For centuries now, ideas are being documented in terms of formulas, numbers, equations, molecules etc. There is a finite, well structured toolset at the hands of every natural scientist. "


Via Pierre Levy, juandoming, luigi vico, Howard Rheingold
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luiy's curator insight, December 19, 2013 9:30 PM

The scientific revolution in the human sciences will culminate in collective intelligence, a common good which will throttle human development. In a recent book, Levy proposed a “loose IEML model” to monitor the coordination of human development. The axis of human development are defined by “education, health, sustainable economic prosperity, security, human rights, conservation and enrichment of cultural heritage, environmental balance, scientific and technical innovation” which are in accordance with the United Nations Development Program, Levy assures me. I wondered whether a metalanguage which positions itself functionally as neutral (as opposed to Berners Lee universal ontology) should contain assumptions on how western democratic society is structured to which Levy partly agrees that any metalanguage can’t be neutral:

 

There can be a lot of disagreements about the right ways or methods to improve human development. IEML, as a universal semantic code, can accomodate any method. Above all, IEML provides a common semantic sphere where all disciplines of human sciences can compare their theories and methods and can coordinate their findings at the service of human development. (…) Now, you can say: “Okay, but what if I am against improving health and education because these are western values and / or it has been used to justify western imperialism”. My response is: “It’s up to you!” In general, I do not think that any theory or metalangage can be neutral. Every act, being practical or theoretical, occurs in a hypercomplex context and has an effect on this context. I do not claim any impossible neutrality or objectivity. The objection “you’re not neutral” is besides the point. I have a very precise goal. My aim is to improve human development, collective intelligence and knowledge management in the humanities.

Howard Rheingold's curator insight, December 20, 2013 6:06 PM

Pierre Levy has been thinking about augmented collective intelligence for a long time. How can the disparate pieces of knowledge contributed by myriad online postings in blogs, question and answer sites, Twitter, etc. be connected in various automatic frameworks? Levy believes a metalanguage (HTML can be seen as a metalanguage) is need. 

Patricia Soumarmon's curator insight, December 22, 2013 12:50 PM

Levy... ou la difficulté d'être (trop) en avance sur son temps...

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Narcolepsy confirmed as autoimmune disease

Narcolepsy confirmed as autoimmune disease | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it
Results also partly explain why the 2009 swine flu virus, and a vaccine against it, led to spikes in the sleep disorder.
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Blogging and Marketing | Social Media Today

Blogging and Marketing | Social Media Today | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it
Your customers and prospects encounter content every day. Some of it is very good, most of it is forgotten immediately. But it is your job to make sure that your business content is actually remembered and has a positive impact on your customers.
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Smart Phones & Sad Students

Smart Phones & Sad Students | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it
A look at a recent study linking student phone use to lower GPA and unhappiness.
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Building on MCMAP: Proposed research focuses on hand-to-hand skills ... - Marine Corps Times

Building on MCMAP: Proposed research focuses on hand-to-hand skills ...
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Do High Food Prices Cause Social Unrest? | New Security Beat

Do High Food Prices Cause Social Unrest? | New Security Beat | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it
the Blog of the Environmental Change and Security Program
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The use of statistics to establish causation beyond corollation. Or not? 

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Coping With Loneliness During the Holidays

Coping With Loneliness During the Holidays | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it
Loneliness is common during the holidays.
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There are so many reasons some people are alone for the holidays. As educators, we encounter those reasons often--not just in our students, but in our co-workers as well. And stress does not often bring out the best in us. We need these suggestions.

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Here's to the crazy ones: Simon Coley on design thinking :: StopPress

Here's to the crazy ones: Simon Coley on design thinking :: StopPress | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it

I think there’s a lesson here about ‘messy’ design thinking that embraces incomplete data and ill-defined problems. By proceeding without constraints, we found we could generate more ideas and balance out inherent tensions between the creative, technical and economic. What the experience taught us is that a loose, pragmatic approach can give a more rounded result—technically, aesthetically and functionally.   

 
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We point in so many directions except towards ourselves when it comes to change and promoting change. What have you done--professionally or personally--to apply design thinking to approach a problem?

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Discovery of Oldest DNA Scrambles Human Origins Picture

Discovery of Oldest DNA Scrambles Human Origins Picture | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it
Scientists reveal the surprising genetic identity of early human remains from roughly 400,000 years ago in Spain.
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"The fact that they show a mitochondrial genome sequence similar to that of Denisovans is irritating," says Matthias Meyer of Germany's Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, lead author of the study, published Wednesday in Nature.

"Our results suggest that the evolutionary history of Neanderthals and Denisovans may be very complicated and possibly involved mixing between different archaic human groups," he said.

 

 

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