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The best sentences we read today

The best sentences we read today | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it
--- "Those who are jailed might find, upon release, that their records of criminal fatness make it harder for them to find work in their desired fields, such as national opinion columnist." --- "When you apply for a job at 50 people laugh at you.
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@LTPParents: How to Build Your Twitter Following: From Starting Out to Monetizing - #SocialMedia #TwitterTips"

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Digital Information World: 100 Most Startling Tech Facts, Figures and Statistics From 2013 [INFOGRAPHIC]

Digital Information World: 100 Most Startling Tech Facts, Figures and Statistics From 2013 [INFOGRAPHIC] | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it
Check out these infographics for an at-a-glance look at 2013 in numbers, and look back for stats from digital media, technology, gaming, application, social media, business computing and more.
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» Long-Term Pot Use Tied to Less Dopamine, Which May Help Explain Less Motivation - Psych Central News

» Long-Term Pot Use Tied to Less Dopamine, Which May Help Explain Less Motivation - Psych Central News | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it
New research discovers long-term cannabis users tend to produce less dopamine, a chemical in the brain linked to motivation. UK investigators found that
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The Suicide Rate Doesn’t Peak During the Holidays. Why Does It Peak in Spring?

The Suicide Rate Doesn’t Peak During the Holidays. Why Does It Peak in Spring? | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it
The suicide rate does not peak during the holidays, and the media should stop saying it does, according to a report released Tuesday by the Annenberg Public Policy Center. In fact, the suicide rate is highest in spring and summer.
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Is Santa Claus worth the heartbreak?

Is Santa Claus worth the heartbreak? | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it
Research suggests parents are even sadder than their kids when the truth comes out. Tell that to my 5-year-old self
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Tackling some really tough problems with machine learning

Tackling some really tough problems with machine learning | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it
Machine learning startup Ayasdi is partnering with two prominent institutions — Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and the Texas Medical Center — to help advance some of their complicated data challenges.

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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. "


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luiy's curator insight, December 19, 2013 4:30 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 1:06 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. 

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