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Science Confirms: Politics Wrecks Your Ability to Do Math

Science Confirms: Politics Wrecks Your Ability to Do Math | Neuroscience | Scoop.it
“Farewell, Enlightenment: New research suggests that people even solve math problems differently if their political ideology is at stake. (RT @Roland_Jackson: 'Politics wrecks your ability to do math'.”
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While this study shows that more knowledge will not change an ideological position on the facts this insight could provide the genesis of policies that recognize the cognition problems that require a new level of self awareness to tackle. So while more facts on the subject may not matter, understanding biases could mitigate some strongly held beliefs that are false.
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Billionaire Developing Smart Grid For Medical Information - Industry Tap

Billionaire Developing Smart Grid For Medical Information - Industry Tap | Neuroscience | Scoop.it
DNA Database Will Be at Center of Diagnosis and Treatment Dr. Soon-Shiong, born in South Africa to Chinese immigrants, now lives in Los Angeles, California and is on Forbes’ list of billionaires with a net worth of $4 billion. Recently, he began investing $1 billion of his fortune to create a smart grid of medical …

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The future of diagnosis and pharmaceuticals it seems, I wonder how this will be marketed, to keep it private seems elitist, and to provide widely  seems expensive. But if it reduces or eliminates much of the Scanning technology and surgeries is could be the moment of Creative Destruction that the medical area has needed for some time.

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Allison Hermann, PhD's curator insight, February 9, 9:01 PM

Brilliant idea and will truly revolutionize healthcare!

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A Neuroscientist's Radical Theory of How Networks Become Conscious - Wired Science

A Neuroscientist's Radical Theory of How Networks Become Conscious - Wired Science | Neuroscience | Scoop.it

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Consciousness emerges from the right combination of content and context, and therefore it isn't a unique human characteristic as much as a spectrum attribute along the evolutionary chain.

 

Our Thrive product also counts on emergent properties enabled by  content and context, as is the case in most complex systems we have learned.

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Spaceweaver's curator insight, November 28, 2013 6:36 PM

Interesting

Erika Harrison's curator insight, December 1, 2013 12:16 PM

Neuroscientist Christof Koch, chief scientific officer at the Allen Institute for Brain Science, argues that "we live in a universe of space, time, mass, energy, and consciousness arising out of complex systems.”

 

"What Koch proposes is a scientifically refined version of an ancient philosophical doctrine calledpanpsychism — and, coming from someone else, it might sound more like spirituality than science. But Koch has devoted the last three decades to studying the neurological basis of consciousness. His work at the Allen Institute now puts him at the forefront of the BRAIN Initiative, the massive new effort to understand how brains work, which will begin next year".

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‘Something very big is coming: our most important technology project yet,’ hints Stephen Wolfram | KurzweilAI

‘Something very big is coming: our most important technology project yet,’ hints Stephen Wolfram | KurzweilAI | Neuroscience | Scoop.it
(Credit: Stephen Wolfram) In a blog post Wednesday, Stephen Wolfram said that recently something amazing has happened that is profoundly important in the

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WHile there are a plethora of platforms coming available, Wolfram's approarch is th emost intriguing, and appears to have the most prepackaged functionality. 

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Spaceweaver's curator insight, November 16, 2013 12:09 PM

In a blog post Wednesday, Stephen Wolfram said that “recently something amazing has happened” that is “profoundly important in the technological world, and beyond.”

He said he and his team have figured out how to take all the things they have been working on in the context of Wolfram|Alpha, Mathematica, CDF and so on — computational knowledge, symbolic programming, algorithm automation, dynamic interactivity, natural language, computable documents, the cloud, connected devices, symbolic ontology, algorithm discovery —  and all the technology they’ve built, to create something at a whole different level.

 

“If we’re forming a kind of global brain with all our interconnected computers and devices, then the Wolfram Language is the natural language for it.”

Joe Stafura's curator insight, November 17, 2013 11:42 AM

This appears to be a continuation of atomization of knowledge into discrete and the use of scripting languages to tie the modules together into reconfigurable applications. 

 

This is a major change on meeting market needs in shorter time and lower costs, eliminating the need for developing hardened application in many situations.

 

 

Viktoras Veitas's comment, November 18, 2013 7:02 AM
Waiting eagerly for this to come out. My only concern is Wolfram's business model, which seems to completely ignore open source philospphy. He probably has a good reason for that but it prevents and/or discourages folks like me from tinkering and experimenting with his products. Which is a shame....
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Science Confirms: Politics Wrecks Your Ability to Do Math

Science Confirms: Politics Wrecks Your Ability to Do Math | Neuroscience | Scoop.it
“Farewell, Enlightenment: New research suggests that people even solve math problems differently if their political ideology is at stake. (RT @Roland_Jackson: 'Politics wrecks your ability to do math'.”
Joe Stafura's insight:
While this study shows that more knowledge will not change an ideological position on the facts this insight could provide the genesis of policies that recognize the cognition problems that require a new level of self awareness to tackle. So while more facts on the subject may not matter, understanding biases could mitigate some strongly held beliefs that are false.
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Embodied Cognition and Design: A New Approach and Vocabulary | Moments of Genius | Big Think

Embodied Cognition and Design: A New Approach and Vocabulary | Moments of Genius | Big Think | Neuroscience | Scoop.it
When the iPhone 5 went on sale users complained that it was too light. This was an odd objection. We prefer light products to heavy ones, especially devices we carry in our pockets.
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An appreciation for the impact that associative thinking has on our acceptance or desire for an experience or product can best be achieved through the work in cognition, it shows how the fiction generating powers of our minds seek metaphorical guides towards understanding new concepts. These metaphors can fall into the trap of stereorypes though, leading us to iincorrectly associate factors that don't apply, or are just wrong.

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Happiness is not the absence of problems, it’s the ability to deal with them.

Happiness is not the absence of problems, it’s the ability to deal with them. | Neuroscience | Scoop.it
Happiness is not the absence of problems, it's the ability to deal with them.

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This concept is some timea referred to as Resilience, the ability to bounce back from a set back is the most common understanding of the benefits of being Resilent.

 

iit isn't happiness as much as SubjectI've Well Being that provides this ability to us in challenging times, it can manifest as a quiet confidence that is often contagious within groups, whether a business team or a sports team.

 

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Sentient code: An inside look at Stephen Wolfram's utterly new, insanely ambitious computational paradigm

Sentient code: An inside look at Stephen Wolfram's utterly new, insanely ambitious computational paradigm | Neuroscience | Scoop.it

In 2002 Stephen Wolfram released A New Kind of Science and immediately unleashed a firestorm of wonder, controversy, and criticism as the British-born scientist, programmer, and entrepreneur overturned conventional ideas on how to pursue knowledge.

Earlier this month, he teased something with the capacity to create as much passion — and, likely, much more actual change — in the world of programming, computation, and applications.


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Across my forty years in the IT area there have been some big changes, we all have seen the impact of exponential growth of computing power on our lives. A constant in the advancement of the technologies  has been the increase in the number of people who can use or design systems. At every step, as the glass rooms of my youth   became the Smart Phones in our pockets, and much more.

 

The Natural Language system for code creation is another one of those shifts, destined to be even more impactful than the most significant shift of the past IMHO,  when personal computers were designed for homes.

 

Wolfram is a hard guy to follow at times, speaking from my experience reading his "A New Kind of Science", but it is very likely his core ideas will emerge as an important part of the framework of future computerization as we all become part of the  "Internet of Things". 

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‘Something very big is coming: our most important technology project yet,’ hints Stephen Wolfram | KurzweilAI

‘Something very big is coming: our most important technology project yet,’ hints Stephen Wolfram | KurzweilAI | Neuroscience | Scoop.it
(Credit: Stephen Wolfram) In a blog post Wednesday, Stephen Wolfram said that recently something amazing has happened that is profoundly important in the

Via Spaceweaver
Joe Stafura's insight:

This appears to be a continuation of atomization of knowledge into discrete and the use of scripting languages to tie the modules together into reconfigurable applications. 

 

This is a major change on meeting market needs in shorter time and lower costs, eliminating the need for developing hardened application in many situations.

 

 

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Spaceweaver's curator insight, November 16, 2013 12:09 PM

In a blog post Wednesday, Stephen Wolfram said that “recently something amazing has happened” that is “profoundly important in the technological world, and beyond.”

He said he and his team have figured out how to take all the things they have been working on in the context of Wolfram|Alpha, Mathematica, CDF and so on — computational knowledge, symbolic programming, algorithm automation, dynamic interactivity, natural language, computable documents, the cloud, connected devices, symbolic ontology, algorithm discovery —  and all the technology they’ve built, to create something at a whole different level.

 

“If we’re forming a kind of global brain with all our interconnected computers and devices, then the Wolfram Language is the natural language for it.”

Viktoras Veitas's comment, November 18, 2013 7:02 AM
Waiting eagerly for this to come out. My only concern is Wolfram's business model, which seems to completely ignore open source philospphy. He probably has a good reason for that but it prevents and/or discourages folks like me from tinkering and experimenting with his products. Which is a shame....
Joe Stafura's curator insight, November 25, 2013 12:24 PM

WHile there are a plethora of platforms coming available, Wolfram's approarch is th emost intriguing, and appears to have the most prepackaged functionality. 

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The inability of people to do even the most basic of math problems is disturbing, but the idea that ideological thinkers will actually lower their IQ's to maintain their beliefs over facts is more unsettling. In the latter case education will have little influence on their beliefs. We are our worst enemy.
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Real-time Brain Feedback May Help Overcome Anxiety, OCD ...

Real-time Brain Feedback May Help Overcome Anxiety, OCD ... | Neuroscience | Scoop.it
People provided with a real-time readout of their brain activity can learn to control that activity and decrease their anxiety, according to a new study. For.
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The concept that fits closely with our intentions at The Affective Computing  Company is the real time assessment method. We use an EMA collection of language that we then process to deliver useful feedback in the support of a series of personal goals. Interestingly it is these subjective datas that useful, and only recently it has been possible to implement methods thanks to neuroscience and mobile computing.

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