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Getting rich off of schoolchildren - Salon.com

Getting rich off of schoolchildren - Salon.com | Pahndeepah Perceptions | Scoop.it
Thanks as always to John F. for pointing out a piece that I missed. Sirota delivers some good insights... standard operating procedure with him. It simply strains credulity to insist that pedagogue...
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Pinky And The Brain Have Finally Reached Their Breaking Point

Pinky And The Brain Have Finally Reached Their Breaking Point | Pahndeepah Perceptions | Scoop.it
Everyone has a limit where they just stop refusing to put up with shit. Some people — like the megalomaniacal Animaniacs' character Brain here — will put up with his compatriot Pinky's gross incompetence for years until he snaps... as captured in the above video in all its profane glory.
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Rent or Tuition? The Growing Student Dilemma

Rent or Tuition? The Growing Student Dilemma | Pahndeepah Perceptions | Scoop.it
Skyrocketing university costs are forcing a growing number of students to choose between paying for rent or tuition. Colleges are failing to meet the needs of marginalized students.
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"homeless college students remain institutionally overlooked and no reliable nationwide data exists. Colleges are not required to keep data on student homelessness"

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Creation and Food in Old Norse Mythology - Medievalists.net

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Not surprisingly, as we can ascertain by reading the Bible and many other religious and mythological texts of the past, also in Norse beliefs food and fecundity were central elements in the origin of all things (Creation and Food in Old Norse Mythology...

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WIRED: Have a Drone? Check This Map Before You Fly It

WIRED: Have a Drone? Check This Map Before You Fly It | Pahndeepah Perceptions | Scoop.it

The popularity of drones is climbing quickly among companies, governments and citizens alike. But the rules surrounding where, when and why you can fly an unmanned aerial vehicle aren’t very clear. The FAA has tried to assert control and insist on licensing for all drone operators, while drone pilots and some legal experts claim drones do not fall under the FAA’s purview. The uncertainty—and recent attempts by the FAA to fine a drone pilot and ground a search and rescue organization—has UAV operators nervous.


To help with the question of where it is legal to fly a drone, Mapbox has put together an interactive map of all the no-fly zones for UAVs they could find. Most of the red zones on the map are near airports, military sites and national parks. But as WIRED’s former Editor-in-Chief, Chris Anderson, now CEO of 3-D Robotics and founder of DIY Drones, discovered in 2007 when he crashed a drone bearing a camera into a tree on the grounds of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, there is plenty of trouble in all sorts of places for drone operators to get into.


As one of the map’s authors, Bobby Sudekum, writes on the Mapbox blog, it’s a work in progress. They’ve made the data they collected available for anyone to use, and if you know of other no-fly zones that aren’t on the map, you can add that data to a public repository they started on GitHub.


For instance, you’ll see on the map below that there isn’t a no-fly area over Berkeley Lab, which sits in the greyed area in the hills above UC Berkeley. Similarly, there is no zone marked around Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, one of the country’s two nuclear weapons labs. I have a call into the lab to check on the rules*, but in the meantime, if you have a drone, just know that in 2006, the lab acquired a Gatling gun that has a range of 1 mile and can fire 4,000 rounds a minute.


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Henry Corbin the Paradox of Monotheism

Henry Corbin sought to synthesize in one study these three works:

The first was "The Paradox of Monotheism," which was written for 1976 session of Eranos, where the theme was "The One and the Multiple."

The second was on the "Need for Angelogy," which was given at the Conference organized by the University of Tours (May 1977) on the topic of "The Angel and the Man."

The third was "Apophatic Theology as Antidote for Nihilism" given in Teheran (October 1977).

Alas, he passed to the other side without completing his work, which might have had given us a new and much needed integrated re-construction of Monotheism as a holistic doctrine.

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http://www.amiscorbin.com/textes/anglais/paradoxofmonotheism.htm

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Papal First: Francis Visits Pentecostal Church

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Pope Francis has become the first pope to visit a Pentecostal church, pressing his outreach to evangelicals who represent Catholicism's greatest competition for Christian souls around the globe...

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"Someone will be surprised: 'The pope went to visit the evangelicals?' But he went to see his brothers."

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Marvel Announces New Star Wars Titles From All-Star Teams

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Marvel has announced a new ongoing Star Wars book by Jason Aaron and John Cassaday, plus titles focusing on the stories of Darth Vader and Princess Leia.
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The OFFICIAL BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE WONDER WOMAN Image

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The Warner Bros. panel at Comic-Con just started with a bang - with the first image of WONDER WOMAN.
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I very much like that she is not all tarted up in "Red White Blue" .

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Next Step for Net Neutrality: Join Call for Regional Hearings

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Our next step on net neutrality is to demand that the FCC commissioners hold hearings across the country where people can speak face-to-face with the commission.
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we hunted the mammoth

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the new misogyny, tracked and mocked
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Here, Cats respond to #Women AgainstFeminism. Great send up.

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The Internet Is Flooded with Wikipedia Edits Made by Government and Big Oil | VICE Canada

The Internet Is Flooded with Wikipedia Edits Made by Government and Big Oil | VICE Canada | Pahndeepah Perceptions | Scoop.it
We dug up some new examples of corporate and government interests editing Wikipedia, plus we spoke to a developer who has obsessively collected edits from governments and powerful organizations worldw…
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The Original Tea Partiers: How GOP Insurgents Invented Progressivism

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Wisconsin Senator Robert La Follette and his supporters pioneered long-shot primary challenges, strong ideology, and populist rhetoric a century ago.
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Of Course Women Read Superhero Comics

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The stereotype that only men want to read superhero stories is wrong—but just how wrong?
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The Big Screen: Celebrating Miyazaki In Fort Worth | Art&Seek

The Big Screen: Celebrating Miyazaki In Fort Worth | Art&Seek | Pahndeepah Perceptions | Scoop.it
Ahead of the Lone Star Film Society's retrospective, we talk about the Japanese animator’s lasting legacy with Dr. Marc Hairston, a UTD professor who teaches a
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Tam Hunt: Synchronicity As a Signpost to Deeper Meanings

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"A synchronicity is, essentially, a meaningful coincidence. Something happens in the world around us that seems to defy probability and “normal” explanations, and due to its correspondence in some manner with our mindset at the time it becomes a meaningful event."

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Where is machine intelligence going? What do super intelligences really want?

Where is machine intelligence going? What do super intelligences really want? | Pahndeepah Perceptions | Scoop.it

Let's face it, humans are pretty intelligent. Most people would not argue with this. We spend a large majority of our lives trying to become MORE intelligent. Some of us spend nearly three decades of our lives in school, learning about the world. We also strive to work together in groups, as nations, and as a species, to better tackle the problems that face us.


Fairly recently in the history of man, we have developed tools, industrial machines, and lately computer systems to help us in our pursuit of this goal. Some particular humans (specifically some transhumanists) believe that their purpose in life is to try and become better than human. In practice this usually means striving to live longer, to become more intelligent, healthier, more aware and more connected with others. The use of technology plays a key role in this ideology.


A second track of transhumanism is to facilitate and support improvement of machines in parallel to improvements in human quality of life. Many people argue that we have also already built complex computer programs which show a glimmer of autonomous intelligence, and that in the future we will be able to create computer programs that are equal to, or have a much greater level of intelligence than humans. Such an intelligent system will be able to self-improve, just as we humans identify gaps in our knowledge and try to fill them by going to school and by learning all we can from others. Our computer programs will soon be able to read Wikipedia and Google Books to learn, just like their creators.

She is also the cofounder of carboncopies.org - and organization that works on connectome mapping of the brain and downloading memories.


Even in our deepest theories of machine intelligence, the idea of reward comes up. There is a theoretical model of intelligence called AIXI, developed by Marcus Hutter [3], which is basically a mathematical model which describes a very general, theoretical way in which an intelligent piece of code can work. This model is highly abstract, and allows, for example, all possible combinations of computer program code snippets to be considered in the construction of an intelligent system. Because of this, it hasn’t actually ever been implemented in a real computer. But, also because of this, the model is very general, and captures a description of the most intelligentprogram that could possibly exist. Note that in order to try and build something that even approximates this model is way beyond our computing capability at the moment, but we are talking now about computer systems that may in the future may be much more powerful. Anyway, the interesting thing about this model is that one of the parameters is a term describing… you guessed it… REWARD.


Changing your own code

We, as humans, are clever enough to look at this model, to understand it, and see that there is a reward term in there. And if we can see it, then any computer system that is based on this highly intelligent model will certainly be able to understand this model, and see the reward term too. But – and here’s the catch – the computer system that we build based on this model has the ability to change its own code! In fact it had to in order to become more intelligent than us in the first place, once it realized we were such lousy programmers and took over programming itself!


So imagine a simple example – our case from earlier – where a computer gets an additional ’1′ added to a numerical value for each good thing it does, and it tries to maximize the total by doing more good things. But if the computer program is clever enough, why can’t it just rewrite it’s own code and replace that piece of code that says ‘add 1′ with an ‘add 2′? Now the program gets twice the reward for every good thing that it does! And why stop at 2? Why not 3, or 4? Soon, the program will spend so much time thinking about adjusting its reward number that it will ignore the good task it was doing in the first place!


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r8x_ohZJLx0


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Why Philosophy Matters

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Ever since Thales, Philosophy has had a reputation for being irrelevant and remote from the concerns of the world.  Thales, it will be recalled, was reputed-- by Plato in the Theatetus --to have fa...

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Watch the Israeli-Palestinian conflict unfold online

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Time-lapse heat map tracks social media conversation.
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Infographics

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The evolution of #technology in the #classroom #education #learning (The evolution of #technology in the #classroom. The future of #education?

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Bonnie Bracey Sutton's curator insight, January 18, 11:44 PM
Awesome infograph.
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Magdalena, it is my pleasure!
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impressionante nossa habilidade para perpetuar as praticas do século passado  #avancee

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Star Trek To Clash With Planet Of The Apes

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IDW and BOOM Studios are planning an epic crossover between two of the world's biggest science-fiction franchises; Star Trek and Planet of the Apes.
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Topo Chico is Espresso's Best Friend in Texas - Sprudge

Topo Chico is Espresso's Best Friend in Texas - Sprudge | Pahndeepah Perceptions | Scoop.it
"Here in Texas, our state motto is 'Friendship,' our state mammal is the armadillo, and our state bubble water is most assuredly Topo Chico."
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11 things humans do that dogs hate

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There are many ways you can drive a dog nuts — and you probably aren't even aware of them. So if you want to be your dog's best friend, find out how you can fix your annoying habits.
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Physicist George Ellis Knocks Physicists for Knocking Philosophy, Falsification, Free Will | Cross-Check, Scientific American Blog Network

Physicist George Ellis Knocks Physicists for Knocking Philosophy, Falsification, Free Will | Cross-Check, Scientific American Blog Network | Pahndeepah Perceptions | Scoop.it
Biologist Rupert Sheldrake, whom I interviewed in my last post, wasn't the only fascinating scientist I hung out with recently at Howthelightgetsin, an festival hosted by ...
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Multiple Lovers, Without Jealousy

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Polyamorous people still face plenty of stigmas, but some studies suggest they handle certain relationship challenges better than monogamous people do.
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How to Dismantle the Comic-Books Boys' Club

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New allegations of sexual harassment and inequality could help change a culture that routinely alienates female fans and cartoonists.
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