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▶ Interview with Prof. Dr. Francis Heylighen - YouTube

Interview at the Research Days 2009 with Prof. Dr. Francis Heylighen from the Evolution, Complexity and Cognition group of the Free University of Brussels.
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Stephen Hawking: “Artificial Intelligence Could End The Human Race” But How?

Stephen Hawking: “Artificial Intelligence Could End The Human Race” But How? | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Technology has come a long way in the millennia that mankind has thrived. Today we see a collective dependent relationship formed with our most common electronic devices.
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100 Search Engines For Academic Research

100 Search Engines For Academic Research | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Back in 2010, we shared with you 100 awesome search engines and research resources in our post: 100 Time-Saving Search Engines for Serious Scholars. It’s been an incredible resource, but now, it’s time for an update. Some services have moved on, others have been created, and we’ve found some new discoveries, too. Many of our original 100 are still going strong, but we’ve updated where necessary and added some of our new favorites, too. Check out our new, up-to-date collection to discover the very best search engine for finding the academic results you’re looking for.

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RESOURCE CRISIS: The decline of science: why scientists are publishing too many papers

RESOURCE CRISIS: The decline of science: why scientists are publishing too many papers | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
The scientific world seems to be swamped by a true tsunami of papers of all kinds, full of sound and fury and signifying nothing. A situation which looks more and more similar to that of the general cacophony of the World Wide Web, swamped by poor quality information drowning the good information (if any). This starts to be a serious problem and some have explicitly asked that scientists should publish a smaller number of papers, but of higher quality (as argued, for instance, by Timo Hannay). 
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Cybernetic Synthetic Biology And The Internet of Living Things - Huffington Post

Cybernetic Synthetic Biology And The Internet of Living Things - Huffington Post | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

In October 2013, Greg Gage and Tim Marzullo unveiled a cyborg cockroach that could be controlled from a smartphone through electrodes attached to its antennae and a wireless unit on its back. Imagine in the coming years what would happen if we are able to go much smaller and nanoscale computing devices could be integrated with individual bacteria. And what if these hybrid devices could be designed to control colonies of bacteria? Of course a big problem could be powering such devices, but bacteria based batteries are already a reality.

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Scientific publishing - The Economist


Open-access publishing actually began in 2000, a year before the Budapest meeting, with the launch, in Britain, of BioMed Central, and in America, of the Public Library of Science (PLOS).

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Brazil builds giant Amazon tower

Brazil builds giant Amazon tower | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Construction has begun on a giant observation tower in the heart of the Amazon basin to monitor climate change.

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Broad Institute Gets Patent on Revolutionary Gene-Editing Method | MIT Technology Review

Broad Institute Gets Patent on Revolutionary Gene-Editing Method | MIT Technology Review | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
The Harvard-MIT genomic science institute stays mute on how it will assert control over the tools expected to speed cures and change gene therapy.
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Predictions for the Year 2514: Dystopia That Feels Like Utopia

Predictions for the Year 2514: Dystopia That Feels Like Utopia | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Humanists typically look toward the future with extreme pessimism, assuming conditions of technological oppressiveness: Surveillance is rampant, the human being has been shorn of dignity, the state is overpowering, and individuality is a lost cause before the powerful onslaught of the collective. Zamyatin and Orwell are prime examples of this kind of extrapolation. There are also instances of humanist utopias (beginning with Thomas Moore and continuing with the socialist utopias of William Morris and Edward Bellamy), but they tend to be curiously bloodless, lacking the conviction and richness of the dystopias.

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Libertarian ideology is the natural enemy of science

Libertarian ideology is the natural enemy of science | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

The observation that science and politics make uneasy and often treacherous bedfellows is hardly revelatory. In science, all hypotheses must withstand the trial-by-fire of experiment; its methodology is self-correcting and objective, unconcerned with petty prejudices or personal conviction. Politics, by contrast, is deeply entangled with ideology – it is not bound to respect reality as science is, and thinks nothing of substituting convincing evidence for emotive rhetoric. And yet, when science and politics clash, it is all too often science that loses.

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Scenario of commons oriented scientific publishing on researchgate - Frederik Feys, Msc

Scenario of commons oriented scientific publishing on researchgate - Frederik Feys, Msc | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

I further developed possible scenarios from the open peer review on. After addressing reviewer comments in a revised manuscript, I consider publishing my article on researchgate. Yes, this would be the first time an independent scientist publishes his own work on an open access platform with prior peer review and more as I will explain now.

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Science Is Not About Certainty The separation of science and the humanities is ... - The New Republic

Science Is Not About Certainty The separation of science and the humanities is ... - The New Republic | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

e teach our students: We say that we have some theories about science. Science is about hypothetico-deductive methods; we have observations, we have data, data require organizing into theories. So then we have theories. These theories are suggested or produced from the data somehow, then checked in terms of the data. Then time passes, we have more data, theories evolve, we throw away a theory, and we find another theory that’s better, a better understanding of the data, and so on and so forth.

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Our Mission - The Emerging Sciences Foundation

Our Mission - The Emerging Sciences Foundation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
The phenomena of religion, spirituality, and mystical or transcendental experience have long been shrouded in mystery. From a scientific point of view, little is known about the biological or evolutionary implications of the religious instinct which has dominated the landscape of human life for at least the past 5,000 years.
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Banned TED Talk: The Science Delusion - Rupert Sheldrake at TEDx Whitechapel - YouTube

Re-uploaded (again, just in case), since TED's Chris Anderson censored Rupert Sheldrake, along with Graham Hancock, and removed this video and Hancock's from the TEDx YouTube channel. They dared question the Scientistic Orthodoxy, and for that they have been publicly castigated and defamed. Follow this link for TED's dubious statement on the matter (and the many comments appropriately critical of TED's rationale): 

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The issue of identity (III) - Civilization as a meta-identity, Consumeristic Individualism

The issue of identity (III) - Civilization as a meta-identity, Consumeristic Individualism | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
In part I of this series of articles, I briefly mentioned Consumeristic Individualism, as I defined the dominant ethos of our era. To be able to define it, we must start to talk about a part of our collective identities that we all know about, yet few of us recognise – namely civilization. So, the issue at hand is: What is a civilization, and what is a civilizationary ethos? And how can these forms of definitions aid our undertaking?
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Trust, morality -- and oxytocin?

Trust, morality -- and oxytocin? | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
What drives our desire to behave morally? Neuroeconomist Paul Zak shows why he believes oxytocin (he calls it "the moral molecule") is responsible for trust, empathy and other feelings that help build a stable society.
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Unlocking Big Data: Lessons Learned From The God Particle - Forbes

Unlocking Big Data: Lessons Learned From The God Particle - Forbes | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Scientists turned the data gathered from the Large Hadron Collider into a symphony—call it the real music of the spheres. And this music gives us a look at the radical future of data visualization.
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Bad Science | Jacobin

Bad Science | Jacobin | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Free-market academic research policies have unleashed medical quackery and scientific fraud, forcing consumers to pay premiums for discoveries we’ve already funded as taxpayers.
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Need for an holistic and emancipatory scientific methodology | P2P Foundation

Need for an holistic and emancipatory scientific methodology | P2P Foundation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Italian Operaismo and the Information Machine, is a must read by Matteo Pasquinelli. However the ‘accelerationism’ is the name of rapidly changing Zeitgeist(s) -the spirit of ‘space-time’, compressed increasingly into smaller units. The direction of meta-data and big-data research already moved further within the timespawn of Pasquinelli’s paper publication in early 2014. The theorization of the emerging ‘meta-data’ society, already has to make quantum leap further in order to make sense of the fundamentals of the ambiguous global (and absolute) control society/civilization vision set forth by the infamous, joke like Islamic State screenplay. For this one has to go further and simulataneoulsy problematize the most recent developments in quantum computing,quantum-like cognition and quantum-mind research, overlapping research and applications between genome, cybernetics, Internet of Everything, and [unifield fields] Theory of Everything in physics.
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Meta-Life. Biotechnologies, Synthetic Biology, ALife and the Arts - we make money not art

Meta-Life. Biotechnologies, Synthetic Biology, ALife and the Arts - we make money not art | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Publisher Leonardo/Olats writes: Artists have opened new avenues in the art world by employing these developments in biotechnology, synthetic biology and Artificial Life; going from inanimate to autonomous objects to living creatures; exploring the thin border between animate and inanimate; confronting the grown, the evolved, the born and the built; and raising aesthetic but also social, political and ethical issues.


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Is science compatible with peer production? | Open Thoughts 2014

Is science compatible with peer production? | Open Thoughts 2014 | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Science has often been described by many sociologists as a collective enterprise. Most scientific research is done in collaboration, and collaboration can even involve thousands of scientists — as in the case of theLarge Hadron Collider experiments. The standard publication system of science is based on colleagues’ collaboration and evaluation through the peer-review process.

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How The Digital Revolution Can Fix Scientific Publishing And Speed Up Discoveries | TechCrunch

How The Digital Revolution Can Fix Scientific Publishing And Speed Up Discoveries | TechCrunch | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Scientific, Technical, and Medical (STM) publishing is big business. It generates $19 billion in revenue per year, the majority of which is earned by a few powerful publishers that enjoy profit margins of up to 40 percent. Inflated subscriptions sold to academic libraries keep them moving ahead because the librarians feel they have no choice but to buy. These companies add little value to the actual publishing product but they are entrenched.

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Artificial Intelligence: Can Science Truly Recreate You? - Daily Nexus

Artificial Intelligence: Can Science Truly Recreate You? - Daily Nexus | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
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Artificial Intelligence: Can Science Truly Recreate You?
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Scientists Closing in on Theory of Consciousness - LiveScience.com

Scientists Closing in on Theory of Consciousness - LiveScience.com | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it


Several studies have shown that you can measure the extent of integration using brain stimulation and recording techniques.

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