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Jonathan Haidt: Religion, evolution, and the ecstasy of self-transcendence | Video on TED.com

Psychologist Jonathan Haidt asks a simple, but difficult question: why do we search for self-transcendence? Why do we attempt to lose ourselves? In a tour through the science of evolution by group selection, he proposes a provocative answer.


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A Single Drop of Seawater, Magnified 25 Times

A Single Drop of Seawater, Magnified 25 Times | StoryMind | Scoop.it
You know when you're horsing around at the beach and accidentally swallow a nasty gulp of salt water? Well I hate to break it to you but that foul taste wasn't just salt. Photographer David Littschwager captured this amazing shot of a single drop of seawater magnified 25 times to reveal
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Discovery of quantum vibrations in microtubules inside brain neurons corroborates controversial 20-year-old theory of consciousness | KurzweilAI

Discovery of quantum vibrations in microtubules inside brain neurons corroborates controversial 20-year-old theory of consciousness | KurzweilAI | StoryMind | Scoop.it
Structure of a microtubule. The ring shape depicts a microtubule in cross-section, showing the 13 protofilaments surrounding a hollow center. (Credit:
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Incremental Shifts in pH Spring Water Can Be Stored as “Space-Memory”: Encoding and Retrieval Through the Application of the Same Rotating Magnetic Field | Dotta | NeuroQuantology

Incremental Shifts in pH Spring Water Can Be Stored as “Space-Memory”: Encoding and Retrieval Through the Application of the Same Rotating Magnetic Field | Dotta | NeuroQuantology | StoryMind | Scoop.it
Both four-dimensional (space-time) models and Casimir-like processes predict that the representations of stimulus-response pairing remain in altered or virtual states that can be potentially retrieved. Over a six month period we demonstrated “excess correlations” between mild acidification in quantities (50 ml) of spring water in a local space and the temporally contiguous incremental alkalinisation in nonlocal quantities of water when both loci were exposed to the same experimental paradigm that produced “entanglement” in photon reactions. The procedure required simultaneous exposures of both loci to specific patterns of rotating magnetic fields displaying specific rates of change in angular velocity. If the ~0.1 unit increases in pH within the non-local water samples due to injections of acetic acid in the local samples had been established on one day, comparable shifts occurred in the non-local water samples the following day when there were no injections of acetic acid if the space was exposed to the original magnetic field configurations. These results suggest that, like photon patterns, the “memory” or representation of pH (H+) shifts remain in space long after the stimulus has been removed and can be retrieved within that space if the specific electromagnetic field is repeated.. NeuroQuantology 

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Liquid memory!

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Reinstalling Eden : Nature : Nature Publishing Group

Reinstalling Eden : Nature : Nature Publishing Group | StoryMind | Scoop.it
Happiness on a hard drive.
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This is an amazing short story on the virtuality of reality.

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What's Next in Digital Health: Interview with Dr. Leslie Saxon | HealthWorks Collective

What's Next in Digital Health: Interview with Dr. Leslie Saxon | HealthWorks Collective | StoryMind | Scoop.it
Dr. Leslie Saxon shared some insights with MedCity News about what makes some digital health products more compelling than others and what’s needed to make these products stick.
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Fascinating possibility for sharing experiences with wellness, illness and healthcare. Possibly therapeutic?

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World Science Festival

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World Science Festival on Livestream

 

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Great resource for videos on ideas, presented by experts in a very accessible format.

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Deep learning - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Deep learning - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Deep learning is a set of algorithms in machine learning that attempt to learn layered models of inputs, commonly neural networks. The layers in such models correspond to distinct levels of concepts, where higher-level concepts are defined from lower-level ones, and the same lower-level concepts can help to define many higher-level concepts.

"deep learning is just a buzzword for neural nets".... http://t.co/dpXT8Lfxq6

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Writing Bytes

Writing Bytes | StoryMind | Scoop.it
Writers in a variety of genres tell us what new technologies mean for storytelling.
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Does the Internet negate storytelling by allowing the reader to jump to the end? or does it provide an infinite number of possible story lines?

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Art of the Score: The Mind, Music, and Moving Images | World Science Festival Webcast

Art of the Score: The Mind, Music, and Moving Images | World Science Festival Webcast | StoryMind | Scoop.it
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How music influences the emotional flow of story.

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The Power of Narrative: Storytelling Journalism Goes Digital | April 4-6, 2014

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Narrative Journalism at the top.

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How Twitter Is Reshaping The Future Of Storytelling

How Twitter Is Reshaping The Future Of Storytelling | StoryMind | Scoop.it
Editor’s NoteThis post is part of Co.Exist’s Futurist Forum, a series of articles by some of the world’s leading futurists about what the world will look like in the near and distant future, and how you can improve how you navigate future scenarios...

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Multiple author stories, developed in parallel, self-assembled by use of hashtags, provide a deep and wide view into the current mindstream.

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Narrativs

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Stories that move us

Description by New Learning Times

 

"Everyone has a Story to Tell
Do you have a story you would like to share? Do you enjoy reading short stories?Narrativs believes that everyone has a story to tell and aims to connect people all over the world through storytelling. Narrativs has created a digital space where aspiring writers can gain support for their work and receive constructive criticism. On the Narrativs website everyone is invited to submit a poem or short story – fiction or non-fiction. The Narrativs editing team provides feedback on the submission and the author is encouraged to make the necessary changes. After the piece goes through the editing process the story is then published on the Narrativs site and readers can rate and write comments in reaction to the story. This new publishing format allows one to learn about the world from many different perspectives by reading this diverse collection of stories.

 

"Social Entrepreneurship 
Narrativs aims to give everyone a voice, not only by creating a platform for writers to share their work, but also by financially supporting non- profit projects that promote literacy. Founder, Rachel Ngoc Anh Bui was inspired to develop Narrativs after listening to a global responsibility-focused speech by the prince of Norway. Narrativs plans to gather the best stories from the site to publish in a book. The money that the book generates will be given to groups that aid education in developing countries. The Narrativs team hopes to inspire others to find ways to develop businesses that make the world a better place. The team has been visiting schools in the United States and motivating students to create businesses that are socially responsible. Narrativs is creating a valuable narrative around both digital authorship and global citizenship."

 


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Mayra.Loves.Books's curator insight, August 30, 2013 8:57 AM

This sounds so powerful and I am now on my way to try it.

Margaret Waage's comment, August 31, 2013 10:58 AM
I love this idea because it is true. What I love even more is the idea of sharing narratives because that experience is what connects us to each other.
harish magan's comment, September 3, 2013 5:16 AM
It is indeed very powerful and wish to study deep on the subject.
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Welcome Back: Digital storytelling reinvents the narrative

Welcome Back: Digital storytelling reinvents the narrative | StoryMind | Scoop.it
Over the last several years, a certain anxiety has unleashed among the masses of literature enthusiasts around the world: What will become of the paperback book?
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The nonlinearity of digital storytelling challenges authors as well as readers to explore the multiple possibilities in story, the consequences of varying choices. 

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08 NATF14 Guest Keynote: "Brains, Data, and Machine Intelligence" - Jeff Hawkins - YouTube


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The next generation of computer learning system modeled on human cortical function. Fascinating!

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Fascinating talk highly significant to Global Brain Technologies.

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Games for Impact

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A Crowdsourced Feedback Community hosted by IdeaScale.com 

"The prototype of Survivance has shown that intergenerational exchange of traditions and stories alongside creating acts of survivance provides pathways to balanced wellbeing. Thus far, players of the prototype have described healing from historical, family, or personal trauma; recovering historical, family, and traditional stories; reviving language; and balancing emotional, mental, physical, and spiritual health. "

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Healing and creating with stories. 

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Digital global intelligence on the future of the world in the palm of your hand | KurzweilAI

Digital global intelligence on the future of the world in the palm of your hand | KurzweilAI | StoryMind | Scoop.it

The Millennium Project’s Global Futures Intelligence System is now available and accessible online, including auto-detected mobile phone data access.

“Overviews, situation charts, references, and latest relevant news on the most important challenges facing humanity are now all immediately available,” explains Jerome Glenn, CEO of The Millennium Project.

“The system presents distillations of the present situation, prospects, and strategies to address issues ranging from climate change to governance, science and technology, economics, ethics, education and other areas, with more than 10,000 pages of research, charts, and graphs available.”

“This is a fabulous tool to clarify the complexity of the world; you don’t have to go all over the Internet to understand something; this gets it all together,” said Philippe Destatte, Director of The Destree Institute (Namur, Wallonia) and a sponsor of the Brussels launch of the Global Futures Intelligence System held at Royal Academy of Belgium along with the Club of Rome European Union Chapter and Deloitte.


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Data must be free!

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A Science of Cities

A Science of Cities | StoryMind | Scoop.it

"In this book, I suggest that to understand cities we must view them not simply as places in space but as systems of networks and flows. To understand space, we must understand flows, and to understand flows, we must understand networks—the relations between objects that comprise the system of the city. Drawing on the complexity sciences, social physics, urban economics, transportation theory, regional science, and urban geography, , I introduce theories and methods that reveal the deep structure of how cities function. (...)" Michael Batty


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If put into the global Internet of complexity, understanding the workings of cities could let us see how local shifts influence the global conditions, and vice versa. 

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“Michael Batty has followed a career that has made him the prime interpreter of urban modeling in all its forms. Now his remarkable work has become the foundation of a new science of urban flows and networks that uses big data and sharp theory as tools to dig deep into how and what cities are, and how they can be designed in better ways. This is the book that sets the benchmark that all others will have to follow.” —Nigel Thrift, Vice-Chancellor, University of Warwick

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newfarmer

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Stories of the new farmers and how they came to the land.

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Brain-inspired synaptic transistor learns while it computes

Brain-inspired synaptic transistor learns while it computes | StoryMind | Scoop.it

(Phys.org) —It doesn't take a Watson to realize that even the world's best supercomputers are staggeringly inefficient and energy-intensive machines.

 

Our brains have upwards of 86 billion neurons, connected by synapses that not only complete myriad logic circuits; they continuously adapt to stimuli, strengthening some connections while weakening others. We call that process learning, and it enables the kind of rapid, highly efficient computational processes that put Siri and Blue Gene to shame.

Materials scientists at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) have now created a new type of transistor that mimics the behavior of a synapse. The novel device simultaneously modulates the flow of information in a circuit and physically adapts to changing signals.

Exploiting unusual properties in modern materials, the synaptic transistor could mark the beginning of a new kind of artificial intelligence: one embedded not in smart algorithms but in the very architecture of a computer. The findings appear in Nature Communications.


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Singularity or Bust award-winning documentary now viewable free online | KurzweilAI

Singularity or Bust award-winning documentary now viewable free online | KurzweilAI | StoryMind | Scoop.it
In 2009, filmmaker and former AI programmer Raj Dye spent his summer following futurist AI researchers Ben Goertzel and Hugo de Garis around Hong Kong and
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For Better Social Skills, Scientists Recommend a Little Chekhov

For Better Social Skills, Scientists Recommend a Little Chekhov | StoryMind | Scoop.it
A new study found that reading literary fiction leads to better performance on tests of empathy, social perception and emotional intelligence.
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What we read has a priming effect on how we perceive other people. Not surprising that it happens, but it is surprising how only a few minutes of reading has a measureable effect.

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Abrupt rise of new machine ecology beyond human response time

Society's techno-social systems are becoming ever faster and more computer-orientated. However, far from simply generating faster versions of existing behaviour, we show that this speed-up can generate a new behavioural regime as humans lose the ability to intervene in real time. Analyzing millisecond-scale data for the world's largest and most powerful techno-social system, the global financial market, we uncover an abrupt transition to a new all-machine phase characterized by large numbers of subsecond extreme events. The proliferation of these subsecond events shows an intriguing correlation with the onset of the system-wide financial collapse in 2008. Our findings are consistent with an emerging ecology of competitive machines featuring ‘crowds’ of predatory algorithms, and highlight the need for a new scientific theory of subsecond financial phenomena.

 

Abrupt rise of new machine ecology beyond human response time
Neil Johnson Guannan Zhao Eric Hunsader Hong Qi Nicholas Johnson Jing Meng Brian Tivnan

Scientific Reports 3, Article number: 2627 http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/srep02627


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Ethical Impact L3C's curator insight, September 21, 2013 2:26 PM

This is proof that speed and complexity will syncronize creating patterns. This was proven earlier by a simple on/off experiment with lights. simple rules create complex patterns - you don't need conscious intervention. The impact of these patterns, however are sourced by life......

 

Fab GOUX-BAUDIMENT's curator insight, September 23, 2013 5:20 AM

here we are... at the dawn of a human-machine competition?

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E-Books Could Be The Future Of Social Media

E-Books Could Be The Future Of Social Media | StoryMind | Scoop.it
In the future e-books will act just like social networks. Well use them on our phones share and comment right inside e-reader apps and publishers will...

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Blending e-book stories into the stories of our lives, then feeding our stories back into the enlarged e-book as additional depth, range, and possibility.

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Harold Thwaites's curator insight, September 2, 2013 4:27 PM

Merging of media into hybrid forms. McLuhan again.

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What is Narrative Medicine?

Since 2010, The Pink Ribbon Story Foundation has sought to broadcast stories of breast cancer patients and survivors, their own stories, so that other breast cancer patients might gain a sense of s...
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Welcome Back: Digital storytelling reinvents the narrative - University of Pittsburgh The Pitt News

Welcome Back: Digital storytelling reinvents the narrative - University of Pittsburgh The Pitt News | StoryMind | Scoop.it
Welcome Back: Digital storytelling reinvents the narrative University of Pittsburgh The Pitt News Over the last several years, a certain anxiety has unleashed among the masses of literature enthusiasts around the world: What will become of the...
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Digital stories demand participation from readers - not just passive following of the pre-ordained linear story. This increases the investment by the reader, weaving the choices into the narrative, producing a more engaging and immersive experience. - lw

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