▶ Creating a Planetary Nervous System as a Citizen Web

This video has been presented at the Ubicomp 2014
Workshop on „The superorganism of massive collective wearables”

Source: www.youtube.com

Interesting concept. I wonder if we already have this via the Internet. At any rate, I doubt that we’ll be able to get it up and running in time to save anyone or anything.

Nice thoughts. But nice thoughts don’t really mean anything here in this universe.

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Do Liberals Really Care More About Empathy Than Conservatives?

Views on Empathy, Curiosity, Creativity, Faith, Tolerance, and Obedience Across the Ideological Spectrum

The data also present a familiar caricature of “liberals” and “conservatives.” Based on a longer survey that classified respondents along an ideological spectrum from left to right, the researchers found that “consistent conservatives” were more likely to prioritize obedience and religious faith in particular, while “consistent liberals” emphasized tolerance, creativity, curiosity, and empathy for others.

They were also significantly less likely than other respondents to rate “hard work” as one of the most important things to teach children—they ranked 13 percentage points lower than “consistent conservatives.”


Source: www.theatlantic.com

And there you have it.

Progressives teach their children the essences of all religions and the essential values that bind humanity together in lasting, powerful, and arguably unbreakable fashions.  Conservatives just lie, rely on ignorance, use tricks, and teach kids nothing but submission to brute force.

What say you, humans?  What is more important to you?

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A Neuroscientist’s Radical Theory of How Networks Become Conscious | WIRED

It’s a question that’s perplexed philosophers for centuries and scientists for decades: Where does consciousness come from? Neuroscientist Christof Koch, chief scientific officer at the Allen Institute for Brain Science, thinks he has an answer.

Source: www.wired.com

This is important, and only the beginning.

On a side note, I think that conservatives and ideologues have different levels and qualities of connectedness with the universe. By different, I mean less. Would explain a lot of their consistent behavior worldwide and across cultures and times.

Let’s get them into care, before they hurt more of us.

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Joseph Stiglitz: Independence has costs and benefits

AS SCOTLAND contemplates independence, some, such as Paul Krugman, have questioned the “economics”. Would Scotland, going it alone, risk a decline in standards of living or a fall in GDP? There are, to be sure, risks in any course of action: should Scotland stay in the UK, and the UK leave the EU, the downside risks are, by almost any account, significantly greater.

Source: www.scotsman.com

Must everything revolve around money? Yes, the world could come crashing down as a result of Scottish bravado. It could get bad. Real bad, potentially. But, in all honesty, I’d rather work to build a new world than live in one that has lost its prime and is, quite frankly, rotten to be in. I’d like to see someplace where we care about our environment, our people, our world, and our relations with each other beyond money. This isn’t utopia, as there will always be those cousins you won’t like, or that hurricane which wipes out millions of peoples’ homes, or that odd potential for alien invasion, or that likely potential to have to cope with a world that we are changing faster than we can adapt to.

Yes, the rich won’t have as much. But there will (and should) always be a decentralized incentive to work, produce, and innovate freely on all fronts. Anything short of this Progressive vision and actions results in the degradation of the social unit and the environment in which we HAVE to live.

The conservatives want things to stay as they are, no matter how painful or poorly grounded they may be. They may have the edge over the likes of me as far as experience goes, But their experience is no good when it’s poorly founded, and aging does usually leave you less able. I’m an American. But I say “YES” to Scottish independence, as a means of forcing this sick, rotten, twisted human universe to move forward with its life, never stagnate, and to look back with a wise eye, not a wistful one.

The time will come on September 18th. And the Scots will either lead us forward, or do a “smart” move for the wrong reasons.

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How structurally stable are global socioeconomic systems?

The stability analysis of socioeconomic systems has been centred on answering whether small perturbations when a system is in a given quantitative state will push the system permanently to a different quantitative state. However, typically the quantitative state of socioeconomic systems is subject to constant change. Therefore, a key stability question that has been under-investigated is how strongly the conditions of a system itself can change before the system moves to a qualitatively different behaviour, i.e. how structurally stable the systems is. Here, we introduce a framework to investigate the structural stability of socioeconomic systems formed by a network of interactions among agents competing for resources. We measure the structural stability of the system as the range of conditions in the distribution and availability of resources compatible with the qualitative behaviour in which all the constituent agents can be self-sustained across time. To illustrate our framework, we study an empirical representation of the global socioeconomic system formed by countries sharing and competing for multinational companies used as proxy for resources. We demonstrate that the structural stability of the system is inversely associated with the level of competition and the level of heterogeneity in the distribution of resources. Importantly, we show that the qualitative behaviour of the observed global socioeconomic system is highly sensitive to changes in the distribution of resources. We believe that this work provides a methodological basis to develop sustainable strategies for socioeconomic systems subject to constantly changing conditions.

How structurally stable are global socioeconomic systems?
Serguei Saavedra, Rudolf P. Rohr, Luis J. Gilarranz, Jordi Bascompte

http://dx.doi.org/10.1098/ rsif.2014.0693
J. R. Soc. Interface 6 November 2014 vol. 11 no. 100 20140693

Source: rsif.royalsocietypublishing.org

There are most likely a plurality of stable socio-economic systems with different dynamics and levels of short term system stability.  It’s likely that, even if there are periods of short term instability, that long term stability will hold, even if instability is a stable feature.

Very interesting points here.


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Leaders stress Scots vote will stand

Alex Salmond says the independence referendum is “a once in a generation opportunity” while Alistair Darling says there would be “no way back”.

Source: www.bbc.com

If this is how England would like the potential divorce go through, so be it.  Honestly, I’m not 100% sure about what would happen if Scotland were to declare its independence this Thursday.  But I do think that the economy will sort itself out in time, and that if both sides are willing to be adults about this, it shouldn’t be an overly painful thing to anyone for Scotland to go its own separate way.  What’s at stake, for me at least, is the sense that there is some arc towards justice and the triumph of kindness, respect, and courtesy over military might, deceit, and thuggish brutality.

I want to see humanity win from the Scotland v. Union debate.  I want the “Ayes” to win, because it will prove to me that there is something here in this world that’s worth fighting for, regardless of the cost. I want to see the triumph of humanity over money, economy adopted to the environment, democracy over tyranny and government by force or deceit.

I want the world to grow, and not to die on the vine.

If that’s not worth fighting for, I don’t know what is.

4 days.

Enjoy them.

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Governing Based on Evidence

The wise leaders of the past have governed their people on tenants of respect, care, benevolence, and a desire to effect their lives in a positive way.  At least, these are the leaders and power blocs that we remember fondly, love, and honor.  It is in the interests of those who hold power to work in such a way.  The ability for such leaders and leadership blocs to come into power is dependent upon the populace’s ability and willingness to sense and choose those who mean to have a positive effect on the public, and on their ability to sense if that leader/leadership bloc is actually doing their job well.  Evidence based governing is not only less costly for the government and the government members, in terms of the allocation of resources and the dependence on repression and force, but it also is a more effective strategy of maintaining leadership positions without having to resort to potentially costly tactics of repression and deceit, which are unreliable and expensive methods at ensuring political longevity.

The universe has a bias towards Liberalism and Progressivism, based on the evidence that we can observe throughout history and across cultures.

What in Hell are we all waiting for?!

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We’ve been told that bullies pay a price.


We’ve been told that those who take and do not give forfeit everything that they could have had.


We’ve been told that might does not make right and that ultimately justice prevails in the end.


Because the world is slowly dying now.  We don’t have much time to make it right.  And, those who are taking, conquering, and bullying are walking away from their messes and leaving it to the likes of me to clean up afterwards.

When do we get absolution?

When does the universe sort itself out in the short term?

I’m tired of waiting for the long term.

I’m just waiting for the PROMISED good times to start.

Although, I honestly believe that that’s a stupid goal to begin with.

There is no kicking the football successfully, Charlie Brown.

Might as well sit on your ass.

Scots’ Independence

After long and hard consideration of the possibilities that can (and likely will) come out of a “Yes” vote for Scottish Independence on the 18th of September, 2014, I think I will still, personally, endorse such a move on the part of the Scottish people and the Scottish nation as a whole.

I’m sick of the mighty making out like thieves at the expense of the many.  I am personally sick of the old adage from the Athenians’ Melian Dialogue (which essentially justified the, frankly, incorrect notion that “might makes right”).  And, I am sick of our entire world being run by little people, who are simply angry, mean-spirited, callous, cruel, greedy, and delusional.

I know that a Scottish “Yes” vote will likely trigger massive turmoil in the world.  I know that Russia is waiting for NATO to crack.  I know that China is waiting for the Western world to fall back into “its place”.  But sonofabitch, it is getting too damned hot in this oven.  Literally, the planet is warming up and species which very well may be critical to the sustenance of human life on this planet, are dying off.  We have a handful of assh*les, which believe that money is something that is “real”.  Who only think and feel in terms of “money”.  Who actually feel as though money is something that is sustaining for human life and well being.  Who believe that the experiences and “stuff” that money can buy is something worth dying for through the production of money.

These are the inbred, conservative, stupid, people of Gog and Magog, that all Abrahamic Texts talked about.  These are the neo-conservatives, the conservatives, the Ideologues, and the money-grubbers of our world; bottom feeders, suckling at the tit of society like a greedy little piggy, backed up by police and thugs.

I am not going to really change a thing.  I only point out that doing the opposite stuff tends to lead to better for those little piggies who can’t seem to tell what is good and what is bad in this world.

Enjoy your night people.

The evolution of nonlinear dynamics in political science and public administration: Methods, modeling and momentum

The main objective of Discrete Dynamics in Nature and Society is to foster links between basic and applied research relating to  discrete dynamics of complex systems encountered in the natural and social sciences. The journal intends to stimulate publications directed to the analyses of computer generated solutions and chaotic in particular, correctness of numerical procedures, chaos synchronization and control, discrete optimization methods among other related topics. The journal provides a channel of communication between scientists and practitioners working in the field of complex systems analysis and will stimulate the development and use of discrete dynamical approach.

Source: www.hindawi.com

Way cool science! 

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