Metaphysical thought processes are more deeply wired than hitherto suspected
In 1978, I was just beginning my career with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection
(Cal Fire). I worked in the southern Sierra Nevada range
as the Assistant Forest Manager at Mountain Home State Forest
, a 4800 acre state forest surround by national land.
They're data mining our children, notes Politico writer Stephanie Simon
. She is talking about education technology startup Knewton
and their use of data analytics to find out how kids think. They want to be able to predict who will struggle with fractions next week.
Exciting, right? Obviously this can be misused and the fact that its potential problems (if they can forecast it, they can manipulate it) are so obvious is why policymakers will address that. The brilliance will be what this sort of capability can do for science.
Many American Indians do not like "Bering Strait theory" because of how it is misused by non-native non-scientist. This is my attempt to set the record straight. The Bering strait migration of the paleoindians is a law of nature supported by evidence from the old and new world. It is a part of the theory of human evolution, from African hominids to Homo Sapiens Sapiens. African H. S. Sapiens then migrated to and replaced all other species with 1 to 2.5% admixture with at least two and maybe three archaic yet closely related species . Every shred of DNA evidence and every fossil support this statement. This does not mean that everyone is "black", or that American Indians are "immigrants".
has issued an expression of concern
about a study it published where Facebook attempted to manipulate the emotions of members by controlling their news feed (10.1073/
pnas.1320040111). But they only bothered to notice and say anything after the outrage after the fact.
So the USA lost to Belgium in the World Cup elimination round. I predicted a win for the US for a simple reason - Belgium, I said, does not know how good it is, whereas the US does.
That's fuzzy logic, right? Well, that is what a lot of sports analysis is, because analysis at its heart relies on subjective scouting. Pundits can pretend to science it up all they want, but they are just doing a Bayes analysis based on real results after they happen. Something like a 68% chance of a victory is useless in the real world unless you are a bookie. It sounds science-y, but sports is a 0 or a 1. Anything in between is a waste of time.
Reading Robert Walker's article on what extraterrestrial mathematics might look like
has the wheels in my head a'turning. We live in a digital civilization, one that specifically evolved toward a binary representation of a decimal-based mathematics. Our computers count by 1s and 0s, whereas we tend to count by 1s, 2s, 3s, 4s, 5s, 6s, 7s, 8s, 9s, and 0s. And that is just our conscious countatiousness. Our bodies count in ways we have yet to enumerate. I think it's quite likely that any complex biological organism like a jelly fish uses some sort of internal mathematics to regulate itself.
of recorded music just keeps on increasing. This is what the music press and concerned fans refer to as the “loudness war”. Since digital audio has an absolute
upper level limit, it is therefore unavoidable that the dynamic
Generally, people on the autism spectrum tend to be personally cautious and socially withdrawn. As you would expect, previous research shows that people with autism tend to have low rates of substance abuse – the preference for low risk and avoidance of social situations means less drinking or drug use. But new research from the Washington University School of Medicine found the opposite: in their study of 3,080 Australian twins, people with symptoms of autism were more likely than people without symptoms to abuse alcohol and marijuana. The interesting reason why and perhaps implications for protecting both autistic people and those who happen to be socially withdrawn are inside their fascinating research.
How deep is science writing these days? Pretty darn deep.
Way back when Science 2.0 started there were not a lot of great science writers. There were well-known ones, but not great ones. Journalism was in flux and mainstream media didn't respect it much, and scientists respected science journalism even less than media corporations did. The best writers just didn't go into science journalism. One of the reasons that a pillar of the Science 2.0 mission was revamping science 'communication' was because the public had stopped respecting journalists and scientists felt like they got a lot of things wrong. If science journalism couldn't win Pulitzer Prizes, at least it could be accurate and that meant making scientists the journalists.