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Even if he didn't, the Chinese would have kept a record of it.
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Perceptual Preference and Balance.

A simple test can demonstrate the way we use preference to simplify perception. Dip one hand in cold water and then touch the other hand. You can switch between the cold and warm sensation by concentrating on one hand, but find it really hard to feel both in equal weight.

This works similarly in the eyes, that we prefer an eye as the dominant one depending on the visual situation, and can switch between them without noticing which eye we use use at a time.

All situations in life have mixture of pain and pleasure in our perception of them, but we tend to concentrate on one only while keeping the others at the background. We tend to concentrate on nice things and look at things at the bright side as long as it works for us.

True philosophical outlook on life requires balance. This makes science and philosophy really hard at first because they need larger vision and balance. Once you get used to balanced outlook, the narrower vision looks simple and narrow.

Balance is difficult to build. It has a dynamics to it.
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Turkey is getting worse. A man kicked a woman on the face on a public bus for wearing shorts, got arrested and then freed by the public prosecutor. Moderate Islam does not seem possible in government. They seem to turn into raving fanatics once they acquire power.

EDIT: Public prosecutor now issued an arrest warrant for the man for inciting public hatred and violence. Perhaps for making some statements after being freed. I think the government is backtracking after the public reaction.
A young woman was allegedly verbally and physically assaulted on a public bus in Turkey, with reports claiming it could be because she was wearing shorts. The attack took place on the first day of the Eid al-Adha holiday in the Maslak neighbourhood of Istanbul. It left Ayşegül Terzi, a 23-year-old nurse, with severe facial bruising.
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Very interesting and promising but unfortunately this stuff needs a lot of computing power, and it won't in the hands of a hobbyist for a while.

"What’s truly interesting, though, is the WaveNet’s extensibility. If you train it with an American’s speech, it produces American speech. If you train it with German, it produces German. And if you train it with Chopin, it produces… well, not quite Chopin, but piano in a logical, one might even be tempted to say creative vein."
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A rather strong title for for a theory "(Usage-based theories are) far from offering a complete ac­­count of how language works." Perhaps a bit too keen to discredit Chomsky.

We have recently seen the opposite claims based on research;

http://www.nyu.edu/about/news-publications/news/2015/december/chomsky-was-right-nyu-researchers-find-we-do-have-a-grammar-in-our-head.html
Much of Noam Chomsky’s revolution in linguistics—including its account of the way we learn languages—is being overturned
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The extension of the elemental production process right back to the big bang reveals the self similarity of the universe's evolution. That is, the big bang itself was like stellar explosion. The difference being of course that it also created the space time.

via +John Verdon
 
It was National Science Week in Australia earlier this month, and I attended the informative and entertaining State of the Universe VI public lecture at Swinburne University. There was some discussion on the elements and the formation of matter that particularly piqued my curiosity - which elements come from where? And what are the proportions of those elements here on Earth?
The lovely chart below answers that first question.


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Henry Segerman filled the niche at the intersection of mathematics and 3D printing and we watched it with pleasure to happen.
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Log-Exp Buddha.
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Allah Allah diye
Sarayda zikretmişler
Yeni ergen çocuklar gibi
Televizyona poz vermişler
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The usual mistake is that we tend to think we are not like dogs and therefore don't need rewards to do things. But we are and we do. Our rewards are just a bit more elaborate. The reward has to be planned if it is not an intrinsic part of the job.

#motivation
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To read later.
 
I've only just started reading this. I intend to finish.

H/T +John Blossom 
The story of more than a decade of war, terror and revolution in the Middle East, seen through the eyes of six people whose lives were changed forever.
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