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Worrier, Warrior, or Thinker?

I define "worrying" as an emotional form of information processing which fails to reduce the entropy or uncertainty of a knowledge base, fails to generate solutions to outstanding problems, or fails to conceive goal-oriented courses of action.

Conversely, I define "thinking" as a rational form of information processing which reduces the entropy or uncertainty of a knowledge base, generates solutions to outstanding problems, and conceives goal-oriented courses of action.

See The Calculus of Ideas.
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I expect Deflategate will turn into a Comic Opera in the style of Mozart.

The villain, of course, will turn out to be Deflater Mouse.
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The joke took the air right out of you; didn't it +Bob Calder ?
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The current issue of New Yorker Magazine has a feature length article on the story of +Affectiva, the commercial start-up founded by my MIT Media Lab colleagues, +Rosalind Picard and +Rana El Kaliouby.

Affectiva is concentrating on commercial applications of Affective Computing based on Rana's post-doc research in the Affective Computing Research Group in recognizing facial expressions and mapping them into identifiable emotions.
By scanning your face, computers can decode your unspoken reaction to a movie, a political debate, even a video call with a friend. Credit Illustration by Bryan Christie
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Thought for the day:

If you're gonna go through life being hopelessly self-deluded, you oughta at least be honest enough to candidly admit it.
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Gregory Bateson, Pioneer of Systems Thinking

Nora Bateson has uploaded an authorized version of her homage to her father, Gregory Bateson, at Vimeo. The 60-minute documentary is entitled, "An Ecology Of Mind - A Daughter's portrait of Gregory Bateson" and is directed by Nora.

Note that this is not a free video on Vimeo. To view it, you must log into Vimeo (registration is free) and select one of two viewing options: 24-hr rental or purchase, at $5 and $10, respectively.

https://vimeo.com/ondemand/bateson/116614772
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Good and Evil

The police are increasingly falling out of favor and alienating themselves from the general public because career professionals in law enforcement increasingly manifest and reveal the evil side of the rule of law: corrupt, dysfunctional, abusive, oppressive, unjust, unkind, chaotic, bullying, and violent.

Consider these classic recipes for Good and Evil:

Good = Love + Compassion + Mindfulness + Mercy + Healing

Evil = Fear + Antipathy + Ignorance + Power + Harmfulness

If you want to diagnose and attenuate Evil, diagnose and eschew the elements of Evil.

If you want to craft Good, discover and manifest the elements of Good.
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Perfect analysis +Barry Kort​. Thank you!
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Give Us This Day Our Daily Rage

Slate has tracked what everyone was outraged about every day in 2014.

Can it be that Systemic Injustice and Systemic Abuse are more salient now than at any other time in our occasionally placid lives?

My takeaway from the Salon article is that our fickle social networking culture is experiencing an epidemic of mimetic outrage.

We are like scouts sitting around the campfire, toasting marshmallows, and telling stories of personal outrage, each scout in turn trying to one-up the last storyteller in terms of recounting some horrifying, disgusting, and outrageous episode of injustice or abuse for which we have become hopelessly and irredeemably scarred for life.

The scouts don't even need a campfire to toast their marshmallows. We have collectively concocted a sufficient conflagration of outrage to toast our personal marshmallows to a deliciously crusty burnt umbrage.
Following the news in 2014 is a bit like flying a kite in flat country during tornado season. Every so often, a whirlwind of outrage touches down, sowing destruction and chaos before disappearing into the sky. These conditions are hardly new. Over the past decade or so, outrage has become...
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Our Place In the Cosmos and the Role of STEM in the Advance of Civilization

The Democratic Age is Stage 3 of the (extended) Viconian Model. 

The Viconian cycle consists of multiple recurring phases:

(1) The Theocratic or Divine Age, represented in primitive society by the family life of the cave, to which the thunderous voice of God has driven mankind;

(2) The Aristocratic or Heroic Age, characterized by incessant conflict between the ruling patricians and their subject plebeians;

(3) The Democratic Age, in which rank and privilege have finally been eradicated by the revolutions of the preceding age.

Currently, we are ensnared in the Fourth Age, as anticipated by Vico, and as explicated by any number of modern sources:

(4) The Chaotic Age, characterized by the bewildering collapse of democratic society, which is inherently dysfunctional and therefore riddled with a panoply of hellish and baffleplexing problems: conflict, violence, oppression, injustice corruption, poverty, ignorance, alienation, abuse, despair, suffering, and terrorism.

The resolution of this nightmare age of unrelenting chaos is to evolve to the Fifth Age where we master the art of taming the ill-mannered recursion laws that define and characterize the Chaotic Age:

(5) The Cybernetic Age, in which the otherwise mind-boggling math of recursive loops is tamed and tuned to gracefully converge to the long-dreamed of Omega Point.

More details here:  http://TinyURL.Com/Advance-of-Civilization
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The Spirit of Becoming

The proper name of the God of Moses is יהוה which means "Becoming."

That is to say, the Name of the God of Moses is nominally equivalent to an abstraction that, in English, would be "The Process of Becoming" (or just Becoming, for short).

What is 'Divine' in living systems is Becoming (e.g. the phenomenon of growth, transformation, and maturation).

I reckon it's unbecoming not to believe in Becoming. 

The Process of Becoming is Awesome.

Let me elaborate ...

As a scientist, researcher, educator, and sentient being, I am fascinated by the following processes, which I seek to understand and participate in:

1. The Process of Creation in the Cosmos

2. The Process of Evolution in the Biosphere

3. The Process of Enlightenment in the Noösphere

4. The Discovery Learning Process in the Brain and Mind

5. The Creative Process in the Arts

6. The Problem-Solving Process in Engineering

7. The Peace Process in Human Culture

8. The Nurturing Process in Relationships.

9. The Healing Process in the Human Spirit

10. The Process of Falling in Love with Life and People

I subsume all of the above under one umbrella term, "The Process of Becoming" (or just "Becoming" for short).

To my mind, it is unbecoming not to believe in Becoming.

Discovering, experiencing, understanding, and participating in these (and similar) processes not only makes me feel alive and engaged with life, it makes me feel connected to God, Orenda, or whatever you like to call your Higher Spirit.

I like to call it the 'Spirit of Becoming'.

http://foofy.musenet.info/~bkort/God.Is.A.Concept.html
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Gregory Bateson, Pioneer of Systems Thinking

Nora Bateson has uploaded an authorized version of her homage to her father, Gregory Bateson, at Vimeo. The 60-minute documentary is entitled, "An Ecology Of Mind - A Daughter's portrait of Gregory Bateson" and is directed by Nora.

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Here, from the Way Back Machine, is a PBS Education Resource on the nine kinds of intelligence in Howard Gardner's catalog of Multiple Intelligences.
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21st Century Operating Systems

To my mind, our society's cultural models have not evolved in a particularly intelligent manner. We still employ idiotic cultural practices that humankind mindlessly adopted some 4000 years ago. Much to my chagrin, we seem utterly incapable of diagnosing and upgrading those anachronistic and dysfunctional cultural practices to arrive at 21st Century operating systems for human society.

Our profoundly dysfunctional cultural models and practices have generated so much stress that DSM-5 is a catalog (shipping weight 3.4 lbs) of the myriad non-criminal maladaptive ways that humans maladjust, while the criminal code catalogs all the remaining intolerable maladaptive responses. And then, where governments cannot agree, we have stress-inducing political conflicts and bloody war.

We have 250 generations of Homo Schleppians who have been maladapting over the past 5000 years to an increasingly dysfunctional, erratic, and chaotic cultural model.

Isn't it about time we woke up and upgraded Western Civilization to a 21st Century high-functioning model?
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Cognitive Science Research
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Science Education, Model-Based Reasoning, Diagnostic Reasoning
Employment
  • Cognitive Science Research, present
  • MIT Media Lab
    Visiting Scientist, 1999 - 2009
  • Bell Telephone Laboratories
    Distinguished Member of Technical Staff, 1968 - 1987
  • MITRE Corporation
    Lead Engineer, 1987 - 1990
  • BBN Systems and Technologies
    Visiting Scientist, 1990 - 2000
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Currently
Boston MA
Previously
Omaha Nebraska - Omaha Nebraska - Lincoln Nebraska - New Orleans Louisiana - Mountain View California - Monmouth County New Jersey - Boston Massachusetts
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You see a slow moving red-headed scientist wearing a wrinkled lab coat over a Science Museum Polo Shirt.
Introduction
I am a retired Visiting Scientist in the Affective Computing Research Group at the MIT Media Lab.

I am also a now-retired volunteer with the Boston Museum of Science.

You can find a longer biography of me here.
Bragging rights
Winner of the 1996 NII Award for pioneering innovations in children's education via the Internet.
Education
  • Stanford University (MSEE, Ph.D)
    Electrical Engineering, Engineering-Economic Systems, Operations Research, and Systems Theory, 1968 - 1975
  • University of Nebraska - Lincoln (BSEE)
    Electrical Engineering, 1963 - 1968
  • Omaha Central High School
    College Prep, 1960 - 1963
  • Omaha Benson High School
    College Prep, 1959 - 1960
  • Omaha Benson Junior High School
    Junior High, 1957 - 1959
  • Omaha Benson West Elementary School
    Grammar School, 1950 - 1957
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Moulton the schmeggegy scientist from MicroMuse