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Here is a fabulous set of videos on Chaos Theory.
It is a film about dynamical systems, the butterfly effect and chaos theory, intended for a wide audience. From Jos Leys, Étienne Ghys and Aurélien Alvarez, the makers of Dimensions, comes CHAOS, a math movie with nine 13-minute chapters. Watch all nine parts of the film by playing the videos ...
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Speaking of sleepless nights and jarring dreams, here is one that haunts me to this day.

Larry Lessig is invited to attend the President's Prayer Breakfast. Much to everyone's astonishment, God shows up and offers to answer two questions.

The President rises and asks, "Will Republicans and Democrats ever learn to work together in the public interest?"

God answers, "Yes, but not in your lifetime." The President weeps and glumly sits back down.

Then Larry Lessig rises and asks, "Will there ever be an end to corruption in government?"

God answers, "Yes, but not in my lifetime."

God then weeps softly, gives Lessig a gentle hug, and ever so slowly vanishes from the scene.
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I've begun talking with a select few misfits and heretics, about a support network.
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Speaking of sleepless nights and jarring dreams, here is one that haunts me to this day.

Larry Lessig is invited to attend the President's Prayer Breakfast. Much to everyone's astonishment, God shows up and offers to answer two questions.

The President rises and asks, "Will Republicans and Democrats ever learn to work together in the public interest?"

God answers, "Yes, but not in your lifetime." The President weeps and glumly sits back down.

Then Larry Lessig rises and asks, "Will there ever be an end to corruption in government?"

God answers, "Yes, but not in my lifetime." God then weeps softly, gives Lessig a gentle hug, and every so slowly vanishes from the scene.
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In my judgment the US DoJ was far far worse than the Bell System.
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I am mad for Krista Tippett.  She's yet another red-headed systems thinker who is on my wavelength.
“If we are stretching to live wiser and not just smarter, we will aspire to learn what love means… what it looks like as a private good but also as a common good.”
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The American mainstream media has finally begun to report the life and death of René Girard.
Professor Girard’s explorations of literature and myth helped establish influential ideas about how people are motivated to want things.
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It's disappointing how little attention the mainstream American press has given to  the life and death of this towering intellect.
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René Girard, Emeritus Professor of Humanities at Stanford, has died at age 91. Girard is best known for his pathbreaking work on theories of conflict and violence in human culture.

His brilliant work changed a lot of thinking about deep ideas that first arose as elements of theology.

Three dominant sources of knowledge, wisdom, and pragmatics in human culture emerge from the disciplines of Science, Theology, and Statecraft.

Of these, Statecraft has been a lamentably recurring source of systemic conflict and violence in the course of human history.

What Girard did was to take a scientific systems theoretic approach to analyzing the roles of Theology and Statecraft in exploring the roots of conflict and violence in human culture. In doing so he accomplished an astonishing breakthrough: he found a unifying bridge linking classical ideas from theology to modern systems science. In alloying elements of Theology with modern Systems Thinking, Girard revealed the inherent (yet fixable) flaw in shallow political pragmatism.

Girard's work jibes with that of scholars in many connected fields, including Psychology, Sociology, and the Bardic Arts. 

It took centuries for the breakthrough ideas of Copernicus and Darwin to wend their way into popular acceptance. Girard's comparably seminal ideas have been in circulation for a few decades. Will they take root in the public discourse before human culture collapses from a toxic overdose of shallow and myopic political pragmatism?

Will René Girard prove to be the rejuvenating paraclete that humanity has long been waiting for?
A member of the prestigious Académie Française, René Girard was called "the new Darwin of the human sciences." His many books offered a bold, sweeping vision of human nature, human history and human destiny. He died Nov. 4 at 91.
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Randall Frederick remembers the influence of René Girard.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/randall-frederick/rene-girard-19232015-in-c_b_8512628.html
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One by one, the venerated hosts of public radio have been writing their personal memoirs.

Today, Krista Tippett turns the mic around as Pico Iyer becomes the guest host of "On Being" to interview Ms. Tippett on her newly published and revealing memoir, "Becoming Wise."

Krista Tippett's book, "Becoming Wise," chronicles what she’s learned through her conversations with the most extraordinary voices across time and generations, across disciplines and denominations. An illuminating conversation on the mystery and art of living.
This episode, a “theft of the dial.” Writer and traveler Pico Iyer turns the tables on our host Krista Tippett by asking her the questions. An illuminating conversation on the mystery and art of living.
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Here is a snippet of the transcript.

Pico Iyer: Just my last question would be, what is hardest for you in your life or in your work?

Krista Tippett: What is hardest for me?

Pico Iyer: Yeah.

Krista Tippett: Mm. Sometimes — I think people sometimes imagine that because I soak up all this wisdom, I must be really special. [laughter] Extra-wise, myself. [laughs] And, in fact, I have a life like everyone else. And I think parenting is just this unfolding experience of humility. [laughs] You learn all the time what you don’t know, or what you might have done better. And my life is no different.

[ Transcript Source: http://www.onbeing.org/program/krista-tippett-an-inquiry-into-the-mystery-and-art-of-living/transcript/8649 ]
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Game Review: Toyaanisqatsi

Toyaanisqatsi is a strange puzzle game that is a startling cross between an intriguing Myst-style puzzle game and a violent first-person shooter.
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Wanna be the  first person to shoot...with violent laughter. :)
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On the occasion of the funeral of René Girard, the Stanford University community recalls his thoughts on terrorism.
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A week ago, the MIT Media Lab celebrated its 30th Anniversary with an all-day program at Kresge Auditorium.

The video archives of that event are now available for online viewing.
 
The video archive from the Media Lab's 30th anniversary symposium, Mind, Magic & Mischief, is now online! From Marvin Minsky to Megan Smith, from Penn & Teller to LEGO ducks, it was a fun and fascinating event. #ML30
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Work
Occupation
Cognitive Science Research
Skills
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. Winner of the Nelson and Small Prize at the University of Southern Maine for pioneering contributions to the establishment of innovative engineering programs in the EE Department.
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