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The Map is not the Territory (so stop trying to fold both into the luggage)
The Map is not the Territory (so stop trying to fold both into the luggage)

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"I agree with much of what Pinker has to say. His book is stocked with seventy-five charts and graphs that provide incontrovertible evidence for centuries of progress on many fronts that should matter to all of us: an inexorable decline in violence of all sorts along with equally impressive increases in health, longevity, education, and human rights. It’s precisely because of the validity of much of Pinker’s narrative that the flaws in his argument are so dangerous. They’re concealed under such a smooth layer of data and eloquence that they need to be carefully unraveled. That’s why my response to Pinker is to meet him on his own turf: in each section, like him, I rest my case on hard data exemplified in a graph."

https://patternsofmeaning.com/2018/05/17/steven-pinkers-ideas-about-progress-are-fatally-flawed-these-eight-graphs-show-why/
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It isn't a bug, it's a feature!

"While Arc is known to play a vital role in the brain’s ability to store new information, little is known about precisely how it works. In addition, previous studies had detailed similarities between the Arc protein and proteins found in certain viruses like HIV, but it was unclear how those commonalities influenced the behavior of the Arc protein." https://www.nih.gov/news-events/news-releases/memory-gene-goes-viral

From U.Utah: "A protein involved in cognition and storing long-term memories looks and acts like a protein from viruses. The protein, called Arc, has properties similar to those that viruses use for infecting host cells, and originated from a chance evolutionary event that occurred hundreds of millions of years ago." https://unews.utah.edu/surprise-a-virus-like-protein-is-important-for-cognition-and-memory/

HT: Peter Watts, "Memory is a virus. Or at least, memory depends on one. [...] Me, though, I can’t stop thinking about the fact that something which was once an infection is now such an integral part of our cognitive architecture. I can’t stop wondering what would happen if someone decided to reweaponise it." http://www.rifters.com/crawl/?p=7875

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One-Third of Planet's Land is Severely Degraded.

Each Year, We Lose 15 Billion Trees and 24 Billion Tonnes of Fertile Soil.

#conservation
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"In the opinion of this author, this is not just the greatest program from the United States, but the greatest program, period. While other programs have a serious claim to the title, the nod is given here due to the clarity, determination, focus and consistency with which Simon and crew conducted their examination of modern American urbanism, which, in co-creator David Simon’s words, is the death of the American city."

https://wondersinthedark.wordpress.com/2017/07/27/51-the-wire-2002-2008-hbo/
# 51. The Wire (2002-2008, HBO)
# 51. The Wire (2002-2008, HBO)
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Beware(:) Robots!
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"[...] its message was that growth could continue for some time by running down “natural capital” (depletion) and degrading “ecological system services” (pollution) but that it could not go on forever."

https://www.theautomaticearth.com/2017/06/the-dynamics-of-depletion/

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Yes it does.

"I don't understand why people aren't treating this as more than 200 canaries in a coal mine," he says, calling for broader solidarity with the defendants.

"Thousands of people put themselves on the line while engaging in direct political action on Inauguration Day. Many of them were met with horrible police violence, and it deserves more attention."

http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/2017/05/anti-trump-protesters-facing-decades-bars-170522063956218.html
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