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Dr. +Steven Novella blogs about the value and controversies in the current Skeptical Movement, with additional comments by +Sharon Hill and others.

http://theness.com/neurologicablog/index.php/why-we-need-a-skeptical-movement/


#SBM   #skepticism   #sciencism  
H/T: +Charles Younger in Irreverent Skeptics G+ Community
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Just for the LOLs - although nutters who believe in Seralini will probably believe this is real too:

#ProGMO   #monsantoisgood  
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+Jared DeMarzo A lot like a Turduckit.  Or chicken.  
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Just standing there Fail....
 
Girl standing on high hills FAIL




#girl   #fail   #gif   #animatedgif  
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I think this is the most epic fail I have ever seen! Just standing there doing nothing and you break both ankles with no outside forces acting on you! Wow
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Epic Eye Contact Fail.... With a rack like that, poor dude will never get eye contact from the does.
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Jet Thrusters

Won't be long before the kids will be screaming around the neighborhood at 50 mph on their roller blades using these electric jet thrusters.

http://www.gizmag.com/dreamscience-electric-thrusters/31315/

#dreamscience   #jetthrusters  
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+Hadrian Micciche be careful what you wish for.. it could turn out to be a real pain in the arse to use..
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This reminds me of people who use Carmex then wonder why they need to keep using Carmex.

And Yes, I know Snopes says that is False.  ;-) 
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+Monika Bardell  #firstworldproblems  are a bitch, right? Hehe!
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Thanks for Inviting me to Join this Community!  And thankfully I don't find this at the bottom of my coffee cup very often:
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For the love of all that is holy...Don't inject the pot, kids!!! 
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+Curt Steege It is NOT funny when one is writing a technical report and the damned system has made tons of errors on its own. :((
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Commoogle Extension in development  - details below....
 
Programmable notifications system for Google+ communities, and beyond! (VIDEO is about 4 mins)
Imagine a way to tailor messages on Google+ 'to the right people, at the right time...'

Well, this is exactly what we have created!

The quick video will show you a demo of a programmable desktop notification, and 'badging system' to follow soon  - meaning you can e.g. attribute different 'levels of competence' to people in a community, and deliver unique content to specifically them.

It is about you, and your community.
But here is the thing: you will be able to decide how you and your community want to use it (within reason, of course)!
You will decide on the images, the call to action, and where people will 'land' next, as well as 'when' they see it.
It may be a featured article, a 'member of the week', a link to a quiz/test on knowledge, directing people to a YouTube video of the day, a free course at the right level for that person, special 'bonus content', pretty much anything.

Sound good?! We hope so.

As you can see from the video, we have an AWESOME working prototype, but need your help over the coming months...

Request:
Would you like your 'Google+ community'  to be considered for Beta testing? (you'll need to be the owner/moderator)
If so, please let us know now by filling in the  in the Google form below:
http://martinsherv.com/1x
You can also leave feedback on the concept and request additional features.

Timescales:
We are not going to rush a release, so please be patient. Most probably middle of summer 2014.
We want to get it working 100% right for my own communities first and will make sure it is super awesome for you all.

Background and thanks.
Myself and +Ehsan Ahmadi Gharacheh have been working on this for about 9 months now. And I'd like to say a big thank you for all his hard work.
Thank to +Linda Dee and +George Sepich for being the midwives at many of the births of Plusto's characters Don't know Plusto? He is the little robot fella.
Thank you once more to +David Stickney for all his help on the videos.
And thanks to earlier testers; things have really moved on now!
Btw, we called it commoogle as we believe in the power of the Google+ community. Now we have a system that may well help us take things even further...

Thank for your interest and we look forward to hearing what you think!
Are you commoogling? (almost!)

#commoogle   #chromeextensions   #plusto  
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Don't mind me guys.....
 
This is a good place to sleep. I'll sleep here....
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    Neurologist
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Not to mention apophasis - my favorite paralipsis. And you can't Reason with Delusion.
Introduction

Communities radically changed how G+ works.  I post almost exclusively to Public and Private Communities.  That's why I (usually) leave my Community posts visible on my Post's page.  If you know me in real life - notify my when you circle me!

Which Circle?  If I were putting me into my Circles, I'd choose my Favorites circle, my Skeptics (Consumer Protection Advocates who use Science and Reason to debunk harmful frauds and scams) Circle, and/or my Atheists (people who have not found any credible evidence of any gods, angels, devils, ghosts, or souls) Circle.  I doubt there will be a major theme to my occasional original posts or re-shares - just what strikes me as interesting at the time - but that is more likely to be related to Neuroscience or Technology.  Here is a list of the Podcasts I subscribe to, which indicates what I'm most interested in:



As a general rule, I don't believe in banning, blocking, censorship, or flagging. "John Stuart Mill argued that silencing an opinion is "a peculiar evil." If the opinion is right, we are robbed of the "opportunity of exchanging error for truth"; and if it's wrong, we are deprived of a deeper understanding of the truth in its "collision with error." If we know only our own side of the argument, we hardly know even that: it becomes stale, soon learned by rote, untested, a pallid and lifeless truth." - Carl Sagan  It is most unlikely that you will offend me with posts or comments, unless you post moronic idiocy, of course, or try to convince me that Your God really exists, and Your Religion actually knows her, or you post only Spam or Spam my posts.  If you circle me and want to be Notified of my rather infrequent posts, put me in a Circle where you have Notifications set to On. 

Getting started in G+.  Add this entire circle linked below to gets lots of interesting posts and interactions in your Home Stream:


  
And here is a circle of Pages that Share circles - you can visit them to see what sorts of circles they post that might interest you and add them, or have them add you to the circles some of them maintain on certain topics.



Next - go to Communities and enter in some topics that interest you into the Search bar to find Communities built around those topics.  Join a few of them that show lots of members and lots of posts, and start commenting on those posts or posting your own contributions to the topic.  Before long, you'll want to throttle down the firehose of information coming your way!

What is G+?  (Explanation for the newly invited). The usual uninformed answer is that it is Google's version of Facebook or Myspace.  But it's not like that at all - it is more comparable to Twitter microblogging, but instead of mostly vapid < 140 character tweets, you get a Stream of thoughtful content, links, videos, and articles from people you choose to follow because they share things that interest you.  Which makes it addictive and time-consuming, because if you follow enough People and Pages and Communities, you get a nearly continuous Stream of things you want to know about.  Plus some occasional other stuff you might not even know you are interested in until you've been exposed to it.  And by using Circles and hashtag searches appropriately, you can check out other people or things Topic by Topic.  In summary, Facebook is about people, Twitter is about trends, and G+ is about Content and Information.  While most people use G+ to microblog, it is well suited to full blogging too - you just won't get paid for your work here, but also are not paying for the blog hosting.  Your blog here is more likely to get a lot more eyeballs and comments.  Or you can use G+ to microblog a link to your professional blog, but most people will be too lazy to do that extra click.

G+ is designed to be Addictive!  Almost like playing a Slot Machine - maybe the NEXT Post in your Stream will make you laugh, make you cry, make you think, ask a question you know the answer to, or reveal the Secret of Life.  All while your red Notifications box keeps dinging that someone has thought of you.  Be sure to blink every hour, and get up from your chair at least daily.

How Do Circles and Sharing Work on G+?  Explained here:

Sharing is not Sending! I went ahead and made a post of how G+ Sharing and Circling works, based on what I slowly learned on my own through trial and error:

How Sharing/Posting and Circles work on G+

Well if Circles are used to block people from seeing posts, then what does blocking do?



What the Hell is Atheism Minus?

As founder and Spiritual Leader of Atheism Minus - this should answer the FAQs I get:



Copyrights:  Feel free to use any post or statement or idea of mine in an open source, creative commons way.  Credit me if you like - or not.  BTW: that long "rights" thing you see on a lot of About Pages here and on Facebook is legally meaningless.

Disclaimers:  My posts or G+ comments are not intended to provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.  Or Legal advice.  Or Stock Market advice.  Or Dietary advice.  Or Political advice.

If you have a concern about any posting or comment being factually incorrect, please contact me. Please provide details of who you are, how I can contact you, what your interest is, and what your concern is. If something has been written that is factually incorrect (and was not sarcasm), it will be addressed. Anonymous complaints will be ignored.

GloMar Response:  We can neither confirm nor deny the existence or nonexistence of the information requested or records or data on the subject matter responsive to your request - but hypothetically, if such records or data did exist, such subject matter would be classified and could not be disclosed or released to you... 
Bragging rights
Survived Erythroblastosis fetalis. Also backpacked across the Arctic, then ran the Mount Marathon race in Seward, AK. Survived that too. A little worse for wear from all of those. More recently, I was blocked on G+ by SGU's RW, for being an intelligent man with an opinion differing from her clique, which she won't tolerate. Well excuuuuse me... Also, I am Founder and Spiritual Head of the largest Atheist Movement of all time - Atheism Minus (A-). It is comprised of all New Atheists, Old Atheists, and Agnostics who are not members of A+. NTTIAWWT, of course. Supreme Skunk Dick Mims H. Carter has publicly called me a Skunk Dick Squared. I score very high on online Asperger tests, which the NTs might not think is something to brag about, but we know better, as usual. I am Owner of the Advocates - For All the Things! private Community, and of the Irreverent Skeptics ( #IrrSkep ) public Community for fans and Hosts of Skeptical and/or Atheist Podcasts, and Own or Mod many more Communities. Find them in Community Search or links below.
Education
  • Rice University
    Psychology, Electrical Engineering, 1974 - 1978
  • Rice University
    Master of EE, 1978 - 1979
  • Baylor College of Medicine
    MD, 1979 - 1982
  • Baylor College of Medicine
    Neurology, 1982 - 1986
  • Universal Life Church
    Ordained Minister, 2000
  • Irreligiosophy
    PhIrrD, 2010
  • Thunderwood
    Numerous, 2011
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March 8, 1957
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