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Michael Stevenson (Sisco)
Works at Sparks Health Systems
Attends University of Arkansas - Fort Smith
Lived in Van Buren, AR


He also tackled a couple hot-button issues, including his belief that society doesn't actually need everyone to work full-time anymore.


"Our problem is not that we don’t have enough stuff — it’s that we don’t have enough ways for people to work and prove that they deserve this stuff."
It's not often that Google's two founders do a joint interview, so when they do it's worth paying attention.
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Media Fact-Checker Study: Republicans Lie More

While neither side is perfect, this confirms my research from a few years ago where I discovered that conservatives have a rate of lying twice that of liberals. When it comes to the worst category of lying (“pants on fire"),  32% of Republican claims are this compared to 11% of Democratic claims, a 3:1 ratio.

My article from Jan. 2010: Facts About Conservative Truthiness

Oh, and my response to the inevitable claims of "bias" that are surely to be mentioned by intellectual cowards desperately seeking an artificial balance: Conservatives always claim that fact checkers (or the media, or educators, or historians, or scientists, or whoever) are "biased against them" when they get called on their lies, disinformation, and myth spreading. What else do you expect serial deceivers to do? Just accept the truth from an impartial perspective?  What do you think they're liberals? There's a reason why the vast majority of scientists and educators are not conservative Republicans.

#Politics   #Facts   #Science   #Evidence   #Rationality  
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Psychology study examines how brains process and recall sounds
Remember that sound bite you heard on the radio this morning? The grocery items your spouse asked you to pick up? Chances are, you won’t.

Researchers at the University of Iowa have found that when it comes to memory, we don’t remember things we hear nearly as well as things we see or touch.
“We tend to think that the parts of our brain wired for memory are integrated. But our findings indicate our brain may use separate pathways to process information. Even more, our study suggests the brain may process auditory information differently than visual and tactile information, and alternative strategies, such as increased mental repetition, may be needed when trying to improve memory,” says Amy Poremba, associate professor in the UI Department of Psychology and corresponding author on the paper, published this week in the journal PLoS One.

Bigelow and Poremba discovered that when more than 100 UI undergraduate students were exposed to a variety of sounds, visuals, and things that could be felt, the students were least apt to remember the sounds they had heard.

In an experiment testing short-term memory, participants were asked to listen to pure tones they heard through headphones, look at various shades of red squares, and feel low-intensity vibrations by gripping an aluminum bar. Each set of tones, squares and vibrations was separated by time delays ranging from one to 32 seconds.
Although students’ memory declined across the board when time delays grew longer, the decline was much greater for sounds, and began as early as four to eight seconds after being exposed to them.

While this seems like a short time span, it’s akin to forgetting a phone number that wasn’t written down, notes Poremba. “If someone gives you a number, and you dial it right away, you are usually fine. But do anything in between, and the odds are you will have forgotten it,” she says.

In a second experiment, Bigelow and Poremba tested participants’ memory using things they might encounter on an everyday basis. Students listened to audio recordings of dogs barking, watched silent videos of a basketball game, and touched and held common objects blocked from view, such as a coffee mug. The researchers found that between an hour and a week later, students were worse at remembering the sounds they had heard, but their memory for visual scenes and tactile objects was about the same.

Both experiments suggest that the way your mind processes and stores sound may be different from the way it process and stores other types of memories. And that could have big implications for educators, design engineers, and advertisers alike.

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Good article. I trust my subconscious too much.
The swimmers body illusion and other ways our brains play tricks on us.
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Geomedroid (Finally) Finally released Geomedroid ( Play Store Link ). Been wanting to do something for awhile, it's good to finally get something out there. The amount of installs is low, but it seems to be difficult to get something out there and get notic...
Geomedroid (Finally) Finally released Geomedroid (Play Store Link). Been wanting to do something for awhile, it's good to finally get something out there. The amount of installs is low, but it seems to be difficult to get som...
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I am surprised this had not happened sooner.

I also suspect that a state/corporate entity could take over the bitcoin network with their available computing power, if they wanted.
In a first, one player got a monopoly of Bitcoin's total computational power.
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"So, like... we're wasting billions of tax payer dollars buying more expensive Russian rockets from a someone on the US sanctions list. So that's why I'm suing the Air Force."
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This looks pretty cool!
Up until now, developing web apps on mobile has been a little tricky. After spending the time developing your app, getting your users to install ...
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+Will Keaney just indirectly made me realize something....

It won't be too much longer before we see an XDA section for 

There are over 1 billion cars on the road today. We rely on our cars for so many things in our lives, but right now the connection between them and the other mobile technology in our lives isn't always seamless. The Open Automotive Alliance is a group of leading automakers and technology ...
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This is awesome. It would make Chromebooks just that much more useful.
The chromium team is currently actively working on a Chrome App based Development Environment codenamed Spark at

This IDE project is full of goodness:
- It is built with Dart¹, the "new language for scalable web app engineering"
- It contains a GUI widgets library powered by Polymer²
- It's public on GitHub and therefore interesting for anyone who wants to know how Dart and Polymer can be used to build the next generation of Chrome Apps.

Yet, this is still the very beginning. There's not much we can do for now.
I'll definitely keep an eye on this one though.

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If you care about buying from an ethical company, Samsung seems like one to avoid.
The smartphone industry is dominated by two companies: Apple and Samsung. Absurdly, Canaccord Genuity recently reported that Apple and Samsung earn 109% of
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