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"Philosophy of science is about as useful to scientists as ornithology is to birds." - Richard Feynmann.
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If that's the case, then I wish scientists (esp. physicists) would stop dismissing philosophy as irrelevant while simultaneously engaging in juvenile attempts at it. Stop saying it's not your domain and then pissing all over it.

I'm looking at you, NdT.
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Would anyone with a Screenhero account mind inviting me to join? I'd really like to test it out with Slack as an alternative to TeamViewer and other screen-sharers.
Please message me for details on where to send an invite and to work out an appropriate compensation for an awesome favour! :)
Work together like you’re at the same desk. Screen sharing for collaboration in teams.
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Centralised efforts at charity have caused the forces of greed too much profit, for too long: from simple inefficiencies, but also from a slow corruption of good intent by the indecent and inhuman. The market is often unfairly exploited to the benefit of the fewer when the prosperous class vainly attempt to purchase freedom from misery for an advertised destitute class (or at least freedom from misery induced by advertising). If motives for the advertisement of misery might in any way contribute to the continuance of that same misery, say, through the deleterious effects to charitable donation funds by competing maintenance funds within organisations. Then the motive for continuance of the organisation becomes the profit of its own existence, which is lesser than its original intention - in many cases these are nothing less than the eradication of poverty, worldwide. This noble goal is to be achieved through judicious application of the forces of equity, by advertising situations which result in displays of compassion. Yet still, the misery persists, and its advertisements grow more shrill. Little by little, cracks begin to appear, and what was once conscionable becomes less so. Quietly and effectively, compassion can be monetised by advertising.

This molestation of generosity by greed must cease; and it is within our power to stop it.

Just as the taxes on knowledge, long unfairly demanded of the people by the government of Victorian Great Britain, were long overdue repealed by public demand - it seems long overdue that any unfair taxes on generosity cease. Along with it, any opportunity to assist in any continuation of the cargo cult paradigm of centralised foreign-aid. Down with donation fatigue! Away with organisational maintenance fees which nullify our personal impacts to championed selected causes! We notice the smell of profit behind bad intentions. Unlike the bold newspaper stamp, the taxes on generosity are hidden in bureaucratic inefficiencies, or ineptitudes of management, or corruptly bled unseen. As C. D. Collett put it: "to tax the light of knowledge was ever a crime", as is to unfairly tax the generosity of spirit caused by compassion.

For the Victorians, the repeal of the taxes on knowledge brought forth prosperity, through greater dispersion of knowledge. This age will bring an end to the taxes on generosity, effectively by similar circulations of knowledge which harbinger industry and prosperousness. Useful knowledge and experience moved to the point where it is maximised for optimum local effectiveness. using the Internet. Through not-for-profit crowd-funding, we have access to the means of completing a cycle of transition to a more global state, one where we possess new levels of capability given by our access to this more decentralised generosity. One which leaves our funds, by comparison to the previous methods, largely untouched! How? By crowd-funding those connected most closely connected to us in their heartfelt efforts to help the less fortunate. This way better promotes happiness to all, by maximising local efficiency for fruitful dispersion of knowledge and experience, and minimising hidden taxation of generosity.

If you wish, you may begin proving these points by donating to my ex-partner's Chuffed project: https://chuffed.org/project/8798

I am highly confident that (especially if you know her personally) any investment you choose to make in her project will yield many times the return on investment you would receive, both in social capital as well as in actual humanitarian results, than donations given to existing established transnational non-governmental foreign-aid organisations which may unfairly tax your contribution for the somewhat doubtful benefit of their long-continued existence. The saying "generosity begins at home" might better be rephrased for the modern age as “generosity is best applied closely for maximum effect”. If you agree with me, but don’t know my ex, you might like to go find someone you know who is doing something helpful, and donate something to them if you can, you know, for the feels. 
After all, happiness is good for the soul. ♡
There are approximately 570 000 orphans living on the streets of Peru. I will be traveling to Cuzco in January/February for three weeks to be involved in the building of new orphanage facilities.
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Perhaps nothing will convince me otherwise that the stage name of the candidate you used to know is actually pronounced as if a mildly Shakespearian, Elizabethan period English expression of satisfaction at a prank well pulled: "Forsooth, got ye, Walter!" Clever, because easily caught be those placing undue Franco-phonic emphasis on an English derivation for an adapted moniker. Such wordplay doesn't usually translate well into actual votes tallied, though.

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Arguments are the stuff, out of which our thinking is made. The "art of good thinking" ’ means roughly the art of dealing efficiently with other people’s arguments and of creating good arguments.
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So I am actually really uncertain about how all this stuff works here, but I am really excited :-) It is kind of like getting a new toy and finding out how all the bits work.
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"What are you working on?"
"Uh, I'm actually living in a gravy boat, filled with delicious gravy..."
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Decreased Connectivity Between Brain Regions For Those With Anger Disorder

People with intermittent explosive disorder (IED), or impulsive aggression, have a weakened connection between regions of the brain associated with sensory input, language processing and social interaction.

The research is in Neuropsychopharmacology. (full access paywall)
Summary: According to a new study, people with impulsive aggression have a weakened connection between areas of the brain associated with language processing, social interaction and sensory input.
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For coffee-drinkers out there who want to better-know how those electrons on this popular stimulant really fly, here is a caffeine molecule lovingly rendered in the kind of 3-D(etail) everyone's been hanging out for an opportunity to observe close-up. And without requiring the kind of CPU cycles render-farms lease by the microsecond! 

Built from scratch, by Jeremy, in his incredibly sophisticated, browser-based 3D graphics processing engine (originally intended for, and brilliant at, displaying astronomical imagery data). Named "Astromech" - check out the website (http://www.unorthodox.com.au/) for more information and videos. 

You can even build your own molecules or other assets using Blender! I'd really love for this project to garner some interest from people with the skills to build on what Jeremy has so far done single-handed. Come get your science on!
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Centralised efforts at charity have caused the forces of greed too much profit, for too long: from simple inefficiencies, but also from a slow corruption of good intent by the indecent and inhuman. The market is often unfairly exploited to the benefit of the fewer when the prosperous class vainly attempt to purchase freedom from misery for an advertised destitute class (or at least freedom from misery induced by advertising). If motives for the advertisement of misery might in any way contribute to the continuance of that same misery, say, through the deleterious effects to charitable donation funds by competing maintenance funds within organisations. Then the motive for continuance of the organisation becomes the profit of its own existence, which is lesser than its original intention - in many cases these are nothing less than the eradication of poverty, worldwide. This noble goal is to be achieved through judicious application of the forces of equity, by advertising situations which result in displays of compassion. Yet still, the misery persists, and its advertisements grow more shrill. Little by little, cracks begin to appear, and what was once conscionable becomes less so. Quietly and effectively, compassion can be monetised by advertising.

This molestation of generosity by greed must cease; and it is within our power to stop it.

Just as the taxes on knowledge, long unfairly demanded of the people by the government of Victorian Great Britain, were long overdue repealed by public demand - it seems long overdue that any unfair taxes on generosity cease. Along with it, any opportunity to assist in any continuation of the cargo cult paradigm of centralised foreign-aid. Down with donation fatigue! Away with organisational maintenance fees which nullify our personal impacts to championed selected causes! We notice the smell of profit behind bad intentions. Unlike the bold newspaper stamp, the taxes on generosity are hidden in bureaucratic inefficiencies, or ineptitudes of management, or corruptly bled unseen. As C. D. Collett put it: "to tax the light of knowledge was ever a crime", as is to unfairly tax the generosity of spirit caused by compassion.

For the Victorians, the repeal of the taxes on knowledge brought forth prosperity, through greater dispersion of knowledge. This age will bring an end to the taxes on generosity, effectively by similar circulations of knowledge which harbinger industry and prosperousness. Useful knowledge and experience moved to the point where it is maximised for optimum local effectiveness. using the Internet. Through not-for-profit crowd-funding, we have access to the means of completing a cycle of transition to a more global state, one where we possess new levels of capability given by our access to this more decentralised generosity. One which leaves our funds, by comparison to the previous methods, largely untouched! How? By crowd-funding those connected most closely connected to us in their heartfelt efforts to help the less fortunate. This way better promotes happiness to all, by maximising local efficiency for fruitful dispersion of knowledge and experience, and minimising hidden taxation of generosity.

If you wish, you may begin proving these points by donating to my ex-partner's Chuffed project: https://chuffed.org/project/8798

I am highly confident that (especially if you know her personally) any investment you choose to make in her project will yield many times the return on investment you would receive, both in social capital as well as in actual humanitarian results, than donations given to existing established transnational non-governmental foreign-aid organisations which may unfairly tax your contribution for the somewhat doubtful benefit of their long-continued existence. The saying "generosity begins at home" might better be rephrased for the modern age as “generosity is best applied closely for maximum effect”. If you agree with me, but don’t know my ex, you might like to go find someone you know who is doing something helpful, and donate something to them if you can, you know, for the feels.
After all, happiness is good for the soul. ♡
There are approximately 570 000 orphans living on the streets of Peru. I will be traveling to Cuzco in January/February for three weeks to be involved in the building of new orphanage facilities.
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Hi Mitchell, good to have you in my circles. Hope you're having a great day. :)
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Brian Koberlein's series of G+ articles on Dark Matter.
 
The Dark Matter Series

Thanks to everyone who plussed, shared, commented etc.  Here's the complete series in one place:

http://goo.gl/xpvDZX - Introduction
http://goo.gl/jGvBjw - The old model doesn't work
http://goo.gl/lAKQMX - Alternative gravity models don't work
http://goo.gl/0ee7dc - The dark matter model does work
http://goo.gl/f7Tzdk - Known dark matter isn't enough
http://goo.gl/nF1AcZ - We already know quite a bit

On a related note, several people have pointed out that G+ doesn't make it easy to catch every post, which is a particular problem when I do a connected series of posts.  I have several ideas on how to make following posts easier:

1. Tweet when I have a new post.  I do this already, but not everyone on G+ has or wants a Twitter account.  If you want to follow me, I'm @briankoberlein.

2. Edit posts so that there is a previously/next on every post.  That way if you find one, you can click through to others.

3. Make an RSS feed of my G+ posts.  There is apparently a way to do this, and people could have added it to their google reader accounts.

4. I could make a blog and post things on G+ and the blog.  The downside is you guys would have to help me find a name for it.

5. I could group posts into ebooks or something similar. 

Just to be clear, don't plan on shifting away from Google+.  There's a strong community here, and I plan on posting on G+ just as I have been for the foreseeable future.  But I also realize my posts have become very blog-like, and I'd like to make posts easier to follow if I can.

I'd love to hear your ideas/preferences/opposition.  

Image by +Keith Lohse  (http://goo.gl/Ogh79h).
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Is anyone else filled with concern over the Queensland state government's website (strongchoices.qld.gov.au), calling for the public to provide information concerning the landmark People’s Budget project? I don't mean that the website isn’t cross-platform enough to support Safari on iOS (#facepalm - perhaps this incompatibility is caused by budget constraints?), I'm referring to a deeper concern. In a word, gerrymandering.

I hardly doubt the integrity of the request for this feedback from residents regarding how to allocate funding to reduce the current budget deficit, but the wisdom of collecting this data with relevant postcodes from each Queensland resident choosing to participate is questionable.

I'm sure everyone realises this project in no way binds the Queensland government administration to follow any collective recommendations given by residents. Given the distinct lack of guidelines detailing project goals following the data collection phase, it is presumably similarly unbound to make public any data collected by the project (except maybe after requests to release information made in accordance with the Freedom Of Information act, and these are often known to be denied or regulated strictly enough to make difficult any distribution of such releases. For example:http://www.abc.net.au/news/2011-05-13/use-and-abuse-of-foi/2710152 ,http://www.expendable.tv/2011/10/foi-abuse-report.html).

Because the People's Budget project website requests the postcodes of participating Queenslanders, there is great potential for much information collected by the project to be maliciously used. This of course would be utterly reprehensible conduct, but could potentially result in a power grab using the leverage of privileged information. Statistical analysis tools can unfortunately be utilised for evil as well as good. For instance, government-controlled information concerning how discrete areas of Queensland wish funding to be directed gives great advantage to an administration holding power--to supply funding to specific projects of particular areas while simultaneously promoting their efforts to meet community expectations. At worst, this could be used to perform a kind of unethical fiscal gerrymandering. Let's assume in hypothetical seats with incumbent opposition members of parliament, constituents believe funding ought be directed to efforts directly benefiting that electorate’s residents. If this notional funding were denied to those certain initiatives at various government levels, the electorate’s political rivals are free to claim their election would result in funding for those projects. 

As historically demonstrated, the goals of any government administration can never be altruistically assumed to be entirely for the benefit of the populace. Cynically viewed, the primary aim of any government administration is to accumulate and retain power and its trappings. For this reason, open requests for crowd-sourced information when its collection and dataset fails criteria of openness, transparency, verifiability, and accountability must be treated as motivationally suspect. For there is much potential for abuse of privileged information to win and retain votes.

For these reasons, it’s difficult to trust this People's Budget project at face value! Why would a government, with access to every expertise area within and without an entire state of Australia, consult its citizens regarding budgeting policy decisions which historically have been made without any such consultation? With limited to no guarantees on openness, transparency, verifiability, or accountability to such consultation? Do they seriously think we all consider ourselves qualified economic analysts and they will consider our advice accordingly? Really? 

Ask yourself: Why do you think they are conducting this project in this way? To give you a sense of involvement in the state’s destiny with one hand, while inevitably removing access to government services representing that involvement with the other? Remember, governments are created by and for their people, never the other way around. Are we meant to be at least content with the overly honest expression of intent to take a hatchet to the state budget? Why was the budget apparently sustainably in deficit with higher levels of government spending for a decade, then with the election of the current administration (which over-represents the wealthy conservative interests of private enterprise), everything involving government finance is suddenly oh, so terrible? Coincidence, or are there other motives in play? Who stands to benefit most from such sweeping changes to government activity? Could it be those who avidly and avowedly support--and donate--to the party holding power?

Another asymmetric information problem with calls for public participation in projects like this, is people with concerns about openness, transparency, verifiability, and accountability--have no recourse. If they eschew participation because of concerns as outlined, they’re doubly hamstrung, because everyone who believes firmly that the administration in power holds their best interests dear will certainly participate. Additionally, failing to participate virtually ensures their views won’t be represented at all, let alone unfairly represented. If they do participate, and consequently feel their views are unfairly represented, without proper access to the collected data, those citizens are denied appropriate opportunity to understand why the current government administration’s policy-making decisions run contrary to their views. The fact is, there is no choice, all citizens must participate, and hope their views are considered then represented fairly. Further, hope information gathered through their participation won’t be abused by the incumbent administration to tighten their grip on the levers of power.

Asking for crowd-sourced participation in government decision-making is wonderful, ethical and must be done increasingly. This People’s Budget project effectively highlights the absolute necessity for openness, transparency, verifiability, and accountability in this and all aspects of governance. We all ought to feel mildly hopeful, yet terribly concerned.

I'm nervous posting this, because it appears to disclose my political viewpoint as strongly unfavourable towards Campbell Newman's administration. I'm sharing my thoughts because evidence shows Intensified stratification of society eventually worsens conditions for everyone. If you don't understand why, may I recommend Chuch Pahlaniuk's Fight Club for further edification. If I'm wrong about any assumptions (openness, transparency, verifiability, accountability, potential for abuse, etc.) concerning information collected by the StrongChoices People's Budget project, I'd really enjoy having how/why pointed out in the comments.
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I'm more than willing to publicly state that I believe Newman, Bleijie et al are a bunch of evil pricks acting out of their own self-interest. I don't have any faith in the Strong Choices site because I know they don't give a shit about our opinions at all. Their agenda is already set.
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I have learnt that I am me,
and that as me that I can do,
all the things which I enjoy!
So my records are interesting.

I am open, public, verifiable.
I am ethical, good, and importantly--free.
In every useful sense of freedom.
I remain true to my ideals.

All my work I do for everyone.
I generate ideas for and with everyone.
While upholding high quality standards;
my ideas are worth everything and nothing.

My power is without cost.
So everyone benefits.
I easily justify my existence.
By creating more value than I extract.

With integrity and for everyone;
I am interested and interesting.
I will be nothing else.
I am always myself.
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I care about the happiness and interest of others. I easily justify my own existence by being an accomplished organism while remaining a good person. I'm not the best at everything I choose to do, but those things I truly excel at produce inexhaustible resources of our most precious commodities, without harming anyone. Ideas, dear friends, have always been the true currency.
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