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what do you think?
 
Geek Question of the Day: I found this image while digging through old posts and figured that, since its Friday, it might be fun to ask you guys; What do you think are your geekiest traits and where do you think they came from? And yes this chart is by no means scientific or accurate. It's all in good fun...=) #gqotd

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Little mathematics for your Saturday.
 
Benjamin Bett's mathematical models of the evolution of human consciousness through geometric forms.

Mr. Betts has spent more than twenty years in studying the evolution of Man. He contemplates Man, not from the physical, but from the metaphysical point of view ; thus the evolution of Man is for him the evolution of human consciousness. He attempts to represent the successive stages of this evolution by means of symbolical mathematical forms. These forms represent the course of development of human consciousness from the animal basis, the pure sense-consciousness, to the spiritual or divine consciousness; both which extremes are not man — the one underlying, the other transcending the limits of human evolution.
Mr. Betts felt that consciousness is the only fact that we can study directly, since all other objects of knowledge must be perceived through consciousness.
Mathematical form, he considers, is the first reflection and most pure image of our subjective activity. Then follows number, having a close relation to linear conception. Hence mathematical form with number supplies the fittest symbols for what Mr. Betts calls “The Science of Representation,” the orderly representation by a system of symbolisation of the spiritual evolution of life, plane after place. “Number,” Philo said, “is the mediator between the corporeal and the incorporeal.”

http://www.brainpickings.org/2012/11/20/geometrical-psychology-benjamin-betts/
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Very well done, indeed. Oh so inspiring.
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In Alabama, 1/3 of black men cannot vote

Why not?  Because if you go to prison in that state, you may never be allowed to vote after that.  Since black men are imprisoned at an extremely high rate, many can't vote.   

There are 11 states in the US with laws like this. Others deny the vote for shorter periods of time - for example, while you're in prison or are on parole.  Here are some of the consequences:

31% of black men in Florida can't vote.

31% of black men in Alabama can't vote.

29% of black men in Mississippi can't vote.

28% of black men in Wyoming can't vote.

26% of black men in Iowa can't vote.

25% of black men in Virginia can't vote.

24% of black men in New Mexico can't vote.

24% of black men in Washington can't vote.

21% of black men in Texas can't vote.

20% of black men in Delaware can't vote.

14% of black men in Tennessee can't vote.

12% of black men in Arizona can't vote.

10% of black men in Nevada can't vote.

These statistics are old, so they will have changed.  But I don't think they've gotten better - except that in the last 20 years, three states stopped doing this. 

An estimated 5.3 million Americans are denied the right to vote based on their felony convictions, 4 million of whom are out of prison. About a third of them are black, including 13% of all African-American men.

For up-to-date information, go to the Sentencing Project website:

http://www.sentencingproject.org/detail/news.cfm?news_id=1877

They list percentages of African American citizens who are denied the right to vote, not African American men, so the figures look slightly less shocking.  More details are in this 2010 report:

http://sentencingproject.org/doc/publications/fd_State_Level_Estimates_of_Felon_Disen_2010.pdf

but for African American men the most up-to-date comprehensive statistics I've found are from 1996:

http://www.hrw.org/legacy/reports/reports98/vote/usvot98o-01.htm

so that's what I used in my list.
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A bit late for #FidoFirday  
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what is this illusion called?
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This game is awesome. Requires quick thinking.
 
This is pretty awesome:  A Network Theory-based game about epidemic prevention.!
http://vax.herokuapp.com/
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Richard Feynman said, "Fall in love with some activity, and do it! Nobody ever figures out what life is all about, and it doesn’t matter. Explore the world. Nearly everything is really interesting if you go into it deeply enough. Work as hard and as much as you want to on the things you like to do the best. Don’t think about what you want to be, but what you want to do. Keep up some kind of a minimum with other things so that society doesn’t stop you from doing anything at all."
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