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Pretty interesting! +National Geographic explains why we sometimes like to subject ourselves to unpleasant experiences, including sniffing foul odors.

...wait, did I read that right? Are they saying there's such a thing as a "disgust researcher"? o.O
When a corpse flower named Trudy bloomed last weekend, more than a thousand people lined up for a whiff of its "magnificent stink." The giant blossom smells like a heady mix of rotting fish, sewage...
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"Enquanto não tivermos um rendimento básico universal, precisamos de um salário mínimo para os que têm emprego, e assistência social para os que não têm. Assim que tivermos um #RendimentoBásico, essas medidas, e até a própria pobreza, tornam-se totalmente desnecessárias." +Scott Santens 
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Not sure how I feel about this talk. While I enjoyed it and found it interesting and thought-provoking, it definitely felt like it was underdeveloped.

For example, when he speaks of massive, flexible collaboration, that is actually a consequence of our development of language and therefore complex culture, where we can store knowledge, social rules, etc. If those 1000 humans spoke different languages and were from different cultures, you can bet they would have collaborated much less efficiently. In a sense, culture (and particularly written culture) is a way to outsource these structures and collective fictions we've developed throughout the years, and language is the tool that allows us to transfer this culture much more efficiently than any other animal.

Conversely, our brains adapted to the use of language over time, allowing us to deal with increasingly abstract concepts, and high-level descriptions of the world (like how we group "bananas" and "oranges" into "fruits" and can then reason about fruits in general). These descriptions are not necessarily fictions, and there's probably a continuum there, which begets exploring.

Maybe he deliberately chose to simplify this picture given the scope of the talk, or maybe he simply hasn't formulated his ideas into this (IMHO) more straightforward (and close to the objective reality) way to reason about what distinguishes us from other animals. It certainly left me feeling unsure he truly understood what he was talking about (and his final remarks about "useless humans" reinforced that notion, when many theorists have been exploring that possibility at length for many centuries).

That said, the perspectives presented in this video are certainly interesting and a useful way to reason about us in a "big picture" sense. I'm just not sure they're the best representations of the underlying concepts.
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+Rony Fluk​ thanks for the recommendation, I'll check it out :)
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Came across this nice picture while browsing Wikimedia Commons. Lovely balance of shapes and colors :)
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DescriptionMonasterio de Santa María de San Clodio de Leiro (872055010).jpg. Claustro Reglar o de la Portería, del siglo XVII, visto desde el ángulo suroeste. Podemos apreciar el reloj de sol en la torre de la iglesia. Date, 22 July 2007, 15:56. Source, Monasterio de Santa María de San Clodio de ...
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This is deeply concerning. 
Penicillin changed everything. Infections that had previously killed were suddenly quickly curable. Yet as Maryn McKenna shares in this sobering talk, we've squandered the advantages afforded us by that and later antibiotics. Drug-resistant bacteria mean we're entering a post-antibiotic world — and it won't be pretty. There are, however, things we can do ... if we start right now.
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BTW we should also remember people to properly wash and disinfect wounds and scratches... before we didn't know about bacteria, but know we do!
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It's been a while since xkcd made me laugh out loud :) geek humor at its finest. 
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A perfect illustration of what it's like to be an introvert.
My comic; “Introversion” is finished! Please go to the main page of my blog to read it in full size (the text is kinda small) I really hope you’ll like it!
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Fascinating read! 
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"As long as we don't have universal basic income, we need minimum wages for those with jobs, and welfare for those without. As soon as we have universal basic income, such policies, along with poverty itself, become entirely unnecessary."
 
This blog includes an embedded "podcast" and is my view on the ongoing minimum wage debate.
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Sure, it's a soundbite, not an in-depth analysis :) "welfare" here means "unemployment benefit" in direct terms, but if the article actually explains how many other welfare programs become obsolete if you abolish poverty with a basic income.
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Great exposition. A complex historical process explained with straightforward language and engaging style. I particularly liked these two passages:

31:10 "in the heart of the capitalist system is a conflict, a tension, an opposition, a resentment, an anger, and a bitterness between those that are constantly producing more than they get, and those who live off that difference."

38:00 "the great depression started in 1929 and we weren't done until 1941. And weren't really done then, because what finally put people back to work, after 11 years of unemployment [was] WW2, when we took all the unemployed and we divided them into two groups: half of them got a uniform, and the other half got a job making the uniform. That's how we solved the problem."
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+Waldir Pimenta aka, Dialectical Materialism.
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Woah. I never knew other people did that too! 
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Great news for open source maps / geospatial data :D
You've been able to view and diff geospatial data on GitHub for a while, but now, in addition to being able to collaborate on the GeoJSON files you upload to GitHub, you can now more easily contrib...
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I dined at this restaurant as part of a group of 6 people, and all of us enjoyed the experience greatly. The dishes have excellent quality and come in generous portions. It seemed to be a slow night, so we had the pleasure of being attended by the manager himself, who was very friendly and helpful. Highly recommended, especially for those wanting to try the typical Portuguese codfish dishes, of which they have a large variety.
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