Process addictions are addictions that involve a compulsive and/or an out of control #relationship with certain behaviors such as #gambling, #sex, #eating... and yes, even #money...
There is a change in brain chemistry with a process addiction that's similar to the mood altering effects of alcohol or drugs
With process addictions engaging in a certain activity, say viewing pornography, compulsive eating or an obsessive relationship with money, can kick start the release of brain/body chemicals, like #dopamine that actually produce a high that's similar to the chemical high of a drug.
The person who is addicted to some form of behavior has learned, albeit unconsciously, to manipulate his own brain chemistry.
by +Mike Bostock
If you haven't seen it elsewhere in this comprehensive article Mike Bostock explains the value of using our highly evolved visualisation skills to augment our intellect and evaluate and debug algorithms. In doing so he delights the reader with numerous fascinating animations, code, images and so many related mathematical, visualisation and programming rabbit holes that it looks like Fibonacci's rabbits (http://goo.gl/bzyRI1) have been here.
Algorithms are a fascinating use case for visualization. To visualize an algorithm, we don’t merely fit data to a chart; there is no primary dataset. Instead there are logical rules that describe behavior. This may be why algorithm visualizations are so unusual, as designers experiment with novel forms to better communicate. This is reason enough to study them.
But algorithms are also a reminder that visualization is more than a tool for finding patterns in data. Visualization leverages the human visual system to augment human intellect: we can use it to better understand these important abstract processes, and perhaps other things, too.
Using Vision to Think
More here: http://goo.gl/sTNLFf
Image: Retinal Microscopy http://goo.gl/v2DMVB here http://goo.gl/O52N1Q
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