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Borislav Iordanov
I am a French Canadian born and raised in Bulgaria.
I am a French Canadian born and raised in Bulgaria.
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The polyptoton

The polyptoton is one of many rhetorical devices, or verbal gesticulations so to speak, that is used to great effect by master writers, alongside many other tricks. It consists of repeating the same root but in different parts of speech. A semantic + phonetic repetition with grammatical variation. It's an example of what one might call symmetry in writing: maintaining a certain invariant, sometimes rather subtly, leads to esthetic pleasures. Some examples from some of greatest English writers

Nothing you can do that can't be done.
Nothing you can sing that can't be sung.

(Lennon)

_Is this a dagger that I see before me,
The handle towards my hand?_

Shakespeare

(src: The Elements of Eloquence by Mark Forsyth)


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Street art at Camden market, London
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Linguists observe children's language acquisition process to study how the meaning of concepts is internalized through repeated use in appropriate contexts. One quickly notices that a child does not necessarily understand a word before they use it. Nevertheless, they will successfully put the word in context and over time start making more and more sense. I am wondering why bullshitters are not similarly studied more extensively. They seem to be stuck in an eternal limbo when it comes to the meaning of certain words. Near complete lack of understanding does not prevent them from using a word in context in a way that mimics understanding almost perfectly. Exactly as a child does. I think bullshitting is a fascinating linguistic phenomenon.

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Some inside info of how Trump made it and why he has the team he currently has (Bannon etc.)

The funding comes from former computational linguist turned super successful hedge fund manager (I guess there is a way to come up with better math and beat the other hedge funds). See: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Mercer_(businessman)

So to all mathematicians here on G+ : you want to turn US politics around? Start a hedge fund, develop math to beat the market (no excuses that the market is unbeatable because Mercer has done it), then use the money to fund a political network of media outlets, NGOs and promising individuals to take over. I could help with coding...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uQUkaEVe7II

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My colleague made a demo of our tech, contextualized on the current US administration.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZlvHsbrsbLg

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h/t +Raphaëlle Roffo

http://www.forensic-architecture.org/

Data-driven, participatory fact mapping for conflict monitoring, citizen journalism, and human rights research

Forensic Architecture is a research agency based at Goldsmiths, University of London. It includes a team of architects, scholars, filmmakers, designers, lawyers and scientists to undertake research that gathers and presents spatial analysis in legal and political forums.

We provide evidence for international prosecution teams, political organisations, NGOs, and the United Nations in various processes worldwide. Additionally, the agency undertakes historical and theoretical examinations of the history and present status of forensic practices in articulating notions of public truth.

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As an investor, where would you place your bets: renewable energy or fossil fuels? Don't bet against network effects 
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