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Michelle Hyde
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Free, open, public, transparent, verifiable, accountable exemplar. Accepting other good qualities for consideration.
Free, open, public, transparent, verifiable, accountable exemplar. Accepting other good qualities for consideration.

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Three days ago Paul Gilster broke the story (http://www.centauri-dreams.org/?p=36248) that SETI researchers are more deeply investigating mysterious signal spikes emitting from a 6.3-billion-year-old star in the constellation Hercules—95 light years away from Earth. He was careful to point out that "No one is claiming that this is the work of an extraterrestrial civilization.", so there's very likely nothing to see here except some interesting signal patterns from what is probably an astronomical oddity of some heretofore unknown space anomaly.

The signal was detected on May 15, 2015, by the RATAN-600 radio telescope in Zelenchukskaya, operated by the Russian Academy of science, but was kept "secret" from public astronomy and the international community at large, by the simple expedient of not running around shouting "We found aliens!", but instead just published in a little-known scientific journal with some keywords like "“a strong signal in the direction of HD164595.”

So, everyone dust off your Kardashev scales, and recall the recent practice run on so-called alien mega-structures around "Tabby's Star" ( KIC 8462852) and let's have some fun - which is most likely to be found in getting to know whether the facilities discovering these signals are in need of more _fun_ding! :)
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Knowledge without power is the current burden of our information age: it is characterised by centralised wealth lacking in shared prosperity. Current global, "sharing economy" companies (e.g. Uber, Airbnb, etc.) aren't really sharing - instead they're aggregating the products/services of individuals capable of generating value, then sell them from a centralised Internet location.

Copyright on intellectual property (and patenting) is fundamentally broken. Content creators (artists, inventors, scientists, journalists, etc.) must take control of marketing their products directly rather than employing intermediaries to control access. The content comprising what intellectual property rights control access to doesn't create prosperity - people do.

Of course, people cannot control their own intellectual property rights without appropriate privacy - which is the cornerstone of free society's foundations; the right to privacy allows us to own our identities, and grants affordances for managing them responsibly.

Imogen Heap is attempting to do away with unnecessary bureaucracy in the manner described above, with this groundbreaking attempt to free musical artists from the shackles of the publishing industry. This is the beginnings of another wave of change, which will represent people using the "shovel of reason" to dig themselves out of the same hole reason itself dug them into.

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Can the technology underpinning BitCoin change our view of the contracts and trust which underpins business activity? Can Blockchains themselves become platforms of innovation and value creation?

For that, we'd need them to include the capability to create "smart contracts" which are networked distributively (instead of centrally), and are able to self-execute based on trust levels throughout the network.

Something like... this project, which I've been mentioning for awhile, or an equivalent thereof. Thoughts, anyone?

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Karl Raimund Popper (1902-1994) developed falsificationism as a philosophy of science, an “anti-inductive” method which includes the activities of scientists, and which ambitiously attempts to define the inherent testability of any given scientific hypothesis. According to falsificationism, science grows, not by amassing supporting evidence for theories but through the elimination of error, by refuting failed conjectures, and through the tentative acceptance of hypotheses. During the 1920’s in Vienna, having decided against the commonly held view of science - that its findings are of special veracity because they are derived from certain facts - Popper noted that scientific findings are derived by obtaining experimental results, which in fact test the veracity of the hypotheses which generated them. Guided by this notion, Popper developed falsificationism as an alternative to inductivist philosophies of science, particularly the verifiability criterion of cognitive significance espoused by the logical positivists within the Vienna Circle. Popper’s work on falsificationism culminated in “Logick der Forschung” (1934), translated to English as “The Logic Of Scientific Discovery” (1959).
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Take a look at this video on YouTube: how the idea of love distracts us from a deeply-felt existential loneliness.

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"Philosophy of science is about as useful to scientists as ornithology is to birds." - Richard Feynmann.
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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)
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