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This video helps a lot with the whole "keep Portland weird" thing.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WRBQ-b8QJ-0
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quote> She wondered: “Is there room for a positive-thinking model that doesn’t include blame and single-model definitions of success?” I take the attitude that such a model can exist. But for positive thinking to reach maturity, its followers must take fuller stock of the movement’s flaws, particularly the attachment to a single, all-encompassing theory of life, which is to say, the Law of Attraction, recently popularized in The Secret. While the mind does possess influences that are not yet fully understood, and that are palpably felt by many people, the idea of a mental super-law binds New Thought to a paradigm of extremist self-responsibility, which cannot be defended to its limits.

The wish to depict the universe as the ultimate result of mentality contradicts our overwhelming experience of living under mechanics, chance, and physical limitations. Until this fatal mistake — this reliance on a single metaphysical law of cause and effect — is corrected, the positive-thinking movement will continue to seem ethically unserious.

But if affirmative thought can be understood as one ray of light, one vital method and outlook within life’s deep forest of forces and causes, the positive-thinking paradigm may experience a new form of relevance in the early twenty-first century. God knows we need it. </quote> 
A Historian of “Positive Thinking” Declares Surrender — Almost
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[QUOTE] Cancer is a complicated illness, but the more we understand it, the likelier we are to beat it. The 3D Visualisation Aesthetics Lab at the University of New South Wales took to virtual reality to help improve our odds by allowing scientists to walk through virtual representations of actual cancer cells.

The project, spearheaded by the lab's director, John McGhee, uses a high-resolution electron-microscope to pull data from a cancer cell—or, really, any part of the body—and recreate it in three dimensions on the HTC Vive. This allows doctors and scientists to look at the data very closely and easily focus on specific parts.

The project seeks to help with more conditions than cancer and allow patients to better understand their illness...
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Cancer is a complicated illness, but the more we understand it, the likelier we are to beat it. The 3D Visualisation Aesthetics Lab at the University of New South Wales took to virtual reality to help improve our odds by allowing scientists to walk through virtual representations of actual cancer cells. The project, spearheaded by the lab's director, John McGhee, uses a high-resolution electron-microscope to pull data from a cancer cell—or, reall...
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Agreed about the technology aspect.

I could this being used to train surgeons with no need for actual cadavers.

The military is already using this kind of technology for an "exposure therapy" approach in PTSD - putting the soldier back into the actual experience and replaying the options or outcomes (exposure therapy has been used in phobias and PTSD for a long time, but never by actually putting someone back into the actual experience). With everything being filmed now, almost anything can be recreated in virtual reality.

I can see real uses for this in mapping brain functions - the current "Brain Initiative" maps the brain, but not the connectome. The connectome shows connectivity, but not functions. This technology could bridge that gap.
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This is pretty cool.

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When answering questions on Google Maps, you may encounter four different kinds of questions related to accessibility: Is there a wheelchair-accessible entrance? Is there wheelchair-accessible seating? Is there wheelchair-accessible parking? Is there a wheelchair-accessible elevator? Here are a ...
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GIFs reveal what it's like to be colorblind. Quite fascinating. My main takeaways are: 1) It sucks to be colorblind. 2) My world is much more vibrant than people who are colorblind. 3) By analogy, it must be really amazing to be a tetrachromat.

GIFs reveal what it’s like to be colorblind
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"When we talk about the economy, we spend a lot of time talking about jobs — how to create more of them and how to replace the ones being lost. But what if we're entering an automated future where there won't be enough jobs for the people who need them? If this happens, how will people pay for food and shelter?

"In Silicon Valley, a growing number of those in the tech sector believe that one solution may be the universal basic income. Simply put, the idea is that Uncle Sam will cut citizens a regular paycheck whether they work or not..."

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How will the economy provide economic opportunities if employers need fewer workers in the future? A growing number of people in Silicon Valley are saying the only realistic answer is a basic income.
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Yeah. Well, I think things seem impossible to change right up until the point where change seems inevitable.
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This is awesome, and I hope we see more ideas like this. +William Harryman

http://boingboing.net/2016/09/20/diy-epipen-the-30-epipencil.html
DIY Epipen: the $30 Epipencil
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Thank you for sharing your perspectives on this, +Greg S.
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"I have spent most of my time domesticating death – inviting it into my home, making friends with it, understanding it – and now I find the only thing I truly fear about my own demise is the heartbreak it will inevitably cause. It’s the other side of loving and being loved: death will hurt, it will come at the cost of wounding and scarring the people I cherish the most.

"Dying is never just a private thing, it’s about others.

"And you can feel comfortable, ready, at peace, but to look for a 'good' death means to help your loved ones prepare too. If only there was a simple way..."

http://www.orderofthegooddeath.com/death-and-broken-cups
“As soon as the grave is filled in, acorns should be planted over it, so that new trees will grow out of it later, and the wood will be as thick as…
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If only, indeed.
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When "computers" were young, brilliant black women mathematicians
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"A 'bad trip' on psychedelic mushrooms may lead to 'enduring increases in well-being,' according to a new study from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Neuroscientist Roland Griffiths and colleagues surveyed nearly 2,000 adults about their psilocybin experiences. Those who experienced bad trips had taken, on average, a powerful dose of 4 grams."

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That has been my experience! ;-)
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Born in Nova Scotia, lived in Vancouver, British Columbia for 15 years, then moved to Sacramento. Interests include: virtual reality, lucid dreaming, meditation, science fiction, cats, goats, hugelkultur, microbiome. I believe in net neutrality, open culture, sensible copyright reform, taking action on climate change, renewable energy, nuclear power, and balancing surveillance with a hefty dose of sousveillance. Organizations I believe are doing a lot of good in the world, even though I may not agree with their position on everything, include: Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS), 350.org
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