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David Brin
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A large fraction of social science research has focused on the most-accessible supply of survey and test subjects -- westerners and especially Americans -- under the assumption that "we're all the same under the skin" and hence tests that dive below obvious cultural biases ought to show what's basically human.  Lo and behold, it seems that westerners and especially Americans and "weird" compared to almost all other cultures in ways exposed by Prisoners' Dilemma type games and many others that study - say - individuality.

http://www.psmag.com/magazines/magazine-feature-story-magazines/joe-henrich-weird-ultimatum-game-shaking-up-psychology-economics-53135/

In fact, anyone who compares western - and especially American - values and processes and history and so on, compared to almost any other culture that ever existed, would have been able to tell you that.   The question is "crazy" as in dangerously unhinged?  Or in the sense of "our one chance to escape the traps that mired every other civilization into a pit of dashed hopes and potential?"  The jury is still out.
Joe Henrich, Steven Heine, and Ara Norenzayan are shaking up psychology and economics with their view of how culture shapes human thought and behavior.
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I dunno, I'd say the U.S. always had tendencies toward oligarchy.  After all, the initial setup was for white landowning men, and there was much discussion about protecting the government from "the mob".  So that tension has always been there.  I like to be optimistic and figure the pendulum will swing back.
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My new posting is about how the ACLU and other champions of liberty seem at last to be "getting" the modern age - that we are best served by looking back at power, not hiding from it. Also(!) learn more about the big "Science and Science Fiction" event hosted by the Smithsonian in DC, in May… featuring Brian Greene, Kim Stanley Robinson and me.  And a number of other interesting items of news!

http://davidbrin.blogspot.com/2014/04/future-perspectives-and-does-aclu-at.html
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My Sunday posting is about sci fi again.  Last time it was movies and other media on the near and far horizon. This one talks about the literary side -- starting with congratulations to this year's Hugo Awards nominees!  Then going on to science fiction with a Latin beat!  And the nova from China… and more...

http://davidbrin.blogspot.com/2014/04/science-fiction-ii-literary-stuff.html
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The Amazon store makes it seem that the book is already for sale in English translation as a Kindle e-book.   It sounds like a fascinating and deep read.  Do you know if the e-book is already available?  I know the paper edition will not be out till Oct of 2014.  Thanks for letting us know about this book.  It's the type of science fiction that tends to bring out the best and worst of mankind.  +David Brin 
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Super cool animation of what will happen in 4 billion years, when the Andromeda Galaxy collides with ours. Plus some highly evocative artists, conceptions of what the sky might look like, from the surface of Earth about that time.  Of course, it takes our solar system over 200 million years to orbit the center of the Milky Way, so these scenes would be give or take a hundred million or so!

http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Andromeda_and_Milky_Way_collision_sequence.jpg
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+Mateusz Kuś Hey, it's only a few thousand years at Warp 8. After we invent the warp engine. 
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Between Ape and Artilect is a new collection edited by noted AI researcher Ben Goertzel, and produced by futurist organization Humanity+. During 2010-12, Dr. Goertzel conducted a series of textual interviews with researchers in various areas of cutting-edge science -- artificial general intelligence, nanotechnology, life extension, neurotechnology, collective intelligence, mind uploading, body modification, neuro-spiritual transformation, and more. Included are interviews with lifespan augmentation researcher Aubrey de Grey, catastrophic risk expert Paul Werbos, posthumanist explorer Natasha Vita-More… and me.

http://www.amazon.com/Between-Ape-Artilect-Conversations-Transformative/dp/1496138171/?_encoding=UTF8&tag=contbrin-20
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U.S. taxpayers would need to pay an average of $1,259 more a year to make up the federal and state taxes lost to corporations and individuals sheltering money in overseas tax havens, according to a report by the U.S. Public Interest Research Group.  "…ordinary taxpayers end up picking up the tab, either in the form of higher taxes, cuts to public spending priorities, or increases to the federal debt,” USPIRG said."

In total, the U.S. loses $150 billion in federal revenue and another $34 billion in state revenue annually because of money parked in tax havens. That’s almost 5 percent of total federal revenue.

Um… can we let that sink in?  that's $1,200 out of YOUR pocket, every year.  Is this "transparency thing" still an abstraction to you?  

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-04-15/tax-havens-leave-u-s-filers-thousand-dollar-tab-report.html

See where I explore this (though I do it more entertainingly in EARTH!)
http://davidbrin.blogspot.com/2014/04/money-flows-that-might-prevent-new.html

And tangentially in my latest posting!  
http://davidbrin.blogspot.com/2014/04/future-perspectives-and-does-aclu-at.html
U.S. taxpayers would need to pay an average of $1,259 more a year to make up the federal and state taxes lost to corporations and individuals sheltering money in overseas tax havens, according to a report.
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Make it legal for people to recover these funds from tax havens and keep 80% if we do it you know other nation's that are tired of the lost revenue's will do the same thing. Get that many hacker's hitting the bank's in these tax havens and they'll change their tune!
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My Sunday posting is about sci fi again.  Last time it was movies and other media on the near and far horizon. This one talks about the literary side -- starting with congratulations to this year's Hugo Awards nominees!  Then going on to science fiction with a Latin beat!  And the nova from China… and more news about the good stuff...

http://davidbrin.blogspot.com/2014/04/science-fiction-ii-literary-stuff.html
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The Yiddish word "chutzpah" means gall and utterly arrogant nerve. It should be re-spelled to "koch-spah" after this news… that the ever-meddlesome Koch brothers are now funding a major campaign against state efforts to ramp up solar energy.  It would be one thing if they limited their attacks to ending tax rebates and minor subsidies for solar and wind… hypocritical, given how much they have benefited from vastly larger oil-gas-coal subsidies, tax breaks and almost free access to resources on public lands. 

No, they are also targeting "net metering" which is the law allowing a homeowner who owns a rooftop solar unit to sell excess power back to the utility.
http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-solar-kochs-20140420,0,7412286.story#axzz2zSLfKKoM

Please read that again.  The Koch brothers do not want you selling your excess power to the market.  Their beef is with filling energy markets with millions of little-guy producers.  Their "institute" proclaims that its aim is to "preserve the public utility power company concept" -- a state mandated monopoly system in which single companies control all access to energy.  Some enterprise capitalists! Some libertarians!

But let's dig deeper to the heart of it.  WHY are the Kochs (and their Saudi partners) doing this right now?  Because solar energy is taking off.  Because efficiency and durability rates have been skyrocketing, in part because we had the wisdom to use some mild incentives to boost an important new industry, the way US Postal contracts stimulated air travel, in the 1920s, or public roads spurred the rise of the automobile.

Only with this difference: renewable energy systems are improving far FASTER than airplanes or automobiles did, in their nascent days. And more spectacular tech advances loom on the horizon, that they can see coming fast.

Dig it well.  The Kochs would not be doing this if renewables weren't taking off and a looming threat to the brothers' bottom line.  Millions of autonomous citizens, generating and selling their own power is no longer a sci fi pipe dream.  It is coming true fast… and the parasite dinosaurs are bellowing.
The Koch brothers and large utilities have allied to reverse state policies that favor renewable energy.
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+Alan Light Assuming that education is a closed system is a rookie mistake. Nothing promotes the status-quo like an uneducated precariat. Big business has been shaping legislation for over 100 years and legislation shapes public education. Ask yourself what was going on 50 years ago - in the early 60s. Lincoln and Kennedy made similar speeches. You are cherry picking information. 
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After Hunger games and Divergent and Ender's Game and Harry Potter and Game of Thrones, is it possible to see a theme? Other than a fetich for the word "game"? How about this:

"I am a misunderstood undiscovered demigod/chosen-one who is being hemmed-in by authority figures who demand that I crush my uniqueness into their square-peg system, and BOY are they gonna be sorry when I find my true (rebel) friends and discover my hidden/latent talents!"

Does that about sum up the core message of just about every teen exploitation film?  The irony is so rich that almost no one ever actually groks or discusses it.  That preaching romantic versions of Suspicion of Authority does not make free thinkers.  It does not make independent-minded citizens.  It makes bitter, angry people who will march to whatever drummer feeds their resentment. And this trait encompasses both left AND right.

Is there anyone in mass media anymore suggesting lessons that preach: "Buck up!  Stop whimpering.  Change what's bad. And start by admitting some folks already did some of that before you.  And there are things about the society you live in -- including some of your institutions and neighbors -- that might be smart enough to discuss solutions with you."  Do YOU know anyone saying that?

Nah.
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It's time.  The primaries are approaching and you and all your friends have a chance to vote in the 2014 elections that matter… the ones in the spring, not the fall!  Tell everyone you know to use this one little trick and we all, as individuals, can help defeat gerrymandering and de-radicalize American politics.  YOU can help do it.  By getting all your friends to re-register using this one little trick… though it may require that you hold your nose…

http://www.salon.com/2013/10/20/a_modest_proposal_to_neutralize_gerrymandering/
Creating "ghetto" districts for minority parties has hurt our democracy. Here's one way to fight back
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+Steven Lopata That only works in places where they have Open Primary elections. In Florida, for instance, you can only vote in a Republican or Democratic Primary if you are registered in that party. If you register as a 3rd party or Independent, you can only vote in the General Election. That's a holdover from the One Party Rule we had here where Democrats controlled everything from 1876-1992 or so.
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Scientist, Author, Futurist, Public speaker: David Brin’s novels have been translated into more than twenty languages, including NY Times Best-sellers that have won Hugo and Nebula awards. His latest, Existence, looks at the threats facing us forty years in the future. His 1989 thriller, Earth, foreshadowed cyber-warfare, the Web, and global warming. A 1998 Kevin Costner film was loosely adapted from the post-apocalyptic novel, The Postman. The Uplift novels, including Startide Rising, and The Uplift War consider a future where humans raise animals to sentient levels. Foundation's Triumph brought a grand finale to Isaac Asimov's famed Foundation Universe. 

Brin is also a scientist and futurist who appears frequently on television ("Life After People," "The Universe," "the Architechs") discussing topics as diverse as surveillance technology, astronomy, SETI, nanotechnology and national defense. His non-fiction book -- The Transparent Society: Will Technology Make Us Choose Between Freedom and Privacy? -- won the 2000 Freedom of Speech Award of the American Library Association

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