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The Emperor Has No Clothes: Socrates Deconstructs Singularity University

Socrates via Singularity University Weblog:

Singularity University is not about the singularity and is not even a university. It is not about abundance and is not an exponential organization.

Then what is Singularity University about?!

Those are the claims I made and the questions I asked, and tried to address, during my recent presentation at a local meetup organized by Singularity University in the Netherlands. Check it out and judge for yourself.

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You can read the transcript here.

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Cast Out the Beam: Manly P. Hall Offers a Thorough Course in Self-Examination and Actualization

“Why do you see the speck in your brother’s eye but fail to notice the beam in your own eye?” — Matthew 7:3

“A good disposition is invincible, if it be genuine.” — Marcus Aurelius

Have been trying to think of different ways to highlight, sell, and summarize this one, but it simply deserves an entire listen. So, if you can set aside the time:

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Jar Jar Binks is a Sith Lord

Jar Jar Binks was a trained Force user, knowing Sith collaborator, and will play a central role in The Force Awakens.

Original Darth Darth Treatise via Reddit

Via tickld:

The following mind-blowing theory comes from genius Reddit user Lampawarroo, whose careful research and masterful insight brings us what may be the greatest Star Wars theory ever conceived. Here I will seek to establish that Jar Jar Binks, far from being simply the bumbling idiot he portrays himself as, is in fact a highly skilled force user in terms of martial ability and mind control. Furthermore, I assert that he was not, as many people assume, just an unwitting political tool manipulated by Palpatine- rather, he and Palpatine were likely in collaboration from the very beginning. It’s entirely possible that Palpatine was a subordinate underling to Jar Jar Binks throughout both trilogies.

Read more on tickld.

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Magicians of the Gods: Survivors of an advanced civilization destroyed by global cataclysms 


Randall Carlson and Graham Hancock joined Joe Rogan on The Joe Rogan Experience podcast to discuss Magicians of the Gods, Hancock’s sequel to his multi-million bestseller, Fingerprints of the Gods. Magicians of the Gods further investigates the mysteries of our past and the evidence of an advanced civilization destroyed by global cataclysms.

Approaching the end of the last Ice Age, about 12,800 years ago, a massive comet entered our solar system from the depths of space. The comet broke into various fragments and some of those fragments smashed into our planet causing a global cataclysm that parallels the extinction of the dinosaurs.

A portion of these comet fragments hit the North American ice cap and other fragments hit the European ice cap. The impacts of these fragments approaching Earth at 60,000 miles an hour generated massive amounts of heat that instantly melted millions of square kilometers of ice, which destabilized the Earth’s crust and caused a global deluge. … Read the rest

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The Politics of Hate – Deep Inside the Red Brain

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The Politics of Hate – Deep Inside the Red Brain

Is there something politicians know that the vast majority of the US voters don’t? Some of them are proof that all they need to know is how their voters think. You don’t really believe many of them talk the way they do because they’re stupid, do you? It may at times appear that way, but they are speaking to voter profiles.

First they outline their demographic and then angle the pitch. There is plenty of published research on why and how certain types vote. And really it’s a predictable statistical function of the voter’s brain. But even given the current political atmosphere I couldn’t believe the venom certain candidates were spewing. With so much negativity – about “EVERYTHING” and then all the warmongering. I began to wonder if they might be fanning the flames of a growing national hate movement.

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Higher Ed’s Scrutiny Gap: Is Corruption Getting a Free Press?


via CounterPunch:

As a University of Chicago Ph.D. candidate, I’ve not only undertaken investigative reporting of my home institution, the famed Obama library site and a college rankings powerhouse, but also used that odd opportunity to sort out consequences from causes and identify our higher ed system’s major problems.

Currently, higher ed’s greatest flaw is its pre-modern, pre-democratic institutional structure: although 99.9% of universities are permanently dependent on taxpayer-funded student loans and research grants, their ultimate authorities are either self-appointing or politically appointed and thus face inadequate checks-and-balances against corruption.

In other words, vital stakeholders like alumni and frontline mission fulfillers of educators and researchers can’t say “enough!” with a simple vote, even when “badmin” seek personal prestige through unduly hasty building campaign or counterproductive cover-ups, or they even go and start blatantly self-enriching through CEO salaries and crony contracts.

This fundamental problem, however, is compounded by a second, even less discussed problem, higher ed’s “scrutiny gap” – that is, the blind spot in press coverage that gives colleges too much free rein with our tax money.

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Adults Are the Problem

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Marian Wright Edelman writes at the Children’s Defense Fund:

It is time for adults of every race and income group to break our silence about the pervasive breakdown of moral, family, and community values, to place our children first in our lives, and to struggle to model the behavior we want our children to learn. School children don’t need one more “Officer Slam” as some students referred to the White South Carolina school resource officer who this week shamed the nation with his violent ejection of a 16-year-old Black female student from her classroom for a nonviolent offense. A very welcome counter narrative took place when a White female police officer in Washington, D.C. after diffusing a potentially volatile conflict between two groups of Black teens, then charmed with a “dance off” a defiant teen-age girl who had refused to leave.

Any parent who has gone through the challenges of adolescence could only admire the quick thinking and agile footwork of the D.C.

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Copyright Terms And How Historical Journalism Is Disappearing

EP Journalism Prize 2011 winners are from France, Italy, Finland and Germany

Parker Higgins writes at Techdirt:

The National Endowment for the Humanities announced last Wednesday the “Chronicling America” contest to create projects out of historical newspaper data. The contest is supposed to showcase the history of the United States through the lens of a popular (and somewhat ephemeral) news format. But looking at the limits of the archival data, another story emerges: the dark cloud of copyright’s legal uncertainty is threatening the ability of amateur and even professional historians to explore the last century as they might explore the ones before it.

Consider that the National Digital Newspaper Program holds the history of American newspapers only up until 1922. (It originally focused on material from 1900-1910 and gradually expanded outwards to cover material from as early as 1836.) Those years may seem arbitrary—and it makes sense that there would be some cut-off date for a historical archive—but for copyright nerds 1922 rings some bells: it’s the latest date from which people can confidently declare a published work is in the public domain.

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