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The Hunting of the SNARC

In 2010, a group of scientists discovered that they could tell what random number a person was thinking from the movement of their eyes.

…But this might not work on people who have never learned to read, whose first language was Arabic, or who have recently looked at a clock.

This is all part of one of the strangest things ever seen in psychology – A phenomenon called The SNARC Effect.

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Nick Bostrom on Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers and Strategies

How should we prepare for the time when machines surpass humans in intelligence? Professor Nick Bostrom explores the frontiers of thinking about the human condition and the future of intelligent life.

Nick Bostrom is a Swedish philosopher at St. Cross College, University of Oxford known for his work on existential risk, the anthropic principle, human enhancement ethics, the reversal test, and consequentialism.

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Your Food Is Always Outside Of You: Some Ideas About Space But Definitely Not Time

via Ian Kilgore’s blog:

Here’s the original abstract of the talk:

YOUR FOOD IS ALWAYS OUTSIDE OF YOU

(Some Ideas About Space But Definitely Not Time)

ABSTRACT:

I’m going to, in an accessible way, cover some mathematical and physical ideas that I think are important or at least pretty cool. (CHILL. OUT.) You probably spent a lot of time in grade school factoring polynomials or whatever. I don’t care about that. I want to talk about why orbits work, what happens in 5-D, why the World Series is slightly better than a coin toss, databases are broken forever, truth itself is wrong, and what happens if an infinite number of buses roll up at your house. Or some subset of that.

I’ll cover three or four discrete topics, so don’t worry if you get lost; you’ll be following along again in a few slides. Any equations will be supplementary only- you won’t have to understand them to get the general idea.

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The Islamic State: Grooming Children for Jihad

In Part 2 of VICE News’ exclusive look at the emergence of the Islamic State, filmmaker Medyan Dairieh meets an Islamic State member from Belgium who works to indoctrinate some of the youngest members of the group. He also gains further insight into the minds of Islamic State fighters as they host celebrations and military parades featuring American tanks and APCs seized from the Iraqi army.

The Islamic State, a hardline Sunni jihadist group which formerly had ties to al Qaeda, is now in control of a large swath of territory in Iraq and Syria. The group, which adheres to the strictest form of Sharia law, is determined to establish a caliphate that stretches across the Middle East and into the rest of the Muslim world.

As the Islamic State continues its violent expansion in Syria and Iraq, it is also working to win the hearts and minds of new recruits and potential new members in areas it controls.… Read the rest

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Filmmaker John Wellington Ennis Discusses New Documentary “Pay 2 Play: Democracy’s High Stakes”

If our political system is like a game of Monopoly, how can outsiders have a voice when only money speaks? John Ennis documents comical corruption, follows political newcomers, and uncovers intrigue in this colorful journey that connects the dots of Big Money in our ever-challenging election process.

Driven to make the world better for his newborn daughter, Ennis looks for ways outsiders can lead when our country is run by insiders and pay-to-play politics. He journeys through high drama on the Ohio campaign trail, uncovers the secret history of America’s past time, and explores the underworld of L.A. street art on a humorous odyssey that reveals how much of a difference one person can make. From billionaires meeting in secret to citizens taking to the streets, PAY 2 PLAY follows the money and connects the dots in this portrait of People Power rising.


Pay 2 Play: Democracy’s High Stakes will be out on VOD 11/1 and on DVD 12/2.… Read the rest

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LeVar Burton Reads ‘Go the F**k to Sleep’

via The Verge:

LeVar Burton, who’s already great at playing comedic versions of himself when he’s not relaunching Reading Rainbow, did the reading for Rooster Teeth’s Extra Life charity campaign, which helps raise money for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals for medical research. This is clearly his gift to fans and supporters. We’re all fans of Samuel L. Jackson, but we have to say this is pretty transcendent.

Read More: http://www.theverge.com/2014/10/26/7073777/this-is-levar-burton-reading-go-the-f-k-to-sleep

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