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  1. Sep 2017
    1. ‘Never attribute to malice that which can be adequately explained by neglect.’

      As far as I remember, it was: "by neglect, stupidity or lack of information."

  2. Aug 2017
    1. Ehrenfeld (2008) concurs with McDonough and Braungart, in his plea for a holistic approach towards sustainability: “Our society is addicted to reductionist ways of solving virtually all our problems. ... Over time, as we engage more and more in this practice, society’s (as well as individual’s) competence to address the complicated, messy problems we confront has diminished. Unsustainability is just such a messy problem. Reductionism will not make it go away.” (Ehrenfeld, 2008, p. 11-12)

      This reminds of the constant attempt of Complexity Theory to push for Systems analysis and Synthesis in contrast to Newtonian, reductionist analysis.

    1. Mark had his own reservations. “I don’t want to do it just because it’s what we’re supposed to do,” he said. “I only want to live together if it’ll make our lives better.”

      This is so powerful... The esclator of relationships has to be actively avoided.

    2. I worried that the minutiae of domesticity would change us into petty creatures who bickered over laundry.

      It is such a common fear to assume the threat of routine to be terrible for a relationship. I know it so well...

    1. For me, capitalism is fundamentally necessary as a transitional system

      That sounds Marxian. Did Marx not also contend that we need Capitalism as a stepping stone for socialism?

    2. The trend of deeply negative reporting still serves the corporate culture, because if people just feel doom and gloom, then you might as well just keep buying a bunch of crap, eat hamburgers, and chain smoke cigarettes because there's no future anyway.

      This is so important to note. This is in a way is comparable to the Rebound Effect squared. Where the Rebound Effect goes mostly unnoticed and takes places on a subconscious level, this is rather a "Well, f**k it then...", which is more severe...

  3. Jul 2017
    1. Lietaer proposes that we could create a global trading currency he names the Terra that would have a “demarrage” charge or negative interest rate.

      This is also know as "liquid money".

    2. In fact, we are seeing increasing automation in many fields that will eliminate millions of industrial jobs over the next decades. An interesting question is - what are people supposed to do once all of the old industrial jobs have disappeared? Retraining people to be custodians and stewards of their local lands, teaching them to grow food, combining the best knowledge from the present and past, could be socially beneficial on many levels.

      Such an interesting suggestion for modern labour dynamics.

  4. May 2017
    1. Every time a customer service assistant shrugs and says “computer says no” or an organization acts in crazy, inflexible ways, odds-are there’s a database underneath which has a limited, rigid view of reality and it’s simply too expensive to fix the software to make the organization more intelligent. We live in these boxes, as pervasive as oxygen, and as inflexible as punched cards.

      Isn't it interesting how the rigidity of institutionalised "old economy"-businesses and their management structure as well as their work ethics is, in a way, mimicked by their IT-architecture? Efficiency over effectiveness, stability over flexibility, repetition over creative destruction and innovation. And then came Agile...

  5. Apr 2017
    1. But brain interfaces can also put information in. Meaning a clever hacker might be able to change your thoughts or your vote or your identity or make you want to do something terrible you normally wouldn’t ever consider.

      "Imperio!" anyone? Regards from the-one-who-should-not-be-named, otherwise known as "Tom Riddle" or "Voldie"...

    2. And then if we just give him a few extra legs, some hair, take his arms off, and stretch him out—we have a neuron.

      That escalated quickly... ^^"

    3. The magic of the folds in increasing the napkin’s size is clear when we put another brain on top of our stripped-off cortex:

      OrigamiChallenge: Fold a brain out of a napkin.

    4. This is why people can play the piano with their fingers but not with their toes.

      That does not really explain why there are very talented musicians that have limb defects, but I suppose that similar to a blind person being able to hear better, their brains adjust (like complex-adaptive systems do) and reassign a new input-element (e.g. the feet) to a left-over motoric system(e.g. the hands).

    1. Of course, if you want to put a positive spin on this kind of work, you can call it flexible, decentralized micro-entrepreneurship. But pan out, and it looks more like feudalism, with thousands of small subsistence farmers paying tribute to a baron that grants them access to land they don’t own.
    1. I have had IBS essentially all my life. At least as far back as I can remember. This is a very interesting experiement. Hopefully scientists can use this as a springboard for either further research, or ideally, to find a solution. IBS negatively impacts quality of life for many sufferers.

      Isn't the flipped experiment a clear indication that FTT (fecal transplant therapy) can help alleviating IBS? If the reverse is true, there might be great value in getting your microbiome fixed/infused by healthy microbiota from donors.

  6. Mar 2017
    1. Comments on this article can be posted to the web via the link at the bottom of this page.

      It is very interesting to me that this is actually not true anymore. Comments were closed.

    1. Basically, an organism experiences too much or too little of something either within them or around them in the environment (i.e. something deviates from neutrality or optimum balance), which is then detected by our brains (i.e. via neural maps of the body).

      That reminds me of a complex-adaptive system and an external condition or intervention that makes the resilience of the system kick in to cope with the threat to have its system functions remain intact. So emotions could be the body-mind-soul complex's defense mechanism.

    1. Even if one were to accept on principle the suggestion by animal philosophers and activists that if we experiment on animals we ought to be experimenting on impaired human patients, that population would not be best suited for scientific studies.

      This seems like a generalisation to me. As if all animal rights advocates would demand experiments to be taken to humans instead. Please correct me, if I am wrong, but as far as I'm informed many demand for more computer simulations and in vitro testing?

    1. What’s more, when COP21 negotiators were asked about how confident they were in their scientific understandings of temperature rise, they showed no more confidence than the MBA students they were tested against. While it’s one thing to have a group of over-confident (probably millennial) MBA students, it’s another to have international climate negotiators reporting an average confidence level of about 4 out of 7 in their own understandings of temperature rise. 

      For me, this is not surprising, but rather a beautiful example of the Dunning-Kruger Effect. (Graph)

      They know the amount of uncertainty and lack of predictability of the severity. And they are equally sure of the trajectory of failure.

    1. “it is as if you took a lot of very good food and some dog excrement and blended it all up so that you can’t possibly figure out what’s good or bad.”8

      That is quite graphic and admirably hilarious.

    2. If you had shown a hunter-gatherer our world of indoor comfort, technology, and endless abundance, it would have seemed like fictional magic to him

      You mean that because a hunter-gatherer had no abundance whatsoever? ;)

    1. Unfortunately, penicillin was ineffective against the rabbit's infection. Disappointed, Fleming set the drug aside for a decade, as the rabbits had "proved" the drug was useless as a systemic medication.Years later, he administered the drug in desperation to a dying patient, for whom all other treatments were ineffectual. The penicillin performed a miracle, and the rest is history.

      Interesting how these two sources contradict each other with regards to why Fleming did not release Penicillin for ten years.

      Article: Understanding animal research

    1. Had Fleming himself carried out a simple and well established animal test - the mouse protection test - the potential of his discovery might have been realised 10 years earlier

      Interesting how these two sources contradict each other with regards to why Fleming did not release Penicillin for ten years.

      Article: Would drugs be safe for us without animal tests?

    1. What great news that there are more Hypothesis comments than in-site comments on this page. :) (At time of writing 10:1)

    1. Great overview and commentary. However, I would have liked some more insight into the ethical ramifications and potential destructiveness of an ASI-system as demonstrated in the movie.

    1. Go to your closet. Hold each piece of clothing, each accessory, and each shoe in your hands. Now ask yourself,“Does this spark joy?”Does it make you feel pretty or handsome when you wear it? If it does then keep it. If not, get rid of it (harsh, I know).

      You could say the same to each object in your household basically. And, swoosh, you're a Minimalist.

    1. They get off track, they start talking about other things that have nothing to do with the original article. If it’s an even vaguely political topic, you’ve got the partisans jumping in, yelling at one another, how they’re all idiots.

      Absolute agreed. What is the intended approach to eliminate that possibility from H.is?

    1. Repost from a comment on a comment on this article:

      What I personally always yearned for in all educational experiences was “facilitated asynchronous peer reading”, if you want to call it that. I wanted that instead of having to read something together in class once again and “losing” time — that could be used for elaborating on the basis of the content on a deeper level — on getting to a common level of understanding. With H, I imagine the experience of reading homework to be exciting and eye-opening. Read the text on your own first, make markings, read it again and bring up annotations, digest those, and read it a third time with heightened understanding. Especially seminal pieces/author such as Goethe, Moon Palace or Sartre could be enriched beyond comprehension by having especially the mindful, introverted people pitching in on their own time.

      This gets more exciting when you consider that different generations will be able to see how former generations have reacted to the same piece of art. That begs of course for annotation sorting options and access limited to certain groups but I am sure that is on your roadmap already.

      (Found Hypothes.is a week ago and my mind is still wandering back to it regularly. Heard great podcast about W3C’s standard for copyright and had to smirk because I had been exposed to it via a tweet about H for the first time in that same week. Excited to continue following your journey.)