“It’s all quite nuttily modern. Wired Love anticipates everything we live with in today’s online, Iphoned courtship: Assessing whether someone you’ve met online is what they say they are; the misunderstandings of tone and substance that come from communicating in rapid-fire, conversational bursts of text; or even the fact that you might not really be sure of the gender/nationality/species of the person you’re flirting with.
Total Recall for mice. Arnold’s nightmares are now becoming possible.
“Memories can be unreliable. We created a false memory in mice by optogenetically manipulating memory engram–bearing cells in the hippocampus. Dentate gyrus (DG) or CA1 neurons activated by exposure to a particular context were labeled with channelrhodopsin-2. These neurons were later optically reactivated during fear conditioning in a different context. The DG experimental group showed increased freezing in the original context, in which a foot shock was never delivered. The recall of this false memory was context-specific, activated similar downstream regions engaged during natural fear memory recall, and was also capable of driving an active fear response. Our data demonstrate that it is possible to generate an internally represented and behaviorally expressed fear memory via artificial means.
“I’ve been fascinated recently by how much of our natural history consists of similar barely-substantiated claims that have only been recently tested. Some turn out to be true, like the cheetah’s speed or the function of the thresher shark’s tail. Others are myths, like the cheetah’s heat problems, or the komodo dragon’s bacterial bite (they use venom), or the honey badger’s partnership with honey guides (deceitful documentary-makers), or the suicidal tendencies of lemmings (deceitful film-makers). One wonders what other myths will be busted in coming years.”
“The city of Detroit applied for bankruptcy, citing $18.5 billion in debt owed to approximately 100,000 creditors, among them municipal bondholders and pension-plan members. “After this little kerfuffle,” said emergency manager Kevyn Orr, “we’ll be back in business.””
“”That includes following Twitter,” said a source at the penitentiary, referring to Pope Francis’ Twitter account, which has gathered seven million followers. “But you must be following the events live. It is not as if you can get an indulgence by chatting on the internet.””
Google Feud h/t Michael Price tags: weekly culture society google 3D Printers Create Fancy Future Crackers That Sprout Into A Mini Salad “Food Designer Chloé Rutzerveld believes 3D printing will revolutionize the food industry, and she is getting the ball rolling by developing a 3D printed cracker that consists of living organisms such as seeds, spores, and yeast. In three to four days, the seeds and spores sprout into a miniature salad that is said to be completely natural and healthy, demonstrating the potential the technology has to “make the [food] production chain very short,” with less transportation and land requirements. “ tags: 3dprinting 3d food weekly https://w2.eff.org/Censorship/Internet_censorship_bills/barlow_0296.declaration “You are terrified of your own children, since they are natives in a world where you will always be immigrants. Because you fear them, you entrust your bureaucracies with the parental responsibilities you are too cowardly to confront yourselves. In our world, all the sentiments and expressions of humanity, from the debasing to the angelic, are parts of a seamless whole, the global conversation of bits. We cannot separate the air that chokes from the air upon which wings beat.” tags: quote future natives weekly On rote memorization and antiquated skills “Deliberate rote memorization is an attempt to take a shortcut in the learning process… Instead of having people learn important facts […]
Americans Have Never Loved Poetry More—But They Call It Rap – The Daily Beast “To utterly naïve anthropologists sent to document the ways of Americans in 2014, one of the first things that would strike them is that this country is quite poetry mad. No, they would not find well-thumbed volumes of Robert Frost, Marianne Moore, and Billy Collins laying around the typical living room. However, they could not help but notice that a great many people under about 50 regularly go around listening to and yes, reciting poetry—rap, that is. Rap is indeed “real” poetry. It rhymes, often even internally. Its authors work hard on the lyrics. The subject matter is certainly artistically heightened, occasioning long-standing debates over whether the depictions of violence and misogyny in some of it are sincere. And then, that “gangsta” style is just one, and less dominant than it once was. Rap, considered as a literature rather than its top-selling hits, addresses a wide-range of topics, even including science fiction. Rap is now decades old, having evolved over time and being increasingly curated by experts. In what sense is this not a “real” anything?” tags: rap english weekly poetry “Stochastic Tinkering” | Center for Strategic and International Studies “”[Black Swan Author Nassim] Taleb, an anti-Platonist, believes that universities are better at public relations and […]
A long march to the end of the world – Boing Boing “In 2011, a man calling himself Kurt Mac began walking his Minecraft avatar to the end of the world — the place where the game’s ability to create new land ahead of you starts to break down. It’s called The Far Lands and it’s a long journey to get there. So long, in fact, that Mac is still walking, and isn’t likely to reach The Far Lands for another 22 years. In the meantime, though, he has managed to build a large enough YouTube following that he was able to quit his job and now just walks to The Far Lands for a living. “ tags: weekly minecraft culture internet The Paper Town Academy: John Green at TEDxIndianapolis Imagining learning as cartography. tags: paper town reality mapping youtube dataviz meta weekly n+1: The Stupidity of Computers I’m not sure this writer has ever given instruction to people but it’s not that different. tags: computers bots language thinking weekly It all bends “Several years later, they discovered Agloe on a Rand McNally map and confronted their competitor. But Rand was innocent: It had got the name from the county government, which had taken it from the Agloe General Store, which now occupied the intersection. The store had taken the […]