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Dmitri Tymoczko — author of The Geometry of Music how to make visual representations of music (in paintings, video games, sculpture) 5 constraints on a composition that are necessary (but not sufficient) for it to sound good global statistical properties of songs … Continue reading

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http://video.ted.com/assets/player/swf/EmbedPlayer.swf Thank you, steel manufacturing companies, and thank you, chemical processing companies, for giving us the time to read. —Hans Rosling Totally good point about how the mechanisation of the rich world has allowed us to have so many professors, … Continue reading

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I’m looking for a quote I saw years ago. It went something like this: Here are two different stories of Creation.   The first is that G-d sculpted each and every animal, flower, fungus, gymnosperm, archaeobacterium, and primate individually, like … Continue reading

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commodification same hopes & desires same choice of stores the same houses and the same decorations in those houses EFFICIENCY fruit from the other side of the world part II Do our sexual norms derive from the invention of chimneys … Continue reading

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Moore’s three-dimensional law is a remarkable “epiphenomenon” … a statistical regularity that emerges from a swarm of unknown, mutually independent activities. In that sense, it resembles the “law” that says that each Labor Day weekend, about 450 automobile fatalities will … Continue reading

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The word “Evolution” nowadays suggests “evolution of organisms by natural selection as per Darwin & modern population genetics”. But what about other kinds of evolution? Any unary endomorphism from a system onto itself, applied over and over to generate “time”, could be … Continue reading

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What’s the difference between leaving carbon progeny behind you and silicon progeny behind you? … [W]hat makes you feel that a planet teeming with sexually created successors would constitute a more valid extension of ‘we’-ness than a planet teeming with … Continue reading

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When a wolf pack kills a deer, the wolves get one of the weakest animals. When a human kills a deer, we kill one of the strongest animals. Park Ranger Katy, in Theodore Roosevelt National Park

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[E]veryone pretend[s] as if they were just giving one another gifts and then they fervently denied they expected anything back. But in actual fact everyone [understands] there [are] implicit rules and recipients would feel compelled to make some sort of … Continue reading

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How did the Zebra get its Stripes?

This has confused me ever since I learned about evolution. As Mr. Shepherd explained it to me in the second grade, zebras are hard to kill because, when the zeal runs, their collective stripes make it hard for a predator … Continue reading

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