Kirby Ferguson (creator of Everything is a Remix) is making his next documentary. I’m super excited, and you should be too. Go buy it.#conspiracies #documentary
My Conspiracy Theories book is here. This will pair nicely with the X-Files binge I’m on.#conspiracies #x-files
From a Spanish Ministry of Education, Culture and Sports video encouraging people to become programmers (apparently by banging randomly on the keyboard :-)
Just one of many excellent parts in this piece by Tom Ewing (which is only a little bit about Tumblr.)
(The piece is about Marvel fandom, though that’s not apparent from this quote.)#tumblr #social sites
Now one and one and one is three
A rare occasion for life’s Triple D
KG, JB and me
When I was younger, I loved Tenacious D’s show. Now I’m more interested in PFT’s podcast appearances.
I suppose I haven’t changed that much.#paul f. tompkins #jb #kg
#community #geothermal escapism #britta for the win
Community's concept episodes work best when an emotional conflict forces them into existence. This is why “Basic Human Anatomy” was one of the best episodes of season four: the body-swapping plot was not Community being cute and referential. The plot made sense because it mushroomed out of…
Abstract: By recasting emergence theory in dynamical terms and focusing on the role of constraint in explaining ascending levels of causal relationships, this talk will argue that such basic scientific challenges as explaining the origins of life, the nature of information, and the dynamics of mental function need to be rethought. Though relying heavily on complex systems approaches, I will argue that various approaches to biological and neurological processes that depend on models of self-organizing dynamics are fundamentally incomplete, and that a higher order emergent dynamical approach is necessary, which I call teleodynamics.
"Loss of life is gain of freedom (at least at the molecular level)."
Life is a specific set of constraints. When it fades, entropy reclaims your matter and biochemical processes.
Deacon puts forward the notion that the most interesting part of emergent systems is the specificity of absences.
For example, a window is a lack of wall, and a vase is a lack of clay. Physical matter makes up emergent systems, but the most interesting part is what’s not represented by matter.#complex systems #emergence #theory of mind #metaphysics