Creativity: Elizabeth Gilbert

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Elizabeth Gilbert discusses overcoming the fear of creativity.  Click on the image to watch the TED.com video.

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Dan Ariely: Cheating

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Social Psychologist Dan Ariely experiments with assumptions about pain and cheating.  A lot of people cheat a little always.  Click on the image to see the TED.com video.

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The Brain: ZenUniverse: Seven Senses

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  1. GREEN: EYE: OCCIPITAL LOBE: visual center of the brain
  2. YELLOW: EAR: TEMPORAL LOBE: sensory center of hearing in the brain.
  3. SKY: NOSE: BRAINSTEM: control of reflexes and such essential internal mechanisms as respiration and heartbeat.
  4. BLUE: TONGUE: PARIETAL LOBE: Complex sensory information from the body is processed in the parietal lobe, which also controls the ability to understand language.
  5. RED:  JAW: FRONTAL LOBE: control of skilled motor activity, including speech, mood and the ability to think.
  6. ORANGE: BODY:  CEREBELLUM: regulation and coordination of complex voluntary muscular movement as well as the maintenance of posture and balance.
  7. GREY: SELF: CORPUS CALLOSUM: The arched bridge of nervous tissue that connects the two cerebral hemispheres, allowing communication between the right and left sides of the brain.

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If you look at my first ZenUniverse post, you will see a six column model.  However, the System International Units require seven columns.

Here is a table of two hemisphere intersections.  I am using Latin roots, but you will recognize many of the terms:

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Here is a blank table you can print out and experiment with correlations and intersections of your own:

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COA: Change Oriented Architecture

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The problem of this decade is the information technology platform. We have to switch to scale-free networks and abandon tabular lattice networks. It isn’t SOA that we need, it’s Change Oriented Architecture (COA).

I highly recommend rejecting Larry Ellison’s Oracle Relational Database and Sun’s MySQL and adopting Simon Williams’ Sentences Associational Database at lazysoft.com which provides a schema and interface you can completely change on the fly.  No data loss, no null values, no normalization.  The lazy developer is the efficient developer.

When the Board of Directors says “Change!” the CIO can say “Immediately!”

And have you ever heard of “Hyperbolic Data”?  Sentences can do it easily and dynamically.  Click on the image to learn more:

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My Inc.: Open Capitalism

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There are another two words I would like to introduce into the discussion: “democratization” and “personalization”.  We are encountering many new technologies and they are going through phases.  Most simply put they are going from specialist who is knowledgeable how to use the technology for the user, to technologist who uses the technology on behalf of a knowledgeable user, to personal where the generalist knowledgeable user interacts with the technology directly.

We are experiencing mass personalization of technology.  And this is leading to further phenomena.  Personal Cooperation and Personal Corporation.  People are as Howard Rheingold www.rheingold.com describes sharing more and more information freely.  But they are also discovering the worth of their reputation and knowledge and turning it into a business like Guy Kawasaki www.guykawasaki.com who is using ghost writers on twitter.

I foresee everyone  sharing their personal knowledge cooperatively and upon establishing worth selling the best of their personal knowledge corporately.

It is a beautiful future where everyone is personally incorporated and everyone personally outsources to everyone else globally.

Sharing information freely and openly is a dead end game, because we all have to make a living.

Sharing information on a globally set price scale and reputation system that recognizes the worth of the information and work every incorporated individual can provide is Open Capitalism (you heard it here first) and will free us from exploitation.

Let’s turn the race for the bottom back into a personal global race for the top.

This will be the true “Knowledge Economy”.

Free Will Theory: Physicists Can’t Jump

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A new paper co-authored by John Conway, creator of the Game of Life, argues that pure determinism and pure randomness do not exist and propose an intermediate solution they call Free Will Theory (FWT).  I agree with them that there is a determinist-randomist intermediate set, but I consider their model, like the one above, too complex.  They need to use solid geometry to draw and apply the properties of a truncated hexahedron.

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Even then I don’t consider their current theory viable.

Face it.  Physicists can’t jump.

But they are trying.

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Essentials: Brooklyn Superhero Supply

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826NYC is a nonprofit organization (located in Park Slope, Brooklyn) dedicated to supporting students ages 6 to 18 with their creative and expository writing skills, and to helping teachers inspire their students to write. Services are structured around the belief that great leaps in learning can happen with one-on-one attention, and that strong writing skills are fundamental to future success. With this in mind 826NYC provides free drop-in tutoring, after-school workshops, in-schools tutoring, help for English language learners, and assistance with student publications. Drawing from a volunteer base of over 1,000, which includes many teachers, writers and journalism professionals, 826NYC unites eager students with eager helpers. There are also 826 National chapters in San Francisco (826 Valencia), LA (826LA), Seattle (826 Seattle), Chicago (826CHI), and Ann Arbor (826 Michigan).

Each unique storefront serves as an entertaining front to the service’s study areas.