What was The Industrial Revolution

June 11th, 2009 No comments

It had been long ago when I last time sit on economy lecture in my university. Now I read articles like this one( The Industrial Revolution by Deirdre Nansen McCloskey) not for mark in diploma but for my personal knowledge.

Economic historians have discovered since the 1960s that the average participant in the British economy in 2000 was fifteen times better supplied with food and clothing and housing and education than her remote ancestors. If ones ancestors lived in Finland, the factor is more like 29, the average Finn in 1700 being not a great deal better off in material terms than the average African at the time. If ones ancestors lived in the Netherlands it is only a factor of 10 or so, since in 1700 the Netherlands was the richest (and the most free and bourgeois) country in the world, 70 percent better off than the soon-to-be United Kingdom. If in Japan, the factor since 1700 is fully 35. 2 If South Korea, the factor merely in the past half-century, since 1953, when income per head, despite access to some modern technology, was about what it had been in Europe 450 years before, is almost 18, crammed into a four decades instead of, as in the British case, stretched out over two centuries.

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Effect of mind state on mind action

June 10th, 2009 Comments off

Interesting article from Neurophilosophy blog on scienceblogs.com about how our emotion can affect not only our behavior but our exact vision.

A number of behavioural studies have already shown that emotions can have an effect on perception. When, for example, observers are asked to selectively pay attention to a target at the centre of the visual field while ignoring surrounding “distractor” objects, the prior induction of a positive emotional state leads to more interference from the surrounding objects than does induction of a negative mood.
Full article on Neurophilosoply

Time perception also affected by emotion state. There is another article.

That is the time–emotion paradox: why given that we possess a sophisticated time measurement mechanism, are we so inaccurate in our temporal judgements when experiencing emotions?

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A little bit about irrational behavior

June 5th, 2009 No comments

Very intersting presentation and it makes you laugh.

One more example of this. People believe that when we deal with physical attraction, we see somebody, and we know immediately whether we like them or not. Attracted or not. Which is why we have these four-minute dates. So I decided to do this experiment with people. I’ll show you graphic images of people — not real people. The experiment was with people. I showed some people a picture of Tom, and a picture of Jerry. I said “Who do you want to date? Tom or Jerry?” But for half the people I added an ugly version of Jerry. I took Photoshop and I made Jerry slightly less attractive. (Laughter) The other people, I added an ugly version of Tom. And the question was, will ugly Jerry and ugly Tom help their respective, more attractive brothers? The answer was…

Also I can recommend to watch other Dan video about predictable irrationality.

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Where the Web became harmful

June 5th, 2009 No comments

List of search terms what can give you most harmful results from.

“If you’re hacking for profit, the best way to make money is with the largest pool of potential victims,” he said. “The biggest crowd is going to be around these trends.”

These are the search terms put you at the most risk from hackers:

  • Word Unscrambler
  • Lyrics
  • Printable Fill in Puzzles
  • Free Ringtones
  • Solitaire
  • Free Music
  • Free Music Downloands
  • MySpace

Top 10 Malware Sites what can make your computer or your bank account ill. Google not only scan web for all sorts of textual information. It can recognize sites with a content of some specific sort.

Our automated systems found more than 4,000 different sites that appeared to be set up for distributing malware by massively compromising popular web sites. Of these domains more than 1,400 were hosted in the .cn TLD. Several contained plays on the name of Google such as goooogleadsence.biz, etc.

Other malware researchers reported widespread compromises pointing to the domains gumblar.cn and martuz.cn, both of which made it on our top-10 list. For gumblar, we saw about 60,000 compromised sites; Martuz peaked at slightly over 35,000 sites. Beladen.net was also reported to be part of a mass compromise, but made it only to position 124 on the list with about 3,500 compromised sites.

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Provocation as an art

May 29th, 2009 No comments

The Dutch “artist” who in 2004 turned her pussy into a handbag under the performance art title “My dearest cat Pinkeltje (2004)” has published personal details of those who emailed her expressing their disgust.

Katinka Simonse, aka Tinkebell, copped a veritable shitstorm of e-abuse for the feline fashion accessory stunt (pictured), and she and fellow artist Coralie Vogelaar decided to track down the senders, sniff out their intimate online secrets and present the whole thing for public consumption.

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Everything is a black holes (no pun intended)

May 28th, 2009 No comments

In trying to understand how gravity behaves on the quantum scale, physicists have developed a model that has an interesting implication: mini black holes could be everywhere, and all particles might be made of various forms of black holes.

As the physicists explain, gravity is considered an astronomical-scale force; its effects on smaller scales seem to be virtually nonexistent. However, as the scientists write, “it has often been assumed that near the Planck scale, gravity would somehow assert itself and become comparable in strength to the other forces of nature, likely as a product of some grand unification picture.” Coyne and Cheng approach the problem of small-scale gravity by presenting a new model of black hole evaporation. As black holes lose energy, they slowly evaporate, shrinking in size down to the quantum scale – where they may be identical to elementary particles.

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Speech and lang processing in the brain

May 28th, 2009 No comments

Current situation in the field of unified theory about how the brain processes speech and language.

both human and non-human primate studies have confirmed that speech, one important facet of language, is processed in the brain along two parallel pathways, each of which run from lower- to higher-functioning neural regions.

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Then time of recovering from injure is matters

May 27th, 2009 No comments

Article on Physorg about what cutting age medical technology can give to athletes then they broke something and need to be repaired.

You stub your big toe and the pain has you hobbling for weeks. UNC point guard Ty Lawson jams his and two days later plays 36 minutes.

Tiger Woods injures the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee and goes on to win five of his next six golf tournaments before deciding to have surgery. You injure your ACL and sit on the couch watching Woods.

Why is it that injuries that take the rest of us out of action for weeks, months or possibly forever, only bench elite athletes for a short time? Is their body makeup that superior? Do they have a heightened tolerance for pain? Do they have access to cures of modern medicine unavailable to the rest of us? Are they simply treated differently?

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Daydreaming not a lost time

May 20th, 2009 No comments

The study, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, finds that activity in numerous brain regions increases when our minds wander. It also finds that brain areas associated with complex problem-solving – previously thought to go dormant when we daydream – are in fact highly active during these episodes.

“Mind wandering is typically associated with negative things like laziness or inattentiveness,” says lead author, Prof. Kalina Christoff, UBC Dept. of Psychology. “But this study shows our brains are very active when we daydream – much more active than when we focus on routine tasks.”

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Five heresies of Freeman Dyson

May 16th, 2009 No comments

Lecture from one of famous mind of our time Freeman Dyson. It is about not what waiting us in the Future but what we can begin looking at today.
Main themes of this lecture is Climat management, rains in Sahara , Home Biotech, Nuclear Weapons.

Best quote about a place of computers in our life.

For better or for worse, in sickness or in health, till death do us part, humans and computers are now joined together more durably than husbands and wives.

Также доступна версия лекции на русском.

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