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December 15, 2011

There is rhetoric, and there is sophistry

i>sophistry. Realizing the distinction is as elemental as realizing that there is such a thing as specious logic.

We are drawn to support what pleases us, and impulsively move to suppress what does not. The discipline of rationality? as though consequences of our actions matter to us. It's primordial, and existential.

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Josua Frost gets it.

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The Thinker’s Toolbox « Joshua Fost
The Thinker's Toolbox. The Thinker's Toolbox (working title) is a nonfiction graphic novel in which I try to distill the core lessons of twelve essential fields and present them in a series of…

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December 15, 2011

As I commented on +Viktor Markowski's post:Now

lass=”proflinkPrefix”>+Viktor Markowski's post:
Now … to bring together folk who resonate to this thinking in order to actualize a system; this is my challenge.
The problem? Far easier to talk about swamp drainage than to wade in and deal with muck and slime and alligators! 😉

Individuals realize social benefit (such as acclaim, rewards, salary) from talking about problems. This acts as a dis-incentive to actual innovation i.e. doing is always harder than talking about doing. Thus has it always been!

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"How might we develop criteria for a design capable of supporting a large range of collective intelligence phenomena in an integrated way? Will the emergent socio-economic life forms be strong enough to balance the destructive power of our global crises if and when "the perfect storm" hits? When everything goes worse and worse, and better and better, at the same time, and they do it faster and faster, how do we deal with the ensuing chaos? In order to bring forth desirable futures, we must be ready to navigate through it, using a twin path of collective intelligence and collective leadership. This is our global challenge. This paper [PDF; 450KB] is the first in that will delve into the topic more deeply, expanding certain sections of this overall expose into separate albeit inter-related lines of inquiry."

h/t +Viktor Markowski

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Collective Intelligence and Collective Leadership: Twin Paths to Beyond Chaos. – Sprouts
Abstract By looking at collective intelligence (CI) through four distinct lenses, this paper draws on recent research in organizational design, evolutionary economics, cognitive sciences, knowledge ec…

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December 9, 2011

must follow up on this tomorrow.

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Luis von Ahn: Massive-scale online collaboration | Video on TED.com
TED Talks After re-purposing CAPTCHA so each human-typed response helps digitize books, Luis von Ahn wondered how else to use small contributions by many on the Internet for greater good. At TEDxCMU, …

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December 7, 2011

I suggest that the components comprising a project like this, on this scale, can…

I suggest that the components comprising a project like this, on this scale, can be a model for others of this sort.

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"Luis von Ahn is a computer science professor at Carnergie Mellon, and his latest project is a website called Duolingo. Its lofty goal is to translate the entire web into every major language, using nothing but volunteer translators. We find out how Luis plans to make this happen."
[Runs 12:29]

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Spark 164 – December 4 & 7, 2011 | Spark

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December 5, 2011

From the text:

Bell Labs researchers proudly displayed their Unix policy at conferences with a slide that read, "No advertising, no support, no bug fixes, payment in advance."

NB: I can only Circle those who Circle me first.

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If Thompson, Ritchie and their colleagues at Bell labs did what their bosses told them, Unix would not exist. The fascinating story of the great operating system from the last millenium.

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The Strange Birth and Long Life of Unix – IEEE Spectrum
The classic operating system turns 40, and its progeny abound

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