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  • The problem with using a list instead of a searchable database is how you get to scale - or perhaps, what kind of scale you can have.
  • So, Yahoo's hierarchical directory (a list of lists) got to 3.2m entries before collapsing under its own weight
  • it was too big to be browsed, and reached the point that only search made sense (and Google did better search).

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  • Varkensboeren hebben veel vaker MRSA dan de gemiddelde Nederlander. De bacterie komt voor bij 63 procent van de varkenshouders en bij 10 procent van hun gezinsleden. 
  • Ook heeft 15 procent van de slachters MRSA.
  • Van de doorsnee Nederlanders is maar 0,1 procent besmet met de bacterie.

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  • we explored four important cultural shifts that are helping to shape the dramas we see on television.
  • Technology has made today’s serialized stories available in a way that feels more personal to viewers, imbuing it with new value and revenue streams for businesses like ours. It has also been enormously liberating for writers and showrunners, who now have the option of slowing down stories and exploring and developing characters over hours, months and seasons
  • No longer must they deliver set-up, plot and conclusion all within a single, self-contained hour.

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  • Though he managed to use those tools, compared to his mathematician friends he used them clumsily. Isn’t that great? I love that. His fragility, his defiant brilliance in the face of his own limitations… He ploughed right past his inadequacy. Maybe this is what he meant when he said “Imagination is more important than knowledge.”
Feb 01, 16

"Lo que se ha escrito sobre esto es polémico y oscuro. Y yo creo que seguirá siendo así hasta que alguien construya, dentro del formalismo de la mecánica cuántica, un ´observador´, vale decir, un modelo de entidad cuyos estados se correspondan con una reconocible caricatura de conciencia ´consciente´... Estamos hablando de un proyecto de dimensiones formidables, que va más allá de lo que convencionalmente es considerado física"



"“The relevant literature is famously contentious and obscure. I believe it will remain so until someone constructs, within the formalism of quantum mechanics, an “observer,” that is, a model entity whose states correspond to a recognizable caricature of conscious awareness … That is a formidable project, extending well-beyond what is conventionally considered physics” "

  • “The relevant literature is famously contentious and obscure. I believe it will remain so until someone constructs, within the formalism of quantum mechanics, an “observer,” that is, a model entity whose states correspond to a recognizable caricature of conscious awareness … That is a formidable project, extending well-beyond what is conventionally considered physics” (Wilczek, 2006).
  • The approach we take toward constructing a theory of consciousness is similar to the approach Alan Turing took toward constructing a theory of computation.
  • We want a theory of consciousness qua consciousness, i.e., of consciousness on its own terms, not as something derivative or emergent from a prior physical world.

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  • natural selection often drives true perceptions to extinction when they compete with perceptions tuned to fitness rather than truth:
  • Here we begin such a reformulation, starting with a formal model of consciousness that we call a “conscious agent.” We develop the dynamics of interacting conscious agents, and study how the perception of objects and space-time can emerge from such dynamics. We show that one particular object, the quantum free particle, has a wave function that is identical in form to the harmonic functions that characterize the asymptotic dynamics of conscious agents; particles are vibrations not of strings but of interacting conscious agents. This allows us to reinterpret physical properties such as position, momentum, and energy as properties of interacting conscious agents, rather than as preexisting physical truths. We sketch how this approach might extend to the perception of relativistic quantum objects, and to classical objects of macroscopic scale.
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