Isaac Asimov: How Do People Get New Ideas?

Isaac Asimov

Isaac Asimov

Salon Summary:

Never-before-published Isaac Asimov essay reveals the secret to true creativity

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To cultivate group creativity he believes the perfect human petri-dish is one of ease and relaxation:

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Oct 22

George Por: Augmenting the Collective Intelligence of the Ecosystem of Systems Communities – Introduction to the Design of the CI Enhancement Lab (CIEL)

George Por

George Por

Augmenting the Collective Intelligence of the Ecosystem of Systems Communities: Introduction to the Design of the CI Enhancement Lab (CIEL)

George Pór*

Director Community Intelligence, London, UK

The quality of collective intelligence flowing in and across systems communities of various disciplines, and the fragmentation or connectedness of their mental models of the world, shape their capacity to assist decision-makers and social movements in defining, mapping, and addressing the world problematique, by identifying policy options and anticipating their outcomes. In their current state of fragmentation, the systems sciences’ epistemic communities cannot provide that assistance. Upgrading their collective intelligence is a vital imperative. This paper is suggest the prototyping of a Collective Intelligence Enhancement Lab and describes its core idea as a platform with an innovation architecture that integrates social, electronic, cognitive, and inner technologies and processes.

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Oct 22

SchwartzReport: Amish Farmers Study Plant Immunology, Avoid Using Pesticides Completely

Stephan A. Schwartz

Stephan A. Schwartz

The failure of the industrial chemical agriculture and husbandry model is becoming increasingly evident. But just as alternatives to carbon energy are gaining momentum, so I hope an agriculture and husbandry alternative, such as that described in this report, takes hold and similarly replaces the chemicals and poisons.

Amish Farmers Study Plant Immunology, Avoid Using Pesticides Completely

EXTRACT

Samuel Zook, an Amish farmer recently explained to a reporter: “If you really stop and think about it, though, when we go out spraying our crops with pesticides, that’s really what we’re doing. It’s chemical warfare, bottom line.” His frustration led him to the writings of an 18-year old Amish farmer from Ohio, named John Kempf. This young upstart is the founder of Advancing Eco Agriculture, a consulting firm the farmer established in 2006 to promote science-intensive organic agriculture.

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Oct 22

OSE Manifesto in Spanish – Chapter 1

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The OSE Manifesto is being translated into Chinese, French, and Spanish. Here is the first chapter in Spanish.

Capítulo 1: “Ábrete Sésamo”

Translated by Sebastian Sepulveda

“Fuente-Abierta Total” es un concepto filosófico y cultural que es esencial para la creación de un mundo próspero y en armonía, un mundo que funcione con un 100% de humanidad. Como sabemos, la formación industrial del Estado, las compañías y la Iglesia, no cubren todas nuestras necesidades; son exclusivas más que inclusivas, jerárquicas en vez de igualitarias. Fomentan la corrupción y permiten una indignante concentración de riqueza en manos de unos pocos. Al margen de esta atrocidad ética, una concentración de tal naturaleza desestabiliza cualquier economía; ésta se vuelve disfuncional y la semilla de la economía, Nosotros el Pueblo, el 90%, terminamos siendo devorados por lo que es en esencia un hongo moral, un cáncer, engendrado por el 1%.

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Oct 21

Patrick Meier: Big Data Done Right — Free Open Source Real Time Twitter Base

Categories: Advanced Cyber/IO
Patrick Meier

Patrick Meier

Automatically Classifying Text Messages (SMS) for Disaster Response

Humanitarian organizations like the UN and Red Cross often face a deluge of social media data when disasters strike areas with a large digital footprint. This explains why my team and I have been working on AIDR (Artificial Intelligence for Disaster Response), a free and open source platform to automatically classify tweets in real-time. Given that the vast majority of the world’s population does not tweet, we’ve teamed up with UNICEF’s Innovation Team to extend our AIDR platform so users can also automatically classify streaming SMS.

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Oct 21

Berto Jongman: Scientists Allege Ebola Manufactured by Western Pharmaceuticals, US DoD

Berto Jongman

Berto Jongman

Ebola Manufactured by Western Pharmaceuticals, US DoD?: Scientists Allege

Are bio weapons being tested on Africans. Reports have linked the Ebola virus outbreak to an attempt to reduce Africa’s population. Liberia happens to be the continents’ fastest growing population.

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Tekmira / DoD Ebola Clinical Trial Summary Also Below in Full Text

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Oct 21

David Brin: An Unstable World? NOT WORRIED — Starting with Russia…

David Brin

David Brin

An Unstable World? Part One: Russia

Some folks have lately asked why I seem so calm, when every week brings news of yet another brewing disaster, with the world apparently spinning into chaos. So much for Francis Fukayama’s famous line – around 1990 – that the rapid and unstoppable spread of liberal democracy would soon bring an “end of history.”

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Oct 21