‘Today, this development still occurs. However, we have also introduced a large time gap into our social maturation with the advent and frequent usage of asynchronous communication mediums like text messaging, email, etc. While it’s easy to tell whether or not a joke went over well in a face to face interaction, texts are often left unanswered for hours – leaving us to wonder: “Did I say something wrong?”. If that text goes unanswered, we get no true feedback. We can take the lack of a response as a signal that the joke was bad or inappropriate. However, it may have actually been quite terrific, garnering a large chuckle when read; but, in the middle of a busy day, the other person just didn’t remember to respond. Without a positive response, it’s unlikely that we’ll continue to say similar jokes in similar future contexts. Though, this would be a mistake – a mistake created by a newly introduced feedback delay we’ve created in a newly created communication medium…’
US military studied how to influence Twitter users in Darpa-funded research
‘The activities of users of Twitter and other social media services were recorded and analysed as part of a major project funded by the US military, in a program that covers ground similar to Facebook’s controversial experiment into how to control emotions by manipulating news feeds.
‘Research funded directly or indirectly by the US Department of Defense’s military research department, known as Darpa, has involved users of some of the internet’s largest destinations, including Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Kickstarter, for studies of social connections and how messages spread…’
The Dawning of this Post-Human World
“We’re at the End of a Definition of What a Normal Human Being Is”
‘This is an eerie, bizarre – but entertaining mash-up of coverage on scientific developments, regarding the human genome and the nascent ability to design future humans. Clearly, such developments must have must have gone much further than those publicly announced.
‘There are manifold philosophical and spiritual ramifications to all of this, too many to even fathom, really.
‘It is not my place to preach my opinion here.
‘The viewer is free to make up his or her own mind about the dawning of this Post-Human World…’
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The War on Consciousness
‘Archeology is one of the most conservative branches of science that there is.
‘Archeologists find it very difficult to entertain alternative ideas. It can take them generations. In fact, you pretty much have to wait until one or two generations actually dies off first.
‘Graham Hancock talks about the mysteries of ancient civilization, censorship by TED Talks and the difficulty getting new ideas accepted by mainstream historians and archaeologists…’
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