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    Complexity isn’t a Vice: 10 Word Answers and Doubletalk in Election 2016
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  • Chart showing The Major System is equivalent to Gregg Shorthand
  • On Choosing Your Own Textbooks: General advice for choosing the right textbook for your educational goals
  • The Pontoon Manifesto: The Electronic Edition
    The Pontoon Manifesto: The Electronic Edition
    For its 45th anniversary, we are truly proud to present a new and unlimited edition electronic Pontoon powered by a web-based randomizer which reorders the paragraphs at the click of a button.
  • What is Information? by Christoph Adami A proper understanding of information in terms of prediction is key to a number of disciplines beyond engineering, such as physics and biology.
  • Latin Pedagogy and the Digital Humanities
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What does Boffo Socko mean anyway?

“Boffo” and “socko” are neologisms in the family of Variety-speak after the well known business trade journal covering Tinseltown (often better known as Hollywood aka the Coast aka H’w’d.)

Their definitions from Variety’s “slanguage” dictionary follow:

boffo (also boff, boffola) — outstanding (usually refers to box office performance); “‘My Best Friend’s Wedding’ has been boffo at the B.O.” (See also, socko, whammo)

socko (also sock) — very good (usually refers to box office performance); “‘My Best Friend’s Wedding’ has done socko B.O.” (See also, boff, whammo)

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Recent Posts in Information Theory, Complexity, and Molecular Biology

🔖 H-theorem in quantum physics by G. B. Lesovik, et al.
🔖 H-theorem in quantum physics by G. B. Lesovik, et al.
H-theorem in quantum physics by G. B. Lesovik, A. V. Lebedev, I. A. Sadovskyy, M. V. Suslov & V. M. Vinokur (Nature.com)Abstract Remarkable progress of quantum information theory (QIT) allowed to formulate mathematical theorems for conditions that data-transmitting or data-processing occurs with a non-negative entropy gain. However, relation of these results formulated in terms of … Continue reading "🔖 H-theorem in quantum physics by G. B. Lesovik, et al."
Statistical Physics, Information Processing, and Biology Workshop at Santa Fe Institute
Statistical Physics, Information Processing, and Biology Workshop at Santa Fe Institute
Information Processing and Biology by John Carlos Baez (Azimuth)Information Processing and BiologyI just found out about this from John Carlos Baez and wish I could go! How have I not managed to have heard about it? Stastical Physics, Information Processing, and Biology Workshop November 16, 2016 – November 18, 2016 9:00 AM Noyce Conference Room Abstract. … Continue reading "Statistical Physics, Information Processing, and Biology Workshop at Santa Fe Institute"
Warren Weaver Bot!
Warren Weaver Bot!
Someone has built a Warren Weaver Bot! by Weaverbot (Twitter)This is the signal for the second.— Weaverbot (@WWeaverbot) October 28, 2016How can you not follow this twitter account?! Now I’m waiting for a Shannon bot and a Weiner bot. Maybe a John McCarthy bot would be apropos too?!
Hector Zenil
Hector Zenil
A new paper (arXiv) and some videos on entropy and algorithmic complexity
Transplantation of spinal cord–derived neural stem cells for ALS
Transplantation of spinal cord–derived neural stem cells for ALS
Transplantation of spinal cord–derived neural stem cells for ALS (neurology.org)Analysis of phase 1 and 2 trials testing the safety of spinal cord transplantation of human stem cells in patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) with escalating doses and expansion of the trial to multiple clinical centers.I built the microinjectors used in these experiments for injecting … Continue reading "Transplantation of spinal cord–derived neural stem cells for ALS"

Recent Posts in Mathematics

Someone is watching you
Someone is watching you
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Basic Category Theory by Tom Leinster | Free Ebook Download
Basic Category Theory by Tom Leinster | Free Ebook Download
Basic Category Theory by Tom Leinster (arxiv.org)This short introduction to category theory is for readers with relatively little mathematical background. At its heart is the concept of a universal property, important throughout mathematics. After a chapter introducing the basic definitions, separate chapters present three ways of expressing universal properties: via adjoint functors, representable functors, and … Continue reading "Basic Category Theory by Tom Leinster | Free Ebook Download"
Warren Weaver Bot!
Warren Weaver Bot!
Someone has built a Warren Weaver Bot! by Weaverbot (Twitter)This is the signal for the second.— Weaverbot (@WWeaverbot) October 28, 2016How can you not follow this twitter account?! Now I’m waiting for a Shannon bot and a Weiner bot. Maybe a John McCarthy bot would be apropos too?!

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