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theory of other people in your head

We all contain virtual conversations at one time. What’s interesting is that we can converse with people who’s motivations or opinions we don’t understand. It’s interesting that we build up patterns of other people’s behavoir and can replay them in our mind (can we do it accurately?) but not actually understand the reasoning or emotions that go into it.

on other note drip irrigation, postal banks, roads, communication etc. things Iraq needs more of.

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True in more than Medecine

“Over 50% of what a physician learns as s/he goes through medical school
is obsolete within less than a decade. This means that there needs to
be a paradigm shift on how the practitioner of medicine keeps their
knowledge current.”

from the Garnet predicts blog. They are suggesting that I.T. be used to institute continuing education services, but it is interesting in that this is true of more than just medicine, people in all fields such as education to engineering face shifting values, opinions, and practices on what the most effective way to do something is.

“Gartner is now seeing the emergence of the first ‘generation 3’
computer-based patient record systems. These include a critical mass of
capabilities in 6 or 7 key areas – clinical data repository, controlled
medical vocabulary, clinical decision support, workflow/business
process management, clinical documentation, computerized physician
order entry, and knowledge management.”

Perhaps making patient records available for Doctor’s to consult and ranking them in priority by the patient’s status would help. Other physicians could contribute their knowledge and some type of bonus could be given for Doctor’s who correctly diagnosis a patient. The same could go for education. Post report cards online and also reports.

p.s. I just mean that a lot of things change in education and other fields and that they need continuing education and other things not that I have an exact number like these guys do.

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August 29, 2006 at 1:22 pm Leave a comment

For August

Top 3 posts:

Princess Peach as a Feminist Statement,

EVAC Michael Jackson remix,

More on Nancy Lang.      

Lesson: Things have a tendency to repeat themselves. Anyway, my graph in wordpress is now up to the 30 to 100 level showing that readers have amazingly continued to come back. As usual thanks for reading.


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August 28, 2006 at 8:56 pm Leave a comment

Some qoutes from Tom Bell’s paper

I linked to it twice and it’s fairly interesting, anyway

“patents fall far short of protecting fundamental and abstract scientific discoveries, such as ones about thestring theory of physics or the epidemiology of Avian flu.31 Researchers eager touncover those sorts of profound and vital insights generally find patent protectionunavailing….

But even with the caveat that we should chide its “failings” rather than its
“failure,” the extant market arguably undersupplies basic R&D. We can recognize that
the market supplies some of that public good (just as we recognize that copyright and
patent law supply some) without resting content. All else being equal, we would like
more basic and useful ideas, principles, systems, concepts, discoveries, and facts.”

basic R&D here means large scale investments in things like supercolliders or telescopes etc. Basically the research into the fundamental aspects of science versus the blue-ray lasers that will encrypt your next DVD-r.

“Because markets in skill-based claims reward
research, however, they tend to stimulate it. Scientific prediction exchanges, in
particular, aim at encouraging the discovery of truths about the sciences and useful arts.
Just as promoting progress in those subjects justifies the statutory creation of copyright
and patent rights, it justifies the creation, via scientific prediction exchanges, of rights
associated with claims of fact.”

Basically a public that uses a scienteific prediction market is more likely to do research into the field their betting on. It encourages people to become more informed about an issue if not solve it. This might help a lot with mathematics. After all prizes are great for the few willing to take on an Erdos challenge, but being one to win money becuase of an informed opinion attracts a new type of person that a prize might usually ignore.

“The owner of beachfront resort properties, in contrast, might hedge her
investments by purchasing real-money equivalents to the SLvl claim traded on the
Foresight Exchange, thus guaranteeing her compensation in the event that ocean levels
surge.90 Or, leastwise, she might try. That sort of significant financial hedging, which
typically falls within the jurisdiction of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission
(“CFTC”), requires quite thick markets. It looks unlikely that a market in claims about  the sciences and useful arts would attract enough trading to offset large monetary risks.9″

“Prediction markets also typically offer zero-sum trading. In other words, traders
profit only at the expense of other traders.113 In that, prediction markets resemble all but
securities markets, in which all traders may simultaneously win or lose.114 Notably,
however, scientific prediction exchanges appear especially likely to invite subsidies that
would mitigate the impact of zero-sum trading. Someone particularly interested in
measuring the consensus opinion about a question of science or the useful arts, and
perhaps in stimulating R&D on the topic, might find it worthwhile to subsidize trading in
that claim on a scientific prediction exchange.115 Various funding mechanisms exist, but
all boil down to attracting traders by pumping money into a market.116 The scientific
prediction exchange’s focus on questions about the science and useful arts—matters that have long benefited from public and private subsidies—make it an especially likely target for such largess.”

“Those who buy
prediction certificates get only the right to receive payment in the event an associated
claim holds true—not the right to prevent anyone from enjoying progress in the sciences
or useful arts. Far from enclosing public goods, prediction markets help to create and share them.”

the different types of claims you could bet on would also show how much confidence scientests have in a paradigm as a whole. One thing about the paper that is annoying is that it never goes far enough. It seems like a nice pitch, but it doesn’t show how a prediction market might give better funding for science I mean speculating on problems in physics is one thing, funding the equipment needed to solve those fundamental problems doesn’t seem to be clear in this paper, only that the people who do solve a problem profit from it i.e. insider trading basically. Although I did just skim through the paper etc. Anyway, the link is a few posts below this. I was hoping to see a more detialed plan for a SPEX and more imagination as to how it might fund research, maybe a 4 cent per contract fee could add up to something or perhaps you could combine it with a communal fund for prizes and grants the public could contribute to.

As a sidenote and Outside of the SPEX, An invention prediction market that grants copyright to creators would also do away with the problem of paralell development and also patent trolls, the patent on an invention would go to the first person to actually deliver the device or theory. Hence if their were a market for a floppy display with such and such a resolution, the first person to deliver one at the specificed price point etc would get the market money. This would encourage people to propose new ideas i.e. markets and possible products so as to cover as much ideological ground as possible versus the current scheme were you want to keep your R&D quiet so the competition doesn’t know and patent trolls don’t file before you do, but then again maybe you would want to hide your research to fetch better prices on the exchange.

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August 28, 2006 at 6:20 pm Leave a comment

SOAP Quickly

1. I’m not in the U.S. so I missed an apparently huge media blitz for this film.

2. SOAP is better than a parody. Parodies necessitate the subject of the film is savaged, SOAP on the other hand reveals in it’s own cheesiness with out forcing the viewer to become part of the ironic spectacle around the film. A parody parodies everything about a film with out regard to the viewer’s possible sympathies for elements of a genre, SOAP just takes itself less seriously than other films. It’s parts Speed and Anacando, was enjoyable the whole way through.

3. I didn’t hear the Ahab track that won that contest in the film.

4. Parts that would have been suspensfull and added to the horror film aspect were cut such as Samuel Jackson getting back from turning on the power amongst others.

5. At times it reminded of The Simpsons where Mel Gibson takes Homer’s advice and re-makes Mr. Smith Goes to Washington with the newsies dragging him out at the end.

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