ATTENTION - IS GOOGLE MAKING US STUPID - Source -The Atlantic -
Nicholas Carr “ I can feel it, too. Over the past few years I’ve had an uncomfortable sense that someone, or something, has been tinkering with my brain, remapping the neural circuitry, reprogramming the memory. My mind isn’t going—so far as I can tell—but it’s changing. I’m not thinking the way I used to think. I can feel it most strongly when I’m reading. Immersing myself in a book or a lengthy article used to be easy. My mind would get caught up in the narrative or the turns of the argument “ ,
I’d spend hours boiling down , turning over reflecting .
“That’s rarely the case anymore. Now my concentration often starts to drift after two or three pages. I get fidgety, lose the thread, begin looking for something else to do. I feel as if I’m always dragging my wayward brain back to the text. The deep reading that used to come naturally has become a struggle . The Net seems to be chipping away my capacity for concentration and contemplation. “
Welcome to a brave new ADHD world ! .
“My mind now expects to take in information the way the Net distributes it: in a swiftly moving stream of particles. Once I was a scuba diver in the sea of INFORMATION. Now I zip along the surface like a guy on a Jet Ski. “ ... See MoreSee Less
We all think we can multitask but for most this is just an illusion . Research tells us that only about 2% can effectively multitask . Mostly we are wired for selective attention . Attention is bottleneck restricting rate of flow.. The narrower the bottleneck, the lower the rate of flow. Models of Attention are bottleneck models because they predict we cannot consciously attend, turn the mental spotlight onto all of our sensory input at the same time.
The inputs fighting for our attention can be internal and external , visual, auditory or sensory . The inputs not initially selected by or mental filter remain briefly in a sensory buffer, working memory. If they are not processed they decay rapidly.
INNATTENTIONAL BLINDNESS - also known as perceptual blindness, is a psychological lack of attention that is not associated with any vision defects or deficits. It may be further defined as the event in which an individual fails to perceive an unexpected outcome in plain sight.
A symbol . A writing systems such as Egyptian hieroglyphs, Sumerian cuneiform and certain Chinese characters .Logograms feature prominently in the film ARRIVAL (2016) . ARRIVAL engages the viewer by asking them to take part in a thought experiment . ARRIVALS premise - The arrival on earth of 12 mysterious extraterrestrial ships across the globe . To be incredibly reductionist ARRIVAL is about communication . The movie asks why are the visitors here . A single theme runs through the entire film . DOES THE NATURE OF THE LANGUAGE YOU LEARN TO COMMUNICATE : INFLUENCE OR EVEN DETERMINE HOW YOU THINK . The Sapir Whorfian Construct . ARRIVAL takes the construct a step further by making the language totally alien , circular , logographic . What are the costs what are the benefits ! ... See MoreSee Less
IDEOGRAM - a character symbolizing the idea of a thing without indicating the sounds used to say it.
Word History: ... The word KANGAROO was first recorded in 1770 by Captain James Cook, when he landed to make repairs along the northeast coast of Australia.A widely held belief has it that the word Kangaroo is the result of a failure to communicate and comes from the Australian Aboriginal word meaning “I don't know.” ... See MoreSee Less
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' Though bloodletting was often prescribed by physicians, it was the barbers who did the deed. The red stripe represented blood; the pole was the stick that patients gripped during bloodletting to make the veins stick out, and the white was the cloth tourniquet used '
How did it survive? Because it wasn’t tested .Our politicians do not like to see pet theories put to the test , Absent a few honourable exceptions we do not select people schooled in evidence and testing as leaders . Instead we choose those who tell us only what we want to hear . We choose those who confirm what we already know [ confimation bias ] . We choose tradition . We choose those who are talented in the use of spin and the selective use of statistics .-- bloodletting lasted as a medical treatment for 1,700 years -- Society was co-opted by weapons of mass destraction . Co-opted by alternative facts tinged with anti-scientific authoritarian puritanism . The fact that bloodletting did'nt appear to work very well was neither here nor there . . ... See MoreSee Less
In the opening chapter of the Undoing Project Michael Lewis explores the moneyball effect and its application to recruitment . Moneyball for those who don’t know is the story of Billy Beane [with an e] . The Oakland Athletics General manager . In baseball terms the Athletics are financially challenged .Inside a team meeting he sets out the challenge . ‘There are rich teams, there are poor teams , there’s 50 feet of crap , then there's us’ .
Beane’s job to defy the odds . Assuming the network of scouts knew what they were talking about the recruitment market would price Beane out of the market . End Of . Beane knew that the talent was out there .That a network of experts subject to unconscious bias .Routinely misallocated resources and wasted hundreds of millions on flops . While simultaneously screening out talent by over emphasized criteria that simply did not matter . The problem was not with the talent pool it was the recruitment filters . Conventional wisdom was wrong . The system did not work . In baseball like a lot of industries the way things were done was the way things had always been done .
Beane wanted to manage a winning team . Working backwards . He set out to focus his resources on what works in the real world. When Beane took his team to the world series finals, the establishment was embarrassed . The system fought back . Beane’s team of misfits and his methods were ridiculed . He is undermined , destabilized and discredited . Two years later the Boston Red Socks see an opportunity . After trying and failing to hire Beane . Moneyball methods are applied to the Red Sox recruitment , Moneyball scales .The curse of the bambino [ babe ruth ] is lifted . The Red Sox win their first world series for 86 years .+ ... See MoreSee Less
Buy medication online and you could be taking pills containing rat poison and brick dust.
Buying online can be akin to rolling the dice. At best, these medicines can have little or none of the active ingredient .Falsified medicines can contain low-quality ingredients or the wrong dose; may be deliberately mislabelled; or may have fake packaging or the wrong ingredients.
“The problem with these sites is- you have no idea where that drug is coming from, or if it’s real,” said Richard Fazackerley, group head of supply chain at Clinigen, which specialises in legitimately providing unlicensed medicine to healthcare professionals. “The worldwide web is basically the Wild Wild West.”
Wordlwide Trading in counterfeit drugs has ballooned into a global industry, but how much that industry is worth is difficult to assess. The most recent figures are from the World Customs Organisation back in 2010 put the total at £130bn a year. The World Health Organisation (WHO) says at least one in 10 medical products are substandard or falsified and fake drugs kill 1m people every year.While more widespread in the developing world — where access to medicine is often constrained — counterfeit medicines are also a huge problem in countries with sophisticated healthcare systems. In 2014 the WHO estimated that 1% of sales in developed countries could be counterfeit. This translates to up to 20m medicine packs in the UK.
Experts,think this figure could be much higher. David Brindley, who leads a research group at Oxford University with an interest in counterfeit medicines, said it was almost impossible to work out the scale of the problem:
According to the World Health Organisation - Buy Online through one of the 50000 online pharmacies and upto 50% percentage of drugs on sale will be fake . So do your homework .
[source article The Drugs Don't Work - The Sunday Times - Dec 31 2017 - Happy New Year -:) ] ... See MoreSee Less
Financial charting . A financial market tool for predicting stocks resistance levels .The more agents who use and subscribe to those charts , the better they become at prediction . Financial charting has on more than one occasion been compared to the French revolutionary leader who on seeing a crowd run past him sprints after them so that he can lead them to well where-ever they are going ! . ... See MoreSee Less