EvoMRI: "Who's missing? Link!" http://ff.im/bEte7
See original: "Who's missing? Link!" http://ff.im/bEte7
Apparently, because people had plans to counter some of Ray Comfort's Origin giveaway — which was announced to occur on the 19th — Comfort is giving them away today. I've been getting reports from various universities that his minions are at work right now, as in this photo from Oxford.
Get out and grab yours now!
I'm going to stroll over to the UMM campus, although I'll be very surprised if any were sent to our very small school.
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See original: Ray has a change in plans
cat-scale cortical simulation RT @XiXiDu: the cat is out of the bag http://bit.ly/u5zfI - http://bit.ly/2RmXc9Wed, 18/11/2009 - 4:53pm | by sandygautam
sandygautam: @XiXiDu ..but ya, still have to read their paper though...
@XiXiDu ..by that I mean the fundamental units become as unrelaible and cheap to run as a neuron..dont remember where I read this recently.Wed, 18/11/2009 - 4:48pm | by sandygautam
sandygautam: @XiXiDu ..by that I mean the fundamental units become as unrelaible and cheap to run as a neuron..dont remember where I read this recently.
@XiXiDu simulations are good and especially having a new algo helps, but more foucus should be on bringing underlying h/w close to brainWed, 18/11/2009 - 4:47pm | by sandygautam
sandygautam: @XiXiDu simulations are good and especially having a new algo helps, but more foucus should be on bringing underlying h/w close to brain
John Brownstein (Harvard Medical School and Children's Hospital Boston) and coworkers have documented that deaths by opioid abuse in the United States peak between two and six months after peaks in media reports on opioid abuse. This news feature was written on November 18, 2009....
Dasgupta, N., Mandl, K. D., & Brownstein, J. S. (2009) Breaking the News or Fueling the Epidemic? Temporal Association between News Media Report Volume and Opioid-Related Mortality. PLoS ONE, 4(11). DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0007758 Breaking the News or Fueling the Epidemic? Temporal Association between News Media Report Volume and Opioid-Related Mortality
See original: Media Attention May Indirectly Fuel Drug Abuse
Some friends of mine from college asked the following question about OLPC Afghanistan:
Empowering girls' education
Greg Mortensen built 200 schools in Pakistan and Afghanistan for less than the cost of one cruise missile. In doing so, he has done vastly more to end Islamic fundamentalism than the entire US effort in Iraq and Afghanistan. Is it enough, C.?
No, it isn't enough. Afghanistan needs its own army and police built up, plus a civil service and infrastructure: roads, schools, clinics, electricity, phones, Internet, microfinance. But if you do all of that, and don't build and supply schools, it all falls apart. The Taliban demonstrate this fact themselves by destroying every school they can get to, other than their own boys-only madrassas, and
See original: Does Afghanistan Need One Laptop Per Child?
..contd. a misleading headline from Sci am actually. TOM does not mean mind-reading. just that others have thoughts that can be different..Wed, 18/11/2009 - 4:35pm | by sandygautam
sandygautam: ..contd. a misleading headline from Sci am actually. TOM does not mean mind-reading. just that others have thoughts that can be different..
..contd. might also explain why writers (good with language) are also good folk psychologists (good with TOM) http://bit.ly/1G1PaIWed, 18/11/2009 - 4:32pm | by sandygautam
sandygautam: ..contd. might also explain why writers (good with language) are also good folk psychologists (good with TOM) http://bit.ly/1G1PaI
RT @sciammind: Ability to Guess Others' Thoughts Tied to Language Proficiency: What's this guy thinking? Does ... http://bit.ly/1G1PaIWed, 18/11/2009 - 4:29pm | by sandygautam
In their commentary on Evans & Levinson's recent hotly debated Myth of Language Universals paper, Pinker & Jackendoff briefly mention ideophones — and erroneously shelve them away as 'response cries'. It seems this error is a particularly easy one to make for speakers of SAE languages. In this post I flesh out why this might be so, and explain what's the difference between response cries (also known as interjections) and ideophones....
See original: Oh no! Ideophones are not response cries!
Liked "Edge.org : Economics Is Not A Natural Science, by Douglas Rushkoff." http://ff.im/8HcSrWed, 18/11/2009 - 4:23pm | by daniel
EvoMRI: Liked "Edge.org : Economics Is Not A Natural Science, by Douglas Rushkoff." http://ff.im/8HcSr
Young children benefit socially and intellectually the more their carers engage and respond to them. Recognising this, we can train nursery staff to be as responsive to the children in their care as possible. But a new study by Claire Vallotton raises an interesting and under-examined issue - what if there's something about some infants that leads their carers to engage with them more, thus giving them an advantage over their peers?
Vallotton filmed interactions between 18 student caregivers and 10 infants (aged between 4 and 19 months) at the Infant and Toddler programme at the UC Davis child development lab. Carers working here were taught "baby signing" - this is a gesture-based system for pre-verbal infants and adults to communicate with each other. For example, pointing the hands inwards, towards the mid-line, with fingers touching, is the sign for "more".
The student carers interacted with their designated child one-on-one, and importantly for this research, they occasionally switched which child was under their care, thus allowing Vallotton to see if some children consistently provoked more engagement from different carers.
There were some general effects: boys and older children provoked more attentiveness from their carers. But Vallotton's more novel finding was that infants who responded more to their carers' signs, either with signs of their own or with conventional gestures such as pointing or waving, tended to provoke more engagement and responsiveness from their carers.
This carer responsiveness was measured with a scale containing items such as "follows child's gaze" and "is at the child's physical level". Crucially, it was not an infant's total amount, or variety, of signing or gesturing that was related to more carer attentiveness. It was specifically an infant's amount of gestural response to the carer's own attempts at communication. In other words, the carers engaged a lot more with babies and toddlers who responded to them. This may sound obvious but it suggests the carers were biased, probably subconsciously. They were effectively making more effort with the infants who interacted with them more.
Obviously a major factor limiting the generalisability of this research is the use of baby-signing in this care group. However, Vallotton thinks her findings probably do apply more generally. "Caregivers [were] more responsive to infants who use more gestures, regardless of whether those gestures were conventional pointing or infant signs," she said. And the take-home message, she concluded, is that "infants' communicative behaviours affect caregiver responsiveness ... Increasing infants' use of gestures and signs may be a means to enhance responsiveness in caregiver-child interaction, a possibility that should be tested experimentally."
Vallotton, C. (2009). Do infants influence their quality of care? Infants’ communicative gestures predict caregivers’ responsiveness Infant Behavior and Development, 32 (4), 351-365 DOI: 10.1016/j.infbeh.2009.06.001