Bookmarks for 2012-01-15

January 16th, 2012 | brainjuice

  • Paddy Ashdown: The global power shift | Video on TED.com
    "Paddy Ashdown claims that we are living in a moment in history where power is changing in ways it never has before. In a spellbinding talk at TEDxBrussels he outlines the three major global shifts that he sees coming." Also, a quote: "Mao described (WW1 and WW2) as 'the European Civil Wars.'"
    (tags:pol war )
  • Alexei Navalny: Russia’s new rebel who has Vladimir Putin in his sights | From the Guardian | The Guardian
    "Navalny's more nationalist views are troubling. Last year he spoke at the Russky Marsh, where some protesters made Nazi salutes. He has also endorsed a movement called Enough of Feeding the Caucasus, which protests against the theft of state funding but which critics see as xenophobic. And a video that Navalny recorded for Narod several years ago called for arming the population to shoot Chechen bandits."
    (tags:pol )
  • Christoph Adami: Finding life we can’t imagine | Video on TED.com
    "How do we search for alien life if it's nothing like the life that we know? At TEDxUIUC Christoph Adami shows how he uses his research into artificial life — self-replicating computer programs — to find a signature, a 'biomarker,' that is free of our preconceptions of what life is."
    (tags:xeno )
  • Five-eyed intelligence « Ultraphyte
    "Is our binocular vision the reason we tend to divide the world into two parts, yes or no, on or off, right or wrong? Would a (five-eyed) alien life form, like an intelligent Opabinid, see the world as pentameral?  What would it be like for us to attempt communication with a pentameral being?"
    (tags:bio xeno )
  • On Cyclonopedia: Not everything we read is to our liking « After the Dinner Party
    In looking for a new copy of the book (lost mine), I turned up this wonderful phrase in a comments thread: "a certain necrocratic regime of thought."
    (tags:quote )
  • Fogou – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    "A fogou or fougou (pronounced "foo-goo") is an underground, dry-stone structure found on Iron Age or Romano-British defended settlement sites in Cornwall." (Also ref. Cope's "The Modern Antiquarian" tv docu, available on YouTube) (I'm always forgetting this word.)
    (tags:history architecture )

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