Akin's Laws of Spacecraft Design →
crookedindifference: Engineering is done with numbers. Analysis without numbers is only an opinion. To design a spacecraft right takes an infinite amount of effort. This is why it’s a good idea to design them to operate when some things are wrong. Design is an iterative process. The necessary number of iterations is one more than the number you have currently done. This is true at any point...
Isomorphismes: Ex Ante / Ex Post Conflicts →
isomorphismes: M. You live in a society where lovers choose whom to marry based on romance. So you don’t want to give up your right to choose a partner (or no partner at all). But if you actually lived under rules of arranged marriage, you would not want to be forever-bitter about something you can’t change….
Remember test Friday? →
If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up people to collect wood, and...– Antoine de Saint Exupéry
End of the week — 28 pages of writing later,...
When we venture beyond the edge of our knowledge, all we have is art.– Jonah Lehrer on creating a “fourth culture” where we “freely transplant knowledge between the sciences and the humanities, and focus on connecting the reductionist fact to our actual experience.” (via explore-blog)
Zap your brain into the zone: Fast track to pure... →
We don’t yet have a commercially available “thinking cap” but we will soon. So the research community has begun to ask: What are the ethics of battery-operated cognitive enhancement? Last week a group of Oxford University neuroscientists released a cautionary statement about the ethics of brain boosting, followed quickly by a report from the UK’s Royal Society that questioned the use of tDCS for...
Poetry of Code Meets Code of Poetry →
futurejournalismproject: Via Wired: Artist and engineer Ishac Bertran has launched a project that invites people to submit poetry written in any coding language. These code poems will be considered for publication in a book. A code poem is simply a poem written in any programming language including C++, HTML, C#, SQL, Objective C, Applescript and Java. Bertran had the idea when he was...