Dynamics of the News Cycle

Posted on Fri 06 August 2010 in Rumination • Tagged with diffusion, information

Recently I read a paper co-authored by a number of social network social scientists on the dynamics of the news cycle as evidenced by a medium-grained examination of the diffusion and transformation of phrase variants across the web. The authors, Leskovec, Backstrom, and Kleinberg, have a supporting web site, http …

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Patrick Maher on Belief, Action, and Acceptance

Posted on Fri 06 August 2010 in Rumination • Tagged with belief, rationality

Rational Belief: Rational Acceptance or Rational Action?

Patrick Maher in his book Betting on Theories (1993, chapter 6) notes two common assumptions about belief:

(1) An agent A believes in H just in case A is willing to act as if H were true.
(2) Sincere intentional assertion of H …

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Some thoughts on intelligence and culture as constraint and resource

Posted on Thu 05 August 2010 in Rumination • Tagged with constraints, creativity, culture, intelligence

Maybe a year or more ago, in another context, John McCreery wrote:

As an anthropologist I both feel attracted to describing culture as “the panoply of resources that show that a place is unique and distinctive” and also aware that attaching culture to place may be too limiting. Consider diasporas …

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