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Charles van der Haegen

Turing's Cathedral. Author George Dyson in Conversation with John Hollar - YouTube - 0 views

    "Publiée le 19 mars 2012 par ComputerHistory

    [Recorded: March 7, 2012]
    I am thinking about something much more important than bombs. I am thinking about computers.

    John von Neumann, 1946

    The most powerful technology of the last century was not the atomic bomb, but software-and both were invented by the same folks. Even as they were inventing it, the original geniuses imagined almost everything software has become since. At long last, George Dyson delivers the untold story of software's creation. It is an amazing tale brilliantly deciphered.

    Kevin Kelly,
    cofounder of WIRED magazine, author of What Technology Wants

    Legendary historian George Dyson vividly re-creates the scenes of focused experimentation, incredible mathematical insight, and pure creative genius that gave us computers, digital television, modern genetics, models of stellar evolution-in other words, computer code.

    In the 1940s and '50s, a group of eccentric geniuses-led by John von Neumann-gathered at the newly created Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey. Their joint project was the realization of the theoretical universal machine, an idea that had been put forth by mathematician Alan Turing. This group of brilliant engineers worked in isolation, almost entirely independent from industry and the traditional academic community. But because they relied exclusively on government funding, the government wanted its share of the results: the computer that they built also led directly to the hydrogen bomb. George Dyson has uncovered a wealth of new material about this project, and in bringing the story of these men and women and their ideas to life, he shows how the crucial advancements that dominated twentieth-century technology emerged from one computer in one laboratory, where the digital universe as we know it was born.

    Join John Hollar for a captivating conversation with Dyson about John von Neumann and the beginnings of the digital universe.

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Charles van der Haegen

Geoff Mulgan: A short intro to the Studio School - YouTube - 2 views

    "Some kids learn by listening; others learn by doing. Geoff Mulgan gives a short introduction to the Studio School, a new kind of school in the UK where small teams of kids learn by working on projects that are, as Mulgan puts it, "for real."

    TEDTalks is a daily video podcast of the best talks and performances from the TED Conference, where the world's leading thinkers and doers give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes. Featured speakers have included Al Gore on climate change, Philippe Starck on design, Jill Bolte Taylor on observing her own stroke, Nicholas Negroponte on One Laptop per Child, Jane Goodall on chimpanzees, Bill Gates on malaria and mosquitoes, Pattie Maes on the "Sixth Sense" wearable tech, and "Lost" producer JJ Abrams on the allure of mystery. TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design, and TEDTalks cover these topics as well as science, business, development and the arts. Closed captions and translated subtitles in a variety of languages are now available on, at

    People & Blogs

    Geoff Mulgan
    Studio School
    active learning


    Standard YouTube License

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    1) 0:15 (to skip intro)

    2) I'm sending this to my all my professors and even my old high school teachers too! More people need to hear about this idea! It may not be perfect now, but with more minds working together, it can be fine-tuned into something to suite ALL students (not just those in Media and Arts). Thanks TED!
    jerrylittlemars 14 hours ago 28

    @merkowaty1 additional: just about ANYTHING is going to be more fun than traditional school as we have them today.
    ion010101 13 hours ago 6

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    we do indeed learn by doing yet we are watchin
    This is a really great initiative, worth watching.
    Sometimes I feel a bit unsettled, so much things happening in every corner of society at large... accelerating at such a fast pace... Whare, When, will this lead us towards... What can I do?
Charles van der Haegen

PICNIC : // Help U.S.: Lawrence Lessig - 2 views

    "How are governments responding to the entitlement, engagement and sharing brought about by the Internet? How can policy "mistakes" be fixed in "high functioning democracies"?

    Harvard law professor and Creative Commons founder Lawrence Lessig describes how policy errors in the United States are having unintended negative consequences and he implores "outsiders" to help US to correct its mistakes with balanced, sensible policy alternatives"
    May interest you,
    Laurence Lessig forcefull speach at Picbnic in Amsterdam in September 2011
Charles van der Haegen

Bruce Cahan Helping Consumers Buy Products that Reflect their Values; How Google's Mobi... - 1 views


    Internet searching and advertising increasingly plays a role in consumer decisions and purchases, yet pertinent information for making value-judgments is currently awkward to ferret out and certainly not universally accessible or useful. There is rarely a feedback loop aligning vendor or manufacturer's environmental, social or governance policies with a shopper's values, so shoppers, over time, rarely cause industries to change their behavior.

    There needs to be a way for shoppers to aim their purchasing power at achieving social values of highest regional priority. There needs to be a way to accumulate and redeem "social values rewards". What's missing is timely and impactful analysis of a candidate purchases' impact on the Shopper's family, region and planet (expressed according to their values), so that the purchaser can more easily make informed purchasing decisions.

    With some modifications to Google ads and Google product search, Google could solidify the feedback loop and help consumers, by their actions, build a greener and better world.

    Speaker: Bruce Cahan
    Bruce B. Cahan, President Urban Logic, Inc. (a nonprofit organization)

    Bruce Cahan is an Ashoka Fellow, a social entrepreneur, a non-residential fellow of Stanford Law School's Center for Internet and Society, a lawyer, and a banker."
Charles van der Haegen

Hartmut Rosa on Social Acceleration and Time - YouTube - 0 views

    indicated by François le Palec
    see book
    "Renowned social theorist Hartmut Rosa talks about social acceleration in modernity, and its consequences for religion, immortality, health, and the commercialization of time"

    See also Hartmut Rosa's essay "Alienation and Acceleration: Towards a Critical Theory of Late-Modern Temporality" published at Summertalk Vol3 by NSU PressSummerlalk

    Another input, in my view, on MindAmp, Infotension, Mindfulness and Wisdom
    Hi Friends co-learners,

    I believe this to be of interest. I was juggling with deep and quick thinking and studying...

    This, and many other things I am digging into, hopefully brings me some framework.

    What about you? Course over, Life takes over? Who wants to dig further?

    Charlie the Grandfather
Charles van der Haegen

‪The Most IMPORTANT Video You'll Ever See‬‏ - YouTube - 3 views

    "2 million views for an old codger giving a lecture about arithmetic? What's going on? You'll just have to watch to see what's so damn amazing about what he (Prof. Albert Bartlett) has to say. When I saw this lecture at a conference in 1995, I came out blasted, thinking "This needs to be required listening for every person on the planet. Nothing else will matter if we don't understand this." The presenter is Albert Bartlett, a retired Physics prof. at U of Colorado-Boulder. The presentation is titled "Arithmetic, Population, and Energy," and I introduce it to my students as "The most boring video you'll ever see, and the most important." But then again, after viewing it most said that if you followed along with what Bartlett is saying, it's quite easy to pay attention, because the content is so damn compelling. If you forward this to everyone you know, we might actually stand a chance in staving off disaster in the global finance system, peak oil, climate change, and every other resource issue you can think of. Without a widespread understanding of what Bartlett's talking about, I think we won't be able to dodge ANY of those issues. BE ABSOLUTELY SURE you catch the parts about "the bacteria in the bottle" (in Part 3) and the list comparing things that add to the problem and things that address the problem. If we don't choose from that right-hand column, nature will choose for us. I for one, would rather we be the ones making the choice."
    I suppose many of you have seen this video, at least the first one... The question is: will growth save humanity? Than answer is.... : Wrong question! Maybe it should be: What kind of growth should save humanity? Will pondering on this question bring us further?
    Einstein said once:
    The mere formulation of a problem is far more often essential than its solution, which may be merely a matter of mathematical or experimental skill. To raise new questions, new possibilities, to regard old problems from a new angle requires creative imagination and marks real advances in science.
    Albert Einstein, (1879 - 1955) Physicist & Nobel Laureate
    How do we formulate Humanities Problem?
Charles van der Haegen

‪Yochai Benkler on the eG8‬‏ - YouTube The liberty of Internet - 0 views

    Interview of Yochai Benklepresents his conclusions of the eG8 in Paris
    DANGER for the liberty of the Inyternet
    I believe all people should try to understand what's at stake here.
    Let's feriousosly oppose any move that could lead to the net doesn't get hyacked by particumar interests monopolies and partisan hegemonies.
    Let's not allow discouragement to take the upper hand, let's not get influenced by the fact that all prior information empires have been.through, if we have to believe Tim Wu in his book the Master Switch,
    But let's be watchfull, very watchfull indeed.

    This time the fate of closed hegemonies getting the upper hand should be disavowed. People who still believe in freedom, equity, and humanness, please, let's band together beyond all our differences tp disavow this fate.
    Democracy and our grandchildren's life are at stake
Charles van der Haegen

About Adbusters | Adbusters Culturejammer Headquarters - 1 views

    "The Media Foundation
    We are a global network of artists, activists, writers, pranksters, students, educators and entrepreneurs who want to advance the new social activist movement of the information age. Our aim is to topple existing power structures and forge a major shift in the way we will live in the 21st century.
    Adbusters Magazine

    Based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, Adbusters is a not-for-profit, reader-supported, 120,000-circulation magazine concerned about the erosion of our physical and cultural environments by commercial forces. Our work has been embraced by organizations like Friends of the Earth and Greenpeace, has been featured in hundreds of alternative and mainstream newspapers, magazines, and television and radio shows around the world.

    Adbusters offers incisive philosophical articles as well as activist commentary from around the world addressing issues ranging from genetically modified foods to media concentration. In addition, our annual social marketing campaigns like Buy Nothing Day and Digital Detox Week have made us an important activist networking group.

    Ultimately, though, Adbusters is an ecological magazine, dedicated to examining the relationship between human beings and their physical and mental environment. We want a world in which the economy and ecology resonate in balance. We try to coax people from spectator to participant in this quest. We want folks to get mad about corporate disinformation, injustices in the global economy, and any industry that pollutes our physical or mental commons.
    Culturejammer's Headquarters"
    That's the kind of group I wanted to get to know... Thanks marlelo Santos for leading me to them...
Charles van der Haegen

Personal Democracy Forum 2011 | June 6-7 | Personal Democracy Forum - 3 views

    Technology is changing politics
    "PdF 2011 was a complete sell-out! We'd like to thank our energized and active community of attendees, sponsors, speakers, and volunteers - together, we pulled off one of the most engaging and informative conferences we've had in our eight years of PdF. The feedback we've received so far suggests that everyone in attendance took something away from our conference, whether a new lesson, a new idea, or a new friend. If you couldn't make it to PdF this year, be sure to check out Micah Sifry's conference wrap-up post on techPresident. We also encourage you to check out our video archives, where you'll find videos of our keynote speakers. Thanks again for your continued support, and stay tuned for more on PdF 2012!"
    An amazing disciovery for me, Thanks Carla Cassidy
Charles van der Haegen

Ribbonfarm and Venkatesh Rao - 1 views

    "My name is Venkatesh Rao (I go by 'Venkat') and I started writing the ribbonfarm blog in 2007. Since March, 2011, it has been my base for full-time writing, independent research, consulting and other random activities. I am also the author of a book on the interplay of timing and decision-making, Tempo and write an email newsletter called Be Slightly Evil. Between 1997 and 2011, I pursued a traditional research/entrepreneurial career (a PhD, a postdoc, a startup, and an industrial R&D lab where among other things, I founded as Entrenrepeur-in-Residence).

    Ribbonfarm is a blog about looking at things from unusual perspectives (that's the "refactored perception" bit). The topics range from philosophy, art and sociology to business, innovation and technology. Unlike blogs that serve as content marketing channels for other products and services, Ribbonfarm is the main act here, and I try to organize the rest of my life and work around it.
    I am looking for more people like this , looking at things from unusual perspectives (that's the "refactored perception" bit). The topics range from philosophy, art and sociology to business, innovation and technology.
    If you can indicate them to me, please do...
Charles van der Haegen

Skeptic » About Us » A Brief Introduction - 1 views

    "A Brief Introduction

    All our science, measured against reality, is primitive and childlike - and yet it is the most precious thing we have.

    -Albert Einstein

    The Skeptics Society is a scientific and educational organization of scholars, scientists, historians, magicians, professors and teachers, and anyone curious about controversial ideas, extraordinary claims, revolutionary ideas, and the promotion of science. Our mission is to serve as an educational tool for those seeking clarification and viewpoints on those controversial ideas and claims.

    Under the direction of Dr. Michael Shermer, the Society engages in discussions with leading experts and investigates fringe science and paranormal claims. It is our hope that our efforts go a long way in promoting critical thinking and lifelong inquisitiveness in all individuals.

    I have made a ceaseless effort not to ridicule, not to bewail, not to scorn human actions, but to understand them.

    -Baruch Spinoza

    Some people believe that skepticism is the rejection of new ideas, or worse, they confuse "skeptic" with "cynic" and think that skeptics are a bunch of grumpy curmudgeons unwilling to accept any claim that challenges the status quo. This is wrong. Skepticism is a provisional approach to claims. It is the application of reason to any and all ideas - no sacred cows allowed. In other words, skepticism is a method, not a position. Ideally, skeptics do not go into an investigation closed to the possibility that a phenomenon might be real or that a claim might be true. When we say we are "skeptical," we mean that we must see compelling evidence before we believe.

    Skepticism has a long historical tradition dating back to ancient Greece, when Socrates observed: "All I know is that I know nothing." But this pure position is sterile and unproductive and held by virtually no one. If you were skeptical about everything, you would have to be skeptical of your own skepticism. Like the dec
    a nice source of curated uncomfortable knowledge
Charles van der Haegen

OnTheSpiral - 0 views

    "What we commonly refer to as "the economy" can be understood on three levels:

    Psychology - What do humans value, and therefore seek? Why?
    Economics - How do humans behave in the domain of activities related to seeking value?
    Technology - What mechanisms and systems are used to mediate economic behavior?

    Mainstream coverage of "the economy" is myopically focused on the day to day details of one specific set of technologies - the markets and conventions that pervaded the industrial economy. But, these specific technologies and conventions represent only only a subset of the total universe of value exchange. The mainstream coverage has completely lost touch with the reasons why these technologies exist at all. What are the fundamental values that real people seek to satisfy?

    Now a new set of technologies is emerging that threatens to disrupt the current paradigm, but that does not mean existing knowledge can be safely ignored. Those economic insights that describe fundamental human motivations will continue to be relevant in any technological environment. This blog addresses psychology, economics, and technology in an effort to better understand what will persist, what will be threatened by disruption, and what emerging technologies offer the most promise of producing real human value.

    My hope is that these musings help forward-looking individuals to better understand their current place in the world and to more easily plot the course of their future endeavors.

    If you find yourself wrestling with these same issues then I would encourage you to connect with me via any of the services on the right and to subscribe for regular updates…"

    Recent posts (from end of May to end of July (2 moths)
    Utilizing Scarcity in the Four Quadrant Value Universe
    The Varieties of Copllapseoconmics
    Navigating the Four Economics
    Unifying the value Universe
    The Intention economy and the Evolution of Relationship Management
    How much monetization is enou
    I believe this to be a blogsite of disruptive, novel uncomfortable ideas and knowledge well fitting in our Rheingold U course materials
Charles van der Haegen

Collusion - 0 views

    I followwed Georges Siemens' advice on twitter
    Have a look at Collusion: Follow the directions to see how you are tracked across sites. Connections amplify insight

    I found the site "Collusion" ttp://

    The fundamental problem of the web, and why the battle for web freedom will be so harch to win
    The site provides you indication which tools you might use to limit companies (and other services) tracking you
    See also Eli Parisels Ted Talk for his warning of not transparant behavior on the web, or read Jonathan Zittrain's book The Future of Internet
    This is a great demo, I recomment you to follow and view, and learn and decide from it
Charles van der Haegen

‪George Siemens on Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs)‬‏ - YouTube - 0 views

    Thanks Howard for having conducted this interview and having allowed George Siemens to expose the philisophy behind his MOOKC idea.
    Great educational content.
    Also a path is shown for the future of self-determined and self-managed, life-long autonomous, learning in teams and around personal and wider, global, community networks
    "George Siemens, at the Technology Enhanced Knowledge Research Institute at Athabasca Universityhas been running "Massive Open Online Courses" (MOOCs). I talk to him about what a MOOC is, how it works, and the educational philosophy behind it." Excellent Interview by Howard Rheingold
    This video is really great. Howard is a master interviewer. George Siemens is provoked in answering the kind of questions that allow the viewer to reallt comprehend his thinking and the power of his MOOC. By the same token, it gives a nice indication of the similarity in design that Howard is following for his course... When will the two combine to a greater whole
Charles van der Haegen

The International Society for Ecological Economics - 0 views

    "ISEE is a not-for-profit, member-governed, organization dedicated to advancing understanding of the relationships among ecological, social, and economic systems for the mutual well-being of nature and people.

    Ecological economics exists because a hundred years of disciplinary specialization in scientific inquiry has left us unable to understand or to manage the interactions between the human and environmental components of our world. While none would dispute the insights that disciplinary specialization has brought, many now recognize that it has also turned out to be our Achilles heel. In an interconnected evolving world, reductionist science has pushed out the envelope of knowledge in many different directions, but it has left us bereft of ideas as to how to formulate and solve problems that stem from the interactions between humans and the natural world. How is human behaviour connected to changes in hydrological, nutrient or carbon cycles? What are the feedbacks between the social and natural systems, and how do these influence the services we get from ecosystems? Ecological economics as a field attempts to answer questions such as these."
    ISEE's Dedication: Advancing understanding of the relationships among ecological, social, and economic systems for the mutual well-being of nature and people:
    My question:
    Did this understanding ever exist. If yes, why was this understanding lost ??? If not: How come?
Charles van der Haegen

Meary Douglas retraces the origins of the Theory od Socio-cultural Viability - 1 views

    IThis article, written at the end of her life, presents the Historical Origins of The theory of Socio-cultural Viability by Mary Douglas, who is to be seen as the inspirator of the theory, and to have established the foundational ideas who have been further developped by her students, and later further developped and applied by many scholars across a wide range of disciplines.

    The first paragraph will hopefully provide some incentive to dig further:
    Introduction: What is Grid and Group Cultural Theory? How Useful can it be in the Modern World?
    It is a pleasure for me to reflect on the history of Grid-Group. I first described the idea in Natural Symbols ( Douglas 1970), a kind of necessary sequel to Purity and Danger (1966). I now realise that it was a simple idea presented in a complicated way. After a late start it has been radically redesigned by creative collaborators whose work I will describe.
    Back in the 1960's social anthropologists still felt it was necessary to vindicate the intelligence of colonial peoples, then known as "natives" or "primitives." A major objective of teaching and writing in anthropology was to attack something described by Levy Bruhl as "primitive mentality," which seemed to mean "primitive irrationality." Malinowski had started in the 1920's showing that the Trobrianders had rational customs and laws. In the 1930's Raymond Firth was original in focusing on the "primitive economics" of the Polynesians and found that the basic laws of supply, demand, and price applied in the rustic economies he studied. Evans-Pritchard made a frontal defence of Azande rationality. After World War II, Nadel and Gluckman followed up with the complexities of Nubian and Barotse legal systems. The very idea that the concept of "jurisprudence" could apply to "the natives" was innovative. In the 1950's and 60's we continued to dismantle intellectual barriers assumed to distinguish "Them" from "Us."

    The following ex
    I believe this to be a helpfull introduction to the study od the Theory od Socio-cultural viability, which, it seems to me, is a usefull framework to look from a new angle to cooperation theory, institutional decision making, democracy and many other fields of social sciences
Charles van der Haegen

UCLI collective UC & Public Higher Education: A Teach In on Vimeo - 0 views

    Very interesting video collection to understand the policy problems on the commons of education in California...
    I hear there very practical living testimonies which illustrate the dilemma of the commons, the opposint solidarities in Socio-Cultural viability Theory, the vested interest idssues, the democracy principles who are used as myths and metaphores that are influencing people's thinking... It is life policy making and activism in action
Charles van der Haegen

The Google+ Project | - 0 views

    "he Google+ Project
    "The strategy, concept, implementation and reactions to The Google+ project."
    Created and curated by Morten Myrstad
    Morten Myrstad curates this topic from blogs, tweets, videos and much more: find out how!"
    Curation asks for more curation, where is the end of it...
    I must say I feel sometimes completely lost
Charles van der Haegen

Manuel Castells on Vimeo communication Power. Protecting the Commons of Communication S... - 0 views

    This is a fundamental lecture. Everyone interested in the future of the World should see this:
    Basic points (litterally transcribed from manuel Castells' conclusions
    * communication is the field of Power Making
    *Communication space has been transformed both by technology and by the restruction of Business and of the Madia
    *Because of that one of the things that has happened is that the space in the networked society, the space of communication, is more pervasive than ever in History: We all live in a hypertext of Communication
    * In that space, one of the things that has happenend is to increase the possibilities of the intervention, in autonomous terms, by people, by social actors, by grassroots movements, by social movements and by insurgent politics
    *It doesn't mean that there is freedom, it means that there are greater chances, greater possibilities
    *At the same time, because of that, business powers and political powers have understood the need to control also the horizontal networks of communication
    * Also to play the politics of the internet now has become too important and therefore we have all the attempts to senson the internet
    * We have all the attempts to use Internet users as potential hiders and cheaters
    *We have the debate of Internet neutrality because the owners of internet infrastructure are trying to appropriate the infrastructure for the servive of their clients and customers


    And so the most important practical conclusion of my analysis is that the autonomous construction of meaning can only proceed by preserving the commons of communication networks made possible by Internet, a free creation of freedom lovers
    This will not be an easy task, becuase the power holders in the network society must, to be in Power, must enclose free communication in commercial and public networks in order to close the public mind by programming the connection between communica
    I believe this video to be fundamental, and so close to our themes: Learning, mind Amplifying, collaboration...

    Let's all together protect the commons of our Communication Space!
Charles van der Haegen

Manuel Castells on Vimeo communication Power - 3 views

    1h14 lecture in Oxford to introduce the ideas of the book "communication power"
    I believe this again to be a fundamental perspective that can inform our study of Cooperation Theory especially its aspect in relation to the spontaneous upcoming (and possible threaths to the flourishong) of social media
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