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Timeline of Major Trends and Events (Social, Technological, Economic & Political)

Reading Time: 1 minute I found a unique and visually stunning infographic on FlickR today: Timeline of Major Trends and Events (Social, Technological, Economic & Political) Peter von Stackelberg designed this complex timeline of social, technological, economic and political events and trends from 1750 to 2100. Each time series shows graphs, events and categories on a common scale. Peter…
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Feel Good Philosophy

Reading Time: 2 minutes I recently started reading The Truth About Everything, An Irreverent History of Philosophy.  I have to say, for a critique and history of philosophy book, it has been a very (wildly) entertaining read. I found one particular paragraph that stood out to me.  Being both the idealist and compulsive categorizer, I often wonder what drivers…
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Total Recall, Personal Informatics and Life Logging

Reading Time: 3 minutes “Consider a future device for individual use, which is a sort of mechanized private file and library. It needs a name, and, to coin one at random, “memex” will do. A memex is a device in which an individual stores all his books, records, and communications, and which is mechanized so that it may be consulted with exceeding speed and flexibility. It is an enlarged intimate supplement to his memory.” — Vannevar Bush (1945)
Fast forward fifty four years, and we finally have the technology (hardware and software) to make the Memex a reality. My project has been primarily focused on fulfilling a small portion of the the original idea, but has only touched the surface. The Memex fully realized would be a system that completely (and automatically) digitizes experiences, memories, and interactions with the environment. The capability for Total Recall , offloading human memory to a digital space, is not too far away (think Cyborgs).

Jung on Dream Journals

Reading Time: 1 minute The New York Time’s recently featured an article on Jung’s intriguing and much anticipated Red Book. redbook The Holy Grail of the Unconscious A quote from Jung on journaling the inner workings of the mind and (possibly) dreams stuck out to me: “I should advise you to put it all down as beautifully as…
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What worry would you like to let go of?

Reading Time: 1 minute The thought that time is somehow running out. Tags: QaR, worry, concern, letting go

Information Visualization Toolkits for Mind Mapping

Reading Time: 2 minutes The other week, I wrote a blog post The Visual Wiki: A New Metaphor For Knowledge Access and Management. At the time, until I read the paper in depth, I hadn’t realized that this was about a project that I had blogged about last year: Thinkbase – A Visual Semantic Wiki. In a nutshell: “Thinkbase…
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BioFeedback, Mind Machines & Brain Entrainment

Reading Time: 1 minute I’ve had an interest in Biofeedback, Mind Machines, and Brainwave Entrainment for many years now.  Since my collection of links/bookmarks is starting to grow too large I decided to start putting them in a mindmap.  This map is by no means complete, but a very good start for people who are interested in this topic. …
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The Value of Theoretical Models & Conceptual Maps

Reading Time: 3 minutes What is the true benefit and practical application of uber theories like Integral and Spiral Dynamics? I’ve been thinking about this topic recently, and there were a few Twitter conversations (tweets) yesterday that prompted me too dig deeper: @ericschiller: How useful are models like spiral dynamics at helping us grow? Or do they just show…
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Freebase Parallax: Set-based Browsing Interface

Reading Time: 1 minute I found a very interesting project from David François Huynh, developer of some impressive projects over at Simile. Parallax offers a new way to browse and explore data on Freebase, one of the largest open and shared (structured) databases of knowledge on the web. Freebase Parallax: A new way to browse and explore data from…
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Spiral Dynamics Mind Map

Reading Time: 1 minute Today I officially started kicking off my research into Spiral Dynamics. I’ve had some superficial knowledge of the subject due to my exposure to a number of books on Integral philosophy. I recently came across the original book on Spiral Dynamics by Beck and Cowan and thought this would be a good place to start.…
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