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Patterns of Refactored Agency
"I’ve found it to be a good general-purpose cognitive tool to try to see the world with agency located in unconventional places. Normally, we like to imagine ourselves as the chief agents in our lives – making choices, taking actions, pursuing our own interests that we have identified for ourselves. There is nothing wrong with this, of course. It’s no doubt much more healthy to think in that way than the inverse – to view yourself, for example, as nothing but a puppet of external forces. But it is not so good to be trapped in a single fictional model of the universe. To understand large systems we need to go beyond the everyday model of agency and think in new ways."
agency  metaphor  causation  free-will  philosophy  psychology  patterns  from instapaper
april 2013 by tsuomela
BBC News - Citizen Science: Public to join cancer cure hunt
"Giants of the technology world and cancer researchers are teaming up to come up with ways to let the general public hunt for cures for cance"
citizen-science  medicine  health  cancer  patterns  human  science  biology  biological-sciences 
march 2013 by tsuomela
UI-Patterns.com
"User Interface Design patterns are recurring solutions that solve common design problems. Design patterns are standard reference points for the experienced user interface designer. "
design  computers  ux  user  usability  web-development  web-design  patterns  interface  reference  from delicious
february 2012 by tsuomela
Pareidolia - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
"Pareidolia is a psychological phenomenon involving a vague and random stimulus (often an image or sound) being perceived as significant. Common examples include seeing images of animals or faces in clouds, the man in the moon or the Moon rabbit, and hearing hidden messages on records played in reverse. "
psychology  perception  pattern  patterns  bias  randomness 
august 2011 by tsuomela
[1106.2750] The Art of Space Filling in Penrose Tilings and Fractals
"Incorporating designs into the tiles that form tessellations presents an interesting challenge for artists. Creating a viable MC Escher like image that works esthetically as well as functionally requires resolving incongruencies at a tile's edge while constrained by its shape. Escher was the most well known practitioner in this style of mathematical visualization, but there are significant mathematical shapes to which he never applied his artistry. These shapes can incorporate designs that form images as appealing as those produced by Escher, and our paper explores this for traditional tessellations, Penrose Tilings, fractals, and fractal/tessellation combinations. To illustrate the versatility of tiling art, images were created with multiple figures and negative space leading to patterns distinct from the work of others. "
art  design  tessellations  patterns 
july 2011 by tsuomela
Clive Thompson on How Tweets and Texts Nurture In-Depth Analysis | Magazine
"The popularity of this endless fire hose of teensy utterances means we’ve lost our appetite for consuming—and creating—slower, reasoned contemplation. Right?

I’m not so sure. In fact, I think something much more complex and interesting is happening: The torrent of short-form thinking is actually a catalyst for more long-form meditation."
internet  technology-effects  habit  behavior  twitter  thinking  patterns 
january 2011 by tsuomela
Contrary Brin: Conspiracies and Wishful Thinking
To what extent is the world filled with conniving villains and dastardly plots... and how much of it erupts from our fertile imaginations?  It may not surprise you much that I take both sides on this matter.
conspiracy  patterns  cognition 
december 2010 by tsuomela
Mathbun - Yummy Mathematical Fun - home
I am a geometer, artist and mathematician working in Fayetteville, Ark. with a life-long fascination with geometry, texture and symmetry. Most of these images are technical illustrations of particular mathematical ideas, but Mathbun.com hopes you enjoy them as graphic work as well.

These images are all in motion when I close my eyes; what you see here is just a snapshot of an infinity of possibilities. In time, I hope to continue to develop the tools I need to share this with you. Please check out The Symmetries of Things, a brand new book written with John H. Conway and Heidi Burgiel.
mathematics  art  design  geometry  images  patterns 
march 2010 by tsuomela
Stenography Machines : CJR
Attention, Mr. Perlstein: there’s nothing new about ‘he said/she said’
media  journalism  history  patterns  power  stenography  politics  declension-narrative  golden-age  20c 
august 2009 by tsuomela
Dave Gray » Q-tools: An approach for discovery and knowledge work
The list below attempts to define a set of “Q-tools” that may be used to generate, sort, classify and perform operations on information. This is not intended to be an exhaustive list, but more of a starting point for discussion.
patterns  thinking  information-use  thinking-patterns  knowledge-management  knowledge 
june 2008 by tsuomela
A Pattern Language
Summary of a book by Christopher Alexander, Sara Ishikawa, Murray Silverstein, with Max Jacobson, Ingrid Fiksdahl-King and Shlomo Angel. Published by Oxford University Press.
book  summary  architecture  patterns 
february 2008 by tsuomela
Flight Patterns
The Flight Patterns visualizations are the result of experiments leading to the project Celestial Mechanics by Scott Hessels and Gabriel Dunne. FAA data was parsed and plotted using the Processing programming environment.
visualization  flying  airtraffic  patterns  visual  art 
june 2007 by tsuomela

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