„Man kann auch ganz burleske Fälle konstruieren. Eine Katze wird in eine Stahlkammer gesperrt, zusammen mit folgender Höllenmaschine (die man gegen den direkten Zugriff der Katze sichern muß): in einem Geigerschen Zählrohr befindet sich eine winzige Menge radioaktiver Substanz, so wenig, daß im Laufe einer Stunde vielleicht eines von den Atomen zerfällt, ebenso wahrscheinlich aber auch keines; geschieht es, so spricht das Zählrohr an und betätigt über ein Relais ein Hämmerchen, das ein Kölbchen mit Blausäure zertrümmert. Hat man dieses ganze System eine Stunde lang sich selbst überlassen, so wird man sich sagen, daß die Katze noch lebt, wenn inzwischen kein Atom zerfallen ist. Der erste Atomzerfall würde sie vergiftet haben. Die Psi-Funktion des ganzen Systems würde das so zum Ausdruck bringen, daß in ihr die lebende und die tote Katze (s. v. v.) zu gleichen Teilen gemischt oder verschmiert sind. Das Typische an solchen Fällen ist, daß eine ursprünglich auf den Atombereich beschränkte Unbestimmtheit sich in grobsinnliche Unbestimmtheit umsetzt, die sich dann durch direkte Beobachtung entscheiden läßt. Das hindert uns, in so naiver Weise ein „verwaschenes Modell“ als Abbild der Wirklichkeit gelten zu lassen…“
I do not like watching or listening to a discussion through a translator. In the beginning Biz Stone looks slightly puzzled, as if he really does not understand the question or at least the question is not clear. Conversation looked dead, so unfortunately I did not finish watching the video.
Why cannot they interview in English about their own specialized field? Any case, I suppose they can live without English and that is good for them.
It is not difficult to communicate about their job related issues in English since they had a plenty of time to prepare. Asking question is relatively easy. Continue Reading
U.S. Hears Echo of Japan’s Woes
“This month, Japan’s central bank pushed its benchmark rate back down to zero. However, central bankers here argue that it is not enough just to loosen monetary policy when a lack of borrowers and new investment means there is no demand for money to start with. And this points to another feature of Japan’s experience that may already be visible in the United States: the paradox of a stagnant economy that is awash in cash.
This occurs when companies and individuals stop spending and banks stop lending for fear that anemic growth and rising bankruptcies will result in defaults. This is particularly apparent in regional economies outside Tokyo, which remains relatively vibrant. “
There is no easy answer.
Currently there is not a lot to offer.
Just very basic R. I do not particularly like it. ===data r1.dat ==== A 17 14000 29 24000 B 18 14000 100 24000 ======================= Continue Reading
The 1000 genome paper provides a glimpse of new tools in progress. Check supplemental information. Main points to me are that they did not find any universal method to identify variations. They came to use the consensus of different methods to call SNPs and SV. People should really realize this rather than expecting informaticians to come up with perfect solutions. Too many people are underestimating this; even many people who work this field do not know this and do not know what they are talking about. “Can you just provide us reliable SNPs and CNVs? …” I need more than 2 weeks to find them out.
- The 1000 Genomes Project Consortium Nature 467, 1061-1073 (2010). | Article | OpenURL
- Sudmant, P. H. et al. Science 330, 641-646 (2010). | ChemPort |
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- This file contains Supplementary Text 1-16 (see contents list for details), additional references and Supplementary Figures 1-16 with legends and references. <=== (Very useful information)
This is a fairly old prediction but it looks as if he had written this yesterday. Is Japan undergoing latent structural revolution or just making itself fermented sushi to obscurity? Make it happen! We will know it soon. But it seems, many political systems around the world are collapsing. (or we just feel the sky is falling all the time in history. This hyper-cautious behavior might have been the source of success of our species… “paranoia”.)
Japan’s uncertain future: Key trends and scenarios.
By Staley, David J.
Publication: The Futurist
Date: Friday, March 1 2002
Four Scenarios for Japan in 2025
1 ENTREPRENEURIAL JAPAN
The government encourages individual initiative and entrepreneurship instead of state-sponsored corporatism. Corporations create an “intrapreneurial” structure that harnesses their creative and risk taking workers within the existing corporate system. Alternatively, Japan imports American-style entrepreneurship: The young risk takers inject new energy into Japan’s economy. A cult of the entrepreneur takes hold in the country, eventually producing “Japanese Bill Gateses.”
2 JAPAN AS NUMBER TWO
Japanese entrepreneurs fail to restore Japan to its past status as the world’s dominant economy. Instead, Japan settles into a second-tier economic status. Like Great Britain and the Scandinavian countries, Japan delivers relatively high levels of health, wealth, and literacy to its people, but does not become a global economic leader.
3 AN INCLUSIVE SOCIETY
As Japan’s population ages and its birthrate declines, many women enter the workforce to fill the need for both skilled and unskilled labor. Japan also addresses its labor shortage by hiring more immigrants to fill job vacancies. Over time, these foreigners are fully welcomed into Japanese society.
4 CULTURAL RETRENCHMENT AND ISOLATION
Demographic pressures induce a conservative social reaction. Japan resists gender equality and multiculturalism. Women are encourage to apply their “traditional” skills to care for an aging Japanese population. Alarmed at falling birthrates, the government adopts an official policy that encourages couples to have many children.
David J. Staley
I just encountered a BBC program discussing about the death of French culture and checked about this topic on the web and found some more articles. In the end, it is oxymoronic nonsense to stamp an absolute value on culture of different countries. If such absolute value exists then human society will be wiped out by over-adaptation. GDP and culture are correlated but not the same.
Here are some articles I found.
‘American talk of the death of French culture says more about them than us’
France has been stung by a lament in Time magazine that French culture is all but dead. In a response, French intellectual Bernard-Henri Lévy argues that the criticism tells us more about the US cultural landscape which informed the article
In Search of Lost Time
By DONALD MORRISON/PARIS Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2007
The Death of French Culture
Non, la culture française
n’est pas morte !