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ooli  ·  5 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Doctors Are Losing Faith in IBM Watson’s AI Doctor

that's the whole article, and it is light indeed.

It was just fun to hear about Watson again, and take a jab at the futurists (kof mk kof kof) out-there

ooli  ·  49 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: How listening to music 'significantly impairs' creativity (N=30)

I went into the habit to post the number else Kleinbl00 find it and humiliate me saying how irrelevant the study is.

And in fact , such a low number (30) means the study is probably not valid. It begin to make sense when we have 100+ participants.

But why not try silence for a few creativ session, and see how it goes

kleinbl00  ·  49 days ago  ·  link  ·  

    In the present paper, we critically examine the claim that background music enhances creativity by employing variants of widely used verbal problem solving tasks that are typically used to study creativity (Ansburg, 2000; Fodor, 1999; Mednick & Mednick, 1967; Mehta, Zhu, & Cheema, 2012; Mikulincer & Sheffi, 2000; Storm, Angello, & Bjork, 2011)

Ansberg: Didn't use background music or noise

Fodor: Was a test of a method for detecting bipolar disorder using essay writing

Mednick & Mednick: (A) 50 years old (B) says nothing about music or background noise (C) says nothing about creativity

Mehta, Zhu, & Cheema: used noise, not music ("we blended a combination of multi-talker noise in a cafeteria, roadside traffic, and distant construction noise to create a soundtrack of constantly varying background noise")

Mikulincer & Sheffi: discussed "irrelevant background speech" and its impact on memory recall

Storm, Angello, & Bjork: is about word association

The basic problem is that the studies they cite for using CRATs use CRATs for cognition and problem solving, not creativity.

    As we have noted, our present research used CRATs as a measure of insight‐based creative problem solving (Bowden & Jung‐Beeman, 1998). A CRAT involves a participant being shown three words (e.g., dress, dial, and flower), with the requirement being to find a single associated word (in this case “sun”) that can be combined with each presented word (either being placed before it or after it) to make a common word or phrase (i.e., sundress, sundial, and sunflower in the present example)

By their definition, sudoku is "creative." So okay, we're testing problem solving not creativity. What else are we hashing up?

    The music was played via Sennheiser HD‐202 headphones at approximately 65–70 dB(A). The music was a 30‐s segment of a Spanish translation of a 1990s UK chart pop song played via E‐Prime Software that contained clearly discernable lyrics and accompanying instruments.

So. This isn't "is music bad for your creativity" this is "does listening to '90s Ibiza at a conversational level impact your ability to solve word problems." I don't know that we needed to run that test, doc.

If you asked me to run an experiment on the effect of music on creativity, I'd do it like this:

DAY 1: Recruit test participants, get them to build a 90 minute Spotify playlist

DAY 2: Give them blank sheets of paper and 30 minutes to do something "creative" while I played them their playlist on shuffle

DAY 3: Give them blank sheets of paper and 30 minutes to do something "creative" in silence

DAYS 4-11: Alternate Days 2 and 3

DAY 12: Take the assembled output of the subject and ask her to arrange her last 20 days' works in order of preference

Crunch the numbers and see if there's a correlation between self-assessed performance and consumption of music.

Full stop.

No "creativity" metrics you like? Fine. Find something you can measure and quantify it. What they have here is akin to measuring bicep size and equating it to athletic performance. Sure - it touches in one or two places but pretending you've learned something by blasting someone else's music and then saying "look! They're distracted!" doesn't improve the world's knowledge one iota.

KapteinB  ·  49 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Thank you to both you and @ThumberMingus. :-)

ooli  ·  67 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: 317th Weekly "Share Some Music You've Been Into Lately" Thread

Sway dancing- rita hayworth

I think, I 'm discovering I love tango

ooli  ·  168 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: QUICK! What's the last poem you wrote?

Written last saturday at 3am:


  The prick

Il dit qu'il était riche, et haïssait les fiers.

Il buvait un Bordeaux qui valait bien son prix

Acheté à la foire à Saint-Paul-en-Rivière

Il avait négocié : le port était compris.

  He said he was rich, hated the proud

He drank a Bordeaux with a worthy price-tag

Bought in the Saint-Paul-en-Riviere's fair

He negotiated : shipping was included

Sa fille était un ange, trop belle à marier,

Trop fine pour l'école et leurs cours avariés.

Elle sera icone, une star que l'on voit.

Il ne la poussait pas, elle choisirait sa voie.

  His daughter was an angel, too cute to marry

Too smart for school, and it's old lesson

She'll be a model, a star people stare at

He wont push her, she'll choose her path

Il paye une mutuelle, et n'aime pas l'impôt

Qui sert à enrichir les oisifs, les lourdauds.

Il ronflait tout le jour assis dans son bureau,

Mais goutait l’art lyrique et les vers d’Alan Poe

  He pay his health assurance but hate taxes

Which only help the lazy and the vulgar

He snore all day sitting in his office

But love poetry and Alan Poe's verses

Sa femme était parfaite. Il la trompait le soir

Avec une jeunette, ourlée d’or et de soie,

Qui veille à son bonheur, jamais ne le déçoit

Quand sur son genou rond il veut la faire assoir.

  His wife was perfect. He cheats on her at night

With a teen wearing gold and silk

who care for his happiness, never disappoint

When he want her to sit on his lap.

Même s’il est cultivé, il aime le ballon

Il dribble, court et sue dans des garden-parties

Avec des notables qui ont tous le bras long

Changent le cours du monde entre deux penaltys

  Even with his knowledge he liked the ball

He dribble, run and sweat in garden-party

With some influential leaders

Changing world's path between two penalty

Il jugeait les torts des présidents de la Terre.

A les voir se tromper, il leur riait au nez.

Chacun pire que l’autre, et tous à détrôner.

Il priait humblement qu’ils arrivent à se taire.

  He judge mistake from president around the world

Watching them fell make him laugh

All were worse than the other, and needed to go

He humbly ask them to shut up

J’écoutais ce bourgeois durant de longs quarts d’heure,

Qui parurent des jours à mon oreille outrée.

J’aurais voulu partir, mais il bloquait l’entrée.

Silencieux je pestais contre cet emmerdeur.

  I listen to that bourgeois for some quarter hours

Which seems like days to my wounded ear

I wanted to go but he was in front of the exit

Silently I cursed against that prick

Il reprit son laïus plein de sévérité.

Comme un esprit serein, qui possède le vrai,

Sans trop faire d’efforts, ses paroles œuvraient

A bien me dégouter de toutes vérités.

  He started his speech again with severity

Like an all-knowing mind owning the fact

Without any effort, his statements succeeded

to disgust me from any form of truth

Il dit qu’il recyclait, adorait la Nature.

D’ailleurs il conduisait son clan chaque dimanche

Dans les parcs gracieux qu’on trouve vers la Manche,

Arrivée en deux heures avec ses deux voitures.

  He said he recycle and love Nature

In fact he drove his family every Sunday

To the nice park we found in Normandy.

Less than Two hours trips with both his cars

De sa santé, il s’inquiétait bien fort à cause

De l’argent, des nantis, des pauvres, des Roumains,

Des alcooliques, des trans, des chats, des humains

Tous étaient responsables, empiraient sa cirrhose.

  For his health he was wary, because of

the money, the rich, the poor, the gypsies

the alcoholic, the trans, the cats, the humans

All were responsible, worsen his shrivel

Il allait deux, trois fois par mois à l’Opéra.

Car seule la musique éveillait sa bravoure.

Il aurait tout quitté pour être un Aznavour,

Ses immeubles, ses chiens, ses biens, etcétéra…

  He's going two, three time a month at the Opera

Because music only made him brave

He could abandon anything to be just a Presley

his buildings, his dogs, his stuff, et cetera...

Rome était sa passion, ses temples, son Histoire.

Il regrettait le temps du règne des Césars,

Ces amis du bon goût, du drôle et du bizarre.

J’imaginais un poing filant sur sa mâchoire.

  He had a passion for Rome, its temple, its history

He regret the period when the Caesar ruled

They were the friend of good taste, fun, and the odd.

I pictured a fist going through his chin

Ce riche Parisien me retourna la tête.

Aujourd’hui encore, quand parfois j’y repense,

De l’avoir écouté, j’eus pour seule récompense

De bien me dégouter des soi-disant esthètes.

  This wealthy Parisian spun my head.

Even today , when I remember it

From listening to him I only developed

a deep-seated hatred for the so-called aesthete

Pour m’échapper, enfin, je lui tins un pari :

Existait-il un être aussi digne de louange

Que lui ? Le silence clôtura cet échange.

Ainsi je pus quitter ce pédant de Paris.

  To escape, I finally proposed a bet:

Was it a being more worthy of praise

than him? The silence was his answer.

So I could flee that snooty from Paris.


Free terminal given to every citizen to access an online service. It was heavily monetized, mostly with porn and chat room (social network)

To this day I dont get how the French didnt have a leg up on how to monetize the internet when everyone was wondering how to make money out of the internet in 2000

ooli  ·  317 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Give me an adventure!

Lute of invisibility sound so fun to play. Must make for great session

ooli  ·  320 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Body Positivity Is a Scam

It's not about changing advertising business model.

It's more about feeling better.. and telling our own truth (it's hard to be fat, black, mutilated, trans..) should not be censured because "body positivity attitude"

    Nothing has changed in how most people feel about themselves; instead, it’s simply become very gauche to articulate any of those negative feelings. That wouldn’t be very body-positive of you.

But I'm biased against any "positive" thinking since that :

Even more biased against Negative thinking. But the opposite of Negative self-talk, it's not positive: it's objective/realistic thinking.

moslydeaf  ·  319 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Word, I can support that. Thanks for the response.

ooli  ·  590 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: The mysterious Voynich manuscript has finally been decoded - clickbait

This remind me how Reddit cracked a "code" in 2 day for the FBI a few years back.

The FBI (or CIA) asked people for help about a 5 sentences code in a murder affair. Someone on reddit (who was under medication) proved it was not a code but just short hand for anti-psychotic drug prescription , the user probably kept on him as a reminder.

That was pretty neat.. i like the energy to find that thread again, but it was really good.

EDIT: Or may be reddit didnt because the FBI still asking for help :

(sorry commenting on my own post)

ooli  ·  683 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: This is How Google will Collapse Reporting from the very near, post-Google future

What I like so much about google is how inherently bad they are. They failed at anything that is not ads, or data/user-work extraction.

They have the most money in the world, the best mind in the best working environment, the most trapped customer/users/workforce, the most data, they choose the headlines... and .. all their grand plan are utmost failure.

  Everyone was talking about their glass. That was the future. They spend a shit-ton of money. The fad lasted 6 month.. more surprisingly Apple followed the proven failure trend with their watch.. Blind leading the blinds

  Google+ .. it was launched with such a bravado, forcing anyone who made a google-search once in their life to have an account, or something. Outing trans, ruining life in the process.. The "new facebook" is a failure.

  Last year that was the self-driving car. It made the headline (because google own the headlines) every time the car made a turn. It seems it's a dead end. I heard they sold their software and the self-driving business for a penny. Because it's shit, I guess.

  Now the AI. Every time they beat a Go-player, or something, we heard how great their AI is. It's probably another turd, because the headlines are already on the decline.

They are so bad at making anything else than selling ad.. It's funny.

That's my only solace: I can laugh at my overlord. While they still pouring money in a new dung-pile, and selling my data, and making me do the work to better their software/search-engine

Isherwood  ·  683 days ago  ·  link  ·  

I dunno. Android seems really good. My Google Assistant works much better than Alexa. Chrome is a good product. My office uses Google Suite, as do most offices I work with. I think they've had a lot of successes, but they're mixed in with a lot of failures.

ooli  ·  840 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: 3 Questions with @kleinbl00

"In the end, Sisyphe come to appreciate pushing its rock" -Camus (paraphrased)

It's still not very fulfilling to go hard at pushing a rock, but hey, as long as we find joy in it ... I guess

But I'm the hubski token french commentator, so I have a duty to go hard at reminding how lazy and strikes-lover we are

thenewgreen  ·  839 days ago  ·  link  ·  

"Life is suffering." -Buddha

francopoli  ·  839 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Life is a bowl of bagel-dogs, but there are unpleasanties. Les Claypool

another pessimist!

I trust them whatever the cost could be.

ooli  ·  1034 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Wow, Mark Zuckerberg Is Paranoid As Fuck

When you post on facebook you assume they only get what you wanted to show (let say, a photo of you in a nice tank top)

The problem being that facebook also get the time of posting, the location, the people watching the photo, your age, gender, OS, browser, browsing history prior to the posting, etc...

So we all believe we just let go a little innocent picture in the wild, while we've been milked for far more data ...

and then those data are sold and used for profit by that rich dumb dude with duck tape on his computer.

I lack any expertise to judge how accurate, trustworthy the study is.

What I really like about it, is that it give an explanation on why human reached intelligence and not chimps.

And the explanation is super neat: sex equality. True or false it is still a pretty good narrative.

kantos  ·  1049 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Due to time and proximity from my work on past studies, I can't post for reference the studies done as of yet. Unfortunately, my impromptu search on the web for the theory isn't proving helpful at the moment... That said, as with many things in human history, there are many facets to historic changes. The sex equality is a compelling argument, and not what I'd subscribe to as the major facet.

From what I studied, with the rise of agriculture and sedentary populations, humanity also experienced many more strifes as consequence. Conflict over land, chronic disease, nutrient deficiencies - the last couple of which can be easily expounded upon here. In fact, once I get back home I hope to post a bit more on that, too. The whole subject is very interesting on what agriculture did to our bodies themselves, but I digress.

The main focus here that was touched upon in lecture was the emergence of war and competition for land and resources during the Neolithic era (around the time of agriculture showing up). As you can read at the wiki site in the previous paragraph, you can see that agriculture was shitty with regard to nutrition. Furthermore, agriculturists can work for longer hours with not only less results, but sometimes for naught.

    The study, published in the journal Science, set out to investigate the apparent paradox that while people in hunter-gatherer societies show strong preferences for living with family members, in practice the groups they live in tend to comprise few closely related individuals.

Those tied to the now profession of farming allows others free time to fill alternative roles in their society as populations grow; whereas populations grow, families become larger and allow for offspring to contribute to farming.

    The social organization of mobile hunter-gatherers has several derived features, including low within-camp relatedness and fluid meta-groups.

I would interpret that this implies agriculturists are not (which, of course, being my interpretation seems to further the theory taught) . Hence, a social stratification ensues - I believe it fits well with the theory that sex equality shifts at this point. All of this serves the base for war as a tool to usurp others' resources (food, land, workers) for another's gain and survival. Enter: the natural law, to some level, the amassing of power to some form of leadership to in a form of security contract in order to ensure the well-being of both the lands and farmers working the land ... not to mention the villagers/peoples themselves. Populations rise, social stratifications increase (due to wealth, less social mobility due to specialized roles), and soon fiefdom doesn't look to shabby.

It irks me to no end that I can't find the evidence that I'm searching for on the web right now. I'll reply to this comment once I get back home with the sources. I hope some of this is good food for thought, and I'd love to read of other theories or ideas!

ooli  ·  1048 days ago  ·  link  ·  

I dont doubt the switch from Hunter to farmer was traumatic. It gave birth to the Abel (hunter) and Cain (farmer) story. And it is not a nice portrayal of farmers.

The chimps told us, that male dominance dont need farming to occur.

The article pretend we are intelligent because we were a sex-equal species (less inbreeding)

The probelm with the study reside in the way they mesured sex-equality:

Why using the dispersion of family member? That sound like a second level indicator prone to be influenced by other factors (not only sex-equality, but wealth, heat, culture, whatever in fact)

I'd rather have the hunter gathere society being ask question about gender role, and compare that to a poll in a male dominated society, or in Danemark, and see how their responses mesure up.

But I like to believe we are intelligent because we're the only species with a natural sex-equalty.. and a white sclera

kantos  ·  1048 days ago  ·  link  ·  

    The probelm with the study reside in the way they mesured sex-equality:

    Why using the dispersion of family member? That sound like a second level indicator prone to be influenced by other factors (not only sex-equality, but wealth, heat, culture, whatever in fact)

    I'd rather have the hunter gathere society being ask question about gender role, and compare that to a poll in a male dominated society, or in Danemark, and see how their responses mesure up.

Ah, I think I see your point. That's something I'd be interested in as well. I can only assume the hunter-gatherer societies left are isolated to Central/South America now-a-days, but what do I know.

Definitely a cool article. I'd like to point out that modern humans and neanderthals (along with many others in genus Homo) seemed to interbreed quite a bit when cultures met.

Anyways, I thought you may be interested in this article which is about an emerging theory that certain breed of dog willingly domesticated themselves for their own benefit. Interesting stuff, all of this. :)

ooli  ·  1077 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: New study supports natural causes, not alien activity, explain mystery star's behavior

Oh! So EVERY stars shows a dip in light for the past 100 years. As our photographic equipment went better during that period, it could only mean one thing .....

We are the one being enclosed into a Dyson sphere.. slowly.. unwillingly.. by unknown entities!

kleinbl00  ·  1076 days ago  ·  link  ·  

ooli  ·  1127 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Running slower to run further and maybe run faster

I now understand why I'm so sad when I read post like that. Or about meditation app, and calorie tracking.

You might substitute external motivation for your internal motivation:

Numbers, stats, tracker are great, I love them... until they replace what's important.

WanderingEng  ·  1127 days ago  ·  link  ·  

I feel I have a mix of trackers and personal motivation that works for me. You're definitely right, people can and do get buried in numbers and miss the reasons that matter most.

For me it's a mix of using them to motivate myself. I want to run further or faster, and tracking my runs helps me do that. And the heart rate monitor helps me understand what my body is telling me.

I probably worded it poorly. Seeing my high heart rate wasn't a "my heart rate is wrong" moment, it was "what can I learn from this?" What I learned is that may explain why I find it hard to go further, and doing runs designed to strengthen my heart can lower it for all runs. It'a helped me get back to what I wanted: to do more.