Sunday, 3 November 2013

SCIENCE


Image: A graphical representation of one person’s network neighborhood on Facebook.
Cameron Marlow/Facebookvia New York Times.


So, love is not written in the stars but in your Facebook profile. Or at least that's what Cornell University's computer scientist Jon Kleinberg, and senior engineer at Facebook, Lars Backstrom, argue to have found. According to the New York Times "the pair used a hefty data set from Facebook as their lab: 1.3 million Facebook users, selected randomly from among all users who are at least 20 years old, with from 50 to 2,000 friends, who list a spouse or relationship partner in their profile. That makes for a lot of social connections to analyze, roughly 379 million nodes and 8.6 billion links. The data was used anonymously." Read full article here. E.T.P.: 3'20''


Photo: The Procrastinator (some) Times.

Memory is tricky. Most of us probably already experience that feeling of remembering something vividly but being unable to distinguish if that something is an actual memory or a dream. Well that happens to me, I always hoped it happens to someone else, and apparently so it is. Maria Popova recollects in a Brain Pickings' article some interesting reflections about memory, forgetting, plagiarism and creativity made by neurologist Oliver Sacks: "It is startling to realize that some of our most cherished memories may never have happened — or may have happened to someone else. I suspect that many of my enthusiasms and impulses, which seem entirely my own, have arisen from others’ suggestions, which have powerfully influenced me, consciously or unconsciously, and then been forgotten." Read full article here. E.T.P.: 8'.



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