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Biweekly links for 01/23/2009

by Michael Nielsen on January 23, 2009

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  1. It seems to me John Langford’s analysis of “Adversarial Academia” is nicely confluent with Aaron Hirsh’s vision of “Citizen Science” … which is in-turn largely consonant with Olivia Judson’s biology-guided views on sex!

    Every morning, Mother Nature reminds me of these issues, as I while walking to work I observe the immensely busy and sophisticated activities of a local pair of nesting eagles.

    An eagle’s nature is neither altruistic nor romantic, and yet this eagle pair succeeded last year in fledging two fine young eaglets, and so far in 209, they are showing every intention of doing so again.

    Watching these collaborating eagles has helped focus my attention on post-modern strategies for large-scale system engineering—especially quantum system engineering—which for purposes of catalyzing creative and cooperative activities among eagle-minded academic individuals, is proving to be even better than sex! 🙂

  2. John – sounds like a great recruitment strategy, although you may have some problems making this case credibly 🙂

  3. Michael says: “… sounds like a great recruitment strategy …”

    LOL … it’s mighty tempting to envision a talk in the style of Olivia Judson or Frans de Waal, titled “Open Science and Engineering: Is it Better than Sex?”

    If the talk was about large-scale federative enterprises, then the answer would have to be “Yes, absolutely!” 🙂

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