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    Internet Seen Leveling Opportunities for Scientists

    From the Chronicle of Higher Education: http://bit.ly/G42Fe I was wondering what you all think about this. From your own experience in academia, is this true? Or this is a biased sample?
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    The iron law of oligarchy

    The idea is that there is an opportunity structure that can be characterized mathematically. Usually, opportunities for mobilization don't exist unless certain economic, political, demographic, or social factors make them possible. For example, a large migration of African Americans from the...
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    The iron law of oligarchy

    Your dismissiveness is surprising, particularly since you are asking about the subject, which one could interpret as your not knowing a lot about it and being interested in learning more. It's too bad that you judge this to be "nonsense" without even reading about the theory, its assumptions...
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    Advice on Studying EECS post-PhD

    Great! Thank you so much! :-) Yosem
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    The iron law of oligarchy

    It seems that you are interested in learning more about the dominant approach to studying social movements, and more generally, political mobilization. I recommend you check the http://books.google.com/books?id=ADiJTD8s4KYC&dq=political+process+theory&lr=&source=gbs_navlinks_s" gives you a good...
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    The iron law of oligarchy

    They say create opportunities to mobilize. This neither means that they will mobilize nor does it mean that they will win, if they do so. The next question is one of resource mobilization. Can the disenfranchised group mobilize resources against the divided elite? Can they form the right...
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    How do you create the big bang inside metamaterials?

    My knowledge in physics is very limited. Could someone please explain what this means in regular English? :uhh: Thanks! Published on http://bit.ly/vtJBW": Here are the http://arxiv.org/abs/0908.2407" [Broken] (PDF).
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    Advice on Studying EECS post-PhD

    Thanks! :-) I already ordered the book. Should I read the book sequentially? Should I buy electronic kits related to the topics I am reading as I am reading the book? Last questions -- I promise :-)
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    Super learning and super brain

    Above all, good nutrition Exercise. Good book to read is Spark by John J. Ratey and Eric Hagerman Put it to work with art, mathematics, writing, etc. so you work out your entire brain Social interaction --> brain scans have shown isolation makes the brain atrophy Do puzzles that make you think
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    Cognitive science

    Congrats! Good luck... :-)
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    Fake Photos Alter Real Memories

    I agree completely. But how can we ever be sure we know the truth and have revealed through the scientific method? Our knowledge is only as good as our instruments. There was a time when people were thought to be crazy for proposing the Earth went around the Sun, or that there were invisible...
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    Fake Photos Alter Real Memories

    But how can any scientists see the forest and the trees at the same time? And what forest do we look at? And which trees? Who makes these decisions?
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    Fake Photos Alter Real Memories

    Hmm... But arm chair theorizing is OK? All the mathematical models we come up with that have no evidence? Do you spend any time on those? Don't forget the crime many empiricists commit and never attest to: fitting their data into theories so they can publish. As Einstein said: "If the...
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    Fake Photos Alter Real Memories

    And what are these supposed pseudo-sciences? If you are referring to something like anthropology, which uses participant-observation to gather empirical data, it is more accurate at description and elucidating mechanisms and producing testable hypotheses than experiments or regressions, which...
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    Fake Photos Alter Real Memories

    Agreed. In the Federalist Papers, Madison may have called this argument, tyranny of the majority. Who decides that a questionnaire is well designed? Who collects the data? How many errors are made in entering the data? Is the data ever fudged? etc.
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    Fake Photos Alter Real Memories

    According to psychology studies, you forget 50% of the events and details of events that transpired in a given day when you go to sleep, and the number grows exponentially larger each day. So how do we remember? Our minds fill the gaps with other concepts floating in our brains.
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    Fake Photos Alter Real Memories

    What is that methodology? Because any type of data collection entails an observer, and any type of data to be collected requires someone to make a decision of what to collect and what not to collect. And you mean to say in that whole process our minds can't play tricks on us?
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    What theories have sociologists proposed?

    OK, I will do my best. Wow, this is like asking a physicist or chemist or biologist to tell you the following: "What theories have physicists proposed? What hypotheses have they came up with? What hypotheses have they been able to test? How exactly did they test them and what were...
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    Why following Gossip and Fashion really is a Matter of Life and Death

    Wow, and here I thought that the biggest gossip industry that drives the world economy -- Wall Street -- was dominated by men. I guess you are right, Adrian. All those women on Wall Street sure are interested in being the first to know about all the stocks and spreading the news to their...
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    Are social and natural sciences connected?

    How rude! All social sciences use the scientific method, maybe economics less than sociology, political science, and sociology. The difference is that while the natural sciences have forgotten about their roots in induction and focus solely on deduction now, the social sciences focus on...
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    Are social and natural sciences connected?

    I don't care what Wikipedia says. The social sciences were born when philosophy when an empirical base was given to it from the natural sciences -- observation, statistics, experimentation, mathematical rigor (especially, in the case of economics), etc. So they are definitely related by birth...
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    Are social and natural sciences connected?

    Definitely, postmodernism is much more rampant in the humanities than in the social sciences.
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    Theories of personal/communication compatibility?

    Evolutionary psychology and social psychology have very interesting theories about this related to dating/mating. Unfortunately, I cannot remember the name of the theories. In social psychology, for example, you will want to date the most beautiful woman, but she wants to date the most...
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    Future of Capitalism

    Well, don't forget Adam Smith lobbied the Crown to ban the publication of association directories. He believed his theories only worked when people were anonymous and did not know each other. Maybe if economists start with more realistic assumptions based on observations of real economic...
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    Economic Apocalipse blamed on math and physics

    The models are only as good as their assumptions. If you use historical data, and history is not a good predictor of future trades, you are bound to be in trouble as LTCM found out. Also, you can't argue that informatization did not have an effect. It's not the same thing to have a human...
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    Consciousness and language

    Wow, I see lots of Chomsky, formal grammar models, etc. for such a qualitative question. Just look up George Herbert Mead in Wikipedia, will ya? You will do yourself a favor.
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    Economic question based on billionaire's

    It's not the amount of money. It's what they do with it that counts.
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    I Mathematical model of a political process

    Quite impressive! I would contact a professor in the policy or political sciences. This could be publishable in a game theoretic journal in political science.
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    Linguistics textbook

    The std intro text at Stanford and other top linguistic programs is by O'Grady, Archibald, Aronoff and Rees-Miller, Contemporary Linguistics: An Introduction.
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    Social Networks, Poisson, And ARMA

    There is a large community of people working on these sorts of problems -- Wasserman and Faust come to mind immediately. So does Brian Uzzi. I would sign up on SOCNET and post your question there. I would also check the Pajek community and the SunBelt conference.
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