Think of the non-living elements of nature, then consider all the behaviors they can collectively exhibit: wind, clouds, fog, rain, frost, snow, sleet, hail, lightning, thunder – and these are just the atmospheric elements, air and water. Now imagine what behaviors would naturally arise in a large system of widely interconnected, complex elements – say the world’s populace or your brain.
Consider this:

Each of the 10^11 (one hundred billion) neurons [in the human brain] has on average 7,000 synaptic connections to other neurons. It has been estimated that the brain of a three-year-old child has about 10^15 synapses (1 quadrillion). This number declines with age, stabilizing by adulthood. Estimates vary for an adult, ranging from 10^14 to 5 x 10^14 synapses (100 to 500 trillion).

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neuron

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1. Take a bad idea
2. Paste a completely random picture to it
3. Profit!

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The circle of laughs

US Supreme Court restricts “you have the right to remain silent, and your silence can’t be used against you” in a bizarre way: your rights before being arrested are more restricted than after.

NC legislature & governor repeal landmark law that allowed appeal to reduce death penalty to life sentence if racial bias influenced the case.

Sad.

As a youth, [Lionel] Hampton was a member of the Bud Billiken Club, an alternative to the Boy Scouts of America, which was off limits because of racial segregation.

One brick at a time, to teardown walls

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