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).


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


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.


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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