“Our analysis suggests that due to the very same mathematical principle that rules natural communities (indeed, a “law of nature”) extreme wealth inequality is inevitable in a globalizing world unless effective wealth-equalizing institutions are installed on a global scale.”

Inequality in nature and society | Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
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“He isolated and perfused the hearts of two frogs, monitoring the rates at which they were beating. The gist of his experiment was to collect the perfusate flowing through the stimulated heart and transfer it to the second heart. Even though the second heart had not been stimulated, its beat also slowed, showing that the vagus nerve regulates the heart rate by releasing a chemical that accumulates in the perfusate. Originally referred to as “vagus substance,” the agent was later shown to be acetylcholine (ACh), which over the years has become the most thoroughly studied neurotransmitter.”

What Defines a Neurotransmitter? – Neuroscience – NCBI Bookshelf
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“These qubits are exactly like toddlers. They start out clean and shiny, encoded with the purest of messages. But the toddler quickly acquires grime through a game known as persistently picking up dirt, corrupting the information. When the researchers try to keep the toddler from picking up dirt, it throws a tantrum that persists until it accidentally throws up on the cat. Not only has its information gotten extremely messy, the process has destroyed the information encoded in everything around it.”

Careful phasing of a photonic qubit brings light under control | Ars Technica
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“Intelligence algorithms are not designed to create membranes that encourage our creativity, to tell data brokers to wait for deeper understanding, to solicit a more nuanced account of something or other, or to advocate with and for us. So they’re not just incapable of wisdom, but of meaningful collaboration. We tell them everything, and they tell us nothing. Why have we resigned ourselves to such highly asymmetrical relationships?”

Overgrowth of the Digital Economy (and what to do about it)
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“Languages with many speakers tend to be structurally simple while small communities sometimes develop languages with great structural complexity. Paradoxically, the opposite pattern appears to be observed for non-structural properties of language such as vocabulary size.”

Language Complexity and Community Size | Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B: Biological Sciences
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