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The Physics of Friendship: by Lisa Zyga

Physics of Friendship
Credit: Marta Gonzalez

Applying a mathematical model to the social dynamics of people presents difficulties not involved with more physical – and perhaps more rational – applications. The many factors that influence an individual’s fate to meet an acquaintance and decide to become a friend are impossible to capture, but physicists have used techniques from physical systems to model social networks with near precision.

By modeling people’s interactions based on how particles bounce off each other in an enclosed area, physicists Marta Gonzalez, Pedro Lind and Hans Herrmann found that the characteristics of social networks emerge “in a very natural way.” In a study recently published in Physical Review Letters, the scientists compared their model to empirical data taken from a survey of more than 90,000 U.S. students regarding friendships, and found similarities indicating that this model may serve as a novel approach for understanding social networks.

“The idea behind our model, though simple, is different from the usual paradigmatic approaches,” Gonzalez told PhysOrg.com. “We consider a system of mobile agents (students), which at the beginning have no acquaintances; by moving in a continuous space they collide with each other, forming their friendships.”

After a collision, a particle moves in a different direction with an updated velocity, just as how an individual’s chance of meeting a new person depends on their most recent acquaintances.

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noah and his mom
photo by tmcdaily

Toward an EXCEPTIONAL Simple Theory Of Everything :: Celestial Chiaroscuro
Introducing Social Cogeneration (& Cognitive Physics)
Letter to a Friend re: Scientific Censorship at the Cornell ArXiv Archives
From Pauli to Einstein to Penrose: A Physorg Letter to RPenner on the “Babelization” of Knowledge
From Darwin to Galileo: Physorg Notes On Observation and the Scientific Method

also see:
Evolving Points of Reference – Cognitive Physics (Part III: Selected Papers & Essays)

December 18, 2007 Posted by | 1, Physics, Science | Leave a comment

From Brooklyn to Down Under: The Eyes of an Artist


Untitled by Chrisseserville (New Zealand)

trishlet writes:
Chrisse’s stream has taught me so much about how life and art can be the same thing, how the lens can merge and translate them. I think it is not that her life is more beautiful than ours but that her sensibility is so closely attuned to all those subtle things that matter, all those things on which elegant sensuality depends. Thank you Chrisse for your eye and nudges toward all that might otherwise go unnoticed.

Caribeth Klemundt
Caribeth Klemundt & Alicia Robles by Raphie Frank

Flitter, Glitter, Jiggle & Jag
11 Compositions, Progressions & Impressions in the key of Z
for translation into sound, image, movement & light
choreography by Caribeth Klemundt somewhere in New York, Ohio or Oregon some time in the future…

Portraits of Uganda
Portraits of Uganda by Brian Reisinger (Brooklyn, New York)

The portrait says: Save the Darfur Puppy
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December 17, 2007 Posted by | 1, Photography | Leave a comment

The Mind of an Artist: Egg

photo by egg

Egg writes…
reality is always bending itself for us. sometimes it bends itself to amuse us, sometimes to teach us, sometimes to confuse us. It bends itself overtly and covertly. the bending takes many different forms — sometimes visual, sometimes spiritual, sometimes we feel vertigo that has nothing to do with any physical circumstances, even though we always try to link it to physical things.

this is a picture i took while I was driving. there was water being blown across my window as I drove, and I pointed my camera at that water. I’m fairly certain that in doing so i captured an analogy for the way reality bends thus, and perhaps the act itself. But one thing I’m sure of: one-ness.

December 16, 2007 Posted by | 1 | Leave a comment

The Uniquety of Trust :: Ryan Curry

Bonassi Interactive Studio (c)
“Blue Moon” by Orbits of Bonassi Interactive Studio (Sao Paolo, Brazil)

originally posted Saturday, June 17, 2006 on Snipes, Logomancy & So So Psychosis

The context? A male model in Europe. Career newly revitalized, but then the lure of the party, the frantic awakening the next afternoon a couple countries away from the runway. The absurdity? I’ve his diary in front of me with carte blanche to post here whatever I want.

“Hello! Idiot?” I want to say. “Didn’t you just tell me about that friend who screwed you over and made you feel like an idiot for believing in him!?! Don’t you know better than that?!”

The sheer stupidity and, I might add, concomitant beauty of his trust astounds me. Why do I have his diary in front of me, you might ask? Simple as this. He ripped himself a new a$$hole by way of challenging himself to be better and wasn’t afraid to admit it to himself or to me. I told him I thought people might like to hear about that, might even be inspired by it, especially if put in a proper context.

Context? Okay. Shoot.

The context is that this person is one of the most hopeful, optimistic people I’ve ever come across. Really. But you’d never know it to read this…

Today is the day your paper walls came crashing in. Now and for the rest of your life. You’re not going to get those handout that you’re so fu*kin’ used to… Are you sick yet? Sick and tired of your bul$hit? So so many people believed in you this time! I’m not even going to ask why these things seem to happen to you so frequently. Your party habits fu*k with your head. They ruin relationships with great friends and completely stand in your way professionally. I feel… a guilt like no other guilt that I have ever felt is going to be bestowed… a pawn? a pun?… upon me. The odds are more against me than those poor lovelies way back when at the Alamo.

Those are the words of someone who knows he hasn’t got it all figured out, who is trying to be better, and who strongly suspects he is fighting a losing battle against himself. That internal doubt , that lack of fear to confront it… it’s his leg up on the average Joe. He’s in his own face throwing down a memo to self: “DON’T BE AN IDIOT!”
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December 14, 2007 Posted by | 1 | Leave a comment

Evolving Points of Reference – Cognitive Physics (Part III: Selected Papers & Essays)

Zeroes on Black
Zeroes on Black by Raphie Frank

A subjective, idiosyncratic and anything but complete Reading List for the socially-minded aspiring Cognitive Physicist, Conscious Capitalist; or for any who seek to understand them.


Also see…

Quantum Logic and Probability Theory (Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy) – Alexander Wilce

The Unreasonable Effectiveness of Mathematics in the Natural Sciences– Eugene Wigner

Power Laws, Weblogs & Inequality – Clay Shirky

Positivism & Post-Positivism – William K. Trochim

They Thought They Were Free (The German 1933-1945) – Milton Mayer [excerpt]

Emotion & Design: Why Attractive Things Work Better – Don Norman

For the Sake of Our Children – Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.

Performing Cultures: English Language Theatres in Post-Communist Prague – Gwen Orel

The Asylum Culture House & The Warholesquian Sensibility – Raphie Frank

Perfect Binary
Zeroes on White by Raphie Frank

October 24, 2007 Posted by | 1 | 3 Comments

Evolving Points of Reference – Cognitive Physics (Part II: Books)

A subjective, idiosyncratic and anything but complete Reading List for the socially-minded aspiring Cognitive Physicist, Conscious Capitalist; or for any who seek to understand them.

My Bookshelf

“the trend” = “the wave”

Also see…


The Creation: An Appeal to Save Life on Earth – Edward O. Wilson
Consilience: The Unity of Knowledge – Edward O. Wilson
Synchronicity – The Bridge Between Matter & Mind – F. David Peat

Mathematics / Physics

Linked – Albert Laszlo Barabasi
The Singularity is Near – Ray Kurzweil
Hyperspace – Michio Kaku
Not Even Wrong – Peter Woit
The Elegant Universe – Brian Greene
The Holographic Universe – Michael Talbot
Zero – The Biography of a Dangerous Idea – Charles Seife
In Search of Schrodinger’s Cat – John Gribben
A Brief History of Time – Stephen Hawking
The Golden Ratio – Mario Livio
Mathematical Mysteries – Calvin C. Clawson
(play) Arcadia – Tom Stoppard

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October 24, 2007 Posted by | 1 | 2 Comments

Evolving Points of Reference – Cognitive Physics & Conscious Capitalism (Part I: Mainstream Press)

Time Magazine, December 18, 2006

Thinking outside the box. Jobs in the new economy–the ones that won’t get outsourced or automated–“put an enormous premium on creative and innovative skills, seeing patterns where other people see only chaos,” says Marc Tucker, an author of the skills-commission report and president of the National Center on Education and the Economy. Traditionally that’s been an American strength, but schools have become less daring in the back-to-basics climate of NCLB. Kids also must learn to think across disciplines, since that’s where most new breakthroughs are made. It’s interdisciplinary combinations–design and technology, mathematics and art–“that produce YouTube and Google,” says Thomas Friedman, the best-selling author of The World Is Flat.

“How to Build A Student For the 21st Century”Time Magazine, December 18, 2006

A subjective, idiosyncratic and anything but complete Reading List for the socially-minded aspiring Cognitive Physicist, Conscious Capitalist; or for any who seek to understand them.

“the trend” = “the wave”

Also see…

October 10, 2007
Generation Q – The New York Times (Op-Ed by Thomas Friedman)

August 16, 2007
Are We Failing Our Geniuses? – Time Magazine

June 26, 2007
From A Few Genes, Life’s Myriad Shapes – The New York Times

June 26, 2007
Science of the Soul ‘I Think Therefore I Am’ is Losing Force – The New York Times

May 22, 2007
This is Your Life (and How You Tell It) – The New York Times

May 10, 2007
Save the Darfur Puppy – The New York Times (Op-Ed by Nicholas D. Kristof)

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October 23, 2007 Posted by | 1 | 3 Comments


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