What Is a Social Network?

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+ Why Would I Even Ask? When you think of social networks, you are probably thinking about Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and so on.  You go to the websites but what part of them is the network? The social networks aren’t the software.  They are the networks of connections that the software allows.  People have been aware of social networks long before …

Money matters : Nature News & Comment

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This editorial from Nature suggests that displays of wealth lead to more unhappiness with wealth inequality. I like to connect this to Weber’s The Protestant Ethic and The Spirit of Capitalism where he points out that is some Protestant sects wealth is a sign of grace. I noticed that when I lived in Finland things seemed more even and here in …

JAMA Network | JAMA Pediatrics | Poverty’s Most Insidious Damage: The Developing Brain

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This is a reason why people born in poverty can’t just pull themselves up, go to college and so on. Many people believe that we all have equal opportunity in America, but we have almost the highest childhood poverty rate in the developed world. This is the society we are building.    Because the brain is the organ from which …