Jacob Lee's Blog – December 2009 Archive (3)

Dynamics of the News Cycle

Recently I read a paper co-authored by a number of social network social scientists on the dynamics of the news cycle as evidenced by a medium-grained examination of the diffusion and transformation of phrase variants across the web. The authors, Leskovec, Backstrom, and Kleinberg, have a supporting web site, http://memetracker.org. Its worth a look.



Leskovec, Backstrom, and Kleinberg note that the two principal approaches to the… Continue

Added by Jacob Lee on December 16, 2009 at 10:39am — 3 Comments

Information?

It is hardly news that the world is a flow of matter, energy, and information. It is a foundational notion of most of the sciences, and especially of ecology, which has exerted particularly significant influence on anthropological thinking. I mention this because I would like to call attention to what a theoretically sophisticated understanding of the relatively neglected third of these might offer anthropology.



I say neglected, but it really hasn't been. Those things falling under… Continue

Added by Jacob Lee on December 7, 2009 at 5:00am — 3 Comments

Patrick Maher on Belief, Action, and Acceptance

Rational Belief: Rational Acceptance or Rational Action?



Patrick Maher in his book Betting on Theories (1993, chapter 6) notes two common assumptions about belief:



(1) An agent A believes in H just in case A is willing to act as if H were true.

(2) Sincere intentional assertion… Continue

Added by Jacob Lee on December 5, 2009 at 8:30pm — 12 Comments

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