“This time, however, my fear was a true novelty. It came from an unknown part of the world and hit me in an unknown part of myself.”
Carlos Castaneda

Journey to Ixtlan

Farting Science




and for validation … links to the sources pictured in the image:

  • University of Exeter Research Paper
  • TIME Magazine (which I found by searching for the “farty” title which is still indexed in search engines – though it seems the article has since been changed – see “correction” notice at the end of current revision)

Following is an image of the search results dominated by “farting”:

Screenshot from 2014-07-16 12:37:58

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Ibrahim Maalouf


It’s been a while since I’ve heard something so fresh!

Thank you Matt

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Scientific Discovery


evidence on the workings of scientific discovery:

“How did they make their discovery? “We were in the research lab getting very frustrated. We raced down to the pub and had a lightbulb moment.” It is interesting that even scientists searching for the deepest darkness possible think of their breakthrough as enlightenment. Presumably you need that if you are staring at the abyss every day.”


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Facebook: Emotional Engineering


“… Over 600,000 people had their Facebook newsfeeds altered to reflect more “positive” or “negative” content, in order to determine if seeing more sad messages makes a person sadder.

… Facebook can manipulate the emotions of hundreds of thousands of people just to see what happens … Nobody has ever had this sort of power before. No dictator in their wildest dreams has been able to subtly manipulate the daily emotions of more than a billion humans so effectively. There are no precedents for what Facebook is doing here. Facebook itself is the precedent. What the company does now will influence how the corporate powers of the future understand and monetise human emotion.

… Facebook went to some lengths to be as unavailable as possible for comment without directly telling me where to shove my inquiry. Facebook were unavailable for comment in the way that a man who, on hearing the doorbell, runs out of the back door and over the garden wall is not at home to visitors.

Emotional engineering is, and always has been, Facebook’s business model. It is the practice of making itself socially indispensable that has ensured that, for many millions of people, Facebook has become the default front page of the internet.

… Facebook has already manipulated the voting behaviour of its users, and bragged about it, too.

… For you and me, this is a massive secret political experiment on the creepy-totalitarian side of interesting. For a senator, or a Member of Parliament, this news means and meant much, much more. It means power. Power of a new and breathtaking kind. Power that demands to be paid attention to and courted.

Facebook’s service is not free. Facebook’s product is your information, your worldview, your memories and experience, and that is what you pay with every time you log in. That information is power of a quality that is can be traded upon and sold.

… More people live a part of their lives on Facebook than live in any single country on earth, apart from China. It is, effectively, a country itself, a country of pure information where the authorities know everything you do and can change everything you see, without even telling you first.

… If Facebook is a country, then it is a corporate dictatorship. This is not a metaphor. I believe that it is beyond time that we began to hold social networking not just to the laws of the market, but to the common laws of the societies we live in and the societies we want to see.


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Food from Spain


Zoom in on the white space:

More ground-level images and information

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