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food-for-thoughtThe Holy Grail of the Unconscious

The Ny Time Magazine article tells the story about the lost book of Carl Jung, the father of analytical psychology. For almost 100 years, the red leather bound book has been the subject of speculation and controversy. Sarah Corbett writes about the struggle to get it published. Below is a snip of what it’s about:

“The book tells the story of Jung trying to face down his own demons as they emerged from the shadows. The results are humiliating, sometimes unsavory. In it, Jung travels the land of the dead, falls in love with a woman he later realizes is his sister, gets squeezed by a giant serpent and, in one terrifying moment, eats the liver of a little child. (“I swallow with desperate efforts — it is impossible — once again and once again — I almost faint — it is done.”) At one point, even the devil criticizes Jung as hateful.”

I want to read that.

via Give Me Something to Read

Project Gaydar

“You wanna know how I know your gay? You like Coldplay.” That’s a line Paul Rudd says to Seth Rogen in the 40 Year Old Virgin. Well, that man-child joke is soon to become obsolete if this project is proven valid, which I doubt. Two MIT students created a software algorithm that studies a person’s Facebook profile and they claim it can predict if the person is gay.

Using data from the social network Facebook, they made a striking discovery: just by looking at a person’s online friends, they could predict whether the person was gay. They did this with a software program that looked at the gender and sexuality of a person’s friends and, using statistical analysis, made a prediction. The two students had no way of checking all of their predictions, but based on their own knowledge outside the Facebook world, their computer program appeared quite accurate for men, they said. People may be effectively “outing” themselves just by the virtual company they keep.

via Meta Filter

Post-Medium Publishing

Paul Graham on publishing and it’s shift and fight between selling content or selling the medium.

Almost every form of publishing has been organized as if the medium was what they were selling, and the content was irrelevant. Book publishers, for example, set prices based on the cost of producing and distributing books. They treat the words printed in the book the same way a textile manufacturer treats the patterns printed on its fabrics.

via Snarkmarket