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The Equation Changes (05/2013)

05/01/2013

ZEIGARNIK EFFECT
A form of memory bias, this psychological theory implies that people remember unfinished tasks more effectively than those that have been completed.


05/02/2013

NEPENTHE
A potion prepared in ancient times to induce forgetfulness of pain or sorrow; something capable of causing oblivion to suffering.


05/03/2013

DUNBAR'S NUMBER
The suggested upper-limit of people with whom one can maintain a stable relationship. This group defines one's primary social network, and thus are the primary influences on an individual's thinking and behavior.



05/04/2013

POSTHUMAN
A hypothetical future being whose basic capabilities would radically exceed those of a human.



05/05/2013

CONGLOMERATE
A group of corporations pursuing different businesses that are bound together under a single parent company.



05/06/2013

EIDOS
The distinct expression of the intellectual character of a culture or group.



05/07/2013

HYPERREALITY
A hypothetical inability to differentiate reality from a simulation of reality.



05/08/2013

LODESTAR
A guiding principle or light.



05/09/2013

COEVOLUTION
The influence of two species upon each other's evolution caused by their intertwined relationship.



05/10/2013

PANOPTICON
A circular building with a central viewing station from which an observer may monitor every inhabitant without them knowing if they are being watched.



05/11/2013

RENAISSANCE
From the French 're-birth,' and Italian 'to be reborn.' A cultural movement beginning in the 14th century where art and literature flourished across a large section of Europe.



05/12/2013

GRAPHEME
The smallest meaningful unit within a system of writing.



05/13/2013

CONNECTIONISM
A system of thinking that models mental and behavioral phenomena as emerging from networks of simple units.



05/14/2013

MEMORY HOLE
A mechanism for altering or removing evidence from a public repository in such a manner as to suggest it never existed. A concept popularized by George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four.



05/15/2013

PROGRESS TRAP
A condition societies experience when unsolvable problems are introduced through the pursuit of progress, leading to social collapse.



05/16/2013

EYEWALL
A ring of towering thunderclouds surrounding the eye; a region where the most severe weather in a storm occurs.



05/17/2013

PRESCIENCE
The power to see the future.



05/18/2013

HABITATION
The process of adapting to an environment.



05/19/2013

LONG-TERM POTENTIATION
A long-lasting enhancement in transmission between neurons resulting from stimulating them simultaneously.



05/20/2013

RINT
RINT, or Radiation Intelligence, is information gathered by exploiting the unintentional radiation created by computers, data connections and electrical equipment.



05/21/2013

IN THE BLACK
From the intelligence world. To be surveillance-free for a period greater than a few seconds.



05/22/2013

RHIB
Rigid-Hulled Inflatable Boat. A light-weight, high performance and high-capacity inflatable boat frequently used for military and intelligence operations.



05/23/2013

ESCHATOLOGY
A branch of theology concerned with the final destiny of humankind.



05/24/2013

FERMI'S PARADOX
The contradiction between the high probability estimates for the existence of other intelligences, and humanity's lack of contact with, or evidence for, such.



05/25/2013

CUNEIFORM
A language expressed as a series of pictographs. The earliest known form of writing.



05/26/2013

MEDIOCRITY PRINCIPLE
The philosophical principle that there is nothing unusual about the evolution of the Solar System, Earth, humanity, or any nation of people.



05/27/2013

PSYCHOLINGUISTICS
The study of the relationships between language and psychological processes.



05/28/2013

BLACK SWAN THEORY
A metaphor describing an event that is unexpected and has a major impact on the course of history, and is incorrectly rationalized as something predictable in hindsight.



05/29/2013

CENOTAPH
A tomb erected for individuals buried elsewhere.



05/30/2013

VIRAL PHENOMENON
An object or pattern able to replicate itself or convert other objects into a copy of itself when they are exposed to it.



05/31/2013

NEXUS
A connection or series of connections between multiple ideas or things.



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