Back in 2011 I led a Science Circle discussion on Black Swans (See link below for transcript). I am still fascinated by these phenomena and want to revisit them now after almost 9 years. A brief recap: A black swan is a highly improbable event with three principal characteristics: It is unpredictable; it carries a…

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I sometimes forget that Second Life is a scientific laboratory for the computer scientist. The 3D world that I take for granted is the product of many, many talented programmers and mathematicians. I could program in C and FORTRAN but object oriented, windows-based programming always eluded me, so I am most impressed with the virtual…

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