Thanks too for your email again. Here's more about F/friends and WUaS per your question and my responses - http://scott-macleod.blogspot.
In terms of another culture which informs World University and School, which might be more in line with your upcoming geo-spatial informatics (?) studies in Sweden, is our plans to create a virtual Harbin / virtual earth for STEM wiki researchers in all 7,943+ languages to add their own research. See the slides here from a Berkeley talk I gave last November on my book's web page - http://www.scottmacleod.com/
ActualVirtualHarbinBook.html - re ethno-wiki-virtual-world- graphy. Harbin's alternative culture (counterculture), in many ways emerges from a kind of "hippies to the hot springs" California emergence out of the 1960s and 1970s (Stanford still has some of this faintly too). WUaS would like to create film-realistic interactive 3D group build-able virtual earth with avatars and a universal translator - think Google Street View with time slider with OpenSim - as classrooms (and at the cellular and nano-scales too!).
F/friends "culture" has helped me navigate Harbin's alternative culture, and Harbin's alternative culture has helped me keep Quaker culture in perspective. But per my above email to you (now in the blog), it's STEM CC MIT OCW's culture as well as wiki culture, and also Stanford's culture (excellence with a kind of California laid back-ness, I'd say) - and Reed College's conference method and approach to thinking and undergraduate education - that I'd like to bring online into WUaS's group video Hangout cultures. (I'm an anthropologist - and with regard to Quakers too - hence my focus on culture here :).
Looking forward to getting your email, and welcome home soon!
All the best, Scott
Nathan (Jim and Dianne),
Thank you - and great presentation, Nathan (which I'll revisit)!!!
CC World University and School, which is like CC MIT OCW in 7 languages (and CC Yale OYC) with CC Wikipedia in 358 languages (and planned as universities/schools in all 7,943 languages), would also like to represent / model / create experimentation of brain research in a film realistic virtual earth, something like Google Street View with time slider with OpenSimulator/SL conceptually ... re my questions (and possibly Jim's too) - and your research, and at the street view, neuronal (cellular) and nano (atomic) levels to begin - but for STEM research in all 7, 943+ languages (with a universal translator - http://worlduniversity.wikia.
com/wiki/WUaS_Universal_ Translator - think Google Translate with Wikipedia's ContentTranslation, and at the written word, syllable and phoneme levels to begin).
WUaS would also like this film realistic virtual earth/cosmos (re the Smithsonian/Harvard's Illustris too) to become a "classroom" - and hopefully to become an augmented reality 15 foot cubed "classroom" around us which we could even bioengineer, again planning for all languages (7,097 living languages).
How the biological neuron will relate to a computational neuron (re, for example, the Google Brain project's working computational representation of a neuron) and then find form in Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning and Machine Translation, for research, modeling and experimentation - in a film realistic virtual earth with avatars (both realistic and fantastic) will/could help address some of the questions you're asking, as well as address some of the questions I'm interested in re all languages and what these can help us learn about nano, neural as well as sociocultural linguistic communication processes. (The sgkmacleod@
worlduniversityandschool.org address and G+ profile is where I'm following speakers of many different languages, and is WUaS's language-focused email).
Re "loving bliss neurophysiology elicitation," i.e. neural cascades of pleasure of certain qualities, and your film-neural processes' "matching" questions, I'm particularly curious about feedback mechanisms for eliciting this brain chemistry when and as we want it, and how to explore an expanding array of qualities of this brain chemistry. Music and films would offer many avenues into marking brain chemistry in terms of such qualities.
I'm going to revisit your presentation, as well as re-listen to your verbal response to my question from your IBM CSIG talk (I've given a talk on a universal translator in this series too) about my question (and look at Jim's resources), and I know you are busy, but any further off the top of your head thoughts would be appreciated!!! (to reiterate Jim too :).
Thanks, Jim, too, for your great resources and questions!
Thank you, Nathan!