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Author - LiveHi Reddit, Susanna Brisk here. IAmA Sexual Intuitive®, meaning I coach people worldwide on identifying their needs and how to get them met. I wrote a book called "How to Get Laid Using Your Intuition" AMA.

Feb 24th 2018 by susannabrisk • 19 Questions • 4214 Points

I’m a physicist and my primary vocation is doing theoretical physics, on paper, by hand. I also have a passion for explaining science, so I’ve written a number of popular science books—about hyperspace, the physics of the impossible, the future of the mind, and more. My newest is about The Future of Humanity: on Earth, across space, throughout time, all the way to our destiny among the stars.

Read more about The Future of Humanity here!

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Fire away! I’m ready for your best!

UPDATE: I have to go for an interview right now, but I'm really enjoying this. I hope to come back and answer more questions later tonight. Thank you everyone!

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You help people who need to get laid? Reddit welcomes you. Edit: Spyelling

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I've heard it suggested that had a limit on presidential terms not become mandated at 2 at the most, President Eisenhower would have likely easily won a third term.

Would you say that was true?

Did Eisenhower think he could have won a third term had it been an option?


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Hey Chris! I have two questions for you:

1) What is your tl;dr version of how we can solve income inequality?

2) What is your most prized possession, something you've had before the FB days, that you have and will never get rid of under any circumstance?

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How did you experience Thatcher's politics? As a photojournalist living and documenting back then you must have witnessed a lot e.g. her cuts in welfare and the falklands war. How did the labour class respond?


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Horizon Chase Turbo will have multiplayer online?

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What type of cancer?


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Hello Dr. Kaku,

I don’t hear as much about String Theory as I used to. Are people giving up on it? Are we closer to developing experiments that could prove or further the research? What is the state of String Theory?

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Do Pinstripe and Once Upon A Coma exist in the same universe?


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I've heard it suggested that had a limit on presidential terms not become mandated at 2 at the most, President Eisenhower would have likely easily won a third term.

Would you say that was true?

Did Eisenhower think he could have won a third term had it been an option?

A:

Hey Chris! I have two questions for you:

1) What is your tl;dr version of how we can solve income inequality?

2) What is your most prized possession, something you've had before the FB days, that you have and will never get rid of under any circumstance?


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How did you experience Thatcher's politics? As a photojournalist living and documenting back then you must have witnessed a lot e.g. her cuts in welfare and the falklands war. How did the labour class respond?

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Horizon Chase Turbo will have multiplayer online?


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What type of cancer?

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Hello Dr. Kaku,

I don’t hear as much about String Theory as I used to. Are people giving up on it? Are we closer to developing experiments that could prove or further the research? What is the state of String Theory?


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Hahaha thank you! I have repeatedly been told that I'm doing the 'lord's work' and I think it is true to the extent that the more people get laid with the kind of sex they want with the kind of people they want it with, the more peaceful our world will be! Thanks again for the laugh, have been typing for 4 hours straight and needed it.

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And for the record, he did play alot of golf. How much? I don't know exactly, but if you want to go through his presidential appointment books, you can get an idea. All of his appointment books are contained in the Eisenhower Presidential Library and are open to the public. You can also check out a few of his appointment books using this link:

https://www.eisenhower.archives.gov/research/online_documents.html

Look for "presidential appointment books." Enjoy!


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  1. Sometimes the best solution is the simplest: a monthly stipend of $500 to every working American making less than $50k would lift 20 million people out of poverty overnight and stabilize the financial lives of 90 million people. We can afford this by bringing rates on the income of the 1% into line with the historical average of 50%. We know that when people get modest amounts of cash, they use it smartly, their kids stay in school longer, health outcomes improve, and they're happier. We have the power to rebalance our economic system and provide more opportunity to all -- we just have to develop the political will to do it.

  2. My books. I grew up an only child in North Carolina and books were my best friends. From about age 13 onward, I began to collect books to build a "library" of sorts. I carted them around with me from NC to boarding school, to Harvard, and later to California and now New York. They're my most prized possessions and the thing I won't ever be getting rid of.

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I experienced it first hand and covered the coal strikes in the North East of England. And I saw first hand the devastation of mining communities where there was literally no food in many cases that mothers and fathers could put on the table for their children. The police were more like a state agency, administering rough justice to anyone who was opposing the closure policies. The brutality was in many cases appalling and certainly of the same brutality which I had witnessed in Ireland and in other civil wars and riots around the world. I photographed the effects of the strike of both individuals and communities and I saw the levels of poverty into which people were forced. I also witnessed how communities have been divided, between those who worked and those who were forced to go back to work.

The labour class responded with a great deal of resistance on all levels across England. Particularly students were outraged by Thatchers policies and I think even her supporters were sometimes appalled by the consequences of her strategies and her determination to crush the working classes and defeat any opposition to her policies.


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The game is not gonna have multiplayer online. Instead, Horizon Chase Turbo will offer split-screen multiplayer up to 4 players and the "ghost mode".

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I had a neuroblastoma on my spine, essentially the tumor crushed my spinal cord meaning nerve signals cant be sent beyond a certain point.


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Any theory has its ebbs and flows. String theory is so advanced and sophisticated mathematically that we physicists are still trying to find its ultimate form. So string theory continued to dominate the agenda of physics conferences and physics publications, but there are no sensational results that can generate popular headlines. The problem is that the theory is not in its final form, so it has many, many solutions, each one a universe, giving us a multiverse of universes. Which one is our universe? String theory can predict our universes, but it also predicts parallel universes as well. But I personally feel that once string theory is in its final form, we will understand whether or not there is a multiverse of universes.

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Yes.


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And for the record, he did play alot of golf. How much? I don't know exactly, but if you want to go through his presidential appointment books, you can get an idea. All of his appointment books are contained in the Eisenhower Presidential Library and are open to the public. You can also check out a few of his appointment books using this link:

https://www.eisenhower.archives.gov/research/online_documents.html

Look for "presidential appointment books." Enjoy!

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  1. Sometimes the best solution is the simplest: a monthly stipend of $500 to every working American making less than $50k would lift 20 million people out of poverty overnight and stabilize the financial lives of 90 million people. We can afford this by bringing rates on the income of the 1% into line with the historical average of 50%. We know that when people get modest amounts of cash, they use it smartly, their kids stay in school longer, health outcomes improve, and they're happier. We have the power to rebalance our economic system and provide more opportunity to all -- we just have to develop the political will to do it.

  2. My books. I grew up an only child in North Carolina and books were my best friends. From about age 13 onward, I began to collect books to build a "library" of sorts. I carted them around with me from NC to boarding school, to Harvard, and later to California and now New York. They're my most prized possessions and the thing I won't ever be getting rid of.


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I experienced it first hand and covered the coal strikes in the North East of England. And I saw first hand the devastation of mining communities where there was literally no food in many cases that mothers and fathers could put on the table for their children. The police were more like a state agency, administering rough justice to anyone who was opposing the closure policies. The brutality was in many cases appalling and certainly of the same brutality which I had witnessed in Ireland and in other civil wars and riots around the world. I photographed the effects of the strike of both individuals and communities and I saw the levels of poverty into which people were forced. I also witnessed how communities have been divided, between those who worked and those who were forced to go back to work.

The labour class responded with a great deal of resistance on all levels across England. Particularly students were outraged by Thatchers policies and I think even her supporters were sometimes appalled by the consequences of her strategies and her determination to crush the working classes and defeat any opposition to her policies.

A:

The game is not gonna have multiplayer online. Instead, Horizon Chase Turbo will offer split-screen multiplayer up to 4 players and the "ghost mode".


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I had a neuroblastoma on my spine, essentially the tumor crushed my spinal cord meaning nerve signals cant be sent beyond a certain point.

A:

Any theory has its ebbs and flows. String theory is so advanced and sophisticated mathematically that we physicists are still trying to find its ultimate form. So string theory continued to dominate the agenda of physics conferences and physics publications, but there are no sensational results that can generate popular headlines. The problem is that the theory is not in its final form, so it has many, many solutions, each one a universe, giving us a multiverse of universes. Which one is our universe? String theory can predict our universes, but it also predicts parallel universes as well. But I personally feel that once string theory is in its final form, we will understand whether or not there is a multiverse of universes.


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Do you clear the pipes before a date? Doesnt hurt to rub one out beforehand.

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Would you say that Eisenhower's greatest accomplishment as President was the Interstate Highway System, ending the Korean War, signing the Civil Rights Bill of 1957, or balancing the budget three times?

Would Eisenhower be pretty disgusted with the state of the GOP today?


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Most critics of UBI don't understand that it doesn't cost $1000 to give someone $1000 and increase their taxes $400. The cost is $600. The true cost of UBI is the net transfer amount, and is calculated in the same way the cost of a negative income tax is calculated. It also requires subtracting out the programs no longer necessary or qualified for with higher incomes.

Read: https://works.bepress.com/widerquist/75/

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Just FYI the link you provided leads to a dead page.

https://thewayitwas.uk/


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Hi guys ! What can you tell me about HCT ? What new features does Turbo offer ?

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Are you in high school or university? If so, what major? If not, what do you plan to do?


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Dr Kaku,

If we make contact with alien civilizations, then what? And how will we talk to them?

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Sorry if this is wrong or insentitive, but how much traffic did Jack's video bring you? Edit: jacksepticeye


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Would you say that Eisenhower's greatest accomplishment as President was the Interstate Highway System, ending the Korean War, signing the Civil Rights Bill of 1957, or balancing the budget three times?

Would Eisenhower be pretty disgusted with the state of the GOP today?

A:

Most critics of UBI don't understand that it doesn't cost $1000 to give someone $1000 and increase their taxes $400. The cost is $600. The true cost of UBI is the net transfer amount, and is calculated in the same way the cost of a negative income tax is calculated. It also requires subtracting out the programs no longer necessary or qualified for with higher incomes.

Read: https://works.bepress.com/widerquist/75/


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Thank you! I’ll definitely check out your book!

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Hi guys ! What can you tell me about HCT ? What new features does Turbo offer ?


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Are you in high school or university? If so, what major? If not, what do you plan to do?

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Dr Kaku,

If we make contact with alien civilizations, then what? And how will we talk to them?


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That doesn't work for everyone, but is a good idea in my experience. It may also make you less 'desperate' because you know that whatever happens, you can always give yourself a satisfying orgasm at the end of a date (like later at home, not over desert).

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In my opinion, I would say the Interstate Highway System is his greatest accomplishment as President of the United States. The scale of the project and the massive transformation it allowed the United States to undergo is unprecedented. It is really hard to say though…everything you listed is impressive…not to mention NASA, effectively managing to keep the Cold War “cold,” purchasing enough of the Salk Polio vaccine to inoculate every American child… He managed to do a lot in eight years.

When I’m asked to guess as to what Eisenhower would think or how he would feel, I often refer to his many quotes. He once remarked to the Republican State Chairmen, "Some politician some years ago said that bad officials are elected by good voters who do not vote."


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To fund a guaranteed income of $500/month, we would need to close egregious tax loopholes and raise taxes on the one percent to be in line with their historical average of 50% on income OVER $250k. (So if you make $300k a year for instance, you are paying an additional $7,500.) I continually make the case that in the long term, this should serve the interests of the poor, middle-class, and rich alike because it will spur economic growth. A recent Roosevelt Institute study found that a guaranteed income of $500/month to all Americans could add a point every year to our total GDP, a huge increase. That's a level of growth that all Americans would likely welcome.

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Thanks your emailI am sorry that you had some problems but the link does work and even access the site using the URL you sent me. Possibly you could try again.


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Hello! So, Horizon Chase Turbo is the standalone Console/PC follow-up to the critically-acclaimed mobile game, Horizon Chase World Tour. Actually, this game was redesign almost from scratch to take advantage of all the superior technological capacity of the PC and Consoles. As some examples of top features of Horizon Chase Turbo are the split-screen multiplayer up to 4 players available for all 3 game modes - campaign, tournament and endurance; Ghost Mode; Leaderboard; uncountable hours of gameplay through a total of 109 tracks, 4K resolution, and so on.

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I live in Ireland so I'm in the equivalent of the last year of high school. I have had a lot of medical complications over the last 2 years resulting in me missing a lot of school so I'm not going to do well in my end of year tests (which are very important for getting into college here.) I'm still not sure exactly sure what my plan would be for the next few years but ideally it would be get better health wise, then do a portfolio course or fetac course (alternative ways of getting into university but they take an extra year) and then study graphic design and go on from there!!


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Let me stick my neck out. I personally feel is that within this century, we will make contact with an alien civilization, by listening in on their radio communications. But talking to them will be difficult, since they could be tens of light years away. So, in the meantime, we must decipher their language to understand their level of technology. Are they Type I, II, or III??? And what are their intentions. Are they expansive and aggressive, or peaceful. Another possibility is that they land on the White House lawn and announce their existence. But I think that is unlikely, since we would be like forest animals to them, i.e. not worth communicating with.

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I'll say this: within two days of his post the campaign went from 32k to 46k. I don't know if that's all from him, but it was really cool to watch! He certainly has an amazing attitude about supporting indie devs!


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In my opinion, I would say the Interstate Highway System is his greatest accomplishment as President of the United States. The scale of the project and the massive transformation it allowed the United States to undergo is unprecedented. It is really hard to say though…everything you listed is impressive…not to mention NASA, effectively managing to keep the Cold War “cold,” purchasing enough of the Salk Polio vaccine to inoculate every American child… He managed to do a lot in eight years.

When I’m asked to guess as to what Eisenhower would think or how he would feel, I often refer to his many quotes. He once remarked to the Republican State Chairmen, "Some politician some years ago said that bad officials are elected by good voters who do not vote."

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To fund a guaranteed income of $500/month, we would need to close egregious tax loopholes and raise taxes on the one percent to be in line with their historical average of 50% on income OVER $250k. (So if you make $300k a year for instance, you are paying an additional $7,500.) I continually make the case that in the long term, this should serve the interests of the poor, middle-class, and rich alike because it will spur economic growth. A recent Roosevelt Institute study found that a guaranteed income of $500/month to all Americans could add a point every year to our total GDP, a huge increase. That's a level of growth that all Americans would likely welcome.


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Great – let me know if you have any difficulties. Best wishes, David

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Hello! So, Horizon Chase Turbo is the standalone Console/PC follow-up to the critically-acclaimed mobile game, Horizon Chase World Tour. Actually, this game was redesign almost from scratch to take advantage of all the superior technological capacity of the PC and Consoles. As some examples of top features of Horizon Chase Turbo are the split-screen multiplayer up to 4 players available for all 3 game modes - campaign, tournament and endurance; Ghost Mode; Leaderboard; uncountable hours of gameplay through a total of 109 tracks, 4K resolution, and so on.


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I live in Ireland so I'm in the equivalent of the last year of high school. I have had a lot of medical complications over the last 2 years resulting in me missing a lot of school so I'm not going to do well in my end of year tests (which are very important for getting into college here.) I'm still not sure exactly sure what my plan would be for the next few years but ideally it would be get better health wise, then do a portfolio course or fetac course (alternative ways of getting into university but they take an extra year) and then study graphic design and go on from there!!

A:

Let me stick my neck out. I personally feel is that within this century, we will make contact with an alien civilization, by listening in on their radio communications. But talking to them will be difficult, since they could be tens of light years away. So, in the meantime, we must decipher their language to understand their level of technology. Are they Type I, II, or III??? And what are their intentions. Are they expansive and aggressive, or peaceful. Another possibility is that they land on the White House lawn and announce their existence. But I think that is unlikely, since we would be like forest animals to them, i.e. not worth communicating with.


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I’m a male, divorced and under 30, never really have had the confidence to be vulnerable with many women. But I do have a high desire for monogamous sexual relationships and companionship. Ive gone years without sexual partners/intimacy and seems like when I do encounter intimacy its great until its not and most of the time there is no closure to the ending.

Can your intuition be hindered by co-dependency within intimate relationships?

Pretty much any advice? 😬

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Thank you for doing this: Eisenhower was known as a General who did not believe that that former high ranking military personnel should run for office. Why do you think that his view changed between the 1948 and 1952 elections when he decided to run?


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Hey Chris, how receptive have politicians been to your proposals of a basic income?

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Do you see any way in which neuromarketing is used unethically?


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Whats the framerate like @ 4k ?

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Im in university rn so all the high school stuff is relatively fresh in my mind. If you need any help with your subjects at all, feel free to message me and maybe i can tutor you :)


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Hi Michio Kaku, long time fan.

  1. Who are your favorite scientists today and why?

  2. What do you use to keep up to date with local, global, and technical news?

Thanks!

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So you got the to 30k on your own? Impressive


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Thank you for doing this: Eisenhower was known as a General who did not believe that that former high ranking military personnel should run for office. Why do you think that his view changed between the 1948 and 1952 elections when he decided to run?

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Hey Chris, how receptive have politicians been to your proposals of a basic income?


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Is there any advice you would like to give to somebody aspiring to be a photojournalist?

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Whats the framerate like @ 4k ?


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Im in university rn so all the high school stuff is relatively fresh in my mind. If you need any help with your subjects at all, feel free to message me and maybe i can tutor you :)

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Hi Michio Kaku, long time fan.

  1. Who are your favorite scientists today and why?

  2. What do you use to keep up to date with local, global, and technical news?

Thanks!


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I address this in the book. I think we are a little too quick to diagnose ourselves as "co-dependent" or someone else as a "narcissist." Rather than trying to pathologize, what is it about you that you feel is co-dependent? Not having the 'confidence to be vulnerable' is a very real tendency that has been faithfully inputted in you by a culture that seeks to disallow the right for men to show vulnerability. So, having this tendency actually makes you 'normal,' unless you can escape this cultural programming to create a new paradigm for yourself. Is there something that happened in your past that you feel might make it harder for you to be vulnerable?

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Hi Willaaay- I can't speak to what changed in Ike's mind, but I can tell you that he had no desire to run for public office. It was the American people, through a grassroots effort, that convinced him to run. He was overwhelmingly the people's choice, which resulted in him feeling like it was his civic duty. During the general election of 1952, Eisenhower won 442 electoral votes to Adlai Stevenson's 89 electoral votes.


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I think like a lot of Americans, politicians are craving some fresh ideas in our politics. Michael Tubbs, the youngest mayor of a major city in the US is leading a demonstration of a guaranteed income in Stockton, California. Congressman Ro Khanna and Senator Sherrod Brown have talked about a meaningful expansion of the Earned Income Tax Credit, the framework I argue we should use to build a guaranteed income in America. But we have a long way to go to get back to the early 1970s when the President of the United States (Richard Nixon) and leaders in the House and Senate were supportive of the idea!

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The techniques we were using when I first invented Neuromarketing involved attaching electrodes to the scalps of volunteers to read the electrical activity in their brain while they were being exposed to a particular stimulus, such as a new packaging design all TV commercial. The problems here are that the sample size must inevitably be small which makes the data somewhat unreliable. Second games work in such unique individual fashions that while there are, obviously, commonalities there are also very great differences making the data sets hard to compare. We studied the results intensively for the year before deciding a new approach was needed. My company Mindlab International - www.themindlab.co.uk now employs not only neuroscientists and psychologists but a great number of physicists and mathematicians as well as computer scientists who design increasingly refined algorithms by which to analyse brain responses over the Internet. This means that operating from the Science Park at the University of Sussex we can operate in any country in the world (with a few obvious limitations) and with a large subject set at a four lower cost than in the days of flying EEG equipment around the world.


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The whole developer team is proudly yelling about this one: 60fps!

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Thank you I appreciate it! I'll keep it in mind and dm you if I want to take you up on that offer :)


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My short list of the worlds greatest scientists are: 1) Isaac Newton, because he created calculus and found the laws of motion all by himself, without using the great achievements of his predecessors (which were extremely few) 2) Albert Einstein, who created Special and General Relativity all by himself, and was the God father of the quantum theory 3) Charles Darwin, because he found the basic principles which go era all living things. As far as living scientists go, of course Stephen Hawking has done path breaking research on black holes. As far as string theory is concerned, Ed Witten of Princeton has been a path breaker and pioneer. Today, its much easier to keep track of science because of great web sites dedicated to brining the best research to the public.

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Nope! it was with the help of about 20 or so other campaign creators who gave me a shoutout. JackSepticEye did eventually play the demo, and some other streamers, which certainly helped! It was mainly the other campaign creators :) Thanks for such kind words!


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Hi Willaaay- I can't speak to what changed in Ike's mind, but I can tell you that he had no desire to run for public office. It was the American people, through a grassroots effort, that convinced him to run. He was overwhelmingly the people's choice, which resulted in him feeling like it was his civic duty. During the general election of 1952, Eisenhower won 442 electoral votes to Adlai Stevenson's 89 electoral votes.

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I think like a lot of Americans, politicians are craving some fresh ideas in our politics. Michael Tubbs, the youngest mayor of a major city in the US is leading a demonstration of a guaranteed income in Stockton, California. Congressman Ro Khanna and Senator Sherrod Brown have talked about a meaningful expansion of the Earned Income Tax Credit, the framework I argue we should use to build a guaranteed income in America. But we have a long way to go to get back to the early 1970s when the President of the United States (Richard Nixon) and leaders in the House and Senate were supportive of the idea!


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Hi and thanks your very interesting question. When I started out as a photojournalist in the 1960s the world very different place, both photographically and in every other sense, than it is today. However although the techniques have changed significantly at the technology firstly improved, there are still some basic guidelines for those wishing to start on this career. When I left photographic college I was sure the national newspapers would be only too happy to employ the as a staff photographer – at that time the Daily Express, for example, had 64 full-time staff photographers. How wrong I was! After about 60 turn downs I got a job working for a small news agency in the North West of the UK. After a few weeks I realised I could do the same job of selling pictures for myself so came back down south and worked as a freelance for by local newspapers. After a while I became known to Fleet Street editors who began to commission me to cover local jobs. I then moved to Fleet Street and worked from there and from Paris for major magazines such as Life, Paris Match, et cetera. These days I am by no means sure that such a path exists but you could start by seeing whether it does. Develop a good news sense when it comes to pictures which editors will want to buy. Read lots of local newspapers and local websites, listen to local radio immerse yourself in the community as much as possible and cultivate special groups within communities that are most likely to feel affinity with you. For example if you are young then mixing with younger people will probably be easier than older ones. Listen out for any ideas that you could turn into a picture, or better yet, a series of pictures as this will bring in more money. Learn to write so that you can provide illustrated articles or at least well captured photographs which will be far more likely to attract and enters interest than those with little or no text where she or he has to commission a journalist to write the copy for you. You can also try following a specialist route as there are still a number of markets for people with a niche interest, whether this is dogs or horses, classic cars or garden furniture! If you yourself have an interest in any of these you might well find a ready market in the smaller specialist magazines. Once you have gutted with the editor and she/he knows you can be relied upon to provide reliable copy and pictures to deadline you are likely to find yourself with regular commissions. Use this as the basis for expanding your range of interests and contacts. Learn how to speak to people on the phone to set up assignments and persuade those reluctant to be photographed to let you take pictures of them. The more exclusive the images you could provide the more likely they are to sell at the higher the price you could get from them, but don't expect to become a millionaire! If you go to my website www.thewayitwas.com and look at the photographs there this may provide you with some help in identifying what a newsworthy all magazine worthy picture looks like and how it should be shot. If I had to give you just two pieces of advice then getting close – viewers like to feel part of the picture rather than distant observers – and make the key part of the picture stand out from the background clutter as far as possible, for instance by using a long lens to blur the surroundings. Hope this helps and the best of luck for your future. David

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The whole developer team is proudly yelling about this one: 60fps!


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Thank you I appreciate it! I'll keep it in mind and dm you if I want to take you up on that offer :)

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My short list of the worlds greatest scientists are: 1) Isaac Newton, because he created calculus and found the laws of motion all by himself, without using the great achievements of his predecessors (which were extremely few) 2) Albert Einstein, who created Special and General Relativity all by himself, and was the God father of the quantum theory 3) Charles Darwin, because he found the basic principles which go era all living things. As far as living scientists go, of course Stephen Hawking has done path breaking research on black holes. As far as string theory is concerned, Ed Witten of Princeton has been a path breaker and pioneer. Today, its much easier to keep track of science because of great web sites dedicated to brining the best research to the public.


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step 2 should be: be around women who you are attracted to and want to have intercourse with.

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What is IKEducation?


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Hi Chris, I think it's wonderful that you're thinking about how to fix inequality. I would love it if you could address the following concerns that people have about universal basic income.

  1. That in order to provide a meaningful amount of UBI to people, the cost for such a program would be out of this world.

  2. That providing universal public goods like free education and healthcare are cheaper and have higher returns on investment -- in addition to providing a greater sense of social cohesion.

  3. That UBI is being proposed as a fig leaf over the actual issue at hand causing inequality, which is inequality in ownership. Would it not be more beneficial to offer every citizen ownership in a fund of American companies?

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Why in your opinion people think the way they do (or don't)? Is there some pattern associated with some specific type of people based on various variables and how does it affects things?


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Yeah you better throw me a few free copies too cause you know, I need to get gud. ;)

jk. Game looks promising. I loved playing Cruis'n USA and Exotica and back in the day.

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I have often wondered are there things that are put in place to assist you like ramps, lower counters, tables with open spots that your find less functional or counter intuitive? My second question, is there something small that we can do everyday that would help you?

Thanks for doing this, best of luck on your journey and make the best of it, also welcome to reddit.


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How do you address critics in the skeptical community who have accused you of toeing too close to the line separating woo from legitimate science?

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What is IKEducation?

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Hi Chris, I think it's wonderful that you're thinking about how to fix inequality. I would love it if you could address the following concerns that people have about universal basic income.

  1. That in order to provide a meaningful amount of UBI to people, the cost for such a program would be out of this world.

  2. That providing universal public goods like free education and healthcare are cheaper and have higher returns on investment -- in addition to providing a greater sense of social cohesion.

  3. That UBI is being proposed as a fig leaf over the actual issue at hand causing inequality, which is inequality in ownership. Would it not be more beneficial to offer every citizen ownership in a fund of American companies?


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Just FYI the link you provided leads to a dead page.

https://thewayitwas.uk/

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Yeah you better throw me a few free copies too cause you know, I need to get gud. ;)

jk. Game looks promising. I loved playing Cruis'n USA and Exotica and back in the day.


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What would be the best way to ask you out? It came into my mind when I saw a very charismatic girl with a big smile on her face in a wheelchair and I thought of just asking her if she wanted to grab a beer with me someday but:

  • didn't want to let her feel I would do that out of pity.. I don't know her and the only thing I know from her (apart from her looks) is that she is disabled

  • normally I don't approach completely strangers because that's kind of creepy. But I know I wouldn`t meet her anywhere else because I don't see wheelchairers in the places I go to often (like the bars I go to)

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How do you address critics in the skeptical community who have accused you of toeing too close to the line separating woo from legitimate science?


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I think 'waiting out' platonic relationships to see if they might turn into sex can be a painful approach. Surrounding yourself with people who are turned on by the same things as you are might be more sustainable.

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Hi TLBDCO-

IKEducation is the Eisenhower Foundation's innovative K-12 program that serves thousands of students and teachers across Kansas, and beyond, both online and onsite. IKEducation provides not only historical lessons about Dwight D. Eisenhower’s unparalleled accomplishments, it also gives students and teachers insight into life in America during the twentieth century.

The mission of IKEducation is to provide every K-12 student, either online or onsite, with an innovative educational experience that enhances their understanding of Dwight D. Eisenhower, Supreme Allied Commander and 34th President of the United States.

We have lesson plans for elementary age, middle school age and high school age students. They can be found using this link:

http://www.eisenhowerfoundation.net/151/Lesson-Plans

I am proud to report that recently, one of our IKEducation lesson plans was featured in the Washington Post: https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/kidspost/heroic-dog-is-honored-75-years-after-saving-the-lives-of-us-soldiers/2018/01/12/c2e7d952-f176-11e7-b3bf-ab90a706e175_story.html?utm_term=.14dececd1b0c


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  1. The cost for $500/month to working adults making less than $50k would be just shy of $300bn per year. Let's be clear: that's a lot of money, even in the context of the federal budget. But it's half of what we spend on defense, and just a bit more than the Republican tax bill passed last December will cost. If we can afford tax cuts for corporations and the one percent, let's not pretend that we can't afford a boost to the bottom lines of working Americans who haven't seen a raise in decades.

  2. We need a better education system and smarter healthcare policy. But we also need to be clear-eyed about what works. We have poured more and more money into education and healthcare for decades and have seen only modest gains. But we have a LOT of evidence (which I detail in the book) that the EITC meaningfully improves health and education outcomes for kids. We want better educational and health outcomes, but the data suggests that the most effective way to get them might be through cash. Here's one study comparing the effect of EITC to pre-K investment: https://www.brookings.edu/opinions/this-policy-would-help-poor-kids-more-than-universal-pre-k-does/

  3. Some people argue for a sovereign wealth fund, which I think is a promising idea. Alaska has one, and it is no coincidence that Alaska has lower levels of income inequality than any state in the nation! The tricky thing though is the math: how much money and who gets it? The math is tricky if you want to get to a meaningful level and provide it to a broad base of people. And when people receive it, does it throw them off of other essential government benefits? The EITC is a proven framework that would provide a cash boost now, to the people who need it most, and be in supplement to existing benefits rather than come at their cost.

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My work was so varied and covered so many aspects of human life that is quite hard to specify any particular topic. Some involve greater technical complexity and risk, such as setting up remote, radio controlled, Nikon cameras when shooting aircraft and car stunts. Others involved a great deal of planning and rehearsal. For example the covert picture I took of a public schoolboy in the UK being caned took 1/15th of a second to shoot and some six months to arrange – so I was mightily relieved when the negative turned out okay in terms of exposure and focus. The miniature camera was hidden up my sleeve and in those days you got one chance to get the picture. But I suppose the area of work where I was most pleased with the results was in 1969 when I spent a lot of time in northern Ireland where the "troubles" had just erupted. I was commissioned by a French magazine to create a reportage of how the violence was affecting the children of both the Catholic and Protestant areas of the city. I stayed with strong families and became very friendly with people on both sides of the sectarian divide. On one occasion I was kidnapped and marched through the streets blindfolded before being taken into a back bedroom for "questioning". Fortunately I had made friends with a wonderful doctor, Jim Ryan, who served both communities for decades and had good friends on both sides of the religious divide. They called him and he vouched for me. At once everyone was a friend again and the lad who had blindfolded me and threatened me with a pickaxe handle beating, even let me photograph the top of his head where you could see the stitching of a wound delivered he said by a member of the hated B Force police squad. I was pleased with the way the pictures brought home to people in both France and the UK how the children were suffering even at this early stage of the conflict. One final set of pictures which caused me great pride with those secretly taken in a Turkish juvenile prison where a British lad, Timothy Davey, was serving a long sentence for drug possession. He was jailed for many years at the age of 14 and sent to an adult male prison! My pictures appears in eight leading UK Sunday newspaper and he freed a few weeks later.


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Many thanks!

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There is only really one instance that comes to mind about counter intuitive assistance because at least where I'm from (Ireland) things are generally well thought out before anything gets done, and it would have to be ramps that are but in place but are far too steep to use easily. Now if I'm with friends it wouldn't be a problem but if I am out by myself it can be a challenge. As for something small you guys can do yes there is! If you see someone who might be struggling with something ask if you can help! Be it a heavy door, trying to carry things or trying to climb up one of those steep ramps help is always appreciated! However please don't be one of those people that help without even asking... I've had a few occasions of people starting to push me/ take things off me/ try to help me with situations that I didn't need and it just makes an uncomfortable situation for everyone involved.. Hope this was a satisfactory answer and thank you :)


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It used to be that research scientists who interacted with the public were criticized. Carl Sagan, in a very embarrassing episode, was actually denied entry into the National Academy of Science by scientists who declared that he was "a mere popularizer," not a real scientist. But times have changed for several reasons. First, the Supercollider, the $10 billion machine that was to be America's premier scientific laboratory, was cancelled because the public did not understand the machine. At that point, it was humiliating to know that scientists had no one who could tell the public what the SSC was all about. After that, scientists realized that they had to engage the public, or else the public would cut their budget to zero. Second, the rise of Stephen Hawking showed that it was possible to engage the public without dumbing down the science.

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Zero. He's such a nice guy he just said "Sure I'll play!" when I emailed him! :)


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Hi TLBDCO-

IKEducation is the Eisenhower Foundation's innovative K-12 program that serves thousands of students and teachers across Kansas, and beyond, both online and onsite. IKEducation provides not only historical lessons about Dwight D. Eisenhower’s unparalleled accomplishments, it also gives students and teachers insight into life in America during the twentieth century.

The mission of IKEducation is to provide every K-12 student, either online or onsite, with an innovative educational experience that enhances their understanding of Dwight D. Eisenhower, Supreme Allied Commander and 34th President of the United States.

We have lesson plans for elementary age, middle school age and high school age students. They can be found using this link:

http://www.eisenhowerfoundation.net/151/Lesson-Plans

I am proud to report that recently, one of our IKEducation lesson plans was featured in the Washington Post: https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/kidspost/heroic-dog-is-honored-75-years-after-saving-the-lives-of-us-soldiers/2018/01/12/c2e7d952-f176-11e7-b3bf-ab90a706e175_story.html?utm_term=.14dececd1b0c

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  1. The cost for $500/month to working adults making less than $50k would be just shy of $300bn per year. Let's be clear: that's a lot of money, even in the context of the federal budget. But it's half of what we spend on defense, and just a bit more than the Republican tax bill passed last December will cost. If we can afford tax cuts for corporations and the one percent, let's not pretend that we can't afford a boost to the bottom lines of working Americans who haven't seen a raise in decades.

  2. We need a better education system and smarter healthcare policy. But we also need to be clear-eyed about what works. We have poured more and more money into education and healthcare for decades and have seen only modest gains. But we have a LOT of evidence (which I detail in the book) that the EITC meaningfully improves health and education outcomes for kids. We want better educational and health outcomes, but the data suggests that the most effective way to get them might be through cash. Here's one study comparing the effect of EITC to pre-K investment: https://www.brookings.edu/opinions/this-policy-would-help-poor-kids-more-than-universal-pre-k-does/

  3. Some people argue for a sovereign wealth fund, which I think is a promising idea. Alaska has one, and it is no coincidence that Alaska has lower levels of income inequality than any state in the nation! The tricky thing though is the math: how much money and who gets it? The math is tricky if you want to get to a meaningful level and provide it to a broad base of people. And when people receive it, does it throw them off of other essential government benefits? The EITC is a proven framework that would provide a cash boost now, to the people who need it most, and be in supplement to existing benefits rather than come at their cost.


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Thanks your emailI am sorry that you had some problems but the link does work and even access the site using the URL you sent me. Possibly you could try again.

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Many thanks!


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The best advice I can give you is go up and talk to her like you would anyone else! We're really not that different underneath it all! Be considerate of where you invite her like if there are steps in the building, a table that she would have easy access to or cobbles on the route there (cobbles and wheelchairs don't go well together) Hope this was helpful and it goes well for you!

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It used to be that research scientists who interacted with the public were criticized. Carl Sagan, in a very embarrassing episode, was actually denied entry into the National Academy of Science by scientists who declared that he was "a mere popularizer," not a real scientist. But times have changed for several reasons. First, the Supercollider, the $10 billion machine that was to be America's premier scientific laboratory, was cancelled because the public did not understand the machine. At that point, it was humiliating to know that scientists had no one who could tell the public what the SSC was all about. After that, scientists realized that they had to engage the public, or else the public would cut their budget to zero. Second, the rise of Stephen Hawking showed that it was possible to engage the public without dumbing down the science.


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I’ll wait for the author to chime in. I’m sure she’ll tell me this happens to everyone at some point.

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Why did the Eisenhower Foundation launch IKEducation?


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How do you feel about crypto currencies?

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I am currently studying psychology but I have a huge passion for photography and documenting the realities of life. I've had a really difficult time trying to find a career that I can be all-in because I have a need to create and to inform. As someone who is looking to do the reverse of your career trajectory:

  • What were your biggest struggles as a photojournalist?
  • Is there any way that you're aware of to combine the fields of psychology and photojournalism into a career?

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Is there any hope of an Xbox One version?

(I'm a longtime fan of TG, Outrun, Cruisin', Rush, etc, and I loved Horizon Chase on Android, but I wish I could play it and the upcoming sequel on my Xbox) <3

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What are your long-term goals in life?


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What are you thoughts on Deep Learning and recent AI trends? Any plans to write an updated version of "Future of The Mind" that would include all the success field of AI has achieved?

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I'm guessing this person asked how much you paid Jacksepticeye, or some other streamer?


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Why did the Eisenhower Foundation launch IKEducation?

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How do you feel about crypto currencies?


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Do you see any way in which neuromarketing is used unethically?

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Do you guys have any tips for a programmer looking to get into the game industry?


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Yes, but that's the thing: you are not different at all. But if I approach some average girl at the central station and ask her out she would moooost proably be uncomfortable (and that is understandable). I doubt I will see her again but if I will, I'll just talk to her. I doubt she will be mad, just don't want her to be uncomfortable, that's all. For the rest: yeah, that`s right, would definetly check the location first.

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What are you thoughts on Deep Learning and recent AI trends? Any plans to write an updated version of "Future of The Mind" that would include all the success field of AI has achieved?


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Hahaha. Some version of everything has probably happened to somebody at some point. But a chicken leg is pretty unique I grant you...

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Hi again, TLBCO-

As the triumphs of World War II and the progress and prosperity of the 1950s become a distant memory for most Americans, today’s students are further removed from the period. Realizing the challenge of sharing this rich history with generations for whom Dwight D. Eisenhower’s lifetime is relatively unknown, the Eisenhower Foundation developed IKEducation.

Since launching in 2013, over 20,000 students and teachers have participated in IKEducation programming. Just last year, IKEducation increased K-12 onsite programming at the Eisenhower Presidential Library, Museum, and Boyhood Home by 28%, from 6,047 students and teachers during the 2015-16 academic year to 7,753 students and teachers during the 2016-17 academic year.

Obviously, you've heard of IKEducation. Can you tell me how you learned about it?


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I love talking about crypto currencies and how they might work in the future -- and how a guaranteed income might be built into some of them. In my work, I'm super focused on the problems of the here and now and generally leave questions about what the world will be like in 2030 and 2040 to futurists. Right now, most of the Americans who I talk to who could benefit from a guaranteed income have never heard of crypto currencies, including BitCoin. As the reach of the currencies grows and expands, I'm looking forward to a time when we have an even broader conversation about how they might work and how to ensure their adoption ensures broader-based prosperity and economic growth.

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Thanks your email and good luck with your career whichever one you choose. What year of your psychology course are you attending at the moment and you have any specialisations within psychology that particularly interest you? If you could let me know this I will be able to provide – hopefully – a more detailed response. I started out in medicine but had always an interest in photography. About a year into my course I came across a book entitled People I Have Shot by one of Fleet Street's earliest photographers. I was captivated and then there'd had in my notice as a medical student and became a photography student at what was then called the Regent Street School of Photography. In my book The Way It Was (www.thewayitwas.uk) I describe the training I received my early struggles to obtain work as a photojournalist. My immediate suggestion, and I may be able to refine this once I have more information about your training, is to use photography as an aid to research within one of the fields of psychology with an eye to future publication. One of the first studies I undertook as a psychologist involved body language among the under fives, that is during the period children are developing a spoken language and one in which non-verbal communication is a main form of social interaction. I used a very early form of video recording to capture their movements in nursery school and then analysed several miles of tape and extracted black-and-white photographs (this was before the age of colour videography) for my research project. I later published this study in a book entitled The Secret Language of Your Child: how children talk before they can speak. This enjoyed world wide sales success and he still in print today. There may be some areas of research that interest you especially for which this approach would be appropriate.


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Definitely! We're planning to work on both XBOX and Switch version as soon as possible.

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The same as everyone else for the most part, live a happy healthy long life, get a job in something I enjoy doing, have a good job in a sector I like to work in. I used to play wheelchair basketball and was asked to train with the Ireland team but had to say no (medical reasons) but wouldn't mind seeing where that takes me.


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In The Future of the Mind, I wrote that, about 50 years ago, we scientists made a big mistake. We assumed that the brain was a digital computer. Big mistake, because the brain has no programming, no pentium chip, no CPU, no subroutines, etc. In fact, you can remove half the brain and it can still function, yet if you remove one tiny transistor a computer fails. Why? Because, as I wrote, the brain is a learning machine, some sort of neural network. Your laptop today is just as stupid as it was yesterday. But I wrote in my book that eventually scientists will begin to explore learning machines. Guess what. A few years later, now Deep Learning is all the rage. But it is, in some sense, 50 years late. This should have happened 50 years ago.

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Yep. I pay nothing to streamers


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Hi again, TLBCO-

As the triumphs of World War II and the progress and prosperity of the 1950s become a distant memory for most Americans, today’s students are further removed from the period. Realizing the challenge of sharing this rich history with generations for whom Dwight D. Eisenhower’s lifetime is relatively unknown, the Eisenhower Foundation developed IKEducation.

Since launching in 2013, over 20,000 students and teachers have participated in IKEducation programming. Just last year, IKEducation increased K-12 onsite programming at the Eisenhower Presidential Library, Museum, and Boyhood Home by 28%, from 6,047 students and teachers during the 2015-16 academic year to 7,753 students and teachers during the 2016-17 academic year.

Obviously, you've heard of IKEducation. Can you tell me how you learned about it?

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I love talking about crypto currencies and how they might work in the future -- and how a guaranteed income might be built into some of them. In my work, I'm super focused on the problems of the here and now and generally leave questions about what the world will be like in 2030 and 2040 to futurists. Right now, most of the Americans who I talk to who could benefit from a guaranteed income have never heard of crypto currencies, including BitCoin. As the reach of the currencies grows and expands, I'm looking forward to a time when we have an even broader conversation about how they might work and how to ensure their adoption ensures broader-based prosperity and economic growth.


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The techniques we were using when I first invented Neuromarketing involved attaching electrodes to the scalps of volunteers to read the electrical activity in their brain while they were being exposed to a particular stimulus, such as a new packaging design all TV commercial. The problems here are that the sample size must inevitably be small which makes the data somewhat unreliable. Second games work in such unique individual fashions that while there are, obviously, commonalities there are also very great differences making the data sets hard to compare. We studied the results intensively for the year before deciding a new approach was needed. My company Mindlab International - www.themindlab.co.uk now employs not only neuroscientists and psychologists but a great number of physicists and mathematicians as well as computer scientists who design increasingly refined algorithms by which to analyse brain responses over the Internet. This means that operating from the Science Park at the University of Sussex we can operate in any country in the world (with a few obvious limitations) and with a large subject set at a four lower cost than in the days of flying EEG equipment around the world.

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Start working on your own stuff, maybe participating in game jams, building a portfolio and networking.


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Being realistic we are a little bit- but yes your point still stands... I guess all you can do is try to keep her at ease sure the first 5 mimutes of conversation might be awkward but if you get talking you never know :) if you see her again and need an ice breaker simply ask if she needs a hand with anything (getting on the train/bus depending on the station or carrying anything if she's got her hands full) other than that the only advice I'd offer is if you do get a date with her and she looks tired don't start pushing her without asking... imagine someone you just met deciding what direction you're going.... not a nice feeling! Best of luck with it! :)

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In The Future of the Mind, I wrote that, about 50 years ago, we scientists made a big mistake. We assumed that the brain was a digital computer. Big mistake, because the brain has no programming, no pentium chip, no CPU, no subroutines, etc. In fact, you can remove half the brain and it can still function, yet if you remove one tiny transistor a computer fails. Why? Because, as I wrote, the brain is a learning machine, some sort of neural network. Your laptop today is just as stupid as it was yesterday. But I wrote in my book that eventually scientists will begin to explore learning machines. Guess what. A few years later, now Deep Learning is all the rage. But it is, in some sense, 50 years late. This should have happened 50 years ago.


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demisexual

Wow, thanks. Never heard of that. I'm long married but I have always wondered why in the past I would be attracted to someone but have trouble with sex unless there was already some intimacy established. TIL

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Do school groups have to pay to participate in IKEducation?


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Do you think that a guaranteed income can erase years of racism, sexism, and classism in our economy?

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awesome, thank you! I'll look forward to it :)


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Bot removed my comment because it wasn't a question. So Ill ask a question and make my comment.

How do you feel in reference to other young people your age that are out driving, getting their licenses etc?

Also, how do you stay motivated?

Stay strong!!

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My question is do you think SpaceX will achieve the feat of getting humans to Mars by 2024 or you are skeptical about this timeframe?


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A lot of people seem to forget, a streamer may play an unknown game on the offchance that it really takes off. Then their video was one of, if not the first of said newly popular game. Markiplier's career basically started on various, mostly crappy (some really good) horror games. If he had played only mainstream games I question if his popularity would have rocketed off the way it did.

And on top of this, it seems like 30% of the population thinks that 50% of the internet is being paid to say things.

I've already been accused of being paid by disney to say I like the new star wars movie.

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Do school groups have to pay to participate in IKEducation?


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Do you think that a guaranteed income can erase years of racism, sexism, and classism in our economy?

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Best books to read on psychopaths, narcissists, and brain washing?

Just so people don't troll me. I am fascinated by the subject. Not trying to be one.


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How big of a portfolio are we talking? Have an example of a good portfolio?

Great looking game by the way, awesome to have 4 player split screen, such a rarity nowadays.

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I have often wondered are there things that are put in place to assist you like ramps, lower counters, tables with open spots that your find less functional or counter intuitive? My second question, is there something small that we can do everyday that would help you?

Thanks for doing this, best of luck on your journey and make the best of it, also welcome to reddit.


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My question is do you think SpaceX will achieve the feat of getting humans to Mars by 2024 or you are skeptical about this timeframe?

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Oh yay!


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No, IKEducation programming and admission to the Eisenhower Presidential Museum are free, thanks to the Eisenhower Foundation's generous donors. In addition, the Eisenhower Foundation actively seeks funding to help schools cover expenses associated with field trips to the Eisenhower Presidential Library, Museum and Boyhood Home in Abilene, Kansas.

We also have two programs, Ike's Field Trip Fund and the Dane G. Hansen Field Trip Program, that provide schools with much needed field trip funding. If you would like to help more schools visit the Eisenhower Presidential Campus in Abilene, please visit https://eisenhowerfoundation.net/616/Ikes-Field-Trip-Fund to make a donation.

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Nothing can erase the shameful history of racism, sexism and classism in our country. But a guaranteed income can be a step in the right direction to righting some of these wrongs. The expanded EITC for people making less than $50k that I propose in my book would disproportionately support the incomes of people of color and women. A guaranteed income by no means is a silver bullet here – we also need equal pay for equal work legislation, to support the #metoo movement, for our leaders to pass policies to address police brutality; but helping to stabilize the financial lives of people struggling to make ends meet will provide stability and opportunity immediately and directly in their lives.


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Thank you!

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Don't worry about it :) Funnily enough I'm in the process of getting my licence at the moment! I've done all my lessons and have my test booked in March! I'm not entirely sure what you mean for the stay motivated part as that is incredibly broad... if you mean to do everyday things, I make a lot of jokes at my own expense about my disability because its one of those situations where if you don't laugh you'll cry! Thank you for the encouragement though!


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I think Elon Musk has made a great contribution in creating a genuine moon rocket, the Falcon Heavy, and doing it with private funds, so now we have 2 (not one) moon rockets, the SLS and Falcon Heavy. That is what is important. Time tables, of course, come and go. So personally I think his time frame may be a bit optimistic, but that is not the point. The point is that he is making it possible to enter a new Golden Age of space exploration, almost free of charge to the tax payer.

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Exactly. The marketing for Coma has been all grass roots. It’s all I can afford C:


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No, IKEducation programming and admission to the Eisenhower Presidential Museum are free, thanks to the Eisenhower Foundation's generous donors. In addition, the Eisenhower Foundation actively seeks funding to help schools cover expenses associated with field trips to the Eisenhower Presidential Library, Museum and Boyhood Home in Abilene, Kansas.

We also have two programs, Ike's Field Trip Fund and the Dane G. Hansen Field Trip Program, that provide schools with much needed field trip funding. If you would like to help more schools visit the Eisenhower Presidential Campus in Abilene, please visit https://eisenhowerfoundation.net/616/Ikes-Field-Trip-Fund to make a donation.

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Nothing can erase the shameful history of racism, sexism and classism in our country. But a guaranteed income can be a step in the right direction to righting some of these wrongs. The expanded EITC for people making less than $50k that I propose in my book would disproportionately support the incomes of people of color and women. A guaranteed income by no means is a silver bullet here – we also need equal pay for equal work legislation, to support the #metoo movement, for our leaders to pass policies to address police brutality; but helping to stabilize the financial lives of people struggling to make ends meet will provide stability and opportunity immediately and directly in their lives.


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Hi good question. lots of good books on the subject and I suggest you search for them on Amazon or Google. I have conducted the research into the subject of mind control and have even made a short video on the topic which had a post on the www.thewayitwas.uk Facebook. I have one book which could be a special interest to your studies based on the appalling work done on mental patients by a Canadian psychiatrist in the last decades of the last millennium. I will dig out the title and getting across to you in a subsequent email. Good luck with your searches it's a fascinating area. David

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Complex question, buddy. I think it all depends on your goals, expectations, etc. And many thanks for the compliments about Horizon Chase Turbo. Cheers!


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There is only really one instance that comes to mind about counter intuitive assistance because at least where I'm from (Ireland) things are generally well thought out before anything gets done, and it would have to be ramps that are but in place but are far too steep to use easily. Now if I'm with friends it wouldn't be a problem but if I am out by myself it can be a challenge. As for something small you guys can do yes there is! If you see someone who might be struggling with something ask if you can help! Be it a heavy door, trying to carry things or trying to climb up one of those steep ramps help is always appreciated! However please don't be one of those people that help without even asking... I've had a few occasions of people starting to push me/ take things off me/ try to help me with situations that I didn't need and it just makes an uncomfortable situation for everyone involved.. Hope this was a satisfactory answer and thank you :)

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I think Elon Musk has made a great contribution in creating a genuine moon rocket, the Falcon Heavy, and doing it with private funds, so now we have 2 (not one) moon rockets, the SLS and Falcon Heavy. That is what is important. Time tables, of course, come and go. So personally I think his time frame may be a bit optimistic, but that is not the point. The point is that he is making it possible to enter a new Golden Age of space exploration, almost free of charge to the tax payer.


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I always thought intuition was just being super observant. Making certain moves and observing responses...

I’d imagine asking good questions helps too.

What else is involved?

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How can people get involved in the Eisenhower Foundation?


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Do you guys have any tips for a programmer looking to get into the game industry?

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Hi Dr Kaku how long do you think it took for humans to terraform planet like Mars? Are there any physical constraints regarding this? Thanks.


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In your opinion, why some kickstarters fail horribly in delivering what they promised, and what is the hardest part of doing stuff via crowdfunding?

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How can people get involved in the Eisenhower Foundation?


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Why are phobias prevalent now more than ever?

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Is there any hope of an Xbox One version?

(I'm a longtime fan of TG, Outrun, Cruisin', Rush, etc, and I loved Horizon Chase on Android, but I wish I could play it and the upcoming sequel on my Xbox) <3


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What are your long-term goals in life?

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Hi Dr Kaku how long do you think it took for humans to terraform planet like Mars? Are there any physical constraints regarding this? Thanks.


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Intuition is what happens BEYOND observation. It's the ability to synthesize all the clues and facts, and then make a determination that may even seem irrational, but takes what you observe into account. It is very much about tuning into what's happening in your body when you observe someone or something, what is it telling you? I have a grounding exercise in the book that helps you tune into your physical sensations to develop this kind of innate intelligence. Some people call this "somatic" work, as "somatic" means "of the body." It's the different between an "idea" and something that motivates you to take actions from your core.

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Hi Colenecraig- I'm so glad you asked! As I mentioned earlier, the Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum is a part of the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). Through NARA, the federal government supports archival, curatorial and security staff, as well as maintenance at the Eisenhower Presidential campus. Exhibit updates, K-12 and public education programs, and community events, however, must be funded through the Eisenhower Foundation.

We're always looking for people to become Friends of the Eisenhower Foundation. Our Friends provide the critical support necessary for our world-class exhibits, programs and events. For more information, and to join the Friends group, use this link:

http://www.eisenhowerfoundation.net/154/Friends-of-the-Foundation


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Start working on your own stuff, maybe participating in game jams, building a portfolio and networking.

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Terraforming, in my book The Future of Humanity, will proceed in slow steps. 1. using lava tubes to form underground bases to protect against radiation 2. mining ice to get drinking water, and oxygen for breathing, and hydrogen for rocket field. 3. using genetically modified plans to thrive on Mars 4. using methane to create a green house effect 5. using solar mirrors to beam sunlight down to the ice caps to melt them.


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I had lunch with a friend of mine who I consider a successful business man. He started a really incredible jean company, and he told me he despised Kickstarter. Basically, he told me so many individuals set out to make something great, and they have a super cool trailer and rewards, but they don't know a damn thing about actually starting a company or finishing a project. So they actually just dug themselves a hole. So I'd say that's one of the hardest parts! Knowing the cost of creation going in, and ensuring your budget is accurate! I'm guilty of this to some degree: if Pinstripe hadn't raised 100k, and only raised the goal of 28k, I'm not so sure I would have made a game that people actually felt proud of. Are you talking about a specific campaign in general?

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Hi Colenecraig- I'm so glad you asked! As I mentioned earlier, the Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum is a part of the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). Through NARA, the federal government supports archival, curatorial and security staff, as well as maintenance at the Eisenhower Presidential campus. Exhibit updates, K-12 and public education programs, and community events, however, must be funded through the Eisenhower Foundation.

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That's an interesting question. What is clear that we are now much more aware of phobias and that they are not just a flight of the imagination, but a real and life inhibiting problem for a great many people. Let me give you one example:

In the mid-19th century, when a German psychologist named Carl Westphal named "agoraphobia" which is not a fear as many people think of being in open spaces, but of being among other people - it comes from the Greek "agora" which means market place - he reported that he was unable to describe any cases of female agoraphobics, as all his patients were men. What he failed to appreciate, that even those with severe agoraphobia are able to leave their homes quite easily, when in the company of a trusted adult or child. This could be their son, their brother, their parents, and so forth. In the 19th century, the middle class women who formed his patient base never went out unaccompanied, they always had companion. And so they didn't display any of the fear symptoms of agoraphobia. Today, many more people experience new things to which they can become phobic and social structures mean they are always less likely to be accompanied. I think these two factors account for both the greater public awareness of phobias and possibly the increase in phobias to experiences, activities, and situations that did not exist even 30 years ago.

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Definitely! We're planning to work on both XBOX and Switch version as soon as possible.


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The same as everyone else for the most part, live a happy healthy long life, get a job in something I enjoy doing, have a good job in a sector I like to work in. I used to play wheelchair basketball and was asked to train with the Ireland team but had to say no (medical reasons) but wouldn't mind seeing where that takes me.

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Terraforming, in my book The Future of Humanity, will proceed in slow steps. 1. using lava tubes to form underground bases to protect against radiation 2. mining ice to get drinking water, and oxygen for breathing, and hydrogen for rocket field. 3. using genetically modified plans to thrive on Mars 4. using methane to create a green house effect 5. using solar mirrors to beam sunlight down to the ice caps to melt them.


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Yes.. like you add up all the tiny things you see feel hear.. things you aren’t even truly cognizant of.. and they tell you what’s going on.. or at least lead you in a direction.

Getting to the zen place of trusting those instincts is interesting!

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How big of a portfolio are we talking? Have an example of a good portfolio?

Great looking game by the way, awesome to have 4 player split screen, such a rarity nowadays.


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After watching 2010: Space Odyssey; what WOULD happen to Earth if Jupiter became a second, tiny, sun?

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The current Kickstarter campaign happens to have a goal of 28k... do you feel like you need less this time, or did you set it low to ensure funding with the belief that you were likely to exceed your goal?


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Why in your opinion people think the way they do (or don't)? Is there some pattern associated with some specific type of people based on various variables and how does it affects things?

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awesome, thank you! I'll look forward to it :)


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Bot removed my comment because it wasn't a question. So Ill ask a question and make my comment.

How do you feel in reference to other young people your age that are out driving, getting their licenses etc?

Also, how do you stay motivated?

Stay strong!!

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After watching 2010: Space Odyssey; what WOULD happen to Earth if Jupiter became a second, tiny, sun?


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Yes! This way of being puts you in a place I call the Fuck Zone. You come alive in a new way, because you're turned on by more situations and people, so more people are turned on by you. And guess what that leads to? ;-)

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Complex question, buddy. I think it all depends on your goals, expectations, etc. And many thanks for the compliments about Horizon Chase Turbo. Cheers!


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Actually, Jupiter would have to be many times larger than it is in order to become a star. You have to reach what is called Lawson's Criterion in order to create a thermonuclear explosion capable of creating a star. But if we assume that Jupiter were more massive than it is, and attained Lawson's Criterion, then, depending on where it is locate and how big it would be, there is a change that it might (a) disturb the orbit of the earth around the sun (b) light up the sky with two stars, like in the movie Star Wars (c) raise the temperature of the earth and change our climate.

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28k ensure we make... a game. But the Stretch Goals are there to make the game even better. Sometimes it's a bit scarier setting the goal really high, because you need to hit your goal to get the money. I'd rather get 28k just to ensure the game gets made :) But I'm super grateful we're knocking it out of the park!


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My work was so varied and covered so many aspects of human life that is quite hard to specify any particular topic. Some involve greater technical complexity and risk, such as setting up remote, radio controlled, Nikon cameras when shooting aircraft and car stunts. Others involved a great deal of planning and rehearsal. For example the covert picture I took of a public schoolboy in the UK being caned took 1/15th of a second to shoot and some six months to arrange – so I was mightily relieved when the negative turned out okay in terms of exposure and focus. The miniature camera was hidden up my sleeve and in those days you got one chance to get the picture. But I suppose the area of work where I was most pleased with the results was in 1969 when I spent a lot of time in northern Ireland where the "troubles" had just erupted. I was commissioned by a French magazine to create a reportage of how the violence was affecting the children of both the Catholic and Protestant areas of the city. I stayed with strong families and became very friendly with people on both sides of the sectarian divide. On one occasion I was kidnapped and marched through the streets blindfolded before being taken into a back bedroom for "questioning". Fortunately I had made friends with a wonderful doctor, Jim Ryan, who served both communities for decades and had good friends on both sides of the religious divide. They called him and he vouched for me. At once everyone was a friend again and the lad who had blindfolded me and threatened me with a pickaxe handle beating, even let me photograph the top of his head where you could see the stitching of a wound delivered he said by a member of the hated B Force police squad. I was pleased with the way the pictures brought home to people in both France and the UK how the children were suffering even at this early stage of the conflict. One final set of pictures which caused me great pride with those secretly taken in a Turkish juvenile prison where a British lad, Timothy Davey, was serving a long sentence for drug possession. He was jailed for many years at the age of 14 and sent to an adult male prison! My pictures appears in eight leading UK Sunday newspaper and he freed a few weeks later.

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Thank you!


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Don't worry about it :) Funnily enough I'm in the process of getting my licence at the moment! I've done all my lessons and have my test booked in March! I'm not entirely sure what you mean for the stay motivated part as that is incredibly broad... if you mean to do everyday things, I make a lot of jokes at my own expense about my disability because its one of those situations where if you don't laugh you'll cry! Thank you for the encouragement though!

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Actually, Jupiter would have to be many times larger than it is in order to become a star. You have to reach what is called Lawson's Criterion in order to create a thermonuclear explosion capable of creating a star. But if we assume that Jupiter were more massive than it is, and attained Lawson's Criterion, then, depending on where it is locate and how big it would be, there is a change that it might (a) disturb the orbit of the earth around the sun (b) light up the sky with two stars, like in the movie Star Wars (c) raise the temperature of the earth and change our climate.


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This is super cool. I was doing this for a while in my life and it was amazing, and I was getting laid. Then I slept with someone, and afterwards they started telling me about their past partners, and I kind of freaked out. Ended up not being able to sleep all night, got a bunch of anxiety, and after that my magical state was gone and I haven't been able to get it back. I think I will read your book because I know it's possible, I just struggle with it now

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How many different gameplay modes would be available for splitscreen play? is it equal with the amount that would be available for single player?

Will we be able to customize any of the vehicles via paintjobs/decals/etc.


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Hello Dr. Kaku. I'm a fan of your work and have two questions for you.

  1. What design of spacecraft do you think is the best for long-term space flight?

  2. How do we balance the need to pursue long-term goals and projects for humanity while also dealing current societal problems that people face?

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Well....How did you learn to start your own business or finish a project?


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I'm interested in majoring in cognitive science or neuroscience when I start college next year. Are there any real career options outside of medicine and research? What major/minor would you recommend pairing neuro or cogsci witih for good job opportunities?

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How many different gameplay modes would be available for splitscreen play? is it equal with the amount that would be available for single player?

Will we be able to customize any of the vehicles via paintjobs/decals/etc.


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Hello Dr. Kaku. I'm a fan of your work and have two questions for you.

  1. What design of spacecraft do you think is the best for long-term space flight?

  2. How do we balance the need to pursue long-term goals and projects for humanity while also dealing current societal problems that people face?

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Thank you that is wonderful to hear. Chapter 4 of my book is "Torture Loops" which is the name I give to the endless configurations of obsessive thoughts that can hijack us from seeing what's really happening and being able to respond accordingly. Just a small turn of the dial and some honest inquiry into yourself can unearth why you found this information particularly disturbing, and stop such a situation arising in future. Let me know!


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All the game modes - Campaign, Tournament, and Endurance, will have the split-screen multiplayer. The cars aren't customizable, but you'll be upgrading your cars while you progress in the Campaign.

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For sub-light speed rockets, I think a. fusion rockets b. antimatter rockets c. ramjet fusion rockets hold the most promise within 100 years. The ramjet, for example, is like an ice-cream cone that scoops hydrogen in space and then fuses it, so that it can run forever without any refueling. For greater than light speed, the details are much less clear, but it might be possible to warp space in 2 ways. One way is via a wormhole that can rip the fabric of space time, which were first introduced by Einstein himself in 1935 with his student Nathan Rosen (so these are called Einstein Rosen Bridges) and also the Alcubierre drive, which compresses the space in front of you, so you hop across vast distances. Also, I think the urgent questions on the earth (e.g. global warming, nuclear weapons) have to be addressed first. No rush in reaching for the stars.


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I found support from people all around me. I emotionally leaned on my dad for the business side of things (he also helped me understand budgeting, taxes, and accounting), while I found financial support from publishers when I was in college, and KS in 2016. I like to work with publishers that are honest, because they support you from the marketing side! Marketing is tough, so having that part knocked out is really important to be able to have time to make a great game.

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Hi, You have chosen a fascinating, complex and I believe increasingly important specialisation. My own pairing was with clinical psychology as I was interested in helping people with stress, anxiety and similar difficulties. My early studies also involved developing cognitive strategies by which children could more fully and effectively develop their mental powers in the early years of life. You might consider pairing with some aspects of psychology, such as educational, social or as in my case clinical. I guess you are in the States but if you are in the UK I would happily invite you to visit our laboratory and talk to some of our neuroscientists who work with us in a more commercial field of brain studies. I think the whole field is opening up considerably so you could find employment with marketing companies, advertising companies and so on. Do let me know which pathway you select and whether I can be of any further assistance – assuming I have been of some assistance! – once you embark upon your studies. The best of luck in this very challenging yet hugely rewarding field,


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All the game modes - Campaign, Tournament, and Endurance, will have the split-screen multiplayer. The cars aren't customizable, but you'll be upgrading your cars while you progress in the Campaign.

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For sub-light speed rockets, I think a. fusion rockets b. antimatter rockets c. ramjet fusion rockets hold the most promise within 100 years. The ramjet, for example, is like an ice-cream cone that scoops hydrogen in space and then fuses it, so that it can run forever without any refueling. For greater than light speed, the details are much less clear, but it might be possible to warp space in 2 ways. One way is via a wormhole that can rip the fabric of space time, which were first introduced by Einstein himself in 1935 with his student Nathan Rosen (so these are called Einstein Rosen Bridges) and also the Alcubierre drive, which compresses the space in front of you, so you hop across vast distances. Also, I think the urgent questions on the earth (e.g. global warming, nuclear weapons) have to be addressed first. No rush in reaching for the stars.


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More everything 😏

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What inspired you to make this game?


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Hi Michio, if I were to travel to the boundary of our universe right now, what do you think will be there? Is it possible to "fall off" this universe the same way we fall out of our bed? Thanks in advance!

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A game I was in love with ad Kickstartered to help support their development just had to basically shutter the company after a financier pulled out of their deal at the last minute. It's shitty as a consumer to see how mercurial the development of what we love can be.


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What inspired you to make this game?

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Hi Michio, if I were to travel to the boundary of our universe right now, what do you think will be there? Is it possible to "fall off" this universe the same way we fall out of our bed? Thanks in advance!


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Yes! Yay for more everything!

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Thank you for the great questions! The AMA is officially closed, however, we will do our best to answer any additional questions! Thank you all for your interest in videogame development and Horizon Chase Turbo!


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No one knows. But one possibility is that the universe is a bubble of some sort. We live on the skin of the bubble. If you travel in one direction far enough, you come back to where you started. So the farthest object is the back of your head. In this way, this bubble universe is infinite in two dimensions, since you never hit the end, but finite in three dimensions, since its just a bubble. Likewise, our universe might be infinite in 3D, without boundaries, but finite in 4D, because it is a hypersphere. Sadly, our data is not developed enough to determine if our universe is finite or infinite. But the leading theories (e.g. inflation) seem to indicate that the universe is infinite. But in inflation, our bubble universe can have big bangs all the time, so baby universes can peel off our universe. In other words, we live in a bubble bath of universes, the multiverse.

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Oh wow. That's horrible...


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Thank you for the great questions! The AMA is officially closed, however, we will do our best to answer any additional questions! Thank you all for your interest in videogame development and Horizon Chase Turbo!

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No one knows. But one possibility is that the universe is a bubble of some sort. We live on the skin of the bubble. If you travel in one direction far enough, you come back to where you started. So the farthest object is the back of your head. In this way, this bubble universe is infinite in two dimensions, since you never hit the end, but finite in three dimensions, since its just a bubble. Likewise, our universe might be infinite in 3D, without boundaries, but finite in 4D, because it is a hypersphere. Sadly, our data is not developed enough to determine if our universe is finite or infinite. But the leading theories (e.g. inflation) seem to indicate that the universe is infinite. But in inflation, our bubble universe can have big bangs all the time, so baby universes can peel off our universe. In other words, we live in a bubble bath of universes, the multiverse.


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What would you suggest to a person intuiting something inherently wrong in a longterm relationship? Say, hypothetically, that one were to have an overwhelming sense that his partner were more interested in sex with other women?

Is it likely to feel overwhelmed with that possibility, but still be wrong?

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As we're developing smarter and more effective machine learning algorithms, it seems inevitable that AI will start to replace human intelligence for more precision and efficiency. Professor Michio Kaku, my question to you is will Artifical Intelligence eventually render human labor and intelligence obsolete? If so, in what areas can humans excel at that machine learning algorithms can not?


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Can I borrow $30K?

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As we're developing smarter and more effective machine learning algorithms, it seems inevitable that AI will start to replace human intelligence for more precision and efficiency. Professor Michio Kaku, my question to you is will Artifical Intelligence eventually render human labor and intelligence obsolete? If so, in what areas can humans excel at that machine learning algorithms can not?


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While I am sure that your gut is telling you something valid, it is impossible to know if it is that specific thing without more details. For example, let's say you were raised Mormon, around a lot of closeted gay people, and you watched them come out one by one, or be outed. You might then form an assumption that 'all men are secretly gay' and then seek to find evidence of this in every single man you meet. This is just one example of how our past programming can seem like intuition, but lays on top of the intuition and clouds what it is actually trying to tell you. Something might be 'inherently wrong" but that something might just be that you sense that either you or your partner are not getting your needs met in some way. Is it possible for you to find an approriate moment to ask your partner if they're interested in being with other women, without it sounding like an accusation or ultimatum? It seems like, depending on the kind of relationship you have, this could be an ideal opportunity to have a great conversation that could lead to a deeper connection for you both.

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Right now, robots have the intelligence of a bug. They can barely walk across a room. Simple tasks done by humans (picking up garbage, fixing a toilet, building a house, solving a crime) are way beyond what a robot can do. But, as the decades go by, they will become as smart as a mouse, then rat, then a cat, dog, and monkey. By that point ,they might become dangerous and even replace humans, near the end of the century. So I think we should a chip in their brain to shut them off if they have murderous thoughts. But what happens centuries from now, when robots and evade even our most sophisticated fail safe system?? At that point, I think we should merge with them. This may sound strange to some people, but remember that it is the people of the far future (not us) who will decide how far they want to modify themselves to deal with supersmart robots


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Hahahah.

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Right now, robots have the intelligence of a bug. They can barely walk across a room. Simple tasks done by humans (picking up garbage, fixing a toilet, building a house, solving a crime) are way beyond what a robot can do. But, as the decades go by, they will become as smart as a mouse, then rat, then a cat, dog, and monkey. By that point ,they might become dangerous and even replace humans, near the end of the century. So I think we should a chip in their brain to shut them off if they have murderous thoughts. But what happens centuries from now, when robots and evade even our most sophisticated fail safe system?? At that point, I think we should merge with them. This may sound strange to some people, but remember that it is the people of the far future (not us) who will decide how far they want to modify themselves to deal with supersmart robots


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1 - Telepathy? 2 - Uploading minds to computers?


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That's not a no

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1 - Telepathy? 2 - Uploading minds to computers?


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Oh my dear, thank you for this. There are so many people who have given up on thinking they will ever get laid, but I assure you it is possible for everyone. I say in the book that everyone is fuckable, because everyone has people that match their Fuck Frequency perfectly. Or as people say in the South, "There's a lid for every pot." Do you feel comfortable sharing more personal details of your own experience?

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A simple form of telepathy is possible today. In The Future of the Mind, I write that (in epileptics, for example) one can put a patch of sensors directly on the surface of the brain, connect it to a computer, and have software decipher the messages. Then it is possible for this person to type and communicate mentally. In fact, my colleague, Stephen Hawking, using this. He has lost control over his fingers and vocal cords. So in this glasses ,there is a chip which picks up radio signals from this brain, and feeds this into a computer, which then deciphers the message and types out what he is thinking. (This is, however, a very slow process). Also, it is now possible to upload and record memories in mice. Also primates. Next: Alzheimers patients. So they will wear a brain pacemaker that reminds them who they are and where they live.


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Hahahhahahahahahhaano ;)

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A simple form of telepathy is possible today. In The Future of the Mind, I write that (in epileptics, for example) one can put a patch of sensors directly on the surface of the brain, connect it to a computer, and have software decipher the messages. Then it is possible for this person to type and communicate mentally. In fact, my colleague, Stephen Hawking, using this. He has lost control over his fingers and vocal cords. So in this glasses ,there is a chip which picks up radio signals from this brain, and feeds this into a computer, which then deciphers the message and types out what he is thinking. (This is, however, a very slow process). Also, it is now possible to upload and record memories in mice. Also primates. Next: Alzheimers patients. So they will wear a brain pacemaker that reminds them who they are and where they live.


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I could never get laid and then I lost a bunch of weight and I was getting almost every weekend by a new hot girl... to me that seemed like superficial attraction, is this off base?

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Do you think EVERYTHING that exists could be explained through mathematics and physics?


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How about me? I'm a super trustworthy dude. :)

Edit: Also, I just signed up as a Co-Producer! I'm excited to be a part of such an awesome game!

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Do you think EVERYTHING that exists could be explained through mathematics and physics?


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That's a really interesting question, thank you! Sometimes it can appear that the superficial is all that is at play when it comes to dating and getting laid (especially in large cities like New York and Los Angeles where I have lived and dated). In my experience, and that of clients, though it seems like external changes are driving attraction, really it can be a difference in inner confidence you are exuding which in the book I call your "Fuck Frequency." The idea is to get your Fuck Frequency to be match as closely as possible to how you feel inside, and when it does, people are attracted to you like fireflies--even those you never imagined would be.

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There are things which science and math may have difficulty explaining. As Galileo once said, the purpose of science is to determine how the heavens go. The purpose of religion is to determine how to go to heaven, i.e. the purpose of science is to explain natural law, while the purpose of religion is ethics, to determine what is right and wrong, to be nice to each other, how to behave, etc. So science by itself cannot dictate what is absolutely right or wrong. There is no law of physics that tells us what is proper behavior and what is right or wrong. It all depends on the society you are talking about.


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Wow thanks!!

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There are things which science and math may have difficulty explaining. As Galileo once said, the purpose of science is to determine how the heavens go. The purpose of religion is to determine how to go to heaven, i.e. the purpose of science is to explain natural law, while the purpose of religion is ethics, to determine what is right and wrong, to be nice to each other, how to behave, etc. So science by itself cannot dictate what is absolutely right or wrong. There is no law of physics that tells us what is proper behavior and what is right or wrong. It all depends on the society you are talking about.


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Can you write a book called "how to get laid by the people you find attractive when you're 100lbs overweight and as a result your penis has like 2 functioning inches"?

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Dr. You study string theory. For someone who is scientific illiterate can you explain this study?


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Hey Thomas! Pinstripe and Coma backer here! I love the work you've done and can't wait to see this new project! I was just wondering, what inspired you to start making games, and what inspires your story design?

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Dr. You study string theory. For someone who is scientific illiterate can you explain this study?


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That's a long title to fit on a cover ;-) But I assure you, that would be the same book as the one I've written. Not everyone is looking for an athletic body type with 12 inches of fury, or whatever it is that has been sold to males as the ultimate in human attractiveness. I would recommend looking up Elle Chase's book "The Curvy Girl Sex Book." Even if you're not a 'curvy girl,' it will start to take you out of the mindset that you are "overweight" (if you are talking about yourself) and starting to reframe yor relationship with your own body and your own dick. August McLaughlin a wonderful podcaster whose show I was on this week did a show about men with small penises and said it was so enlightening. Not every woman is a 'size queen' and many even have a 'small penis fetish.' That said, many men think they are small when they're perfectly average. The vagina is only so deep... Your intuitive ability to find potential partners lurks under the many stories you have told yourself about what is and isn't possible for you when it comes to sex and dating.

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Briefly, each sub atomic particle we see (and there are hundreds of them) are nothing but tiny vibrations of a string, a rubble band. So each particle is just a musical note. That explains why we have so many particles. Then physics is the laws of harmony of these strings. Chemistry is the melodies we can play on these strings. The universe is a symphony of strings. And the Mind of God, that Einstein searched for for the last 30 years of his life, is Cosmic Music resonating through 11 dimensional hyperspace.


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There were a lot of games on Newgrounds that I really liked, and I always kind of idolized the devs. I obsessed over newgrounds games for years. They motivated me in strange, almost spiritual ways haha. As for story design, I'm unashamed to say M. Night Shyamalan movies are my fave. I love how he tells emotional, haunting stories salted with beauty!

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Briefly, each sub atomic particle we see (and there are hundreds of them) are nothing but tiny vibrations of a string, a rubble band. So each particle is just a musical note. That explains why we have so many particles. Then physics is the laws of harmony of these strings. Chemistry is the melodies we can play on these strings. The universe is a symphony of strings. And the Mind of God, that Einstein searched for for the last 30 years of his life, is Cosmic Music resonating through 11 dimensional hyperspace.


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Hi!

Would you say intuition plays a role in “having the balls” to approach women you find attractive? Does intuition make it easier? What about when having a conversation with a stranger? Do you think pick-up artists are more sexually intuitive than usual? Would your book help me hone my intuition and help me become a more confident male?

What’s your favorite dish?

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How do you respond to criticism that your comments are sometimes over reaching?

What impact do you feel that has on science communication?


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so what you're saying is, we can expect a plot twist near the end of your game, gotcha.

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How do you respond to criticism that your comments are sometimes over reaching?

What impact do you feel that has on science communication?


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I think pick-up artists are anathema to Sexual Intuition. Then pick-up culture implies that there is a one-size-fits-all approach to all women or all men, and usually one that requires us to see women as drooling morons who can't tell when they're being manipulated by 'negging' or some other non-starter 'technique.' I want you to become a more confident male, that's why I wrote the book! I got tired of all genders being told they have to be more 'something" like "more alpha" or "be in their feminine to attract a guy." Not everyone is looking for the same kind of person or experience. Trusting your gut has been lost in our puritanical and results-driven culture. All inquiry, even scientific inquiry, relies on being 'heuristic' or hypothesizing about an outcome and then moving forward into the unknown based on that. Do you mean dish-dish, or sexually speaking? ;-)

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I am a futurist, in that I have interviewed over 300 of the worlds top scientists (many Nobel Laureates) who are inventing the future in their labs. So my predictions are based on the latest scientific research. But some people come up to me and ask "where is my flying car?" But the prediction of a flying car did not come from a scientist. It came from a cartoon show. Unfortunately, most people's understanding of the future comes from cartoon shows and science fiction movies, which have no obligation to be scientifically correct. So I personally feel that we need more scientists to engage the public concerning future technologies which will affect their lives in the future (e.g. AI, biotech, nanotech).


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He was dead all along...

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I am a futurist, in that I have interviewed over 300 of the worlds top scientists (many Nobel Laureates) who are inventing the future in their labs. So my predictions are based on the latest scientific research. But some people come up to me and ask "where is my flying car?" But the prediction of a flying car did not come from a scientist. It came from a cartoon show. Unfortunately, most people's understanding of the future comes from cartoon shows and science fiction movies, which have no obligation to be scientifically correct. So I personally feel that we need more scientists to engage the public concerning future technologies which will affect their lives in the future (e.g. AI, biotech, nanotech).


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Hi Doc! do you believe there is a God?

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Hey Thomas! I supported your first game because you were from Greenville. I will support your second game because Pinstripe was amazing. Do you write all the music? It's seriously amazing.


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Hi Doc! do you believe there is a God?

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Einstein was asked this question. He replied there are two kinds of Gods. The first is the personal God (that answers prayers and smites the Philistines). He did not believe in that God. But he did believe in the Old One, i.e. the God of Spinoza, the God of beauty, harmony, and order . The universe could have been ugly, random, lifeless, but its not. So he believed in the God of order.

Sorry for the two answers...just getting the hang of it.


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Are you from Greenville? Yep, I write all the music!

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Einstein was asked this question. He replied there are two kinds of Gods. The first is the personal God (that answers prayers and smites the Philistines). He did not believe in that God. But he did believe in the Old One, i.e. the God of Spinoza, the God of beauty, harmony, and order . The universe could have been ugly, random, lifeless, but its not. So he believed in the God of order.

Sorry for the two answers...just getting the hang of it.


Q:

Dr. Kaku, may I expand on that question:

  • Which relatively "godlike" beings/civilizations would you deem possible? (e.g. "we're in a simulation", "super-aliens watching us" [& fermi-paradox], "beings of higher dimensions", type 3++ civilizations, classical religion [our existence is a divine test], etc.)

  • If we eventually (want to?) make contact, could they have "higher" ethics or will universal "Good vs Evil" continue?

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Yes sir! Been here since 1999. You can usually find me running up and down the swamp rabbit.

You seriously have a talent. Glad we can benefit from your creative avenues.


Q:

Dr. Kaku, may I expand on that question:

  • Which relatively "godlike" beings/civilizations would you deem possible? (e.g. "we're in a simulation", "super-aliens watching us" [& fermi-paradox], "beings of higher dimensions", type 3++ civilizations, classical religion [our existence is a divine test], etc.)

  • If we eventually (want to?) make contact, could they have "higher" ethics or will universal "Good vs Evil" continue?

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I get asked if the aliens are evil and want to destroy us. Maybe, but I think in the main they will be peaceful because they have had thousands of years to resolve sectarian, fundamentalist, nationalist questions. However, they still might be dangerous if they simply don't care about us and we get in the way. In War of the Worlds, the aliens did not hate us. We were simply in the way. In the same way that a developer is a threat to forest animals because he can pave the first, the danger there is from someone who sees that we are just in the way. But for the most part, I think they will be peaceful, but view us like we view forest animals.


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I'm five mins from Swamp Rabbit. Come say high. Email me at my email on atmosgames.com

A:

I get asked if the aliens are evil and want to destroy us. Maybe, but I think in the main they will be peaceful because they have had thousands of years to resolve sectarian, fundamentalist, nationalist questions. However, they still might be dangerous if they simply don't care about us and we get in the way. In War of the Worlds, the aliens did not hate us. We were simply in the way. In the same way that a developer is a threat to forest animals because he can pave the first, the danger there is from someone who sees that we are just in the way. But for the most part, I think they will be peaceful, but view us like we view forest animals.


Q:

What have you found to be the most effective method to help to change the minds of individuals who are firmly anti-science?

A:

I saw you were 17 when you started thinking about the story to Once Upon A Coma. Are there any tips you would have given your past self (and current aspiring game developers) while making a game?


Q:

Dear Dr. Kaku,

  • Are you worried that science & tech evolve way faster than we can "mature" as a species?
  • Are most people even ready to hear what this century holds in store?
  • How would you envision the most profound societal leaps (culture/religion/education/etc.) for better or worse?

Thanks so much for all your work!

A:

Sometimes it is futile to argue with someone who, for deeply ideological and personal reasons, is against science. But one way to win some of them over is to explain how the wonders of modern technology, which have more than doubled our life span and lifted us from poverty and disease, have benefited us. Modern medicine, for example, would be impossible without evolution. The space program and telecommunications would be impossible without understanding basic astronomy. Then explain what our world would look like without science, when we lived to only 30 years of age on average, when most of us died of starvation and plagues.


Q:

This might sound cheesy... but only work on what you're passionate about! Especially when you're doing it in your spare time. It's really hard to finish something that 's only motivation is "success" or money. Do something that makes you feel something, because you're going to need to feel it for perhaps years. Are you working on a game?

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Yes, Einstein worried that our technology could outstrip our humanity. Personally, I believe that the danger lies in the transition from a Type 0 to a Type I civilization. We are still a Type 0 civilization, so that we still have the savagery that typified our rise from the swamp. However, we are about 100 years away from becoming a Type I planetary civilization, where many of our sectarian, fundamentalist, nationalist divisions have been resolved. So, if we can survive until the transition to a Type I civilization, we might just make it.


Q:

Thanks for the advice! I'm in high school and just finished an 18 day game jam with two other friends. We do want to work on the game a lot more to improve and build upon it, though it's hard to tell what we'll actually achieve with it in the future.

A:

What have you found to be the most effective method to help to change the minds of individuals who are firmly anti-science?


Q:

Just try and have fun, and remember, you can always work harder. Plenty of my friends in college and highschool felt they were working hard enough, but it's crazy how much time in the day is spent not creating, but just consuming crap :) Thanks so much for your question!

A:

Sometimes it is futile to argue with someone who, for deeply ideological and personal reasons, is against science. But one way to win some of them over is to explain how the wonders of modern technology, which have more than doubled our life span and lifted us from poverty and disease, have benefited us. Modern medicine, for example, would be impossible without evolution. The space program and telecommunications would be impossible without understanding basic astronomy. Then explain what our world would look like without science, when we lived to only 30 years of age on average, when most of us died of starvation and plagues.


Q:

You put up the Switch as a stretch goal, which probably will make it. Yet why does your schedule read:

Once Upon A Coma will be released for PC, Mac, Linux, and Nintendo Switch, all because of you.

Seems like you already decided to go for the Switch?

A:

Good catch! Yep, I actually intended to make the campaign start with the Switch, but after some research I knew 28k for that was just not realistic. Not at all! Thanks for finding that! I've adjusted it: "Once Upon A Coma will be released for PC, Mac, Linux, and maybe even Nintendo Switch, all because of you."


Q:

Which lesson did you learn from creating Pinstripe and will you use or don’t in Once upon a coma?

A:

It's super important to plan and prototype. Years of creating garbage and then removing it were why Pinstripe took so long. I would illustrate and design things fully, and then realize they didn't work, so weeks of work would be flushed down the toilet. In Coma, I spend a lot of time just planning and thinking :)


Q:

What do you think the best form of marketing is for an indie game? More specifically a new developer...Kickstarter? Ads?

A:

Kickstarter is a marketing+pre-order+funding epic combo! If you do it right, it's HUGE. But it can also be a real gut punch if you go into not planning or knowing much you're doing. I've never seen much benefit from Ads, but probobly because I just don't understand them. The absolute best form of marketing is GENUINE KINDNESS and NETWORKING. Caps because I think they are HUGE. Genuine kindness allowed me to stay in communication with large youtubers who I have friendly relationships with, and networking has allowed me to take inspiration and get clever marketing ideas from other indie devs and successful industry veterans. Are you a game developer? :)


Q:

I am not, but my boyfriend is.. he is about to release a new game in the coming months and I keep stressing the marketing thing as he hasn't really pushed his games in the past. Thanks for the info, much appreciated!!:)

A:

Expect zero success if you don't market the game. Great games don't sell themselves anymore... unless you are extremely lucky. My blunt answer :)


Q:

The prologue of the game has the main character dabbing back, and that sets up the narrative of the entire game.

A:

It's interesting... the first puzzle of the game uses the piano notes D-E-B-A-B. Debab. It's a new kind of dabbing.


Q:

Heh, well that's a bit of a coincidence. But I was trying to infer that the action of dabbing back was severe enough to incur the Coma :p

A:

Interesting plot idea... This IAmA has served to be quite useful...


Q:

Since it's doable in Yo Noid 2, it should be doable here :')

A:

Haha. Exactly.


Q:

Hi Thomas! Across the development of both Pinstripe and Once Upon A Coma, what has been the weirdest/funniest bug you've encountered during testing?

A:

In Once Upon A Coma, I was watching a YouTuber who somehow launched himself so high he broke the camera.


Q:

What has pushed you to keep creating indie games? You are crazy talented and am excited for the new game 🔥🔥

A:

There's a book called Think and Grow Rich, and although I don't advocate thinking about money as your only motivation, it certainly inspired me and taught me how to meditate on goals, and visualize them. My goals included being able to pay my family's bills with game development, launching on PS4 and Xbox (one of my childhood dreams), and being able to show my dad the finished game (he's pushed me for years and years, and it was special showing him).


Q:

Great reason! Thank you for all of the hard work you put on for the amazing games!

A:

Are you specifically passionate about a creative field yourself?


Q:

I have been creating youtube videos for almost a year now and I love the editing part in all of that so i hope to make that a career one day whether its in filmmaking, music videos, or youtube! How does it make you feel when youtubers play your game on their channel?

A:

Having YouTubers play my games is one of the best feelings. Easily #1 feeling, especially when JackSepticEye or GameGrumps play! Super exciting!


Q:

Congratulations on that! Are you planning on creating any merchandise for once upon a coma? I would definitely get me some!

A:

I'd love that, if the studio can afford it!


Q:

Motion graphic artist/video editor here, freesound has been an absolute godsend! Once learning to search it correctly, I’ve never looked back

A:

Sure you can :) If it's creative commons, you just need to credit: https://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/zero/1.0/


Q:

That Coma game you did way back when was one of my biggest inspirations going through multimedia school. thanks for that, Also can I be a QA tester on Once upon a coma? (it's an AMA I just thought I'd ask)

A:

Aw thx that means a lot! Email me via my email on my website (atmosgames.com) about being a tester!


Q:

I follow like a million indie devs on Twitter. Even the ones whose work looks amazing seem to toil away in obscurity. They have like 100 followers. They post amazing things and get 3 likes. The do a kickstarter and only get $10 from their mom. Some of these people have been working for 20 years or more.

Then there are people like you. $50k kickstarter, thousands of followers, "influencers" play your thing, etc. So what's your big secret, eh? Are you just super cool? Have you been building a fanbase slowly for a long long time? Was there some event that was a major inflection point for you? Is it just that your game has more levels of parallax than the competition??

A:

This is my favorite question of the day, mainly because I am not super cool. I am real though. I like to spill my guts as often as possible because the gaming industry needs real people making emotionally impactful stuff. Just my opinion. I don't know what my big secret is. Tbh I feel like a big fraud. I really do, I'm not just being self deprecating. But I do have to counter that mentality with almost foolish confidence, every day. And yes, the fan base has been building slowly. I've been making games for more than a decade, so it takes a long time. Yes, a major event was my inflection point. I was very lucky and blessed when Unity Technologies reached out in 2015 and asked me if I wanted to be in a little mini doc that was going to be shown at The Game Awards. If anything, it didn't really do much in terms of gathering steam or a following, but it made me realize my worth. The truth is we all carry infinite worth inside of us, but we wait for someone important or someone famous or some company with money or a boss or a teacher or social media to tell us about it. We have tremendous value, but most of us never see it, and never let our talents shine in public, let alone in private when we are alone. The single most important thing is to look yourself in the mirror, remind yourself of your infinite worth, and go out and make a fool of yourself.


Q:

Boom, just funded your KS! This oddly reminded me of Limbo, so naturally I had to take a look.

You mentioned your father being a huge support of yours; is he also a video gamer... possibly a software engineer too?

A:

Hey thanks so much archangelmdc! My dad is an accountant, and a super duper supportive father. He was the one who pushed me to not get a job my summer before college and just make Coma.


Q:

Thanks for your games. I backed Pinstrip unsure of what to expect but loved the game. Coma looks interesting and I am excited for it.

My Question is what keeps you motivated during the times where you don't see a lot of progress in what you are working on?

What keeps you from giving up on your dream of making video games?

Thanks

A:

Moments like this. Yeah yeah, perhaps that's an eye-roll statement, but it really is true. I certainly strive for a second wind, and if I can find it on Reddit or Kickstarter, I'm going to focus my energy on that. getting the community involved, and hearing their praise/criticism puts a fire in my belly I can't quite explain!


Q:

As a indie dev looking to break into the market what kind of advice can you give those dad of three building his first commercial game?

A:

One big piece of advice: you have more time than you think. I have a daughter, run a game studio, work out 5 times a week, am writing a novel, and spend way too much time on Reddit. I once told myself I didn't have enough time, and then decided to test that. Turns out I can get a lot done in my free time, especially because my wife is so gracious about it!


Q:
  • How long did it take you to master the basics of game development?
  • What's your game engine of choice?
  • What engine would you recommend for people who are just picking up game development?
A:
  • For me, I've been constantly learning since I was 16. You're never really a master because the industry is always changing.
  • Unity 3d
  • Unity 3d!

Q:

Do you plan to ever intertwine your games in a way that Bioshock has with unexpected connections, since you say the games take place in the same universe?

A:

Certainly! My games tend to focus on the spiritual and cerebral, which I think allows various characters and concepts to mesh in ways they wouldn't in the physical world :)


Q:

Do you still find time to play games your self? If so what game are you currently enjoying the most?

A:

I have the time yes, but I don't do it often. Believe it or not, I don't find it very pleasurable. I'd rather watch let's plays. I know, I'm a huge hypocrite! :/


Q:

Erik here, programmer for Coma. :)

Coma uses a pretty customized engine for a lot of parts- Particularly the physics.

It's all built on top of Unity, but starting out, the idea for the game was a lot simpler than it is now. As such, we really didn't need all the fancy collisions and physics of the entire Unity physics engine- It just felt like a bunch of junk we wouldn't use. So we built our own, simplified version.

Then the game got bigger, and so did our physics. It's still a much simpler system than Unity's default, but it has the advantage of feeling complex. Pete can be nice and bouncy, with fluid movement. The Spiders are jittery and random. Other enemies are heavy and stompy, or light and floaty, all built on the same system with some tweaked variables. The trick was to create a physics engine that felt complex and dynamic to the player, while in reality, keeping everything nearly identical in terms of functionality.

It's been a ton of fun to write so far. :)

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Erik's physics engine is crazy robust. Let me say that I used Unity's built in physics for Pinstripe, and it was a huge pain. It's not super conducive for 2d games. Way to go Erik!


Q:

Given that it's Kickstarter, did you ever consider not actually developing the game, taking the money and fucking off to a private island?

A:

Hahahha Nope! Believe it or not, 50k doesn't really get your very far in life. I can imagine I would be stranded on the private island in less than a year haha.


Q:

This is a little late into the ama, but Erik is a great friend of mine and I'm glad the game you guys are making is doing well!

My question for you is, how do you feel about working with such a great dude as your games programmer? Would you be able to do this as well without him or do you feel fortunate that he's working on the game with you?

A:

If u/Shadowspaz was not on board I wouldn't be working on this game haha. He's been super instrumental in ensuring the game feels tight, fun, and enjoyable! He's also a really good friend, and an honest dude.


Q:

How many people are on your development team?

A:

I do all the art, music, design, and story. Erik Coburn is the coder! He's brilliant, and gives me time to focus on what I do best :D


Q:

Following this question for you and Erik: How easy is it for you two to communicate your ideas to each other? Do you ever have moments of misunderstanding? If so, how quickly do you solve the issue?

A:

We sure do. I’m a very fly by the seat of my pants kinda guy. I’d rather things emotionally feel a certain way, so I’ll change things to fit a global feeling. Erik likes to keep things pretty scheduled and stick to a plan to ensure we are staying on budget. It really is the perfect relationship because he balances me out. Any time there are confusions we just hop on the phone and work it out. It’s always pleasant.


Q:

What was your first reaction to noticing how much you raised and how much everyone has backed this idea? :)

A:

I was thrilled. I remember picking up my daughter from her crib, and walking her through my neighborhood, grinning ear to ear. I just knew then that I didn't have to look for work, and I could continue making great games!


Q:

What do you plan to do with the money? Hiring more talented people than you? Just surviving? Drugs, alcohol and sluts? Bitcoins?

A:

Hahahaha. There's a budget in the Kickstarter campaign that you can take a look at, and then stretch goals for additional funding. Indie game development is tough and expensive, so no, no drugs and sluts haha.


Q:

So alcohol and bitcoin is still on the table?

A:

Actually just finished up a bottle of vodka. Need to run to Costco. Regarding bitcoin, makes me a little nervous. I think I'd do better just investing in alcohol. ;) Edit: Costco


Q:

What engine did you use and what kind of hours were you working on it? I'm thinking of making my own game but because of work and school I don't have much time.

A:

I used Unity. In college, I worked on Pinstripe after school (and sometimes during lectures). I was absolutely obsessed :D When I got married, I would wake up around 5:30 or 6 am, work for an hour, and then go to work as a graphic designer. I'd work through lunch, and then often times come home and work for another hour. My wife was very gracious during this time!


Q:

What's the worst and hardest part about making a game?

A:

Hardest part is abolutely 100% staying confident! I spent 5 years working on my previous game, and even after release, I really wasn't sure if I spent my time wisely. A lot of family, friendship, and time was sacrificed during development, so I'm never fully sure if my time was worth it :)


Q:

Kevin's friend?

A:

Sure am. Me and Kev are good buddies.


Q:

What was the best and worse part of making the storyline?

A:

My favorite part was "pitching" the storyline to my office wall. Basically, I find it super helpful to pitch your story over and over to a pretend audience, for me, I pretend to pitch to a studio in Beverly Hills, and imagine them being super skeptical and impatient haha. If you feel that audience is glazing over, it's important to re-craft your story so it's sticky, punchy, and makes sense in a couple sentences!


Q:

Love your work, man! You guys are in South Carolina, right? You think we'll ever get more game development in the state?

A:

Maybe if we adopt stuff Georgia is doing!


Q:

Will you add an FPS component to the game?

A:

Like Banjo Tooie??


Q:

Will it have any Switch Physical copy pledge?

A:

Still looking into this! Keep your eyes peeled!


Q:

Hi! Do you mind telling us about the process of creating a game? Like having an idea first, thinking about story elements, drawing until eventually programming - what is your personal workflow? Also which software do you use? Thank you!

A:

Certainly. I think the best answer I have is here: https://news.xbox.com/en-us/2018/02/07/pinstripe-available-now-xbox-one/