A Mad Hemorrhage

writes about anything fascinating — physics, complexity, the human condition, and just about everything else. Would probably find you fascinating too.

Studied physics and then computer science (and held down various jobs), but thy great love is computational linguistics. Wants to work on is machine translation. Solving it will make some really cool software and foster world peace.

Graham Morehead at TEDxYouth@Biddeford

His topic: (back by popular demand) Save the Urchin Fishery With This One Weird Trick!

The failing Sea Urchin fishery has left Maine struggling to recover its sea urchin population. Over the years, this precious resource has been exhausted, but it’s not simply a matter of overfishing.

Graham Morehead here talks of a possible solution to this concern. He was invited to TEDxYouth@Biddeford to give a talk about sea urchins to high school students raising awareness among them about this resource and sustainability in general.

Man versus Octopus

The unitaryness of consciousness is an illusion. That my consciousness feels singular is merely a manageable fiction. The prefrontal cortex demands it thus. The neocortex lives by the assumption that “me” is one thing. Planning cannot exist without identity. Identity cannot exist without disambiguation — the ability to discern that which is me, from that which is not me.

Man versus Octopus

As a human, I share more with octopus consciousness than I’d prefer to believe. The neurons of a highly evolved cephalopod are not concentrated in the brain like ours. They do have brains, but two thirds of their neurons are in the arms. Complex motor skills are not organized in their brain using an internal somatotopic map of the body. Instead, octopus arms show a variety of complex behaviors even in the absence of input from the brain.

Complexity Is Not Complicated: Graham Morehead at TEDxUMaine

This talk was given by Graham Morehead, Curator of The Pangeon at the 2014 TEDxUMaine.

A man rots unjustly in jail, the sea urchins are dying, and Google Translate doesn’t work.  Morehead ties together these three disjoint narratives using starlings.

His talk tackles the concept of a complex system.  Being complex is not the same as being complicated.  Even though no entity within a system can see the whole picture, undeniable large-scale patterns emerge from the system.  As we learn to describe this emergence mathematically, in terms of entropy, stability, and far-from-equilibrium dynamics, we will better understand systems like markets, ecologies, and life itself.

Graham Morehead, the curator of “The Pangeon” talks at TEDxYouth@JBMHS in Bangor, ME at the Gracie Theatre.

Graham talked about his academic challenges and career pit stops mentioning 3 significant mentors who taught him important life lessons. His talk also tackled about how man’s exploration made the world a better place. He ended his talk by challenging the listeners to do more of what they are required to do, quoting from him: “Humanity is waking up, be a part of it.”

The curator of The Pangeon, Graham Morehead, speaks at TEDx Dirigo.

His topic: Save the Urchin Fishery With This One Weird Trick!

Graham Morehead is interested in language and thought. An unlikely series of events led him to study computer science and the green sea urchin, Strongylocentrotus droebachiensis. Studying under James Wilson, an economist at the University of Maine, Graham was introduced to the field of complex adaptive systems, a new tool for understanding the ecology of sea urchins, human-natural coupled systems, economies, and perhaps even language and thought.

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event.

Complexity Is Not Complicated: Graham Morehead at TEDxUMaine

This talk was given by Graham Morehead, Curator of The Pangeon at the 2014 TEDxUMaine.

A man rots unjustly in jail, the sea urchins are dying, and Google Translate doesn’t work. Morehead ties together these three disjoint narratives using starlings.

His talk tackles the concept of a complex system. Being complex is not the same as being complicated. Even though no entity within a system can see the whole picture, undeniable large-scale patterns emerge from the system. As we learn to describe this emergence mathematically, in terms of entropy, stability, and far-from-equilibrium dynamics, we will better understand systems like markets, ecologies, and life itself.

Graham Morehead, the curator of “The Pangeon” talks at TEDxYouth@JBMHS in Bangor, ME at the Gracie Theatre.

Graham talked about his academic challenges and career pit stops mentioning 3 significant mentors who taught him important life lessons. His talk also tackled about how man’s exploration made the world a better place. He ended his talk by challenging the listeners to do more of what they are required to do, quoting from him: “Humanity is waking up, be a part of it.”

Here’s a full video of his recent Tedx Talk:

Show 96: Curator of The Pangeon Graham Morehead | TideSmart Talk with Stevoe