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Yaacov Apelbaum

In Crowds We Trust

By the end of the first day of deliberations, the majority of the jurors decided to go with “First Degree Murder”. I argued that I couldn’t find a willful and premeditated intent to justify First Degree murder verdict. I also pointed out that from all the facts presented to us, it was clear that the “victims” were armed, had a history of violence, were wearing their “colorz”, and from the video footage, it seemed that they were itching for a “Gunfight at the O.K. Corral” style shootout.

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Yaacov Apelbaum

Driving the Message

From an evolutionary point of view, it seems that the quadrant 1 and 3 messaging mediums (see chart) represent a form of r/K selection classification. Each trades between quantity and quality. The focus in quadrant 1 is to increase the quality of the content with higher expense per message. The focus in quadrant 3 is to increase the quantity of the content with a corresponding reduction in quality and lower expense per message.

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Yaacov Apelbaum

The Time Tunnel & Reciting the Shema in Papua New Guinea

Among the most prominent themes in the Hebrew Bible are the concepts of sin, punishment, repentance, and restoration. Chapter 28 of the book of Deuteronomy, known as the “blessing and curse”, makes it abundantly clear what the rules of the game are. Follow the law and you will enjoy fantastic entrepreneurial success and overflowing prosperity, disobey it, and you’ll be punished with the worst forms of war, exile, anarchy, and poverty.

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