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Scientists Discover Tipping Point for the Spread of Ideas

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Scientists at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute have found that when just 10 percent of the population holds an unshakable belief, their belief will always be adopted by the majority of the society. The scientists, who are members of the Social Cognitive Networks Academic Research Center (SCNARC) at Rensselaer, used computational and analytical methods to discover the tipping point where a minority belief becomes the majority opinion. The finding has implications for the study and influence of societal interactions ranging from the spread of innovations to the movement of political ideals.

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Created by phonon 3 years 3 days ago – Made popular 3 years 1 day ago
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Oops! Himalayan Glaciers Won't Vanish by 2035

Leaders of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) expressed regret over a report that predicted Himalayan glaciers would disappear by 2035. The report had stated: "Glaciers in the Himalaya are receding faster than in any other part of the world and, if the present rate continues, the likelihood of them disappearing by the year 2035 and perhaps sooner is very high if the Earth keeps warming at the current rate." The statement was exaggerated, the officials now say.

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