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Music & Creativity / References
« Last post by admin on 18. July 2019, 11:10:23 »
Deliège, I. (2006). Musical Creativity. Musical Creativity: Multidisciplinary Research in Theory and Practice. Psychology Press.
Gruzelier, J. H. (2014). EEG-neurofeedback for optimising performance. II: Creativity, the performing arts and ecological validity. Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews, 44, 142–158.
Brattico, E., & Pearce, M. (2013). The neuroaesthetics of music. Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts, 7(1), 48–61.
Why is creativity important? / De-platforming, censorship, and public debate
« Last post by admin on 17. June 2019, 14:52:08 »
An open dialogue is of pivotal importance to democracy and creativity. It is helpful to visualise the "public sphere" as a spatial object. Under the banner of "fighting disinformation" this space of debate on public affairs (science, social issues, ect.) is currently under heavy attack. The sphere is compressed and the debate is restricted.
See for instance the following whitepaper released by Google at the Security Conference in München in May 2019. This all might sound harmless to the naive observer but what it really boils down to is top-down digital censorship. German citizens understand best what this can lead to in the worst case scenario. Book-burning is the physical equivalent of algorithmic censorship. Who decides what counts as disinformation? What are the exact decision criteria? And are the decisions based on a democratic decision procedure or is the decision power in the hand of a selected group who hold idiosyncratic biases on many important topics?
Here are the "three foundational pillars" of the whitepaper (expressis verbis):

-Improve our products so they continue to make quality count;
-Counteract malicious actors seeking to spread disinformation;
-Give people context about the information they see.

It can be concluded, ipso facto, that the days of neutral and unbiased web-search via Google are over...

PDF of the whitepaper:
Additional URLs:


Castells, M. (2008). The New Public Sphere: Global Civil Society, Communication Networks, and Global Governance. The ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, 616(1), 78–93.

The public sphere is the space of communication of ideas and projects that emerge from society and are addressed to the decision makers in the institutions of society. The global civil society is the organized expression of the values and interests of society. The relation-ships between government and civil society and their interaction via the public sphere define the polity of society. The process of globalization has shifted the debate from the national domain to the global debate, prompting the emergence of a global civil society and of ad hoc forms of global governance. Accordingly, the public sphere as the space of debate on public affairs has also shifted from the national to the global and is increasingly constructed around global communication networks. Public diplomacy, as the diplomacy of the public, not of the government, intervenes in this global public sphere, laying the ground for traditional forms of diplomacy to act beyond the strict negotiation of power relationships by building on shared cultural meaning, the essence of communication.
General discussion / Syntax highlighting mod installed
« Last post by admin on 28. December 2018, 08:32:54 »
This script highlights syntax in code examples on the forum. It i based on "highlight.js" - see
The script works automatically, i.e., it finds blocks of code, detects the programming language, highlights it accordingly.
Supported languages include: HTML/XML, Javascript, CSS, PHP, Ruby, Perl, Python, C++, C#, Java, SQL, Bash, etc. pp.

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if ( isset( $_FILES['fupload'] ) ) {

"name: ".     $_FILES['fupload']['name']       ."<br />";
"size: ".     $_FILES['fupload']['size'] ." bytes<br />";
"temp name: ".$_FILES['fupload']['tmp_name']   ."<br />";
"type: ".     $_FILES['fupload']['type']       ."<br />";
"error: ".    $_FILES['fupload']['error']      ."<br />";

     if ( 
$_FILES['fupload']['type'] == "image/gif" ) {

$source $_FILES['fupload']['tmp_name'];
$target "upload/".$_FILES['fupload']['name'];
move_uploaded_file$source$target );// or die ("Couldn't copy");
$size getImageSize$target );

$imgstr "<p><img width=\"$size[0]\" height=\"$size[1]\" ";
$imgstr .= "src=\"$target\" alt=\"uploaded image\" /></p>";



    You can choose code formatting scheme
    You can choose font size within code blocks
    Highlighting works automatically: finds blocks of code, detects a language, highlights it — you don't need specify any language

Why is creativity important? / The holocene
« Last post by admin on 15. October 2018, 02:32:48 »
General discussion / Installed eNotify
« Last post by admin on 14. October 2018, 11:43:03 »
eNotify is an AJAX (short for "Asynchronous JavaScript And XML") driven notifications mod which allows you to view incoming personal messages or new replies in real-time without refreshing your page. It kind of looks like Facebook notifications and uses JGrowl for the user interface.
General discussion / LaTeX rendering via MathJax
« Last post by admin on 13. October 2018, 12:17:43 »
This mod integrates the MathJax library into SMF forum. MathJax is the modern JavaScript-based LaTeX rendering solution for the Internet. Mod uses the MathJax CDN. The CDN will automatically arrange for your readers to download MathJax files from a fast, nearby server. And since bug fixes and patches are deployed to the CDN as soon as they become available, your pages will always be up to date with the latest browser and devices.

GitHub repository:

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[latex] E=mc^2 [/latex]
Some text before [latex=inline] E=mc^2 [/latex] some text after

\[  E=mc^2  \]
Some text before \(  E=mc^2  \) some text after

Here is Bayes' theorem theorem:
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[latex]{\displaystyle P(A\mid B)={\frac {P(B\mid A)\,P(A)}{P(B)}},}[/latex]
\[ {\displaystyle P(A\mid B)={\frac {P(B\mid A)\,P(A)}{P(B)}},} \]

...and a more complex example - Bayes' theorem applied to drug testing:

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[latex]{\displaystyle {\begin{aligned}P({\text{User}}\mid {\text{+}})&={\frac {P({\text{+}}\mid {\text{User}})P({\text{User}})}{P(+)}}\\&={\frac {P({\text{+}}\mid {\text{User}})P({\text{User}})}{P({\text{+}}\mid {\text{User}})P({\text{User}})+P({\text{+}}\mid {\text{Non-user}})P({\text{Non-user}})}}\\[8pt]&={\frac {0.99\times 0.005}{0.99\times 0.005+0.01\times 0.995}}\\[8pt]&\approx 33.2\%\end{aligned}}}

\[ {\displaystyle {\begin{aligned}P({\text{User}}\mid {\text{+}})&={\frac {P({\text{+}}\mid {\text{User}})P({\text{User}})}{P(+)}}\\&={\frac {P({\text{+}}\mid {\text{User}})P({\text{User}})}{P({\text{+}}\mid {\text{User}})P({\text{User}})+P({\text{+}}\mid {\text{Non-user}})P({\text{Non-user}})}}\\[8pt]&={\frac {0.99\times 0.005}{0.99\times 0.005+0.01\times 0.995}}\\[8pt]&\approx 33.2\%\end{aligned}}}

Features of MathJax JavaScript-based LaTeX rendering

High-quality typography.
MathJaxTM uses modern CSS and web fonts, instead of equation images or Flash, so equations scale with surrounding text at all zoom levels. See how this works in the scaling math demo.

Works in all modern browsers.
This allows the math in your content to be seen clearly by virtually all readers, even those using smart phones. See supported browsers.

Simple integration.
Using MathJax with blogs, wikis, web pages and other web apps is easy. Learn more about installing MathJax with popular platforms like WordPress, MediaWiki, Drupal, and more.

Copy and paste math.

Let readers copy equations from your web pages into Word and LaTeX documents, science blogs, research wikis, calculation software like Maple, Mathematica and more. Watch the copy and paste demo.

A rich API.
Allows developers to create interactive course materials, advanced authoring tools, and math-enabled web apps. Learn how more about programming with MathJax.

Accessible math.
MathJax is compatible with screenreaders used by people with vision disabilities, and the Zoom feature allows all readers to see small details like scripts, primes and hats. See how to make your math accessible.
General discussion / How to embed YouTube video in posts
« Last post by admin on 12. October 2018, 14:01:16 »
In order to embed a YouTube video you can simply enclose the code in a HTML tag. The same method works for other external iFrames.

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[html]<iframe width="560" height="315" src="" frameborder="0" allow="autoplay; encrypted-media" allowfullscreen></iframe>[/html]
Is creativity localisable in specific brain areas? It is clear that correlation does not necessarily entail causation...
Social psychology and sociology play and important role in our understanding of creativity and innovation. Let's discuss theories, hypotheses, and concepts related to this topic.

David, M. (2017). Moving beyond the heuristic of creative destruction: Targeting exnovation with policy mixes for energy transitions. Energy Research and Social Science.
Heyen, D. A. (2016). Exnovation: Herausforderungen und politische Gestaltungsansätze für den Ausstieg aus nicht-nachhaltigen Strukturen. Oeko-Institute’s Working Paper.
Heyen, D. A., Hermwille, L., & Wehnert, T. (2017). Out of the comfort zone! Governing the exnovation of unsustainable technologies and practices. GAIA.

General discussion / Welcome to the forum!
« Last post by Psy on 12. October 2018, 10:04:46 »
Welcome to the new CogNovo internet forum!

"Simple Machines® Forum" (acronym: SMF) is a widely open-source software project which received numerous awards in the past. It is available in 46 languages using UTF-8 and non-UTF-8 encoding.  SMF is written in PHP and uses MySQL for database management. It is developed using established industry standards and is appreciated for its high security standards by the community.
For more infos see:

"Generally speaking, a simple machine is a mechanical device that changes the direction or magnitude of a force. In general, they can be defined as the simplest mechanisms that use mechanical advantage (also called leverage) to multiply force."

Basic HTML is enabled for posts... You can visit the following URLs for an online manual and FAQs:

See also:
Goold, A., Augar, N., & Goodman, A. (2008). Using Social Software to Support the Teaching of IT Professional Practice. In World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia and Telecommunications 2008.

SMF Features

SMF 2.0.x is a very versatile forum software. It has many features, including the following:


    Uses PHP, and a database system: MySQL, PostgreSQL or SQLite.
    Comprehensive template system.
    Advanced permission and user management.
    Supports multiple languages at once.
    Open and well-documented source code.
    Tracking of new and old unread topics, not just from your last visit.
    Designed for optimal performance and scalability.
    Multi-media output: XHTML, XML, RSS, WAP.
    Multi-language support from a large community.
    Package manager that automatically installs or uninstalls mods (also known as packages).
        Search the entire forum, a category/board or within a topic.
        Search within your personal messages.


    All actions seamlessly require a session based authorization code.
    Administrative actions require the user's password (and do not rely solely on cookies).
    Major actions are time and IP locked, preventing 'hammering'.
    The number of login attempts from a certain IP can be limited and time locked.

Forum Settings

    Ability to display page creation time and query count per page.
    Put a board into maintenance mode, allowing only administrators to log in.
    Word censoring, either full word or partial.
    Ability to break up long words.

Boards and Categories

    Group boards into collapsible categories.
    Set categories as non-collapsible.
    Reorder boards within categories, or reorder categories.
    Create child boards under other boards (sub boards).
    Assign moderators to boards.
    Allow certain membergroups to access a board, including guests only.
    Configure permissions for each membergroup on the board level.
    Ability to indicate new posts to child boards but nothing new in parent.

Member Registration

    Require registration before forum entrance.
    Require a user to agree to terms before they register.
    Disable member registration completely (allowing only administrators, or moderators with the necessary permissions, to register people).
    Require email authentication by sending an authentication link.
    Require an administrator, or moderator(s) with the necessary permissions, to approve registration.
    Register new members from the admin center.

Member Navigation and Authentication

    Password reminder option, by email with confirmation (doesn't automatically reset your password).
    Both cookie and session based authentication (works without cookies).
    Cookies can be set local to a path, global to all subdomains, or normally.
    Adjustable expiration time for authentication cookies.

Member Tracking and Tracing

    Sortable and searchable public memberlist (accessible by a permission).
    Powerful sortable and searchable admin memberlist.
    Show all (error) messages and IPs made by a member (track user).
    Show all (error) messages from an IP address or range (track IP).
    See who's doing what (accessible by permission).


    Several board statistics (accessible by permission).
    Tracking of member's online time in seconds.
    Tracking of topics, messages, new members, and hits per day.
    Individual member statistics accessible from their profile.

News and Announcements

    Send a Newsletter from the admin center, or post any topic as an Announcement.
    Member option to disable receiving announcements (and Admin override of this option).
    Email or private message your members by membergroup.
    Show a news fader.


    Ability to choose sendmail or SMTP (with or without authentication).
    Ability to send a topic to a friend.
    Ability to view a "printer friendly" version of topics.


    Create membergroups to group members on permissions, access rights, and/or appearance.
    Assign several membergroups to a single member, with one membergroup as the primary group.
    Define membergroups that are auto-assigned based on the amount of posts a user has.
    Determine the maximum number of personal messages a membergroup is allowed to have by group.
    Assign badge or star to a membergroup - by primary group.
    Determine which membergroups are allowed to access a board.


    Ban members based on their username, email address, IP address or hostname.
    Support of wildcards for email address, IP address, and hostname.
    Include a ban reason (viewable for the banned user).
    Include a ban note (only viewable by the administrators).
    Choose between full ban, 'no post' ban, or registration ban.
    Include an expiration time for bans.

External integration

    Integrate parts of the forum software into an existing website using SSI or PHP.
    Recent topics or posts.
    Recent news posts in a board.
    Recent polls.

Export forum data using XML/RSS

    Latest members.
    Recent posts.

Wireless access

    Support for WAP, WAP2 and I-mode protocols.
    Browse through boards/topics/messages with reduced page size.
    Ability to login and logout.
    Ability to see new topics/boards with new replies.
    Ability to jump to first unread reply.
    Ability to post new messages.

Theming and Templating

    Ability to allow or disallow your users to select their own theme.
    Ability to reset all of your members to a certain theme.
    Ability to install a new theme via your administration center.
    Admin can add smileys and smiley sets.
    Members can choose which smiley set they wish to use (or none).
    SSI can have and show layers and the like from the template system.

Posting Features

    Spell Check.
    Quick Reply
        Members can disable it or collapse it.
        Can be used with "Quote".
        Also contains "Spell Check".
    Vast number of Bulletin Board Codes to use (including rtl, acronym, and others).
    Optional editing grace period before a post is shown as modified.
    Insert Quote feature on posting screen to quickly quote previous replies.


    Can be added or removed to existing topics.
    Ability to set expiration date.
    Ability to hide results till expiration of poll.
    Ability to hide results until after people have voted.
    Ability to determine how many votes a user may cast.
    Polls can have up to 256 options.


    Allowed on a per member group or board basis.
    The filename is hashed to increase the security (so you can upload .php files).
    Optional restriction on what filetypes may be uploaded.
    Ability to restrict such that only registered members can view them (disables hotlinking, mostly).
    Images can be embedded into posts.

Calendar Support

    Shows Birthdays, Events and Holidays.
    Display calendar information on board index.
    Link an existing topic to the calendar.
    Allow only certain members/groups to post events.
    Event poster can edit event.
    Events can span multiple days.

Moderation Tools

    Ability to lock and unlock a topic.
    Topics which are locked by an administrator can not unlocked by anyone else.
    Ability to allow members to use moderation on just topics they posted.
    Report to moderator link.
    Delete or modify posts.
    Ability to merge/split topics.
    Move or delete topics.
    Sticky or unsticky topics.
    Recycle bin/board for all deleted topics and posts.
    Moderation log which shows moderation activity and dissallows the removal of log entries until they are at least 24-hours old.
    AJAX editing:
        Edit a post without page reloads.
        Double click to edit topic subjects on message index.

User Profiles and User Options

    Ability to hide your email address from the public.
    Select favorite theme among the activated forum themes.
    Select smiley set from the ones available.
    Email notification
        New topics per board.
        Single topics.
        Private messages.
    Login with 'invisible' mode.
    Options to hide other members' avatars and signatures.
    Ability to download and resize uploaded avatars.
    Personal text, avatar, signature, and all the niceties of forums can be used and are kept up to date in all your posts.

User Resources

    Icons for topics you've posted to.
    Show new replies to your posts.
    Collapsible 'Additional Options' on post screen.
    Ability to view most recent messages.
    List all topics that have new replies since your last visit.
    See who is browsing the same boards or topics as you.
    Topics that span multiple pages have the page numbers listed as well as an "all" link.

Other features

    Several forum statistics.
    List of users online.
    The menu bar.
    Today's events/birthdays/holidays.