This paper is fantastic. Abstract:
“We report a brief case study of Crash Blindness in a long-term user of the Macintosh computers. The patient (LB), an otherwise normal, healthy adult, shows an almost complete blindness to software crashes on Macintosh computers. The degree of the pathology appears to correlate with the version of the operating system. An MRI shows an atypical lesion in the right frontal cortex, which is the only neurological pathology. A comparison is made with other operating systems to show the specificity to the Mac OS. The findings are discussed with respect to theories of software ‘Holy Wars’.”
Check out the lesion :-)
“Consciousness is a fascinating but elusive phenomenon; it is impossible to specify what it is, what it does, or why it evolved. Nothing worth reading has been written about it.”
—Stuart Sutherland in the International Dictionary of Psychology (1989)
(Hat tip: Tom.)
According to Stuart Hameroff:
“… evidence suggests backwards time effects occur in the brain. Quantum entanglement apparently depends on seemingly backward time effects which, as unconscious quantum information, can potentially rescue consciousness from the unfortunate position of illusory epiphenomenon.”
From Hameroff’s latest, The brain is both neurocomputer and quantum computer, in Cognitive Science [pdf].
What do you make of this?
Just found this petition:
Without compromise to freedom of thought or expression, the teachings and beliefs of Scientology, Dianetics and science-fiction writer L Ron Hubbard must never be legally be accepted as a religion – regardless of any recent EU decision to the contrary.
We consider the ‘Church’ of Scientology is an exclusive business venture that by prohibiting access to scientifically-proven psychiatric therapy and medicine is effectively enslaving its believers.
- “within the constructs of any decent form of logic, and within any reasonable scientific framework, god does not exist and pretending he does is stupid and corrupts that framework.”
- “On the topic of Leprechauns I’m agnostic. The true believers of Leprechauns can’t be upset at me, because I still believe it’s *possible* Leprechauns exist. And of course, the a-leprechaunists can’t take issue with me because I don’t *really* believe in them.”
- “If it is *obviously* false, then it is demonstrably false, and you should have evidence to *prove* it is false. There is no evidence that the earth was created 4,000 years ago. BUT there is plenty of evidence that it was created 4 billion years ago, proving the first assertion to be false.”
I love reading these sorts of debates: more evidence, I reckon, of reasonable individual differences in reasoning!
There are some fun bits in the bible. I’d like to collect them together and add the result to English Lit courses. For instance:
“… the lips of an adulteress drip honey and her tongue is smoother than oil, yet in the end she is as bitter as wormwood, as sharp as a two-edged sword. Her feet tread the downward path towards death, the road she walks leads straight to Sheol. She does not mark out the path to life; her course twists this way and that, but she is unconcerned.” (Proverbs 5:2-6)
(I love honey.)