I've written before about split brain patients, and what they mean for consciousness. Emily Esfahani Smith has a pretty good write up on the experiments and what they showed: How An Epilepsy Treatment Shaped Our Understanding of Consciousness - The Atlantic. The patients were there because they all struggled with violent and uncontrollable seizures. The procedure … Continue reading How An Epilepsy Treatment Shaped Our Understanding of Consciousness
I loved this SMBC. It echoes something I've observed before, that some physicists have disdain for philosophy, while often engaging in it themselves. Hovertext: "Philosophy is dumb, unless it comes out of the mouth of a physicist." Click through for full sized version and red button caption. via Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal. I've discussed the question before … Continue reading SMBC: What if the universe is made of math?
I recently read Andy Weir's novel: 'The Martian'. Weir's book is a self publishing success story. An admitted life long geek, he enjoyed thoroughly researching how a mission to Mars might work and what might go wrong with it. He originally published the book, in serialized form, on his web site. In response to reader … Continue reading ‘The Martian’: Robinson Crusoe meets Apollo 13
This weekend, I finished off the last of the 'First Peoples' PBS miniseries on prehistoric humans. If you've watched other documentaries on human prehistory and found them interesting, then you'll want to watch this one to get the latest findings. It was fascinating. (A lot of people have mentioned 'Becoming Human' to me, which I've … Continue reading First Peoples and Neanderthals
I found this TED talk on self driving cars interesting, particularly the time frame mentioned at the end that Google is aiming for. If it comes to fruition, it could revolutionize travel by the 2020s. Personally, I'm looking forward to being able to surf the web, read, or just get a head start on emails … Continue reading How a driverless car sees the road
New Horizons passed by Pluto this morning, so be on the watch in the news for all kinds of detailed photos and analysis over the next several days. One of the best sources is probably NASA's New Horizons page. To commemorate, here's xkcd's take on one of the recent images. (Click through for full sized … Continue reading xkcd: Pluto
I've written a few times on the Attention Theory schema of consciousness. It's a theory I like because it's scientific, eschewing any mystical steps, such as assuming that consciousness just magically arises at a certain level of complexity. It's almost certainly not perfect, but I think it's a major step in the right direction. Michael Graziano, … Continue reading Michael Graziano on building a brain