xkcd: California drought

I’m reminded of Jared Diamond’s point in his book ‘Collapse’ about Montana, that if it were an independent civilization with the same environmental problems, not integrated with the rest of the United State, that it might have already collapsed. ¬†Seeing this about California’s drought, it’s tempting to wonder the same thing about them, or the southwest in general.

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via xkcd: California.

The self as brain: Disturbing implications of neuroexistentialism.

Patricia Churchland, a neurophilosopher at the University of California at San Diego, says our hopes, loves and very existence are just elaborate functions of a complicated mass of grey tissue. Accepting that can be hard, but what we know should inspire us, not scare us. Her most recent book is Touching a Nerve: The Self as Brain.

via The self as brain: Disturbing implications of neuroexistentialism..

An interesting interview with a neurophilosopher (didn’t know that there was such a thing) on how the mind is the brain, and why this isn’t as bleak as some might fear.