In an effort to reduce and control the level of spam and junk mail, I’ve activated my newish Google Mail account and changed details on my contact page. Which also gives me a web-mail capability I didn’t previously have. Be useful if people could start using the new address. Talking of spam, why not go […]
Entries from November 2004
0 November 28, 2004 at 9:03pm by Psybertron
0 November 25, 2004 at 1:22am by Psybertron
[via Rivets] Wow, this stuff is real, from Swarthmore College, Pennsylvania.
0 November 24, 2004 at 11:31pm by Psybertron
Brad Cox and Greg Balzer.
0 November 24, 2004 at 10:07am by Psybertron
Listened to Hans Blix speaking last night at the faculty of law in Cambridge. Fairly dry matter-of-fact talk on the history and practice of weapons inspections & treaty verifications as an international law subject, from Victorian exploding bullets and dum-dums, via nuclear test bans and proliferation treaties to … well you know what. In summary […]
0 November 23, 2004 at 1:14pm by Psybertron
Martin Ryder at the University of Colorado. Amongst many other gems, this includes this Alan Alda interview with Gerald Edeleman. Has a grand narrative theme like this previous Steve Jones & George Monbiot piece. Also recalled this openness and closure theme from Hilary Lawson. Most of the world of knowledge is actually “open”, probably only […]
0 November 22, 2004 at 5:19pm by Psybertron
In preparation for following up all the neuroscience pointers to the existence of pre-cognitive “qualia” being processed in the brain (at least I think that’s what’s being pointed at – I may be misunderstanding something) I was updating my link to David Chalmers’ Univeristy of Arizona site, and the expected upcoming consciousness conference, when I […]
9 November 22, 2004 at 5:09pm by Psybertron
Apparently such a thing exists and people can do courses on it. [Google cross-hit]. Not heard of it before but, call me cynical, I don’t like the sound of it, sounds doomed to failure of planned objectives, with plenty of solid blame-shifting, Brunsson-hypocritical, arse-covering, “somebody else’s problem” problems. [Post Note Sept 2010 - I have […]
0 November 22, 2004 at 4:48pm by Psybertron
Great Books, here at WindsOfChange. WindsOfChange. motto “Liberty. Discovery. Humanity. Victory.” is a communal blog headed up by Joe Katzman in Toronto. In this interview he points out how 9/11 spurred him into blogging action. “I was already maintaining a resource site focused on the Internet and business. Then 9/11 hit, and the in-depth geopolitical, […]
0 November 22, 2004 at 4:38pm by Psybertron
Speaking at the Faculty of Law, tonight, tomorrow and Wednesday.
0 November 22, 2004 at 4:11pm by Psybertron
Still reading Austin, [here below], [and here], [and again], [and earlier], [and originally], and finding new items all the time. More apparent how he is linking deliberately learned meditative states with other altered brain states achieved by other physical and chemical abnormalities. Two amazing items in one. Looking at the classic view of left- and […]
2 November 14, 2004 at 11:35am by Psybertron
Not blogged much recently. Been reading hard. James Austin’s “Zen And The Brain” (1998)Gerald Edelman’s “Wider Than The Sky” (2004)Adam Zeman’s “Consciousness, A User’s Guide” (2002) Completed the latter two, but still only 60% through Austin’s 840 page tome. All three are state-of-the-art brain-focussed, written by neuroscientists. All aim to get somewhere into explanations of […]
0 November 13, 2004 at 1:28am by Psybertron
But sadly missed, again. 3000 at John Peel’s funeral. I was almost there myself. Can’t help thinking some irony Peel would have appreciated in Liverpool FC Captain Emlyn Hughes death also in the news yesterday and the very hour his own funeral today coinciding with Yasser Arafat’s. How many times did Peel say “If I […]
0 November 8, 2004 at 2:37pm by Psybertron
All will become clear.
0 November 8, 2004 at 1:12pm by Psybertron
[via BBC] I wonder if the inventor of Jeremiah, Richard Bowden, is a fan of Gilliam’s Brazil ? ‘Ere I am JH.
0 November 5, 2004 at 1:05pm by Psybertron
… of unhatched chicks. Counting the cost the morning after, Emma Brockes in the Grauniad. [via David Dolan at this Working Life]. Well, if we will insist on counting as our only measure of value, what do we expect ?
0 November 4, 2004 at 9:43pm by Psybertron
It’s quite a struggle to avoid religion, party politics and war in a public blog in today’s climate – but they do cloud points being made, despite their undoubted relevance to life, the universe and everything. I lost it with posters on the MoQ discussion board recently when the number of people starting from positions […]
0 November 4, 2004 at 9:35pm by Psybertron
So totally conspiracy theory is this, that it is actually quite creative. [via Rivets]. Problem is these “mad” sequences of events (real or perceived) do look like conspiracy, whereas the cock-up is the fact that “they” (ie we) insist on using simple rationale to explain and justify or actions and decisions.
0 November 4, 2004 at 9:31pm by Psybertron
Plea from Matt Whyndham to remember to optimise a whole system, recognising its architecture, not just one component, such as your DB back-end. [Link from Interconnected] The system IS the project as Matt puts it.