If this were adults rather than children perhaps the “piss-up in a brewery” metaphor might be more apt, but I love the dead-pan delivery of the choices in planning a childrens party from Dave Snowden at Cognitive Edge. I saw Dave do this a few years ago, so it’s good to have the video to […]
Entries from October 2009
0 October 29, 2009 at 3:34pm by Psybertron
15 October 29, 2009 at 2:14am by Psybertron
Audience participation for conference speakers ? The common power of the pentatonic scale demonstrated by Bobby McFerrin at the World Science Festival. After rehearsing just two notes the entire audience is spot on the third – with absolutely no warning of where he’s going next, up or down. And it continues eventually to the tonic […]
0 October 26, 2009 at 5:28am by Psybertron
Two ironic points struck me at last night’s Muse gig at Oslo Spektrum. Excellent performance by Matt, Dom and Chris as we have come to expect, and performance is the word. (1) as Muse repertoire grows, the new stuff slots in with the old quite seamlessly, even though it clearly becomes impossible to experience all […]
0 October 22, 2009 at 7:51am by Psybertron
Interesting edition of Thinking Allowed. Laurie’s newsletter about forgetfulness focussed light-heartedly on the aging process of finding it harder to remember names and faces. In fact the subject matter is more about cultural change and the evolution of greater difficulty in remembering generally – a book by Paul Connerton. Not simply displacement by overload in […]
0 October 20, 2009 at 8:36am by Psybertron
Followed a series of links from Johnnie Moore (on more reflective, indirect approach to “problem solving” when the situation is complex and the “problem” itself not at all clear – reminded me of Terry Eagleton’s “C-Word” reaction to the macho “can do” mentality). Peter Block … we have a deeply held belief that the way […]
0 October 20, 2009 at 4:15am by Psybertron
Something I didn’t know. (Testing the LinkedIn integration too incidentally.)
0 October 20, 2009 at 2:17am by Psybertron
No mention of Libet here (?) and not had a chance to digest, but British Psychological Society – Research Digest article looks interesting. Via Sue Blackmore.
0 October 19, 2009 at 3:04pm by Psybertron
Prompted partly by “And Another Thing” the latest (No.6) in the HitchHiker’s Guide being published, and partly by wanting to remind myself what DNA would really think of Dawkins, I’ve been re-reading the first five parts of the trilogy. OK, so the film could not do justice to the the constant stream of verbal, philosophically […]
0 October 19, 2009 at 11:53am by Psybertron
Great shots – that winning view of the Old Man of Storr is one of my favourite locations. Must have a few shots of that myself – nothing to compare of course. [Post Note - More prize-winning wildlife pictures in 2009 (and side-bar links to 2005 / 6 / 7 / 8 ]
0 October 19, 2009 at 11:31am by Psybertron
A true liberal and a humanist – nothing wishy-washy about Sir Ludovic Kennedy. “Looked like he was just helping out on his way to his club.” Appearances can be deceptive.
0 October 19, 2009 at 8:43am by Psybertron
Not news, but I wanted to capture this 2006 Independent review of Dan Dennett’s “Breaking the Spell – Religion as a Natural Phenomenon.” As a fan of Dennett it was useful to capture a review that made the distance between Dennett and Dawkins clear. OK so Dennett also falls into using the term “scientific” to […]
0 October 19, 2009 at 6:23am by Psybertron
Working title. A common enough turn of phrase, “Hubris Humbled“, but not so far the title of any publication that I can see. Takes me back to Quinn and Cameron : “the buzzing, booming confusion of paradox …. …. no matter how strongly our logical arrogance tries to convince us otherwise.”
0 October 19, 2009 at 5:57am by Psybertron
Since I see most problems as “evolutionary psychology” at root, you’ll not be surprised that I see a solution looking something like “cultural psychotherapy”, though the jury is still out on how to adminster the treatment. It was Alastair McIntosh in “Hell and High Water” (Chap 9) that prescribed “cultural psychotherapy” quoted here by Rowan […]
0 October 19, 2009 at 1:15am by Psybertron
Wonders may never cease with Windows 7 ?
1 October 16, 2009 at 12:39am by Psybertron
There’s no such thing as a non-self-organising system, only people deluded that they are organising it. Johnnie Moore on Harrison Owen, via Euan Semple.
0 October 15, 2009 at 2:58am by Psybertron
Only became aware of Imogen Heap recently when I saw a recording of her doing “Coulda Had Religion / Rollin And Tumblin” with Jeff Beck at Ronnie Scotts. Seems, like Stevie Lang, she’s the anonymous female session voice behind so many commercial recordings ? I was intending to check her (and Tal Wilkenfeld) out when I […]
0 October 15, 2009 at 2:39am by Psybertron
Nice story in the NYT on the Higgs Boson and other Large Hadron Collider myths. “… a funny thing that could make us to believe in the theory.” “… craziness has a fine history in a physics …” “We are all agreed that your theory is crazy. The question that divides us is whether it […]
0 October 13, 2009 at 8:43am by Psybertron
Nice. via Rivets.
0 October 13, 2009 at 6:10am by Psybertron
With a few days of enforced rest, and no new unread books left, I’ve been dipping into an odd mix of earlier attempts – Dante’s Inferno, Hitchhiker Trilogy, Heisenberg, Cluetrain Manifesto to name a few. Spurred by the latter no doubt, I checked out what Dave Weinberger is blogging these days : As we come […]
1 October 12, 2009 at 10:24am by Psybertron
Sue Blackmore’s recent experience of evening classes.
0 October 5, 2009 at 1:07pm by Psybertron
In no particular order, just to share the passion and power of expression. The idea …. that Islamic radicals are envious of western freedoms is about as convincing as the suggestion that they are secretly hankering to sit in cafes smoking dope and reading Gilles Deleuze. A small cabal of dogmatists occupied the white house […]