... This post is in reference to this crazy book I'm reading, about Jesus and the Peacock Angle. It has cool moments. But then it has bald-faced sentence about Lemuria and beings from Venus. It leaves me gasping sometimes, Melek Ta'us references or no!
From Discovery. In addition to the fascinating ancient music itself, there's intriguing discussion of psychoacoustics. Something ritualists and movie theme writers know well. :-)
The theory could generate some great story ideas at the very least. Perhaps combined with another piece I read, about how stars ring like bells, with their expanding and contracting sunspots...
FDA, please bring equality, sanity, and science to the blood donation process. There are a number of men who would happily donate blood, if you would let them. We need the blood!
This rant brought to you in support of a regularly scheduled blogswarm! Please make a public statement today if you want the FDA to update its rules. The issue is under consideration *right now*.
Guy puts a box together with a GPS and a camera, and captures video a la NASA.
... in the spirit of Cancer Sucks. It's just shown in mice, but fits in with other links seen in humans.
What I love about this video, as well as learning lots about depression, is how the science brings together all of different ways people have looked at psychology-related diseases... and finds they all have value; syncretic goodness. This guy (Robert Sapolsky) is an awesome lecturer. ... so many bright folks have depression, O my flist. Yea learning.
One article talked about how when things are hard to explain (prefering abstract over commercial art, for example), due to not-having-the-language, people will say things which aren't actually true (that they like the commercial art), rather than have to say 'because' when asked 'why?'.
On another tangent, here is an article about how 'wanting' and 'liking' (or, reward and pleasure) are different.
Juicy! How might this affect our relationships, our magick?
A quote (part of a discussion on wireheading; the idea of sticking an electrode into the pleasure center of your brain):
The wanting system is activated by dopamine, and the liking system is activated by opioids. There are enough connections between them that there's a big correlation in their activity, but the correlation isn't one and in fact activation of the opioids is less common than the dopamine. Another quote:
It's relatively hard for a brain to generate pleasure, because it needs to activate different opioid sites together to make you like something more. It's easier to activate desire, because a brain has several 'wanting' pathways available for the task. Sometimes a brain will like the rewards it wants. But other times it just wants them.
So you could go through all that trouble to find a black market brain surgeon who'll wirehead you, and you'll end up not even being happy. You'll just really really want to keep the wirehead circuit running.
Problem: large chunks of philosophy and economics are based upon wanting and liking being the same thing.
O intarwebs.... there is a shape... center is kinda long and tube like, it opens out on each end, and I think kinda wraps back into itself. Maybe used in theoretical depictions around wormholes? I can't think what it is called in order to find an image of it (I was guessing 'bolus', but that appears to be wrong).
I don't even know how to start searching for this. Any ideas?
Bay-area-ites, if you're at all interested in Leonardo da Vinci, or the Renaissance and its sciences, don't miss the show at the San Jose Tech Museum of Innovation . It's actually two exhibits, from Italy, combined for the first time; one on engineering in the Renaissance, and the onther specifically on the mind of Leonardo. Come January it leaves here, then goes back to Italy (to be split back into two exhibits).
This has to be one of the best, most engaging museum exhibits I've gone to. There's lots of multimedia. Working replicas of many drawings! Pages from the notebooks (drool). Plus, tons of related stuff for kids, and a couple of paintings from the Renaissance, based on daVinci's works. I spent over three hours (but I am a da Vinci fan; you don't have to linger as much as I did :) ).
Fair warning though: it's not inexpensive. $25 for non-members. Worth full price.