Conan O’Brien, the Clueless Gamer, reviews Halo 4.
As Dr. Gazzaniga notes, “the dominant idea in modern neuroscience is that if we had a full understanding of how the brain works, we would know how the brain enables the mind, and that the mind would be proven to be enabled in an upwardly causal way, and therefore, all is determined.”
But he argues that things aren’t that simple, and that the mind, which is somehow generated by the physical processes of the brain, constrains the brain. He says, “The emergent mind constrains the brain,” which means, according to Dr. Gazzaniga, that we need a new way of looking at the interactions and mutual dependence between the physical and the mental.
He says that “something like the big bang happened when the mind emerged from the brain; that just like traffic emerges from cars, traffic ultimately constrains cars.” So, he asks, “Doesn’t the mind constrain the brain that generated it?”
Who’s in Charge? Free Will and the Science of the Brain, by Michael Gazzaniga, PhD. Listen to the interview and discover the awesomeness that is The Brain Science Podcast.
Mike issues a warning.
Vicar Goodman in the amusing Blue Toad Murder Files. He keeps slipping up and referring to “The Bringer of Madness” and “The Sleeper Beneath”.
Slight Rebellion Off Madison by JD Salinger from The New Yorker : Dec 21, 1946.
I love Catcher in the Rye, but didn’t even know this story existed. It’s Salinger’s first short story with Holden Caulfield.
Black Jack Justice: Home Fires via Decoder Ring Theatre
The Phoenix on the Sword by Robert E Howard. Listen to it on PodCastle, episode 268.
The City from Alameda
Yasutaro Mitsui and his Steel Humanoid robot. Possibly the first known Japanese robot in humanoid form.
Reuben Hoggett of cyberneticzoo suspects the electrical devices and valves are just for show and that movement is limited to arm raising/rotation and bowing. Note the power cord running up its left leg. Still, it’s kinda cute.
Freddie Widgeon receives helpful advice from a bookie.
And the bookie, when informed that he wasn’t going to collect, advised him in a fatherly way to be very careful of himself from now on. For that he knew that it was silly to be superstitious, he (the bookie) couldn’t help remembering that every time people did him nowt for money some unpleasant accident always happened to them. Time after time he’d noticed it and it could not be mere coincidence, more like some sort of fate, the bookie said.
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Kickstarter for Littlest Lovecraft: The Call of Cthulhu by Tro Rex & Eyo Bella. For the sake of the children.
I do declare that this is the slickest car I could ever have the honor of pushing home.
In his first letter to Clark Ashton Smith, HP Lovecraft describes his reaction to Smith’s artwork. Aug 12 1922. Via Eldritch Dark: The Sanctum of Clark Ashton Smith.
Selected Letters I: 1911-1924 by HP Lovecraft, August Derleth and Donald Wandrei.
Amazing deck of cards.