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eBooks@Adelaide: List of Authors. » For me, Angela Eagle is part of the problem for Labour’s electability, not the solution. I’m not even a Corbynista.

» For me, Angela Eagle is part of the problem for Labour’s electability, not the solution

I’m not a Trot. I’m not a member of the Socialist Workers Party. I am not a Member of Momentum. Can I make my brain as plastic as a child’s? – Rebecca Boyle. Five years ago, in a new city and in search of a new hobby, I decided to try playing a musical instrument for the first time.

Can I make my brain as plastic as a child’s? – Rebecca Boyle

I had never learned to read music; in my grade school, the optional orchestra class was offered at the same time as the optional robotics class, and I chose the latter. Understanding nothing about chords or music theory, I settled on the relatively simple mountain dulcimer, a three-stringed lap instrument from Appalachia. Struggles For Existence : The Website of John Hartung. Click here to download a PDF Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from religious conviction. - Blaise Pascal, Pensees, 1670 Abstract: The world's major religions espouse a moral code that includes injunctions against murder, theft, and lying - or so conventional 19th- and 20th-century Western wisdom would have it.

Struggles For Existence : The Website of John Hartung

Evidence put forth here argues that this convention is a conceit which does not apply to the West's own religious foundations. In particular, rules against murder, theft, and lying codified by the Ten Commandments were intended to apply only within a cooperating group for the purpose of enabling that group to compete successfully against other groups.

10 Limits to Human Perception ... and How They Shape Your World. Aerogramme Writers' Studio15 Ways to Write a Novel I Max Barry. Every year I get asked what I think about NaNoWriMo, and I don’t know how to answer, because I don’t want to say, “I think it makes you write a bad novel.”

Aerogramme Writers' Studio15 Ways to Write a Novel I Max Barry

This is kind of the point. You’re supposed to churn out 50,000 words in one month, and by the end you have a goddamn novel, one you wouldn’t have otherwise. If it’s not Shakespeare, it’s still a goddamn novel. The NaNoWriMo FAQ says: “Aiming low is the best way to succeed,” where “succeed” means “write a goddamn novel.” I find it hard to write a goddamn novel. 6 Ways To Make Sure Fear Isn't Making Your Choices For You. Fear is a human emotion that comes pre-downloaded with our software.

6 Ways To Make Sure Fear Isn't Making Your Choices For You

We are all afraid — with the exception of, say, Liam Neeson (who seems damn near fearless). Fear makes many seemingly innocuous decisions for us, as humans. Roots of Unity, Scientific American Blog Network. This beautiful instrument cannot be tuned.

Roots of Unity, Scientific American Blog Network

Image: Gryffindor, via Wikimedia Commons. The integers are a unique factorization domain, so we can’t tune pianos. That is the saddest thing I know about the integers. I talked to a Girl Scout troop about math earlier this month, and one of our topics was the intersection of math and music. There is no language instinct – Vyvyan Evans. Imagine you’re a traveller in a strange land.

There is no language instinct – Vyvyan Evans

A local approaches you and starts jabbering away in an unfamiliar language. He seems earnest, and is pointing off somewhere. But you can’t decipher the words, no matter how hard you try. That’s pretty much the position of a young child when she first encounters language. In fact, she would seem to be in an even more challenging position. Popular now Why is the speed of light the speed of light?

Real Media: John Pilger on the ABC of Media Power « REALFARE. Anti-Intellectualism and the "Dumbing Down" of America. fMRI Data Reveals the Number of Parallel Processes Running in the Brain. The human brain is often described as a massively parallel computing machine.

fMRI Data Reveals the Number of Parallel Processes Running in the Brain

That raises an interesting question: just how parallel is it? Today, we get an answer thanks to the work of Harris Georgiou at the National Kapodistrian University of Athens in Greece, who has counted the number of “CPU cores” at work in the brain as it performs simple tasks in a functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) machine. The answer could help lead to computers that better match the performance of the human brain. The brain itself consists of around 100 billion neurons that each make up to 10,000 connections with their neighbors.

All of this is packed into a structure the size of a party cake and operates at a peak power of only 20 watts, a level of performance that computer scientists observe with unconcealed envy. fMRI machines reveal this activity by measuring changes in the levels of oxygen in the blood passing through the brain. This is a difficult task given the size of the dataset. Untitled - 31822.pdf. The Epicurean revival. The Psychology of Getting Unstuck: How to Overcome the “OK Plateau” of Performance & Personal Growth. By Maria Popova.

The Psychology of Getting Unstuck: How to Overcome the “OK Plateau” of Performance & Personal Growth

Understanding Mortality and the Life of the Ancestors in Rural Madagascar - Astuti - 2008 - Cognitive Science. 1.

Understanding Mortality and the Life of the Ancestors in Rural Madagascar - Astuti - 2008 - Cognitive Science

Introduction There is currently considerable debate about whether cognitive science can offer a satisfactory explanation of the origins, spread and resilience of religious beliefs and practices (e.g., see Atran, 2002; J. L. Barrett, 2004; Boyer, 2001; Whitehouse & McCauley, 2005). Some contributions to this debate are distinctively polemical in that they pit religion against a scientific or materialist view of the world (Dawkins, 2006; Dennett, 2006). It's time to shout stop on this war on the living world.

This is a moment at which anyone with the capacity for reflection should stop and wonder what we are doing. Deceit and Self-Deception by Robert Trivers – review. Lying is second nature to us and under the influence of self-delusion we'll hang ourselves if given enough rope. Robert Trivers is one of the few scientists able to take command of an evolutionary perspective on subterfuge, and in his new book Deceit and Self-Deception: Fooling Yourself the Better to Fool Others, he does exactly that. His overarching premise is that if we can only see our own point of view, we can authentically argue our case because our deceits blind us to the truth. Ignorance can be bliss, until you are outwitted by a perspective you don't share.

Trivers explains how natural selection favours self-deception. His vision of deceit encompasses the self, others, the family and even international relations. New imaging method developed at Stanford reveals stunning details of brain connections. Visual reconstruction (from array-tomography data) of synapses in the mouse somatosensory cortex, which is responsive to whisker stimulation.

Neurons are depicted in green.Multicolored dots represent separate synapses. - Courtesy of Stephen Smith Examined up close, a synapse — less than a thousandth of a millimeter in diameter — is a specialized interface consisting of the edges of two neurons, separated by a tiny gap. Chemicals squirted out of the edge of one neuron diffuse across the gap, triggering electrical activity in the next and thus relaying a nervous signal.

There are perhaps a dozen known types of synapses, categorized according to the kind of chemical employed in them. Ireland Submission to UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. We’ve been working for most of this week on this submission to the United Nations Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. It is part of a process by which civil society groups provide input to the Committee as it prepares to question Ireland next year on its obligations with regard to these rights. It’s the same process (under a different treaty) as the one where we and others briefed the UN Human Rights Committee on Civil and Political Rights in Geneva in July.

That intervention succeeded in putting pressure on Ireland to protect the rights of atheists, secularists and minority faith members in the fields of education, employment, blasphemy laws, abortion rights, and the right to an effective remedy. The Committee also highlighted the Roman Catholic institutional belief system that had predominated in Ireland as a common factor in many human rights breaches. Contents. Mind & morality - Peter DeScioli. Modern biology and psychology point to a few big surprises about morality.

First, the human moral sense is among the most impressive engineering marvels in the natural world. Microsoft Word - BB0CA371.doc - human_nature_01.pdf. Wines of France - A guide to French wines. Moore's paradox. 9 Mind-Bending Epiphanies That Turned My World Upside-Down. Buying a kiln for jewellery making - a few guidelines. Lecture 8 (Norcross and Regan) The Science of Why We Don't Believe Science. Optogenetics and genomic tools make it possible to pinpoint the source of memory, consciousness, and emotions. 7 Platforms Changing the Future of Publishing and Storytelling. The Irrationality of Irrationality: The Paradox of Popular Psychology. Here’s my latest on ScientificAmerican.com In 1996, Lyle Brenner, Derek Koehler and Amos Tversky conducted a study involving students from San Jose State University and Stanford University.

The researchers were interested in how people jump to conclusions based on limited information.