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DAYTIME - day job or destiny? Well, Santa has been and gone. I hope it was that we have all been good little girls and boys over the past year so the patron Saint of Mercantile Magic was not required to leave Carboniferous anthracite in anybody's stocking? No!?
I just today heard a session on ABC Radio National featuring an interview with Dr Sylvia Earl who has been studying the ocean for many decades. It was fascinating to hear and it was quite salutary to hear how in the 1960s and '70s Dr Earl was having to push to get herself included on expeditions just because she was a woman. One thing that worried me though is I heard nothing from Dr Earl or the interviewer, etc, about actually feeding the fish! Dr Earl described how so many regions of the ocean and the rivers flowing into it have been irrevocably changed by human plundering and polluting. One suggestion offered was to stop eating fish. Well I have to say I cannot bear that thought. We are a new species!
Mark A Peaty
I was shocked, amased, angered and saddened by what happened on 11 September 2001. I can only think with horror and revulsion about the mental state of the murderers as they prepared for and then committed the hijacks. They had hypnotised themselves and each other into a state of insane separation from what most of us believe to be reality. Maybe some of them were born as psychopaths without even the potential to feel empathy for other people. More likely some horrible combination of early family and social conditions, such as violence and emotional abuse, together with the mental straight-jacket of fundamentalist religion, taught them to switch off their inborn ability to feel what others are feeling. CDES = The Real New Age - The Philosophy of Mark Peaty
Gerald Edelman's theories are rooted in neurology. In fact, he insists that this is the only foundation for a successful theory of consciousness: the answers are not to be found in quantum physics, philosophical speculation, or computer programming. The structure of the brain is accordingly a key factor. Gerald Edelman's theory of consciousness - Neural Darwinism, re-entry, and selection.
António Damásio Antonio Damasio (born February 25, 1944) is a Portuguese-American neuroscientist/neurobiologist. He is a University Professor and David Dornsife Professor of Neuroscience at the University of Southern California (where he also heads the Brain and Creativity Institute), an Adjunct Professor at the Salk Institute, and the author of several books describing his scientific thinking. "As a leading neuroscientist, Damasio has dared to speculate on neurobiological data, and has offered a theory about the relationship between human emotions, human rationality, and the underlying biology." Prior to joining USC in 2005, Damasio was M.W.
The Epistemology of Conscious Experience Adapted from a talk given at the Vision Sciences Society meeting in Sarasota FL, May 2001 Steven Lehar The Epistemological Divide