Archive for October, 2010
A bit of pop-sci for anyone interested in recording and replaying dreams.
Writing in the journal Nature, researchers said they have developed a system capable of recording higher-level brain activity.
“We would like to read people’s dreams,” says the lead scientist Dr Moran Cerf.
The eventual aim of Dr Cerf’s project is to develop a system that would enable psychologists to corroborate people’s recollections of their dream with an electronic visualisation of their brain activity.
“There’s no clear answer as to why humans dream,” according to Dr Cerf. “And one of the questions we would like to answer is when do we actually create this dream?”
Dr Cerf makes his bold claim based on an initial study that he says suggests that the activity of individual brain cells, or neurons, are associated with specific objects or concepts.
The researchers will only be able to identify images or concepts that correlate with those stored on their database. But this data base could in theory be built up – by for example monitoring neuronal activity while the volunteer is watching a film.
In the Nature study, the researchers obtained their results by studying patients who had electrodes implanted to monitor and treat them for brain seizures.
While it certainly would be cool to implant electrodes in the brain for replaying dreams how much of our subconscious are we prepared to visualize linearly?
What is experience, what is memory and what is illusion?
Replay comes in scent pellet dream-recall capsules.
Tim Wallace-Murphy gives a dynamite lecture on the Western occult tradition. This is a must watch video for anyone interested in an intelligent and comprehensive lineage of the last 5,000 years of wisdom.
If you like this check out Wallace-Murphy’s new book Hidden Wisdom: Secrets of the Western Esoteric Tradition.
The City of Arts and Sciences in Valencia, Spain is a massive complex of futuristic buildings including an opera house, laserarium, planetarium, super-aquarium, massive assembly hall, and multi-media, interactive, science museum.
Large changes in the stock market are preceded by phases of “calmness” in the Twitterverse.
The study’s authors are quick to note that they have no idea why this should be the case. The researchers say their findings “offer no information on the causative mechanisms that may connect public mood states with DJIA values in this manner.” While “calmness” might predict market movements, it doesn’t necessarily cause them.
Also perplexing is the fact that the tweets came from around the world, and the researchers don’t know how many of them were conceived in the U.S., where the DJIA is based. And of course, other influences, such as news, can trump the “calmness” factor. As the researchers put it, “The deviation between Calm values and the DJIA … illustrates that unexpected news is not anticipated by the public mood yet remains a significant factor in modeling the stock market.”
Still, as Technology Review notes, these potential flaws don’t detract from the fact that the findings could be “hugely influential.” If nothing else, the results suggest the influences on the DJIA extend far beyond the financial community.
Two to six days after Twitter goes quiet something enormous will happen. If you’re committed to altering the current reality – quit Twitter.
Speaking of quitting social networks, Facebook was recently hit with another huge privacy violation.
Many of the most popular applications, or “apps,” on the social-networking site Facebook Inc. have been transmitting identifying information—in effect, providing access to people’s names and, in some cases, their friends’ names—to dozens of advertising and Internet tracking companies, a Wall Street Journal investigation has found.
The issue affects tens of millions of Facebook app users, including people who set their profiles to Facebook’s strictest privacy settings. The practice breaks Facebook’s rules, and renews questions about its ability to keep identifiable information about its users’ activities secure.
Invisibility. Shape shifting (programmable matter). Teleportation
This amazing video uses tilt shift photography and massive crane shots to depict the 2010 Coachella music festival in California. At speed and from a heightened perspective humans are a highly complex hive of productivity and relaxation.
This reality check is too spot on not to be classified as integral information.
What is lifestyle design? Good question.
Lifestyle design is interesting because only the privileged count as designing their lives. When a Mexican immigrates to the U.S. in order to have a better life for himself and his family, it isn’t lifestyle design. In fact, most lifestyle design focuses on 1st world young men with laptops who do freelancing living in developing nations to get a good exchange rate.
- Duff McDuffee
It essentially comes down to avoiding work. Here’s how:
1. Get a poofy haircut that only a rockstar could pull off.
2. Get rid of every thing you own, and make up for it by purchasing as much boutique yuppy clothing, shoes, and apparel that you can fit in a large backpack.
3. Use the backpack full of clothes and move to a foreign country with great beaches where you can feel wealthy by being around desperately poor people.
4. Talk about how many desperately poor people are around and how you wish you could help them.
5. Take advantage of desperately poor people by leveraging your powerful American money against the pitiful local currency.
6. Talk about changing the world for the better, while at the same time flying to every country in the world for the novelty of writing about it, releasing countless tons of C02 in the the environment as a result.
7. Take friendly photos with the natives so you can demonstrate how cultured and well adapted you are.
8. Call yourself a “consultant,” even if you’ve never had a client if your life.
9. Buy the laptop of gods (Apple Macbook Pro) and be seen “working” [browsing twitter] on it in trendy coffee shops.
10. Name drop all the famous bloggers who have replied to you on twitter while you were working in coffee shops.
11. Read the Communist Manifesto or Atlas Shrugged. Write your own manifesto. Quote the Communist Manifesto or Atlas shrugged when talking about what moved you to write your own powerful manifesto.
12. Use the words revolution, awesome, freedom, and nonconformity in any sentence it you can fit them in.
13. Constantly refer to your “projects” even if they don’t exist. If your projects don’t exist, make some up, and find some lifestyle designer friends to “work” on them with you.
14.Write an about page detailing every single interest you have, ever had, and ever will have. Write a second about page just in case you missed any gaps in your ego, err resume.
15. Make lots and lots of videos. Talking about inane things is okay as long as your hair is sexy and/or poofy or you are at the beach.
16. Be as cool as humanly possible. Take lots of sexy abercrombiesque photos of yourself near the beach or somewhere that could pass as a beach in pictures.
17. Rip off wealthy white Americans by promising that they too can live on the beach with desperately poor people.
Lifestyle design in action.
‘Coalition of the Willing’ is a collaborative animated film and web-based event about an online war against global warming in a ‘post Copenhagen’ world.
‘Coalition of the Willing’ has been Directed and produced by Knife Party, written by Tim Rayner and crafted by a network of 24 artists from around the world using varied and eclectic film making techniques. Collaborators include some of the world’s top moving image talent, such as Decoy, World Leaders and Parasol Island.
The film offers a response to the major problem of our time: how to galvanize and enlist the global publics in the fight against global warming. This optimistic and principled film explores how we could use new Internet technologies to leverage the powers of activists, experts, and ordinary citizens in collaborative ventures to combat climate change. Through analyses of swarm activity and social revolution, ‘Coalition of the Willing’ makes a compelling case for the new online activism and explains how to hand the fight against global warming to the people.
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