Sunday Surfing: 19/06/16

bellerophon on pegasus_GBTiepolo

Bellerophon on Pegasus, Tiepolo

“We challenge what’s masculine and what’s feminine, and we really have nowhere else to do that. We weren’t able to express ourselves before. Some of us are coming from oppressive places that are very homophobic. So we made our own world.”

– Twiggy Pucci Garcon  (via Vice)


FT Magazine has an interview with the wise and practical Nassim Taleb. Excerpt:

Ambition or talent: which matters more to success?

Both concepts are modernist nonsense. Success is about honour, feeling morally calibrated, absence of shame, not what some newspaper defines from an external metric.


Astrophysics professor, Brian Koberlein, on the costs of accurate science reporting:

The thing is, the journalist actually tried to do the right thing. Seeing some sensational article they tracked down someone who might understand it as a reality check, and that’s why I took the time to reply. But if they write a more accurate article as a result it will cost them money. That’s where we are at this point. In the pay per view economy science writers lose money by taking the time to get it right.


Re: Addiction

A revolution to get excited about is hospital management and staff putting genuine long-term effort into alternative healing methods. “So much of pain is tied up with fear. We can do more than we think, if we can just take the time to sit with patients and let them know we’re present for them.” – Dr. LaPietra in the NY Times


Bridging the Square 

Debra Borchardt has an opinion piece in Forbes for marijuana merchants to take note of. She reports that ‘Kind has built a software system called Agrisoft to collect and monitor data that is needed in order to maintain compliance with state rules and laws (for marijuana). Under their partnership, Microsoft will market Agrisoft to state agencies for use through its Azure cloud service. To date, KIND has no state contracts and they submitted a proposal to Puerto Rico along with Microsoft two weeks ago.’ I tried googling for this proposal to Puerto Rico because, you know, I am watching this little island, and came up empty. To be fair, my internet connection keeps cutting out. I’ll keep trying.


Turning up the Amplitude

We understand other people by projecting ourselves onto them. But we also understand ourselves by considering the way other people might see us. Data from my own lab suggests that the cortical networks in the human brain that allow us to attribute consciousness to others overlap extensively with the networks that construct our own sense of consciousness….

Evolution turned up the amplitude on our tendency to model others and now we’re supremely attuned to each other’s mind states. It gives us our adaptive edge. The inevitable side effect is the detection of false positives, or ghosts…And so the evolutionary story brings us up to date, to human consciousness—something we ascribe to ourselves, to others, and to a rich spirit world of ghosts and gods in the empty spaces around us. 

  • Michael Graziano, Associate Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience at Princeton University via the Atlantic.




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