I’m not totally clear on the source of this, which is credited on YouTube as **New Adam Curtis Film** ripped from Charlie Brooker’s 2014 wipe documents Putin’s adviser Vladislav Surkov Nonlinear warfare – A new system of political control.
Paul Morriss: 25 years ago I got onto the web 25 years ago I heard about this program from a USENET newsgroup called Mosaic. I downloaded and installed it. As they say: Mind. Blown. All the pages had a grey background. The images would download one by one, and you could see each line of […]
Baboons recorded making key sounds found in human speech (From New Scientist, via This Week In Sound The team discovered that male and female baboons each produce four vowel-like sounds. Females produce one that males don’t, and vice versa, so in total there are five distinct vowels. They correspond to the second syllable in “roses”, […]
This blog is an open journal. I don’t know why I like having a public notebook that nobody reads, just that I do like it. It serves enough of a purpose that I keep doing it. I am not seeking readers here. My guess at the readership is five people, all of whom know me […]
Scientific American: Eight smart limbs plus a big brain add up to a weird and wondrous kind of intelligence Octopuses and their kin (cuttlefish and squid) stand apart from other invertebrates, having evolved with much larger nervous systems and greater cognitive complexity. The majority of neurons in an octopus are found in the arms, which […]
As a White person, I can take responsibility for doing stuff about racism. I don’t have to slack. It’s Martin Luther King day today. Ordinarily it’s just another day off, like President’s Day or Columbus Day. Usually I work on meaningless holidays. This year I will observe the occasion. What I’ll do will be small […]
Is Humanism Really Human? How might a posthumanist approach to undoing interspecies hierarchies intervene with structures of violence among humans themselves? Trump’s election reflects and emboldens white supremacy and misogyny to a frightening degree. Could a posthumanist intervention risk moving focus away from a direct and much-needed struggle against these things, or could it help?
Just how smart is an octopus? The cleft in the tree of life that separated the lineages that led to vertebrates and invertebrates happened 600 million years ago. One path, as Godfrey-Smith explains, led to progressively more complex intelligences, in the form of fish, reptiles, birds and mammals. The other path, while producing sophisticated means […]
I have a recurring thought about how little our species’ experience of life differs from others. I’m doing some ordinary thing like biting into a doughnut and I think “this feels pretty much the same to a monkey.” Our physical sensations are probably the same as all other mammals. Things like physical pain, sleepiness, and […]