June 2008

Further confirmation (and expansion) of Libet‘s classic work demonstrating that we start to act before we are conscious of our decision to do so, and rewrite our subjective experience so that we feel that we’re in control: Dutch researchers led by psychologist Ap Dijksterhuis at the University of Amsterdam recently found that people struggling to…

Read More Rewriting history (as we all do, all the time)

This is going to be a really educational thread… Tell me what new music or artists you’re listening to these days. For the purposes of this discussion, “new” is defined to mean: 1. The artist/band started publicly releasing music (or alternately made their major label debut) after January 2005; or 2. The artist/band started publicly…

Read More Re-Hipify John Scalzi

Riazat Butt, the Guardian’s religion reporter, has been writing about Gafcon, the meeting of conservative Anglicans in Jerusalem. Ostensibly this movement is all about African bishops bemoaning the moral laxity of US and UK Anglicans, and offering them an alternative free from the blight of homosexuality. Apparently, the American conservatives (dominionists, even) who are actually…

Read More How to shoot yourself in the foot…

I discovered the rather strange online video site Jaman today. It’s a streaming (or download-to-rent) service, which has a large library of movies and short subject material from “the long tail”. The films range from silent classics to recent gems such as “Conversations with Other Women”, which I saw recently. In addition to pay-to-rent items,…

Read More Farewell Routemaster (and other interesting fare)

Casualties in Afghanistan now exceed those in Iraq (and they’re growing). By the Pentagon’s count, 15 U.S. and two allied troops were killed in action in Iraq last month, a total of 17. In Afghanistan it was 19, including 14 Americans and five coalition troops. […] Even when non-combat deaths are included, the overall May…

Read More While we were looking the other way….