"It’s not that watching lots of reality TV causes a mental illness (believe it or not). Rather, an existing or nascent illness, like schizophrenia, interacts with the cultural pervasiveness of reality TV to give form to the delusion."

Whales have a sensory organ unlike anything we've ever seen

[Humans] have different mechanoreceptors all throughout our skin and joints that relay information about position and pressure. It’s an unusual structure, and what’s really unusual about it is its position. But it’s not about temperature, it’s not taste, it’s really about movement and pressure. That’s probably the closest analogy we have.

Unknown senses, both human and whale…

"Whitney Houston was found without clothes in a bathtub. Every corpse found without clothes has a partner who did away with them."

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Video of testifier’s anti-gay words goes viral, but there’s more to the story

Filed under: psychotic utterance, structure thereof …

Human brain shaped by duplicate genes | Nature News & Comment

Humans walk on two feet and (mostly) lack hair-covered bodies, but the feature that sets us furthest apart from other apes is a brain capable of language, art, science, and other trappings of civilisation. Now, two studies published online today in Cell1, 2 suggest that DNA duplication errors that happened millions of years ago might have had a pivotal role in the evolution of the complexity of the human brain. The duplications — which created new versions of a gene active in the brains of other mammals — may have endowed humans with brains that could create more neuronal connections, perhaps leading to greater computational power.

#brokenmachines

Go AI gaining ground

groupuscule:

The rank of the top go AI has shot up from 1-dan in 2009 (pretty good but I know some people who are better) to 5-dan (only a tiny elite are better) in January 2012

"Patricia refers to herself as “a sovereign Most Christian Princess as certified by His Most Christian Majesty, Prince George, the Arch-Treasurer for ‘The United States of America’ in the Treaty of Paris of 1783” and Monty declares he’s “not a numbered member of the communitarian welfare benefit trust called Social Security Administration”"

Sweet metaphors, sweet people

It all sounds a bit insane: people who like sweet foods are someone just generally nicer than people who don’t. It sounds like the latest example of dubious evolutionary psychology, but it’s actually about how language subtly shapes our behavior.

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“I accuse the hive mind of the California State Judiciary of the mental disorders of (non-bizarre) delusionality, and its prerequisites of repression and denial. These stem from my divorce custody proceedings and progressed from there,” he wrote. He added, “Their delusional belief that my children suffered from P.T.S.D due to violent computer games borders on the bizarre flavor of delusionality, but I have not affixed that label to it here. (My children are not the slightest afraid of the games).”

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“I accuse the hive mind of the California State Judiciary of the mental disorders of (non-bizarre) delusionality, and its prerequisites of repression and denial. These stem from my divorce custody proceedings and progressed from there,” he wrote. He added, “Their delusional belief that my children suffered from P.T.S.D due to violent computer games borders on the bizarre flavor of delusionality, but I have not affixed that label to it here. (My children are not the slightest afraid of the games).”

"Their uses may even be mutually necessary. Peretti puts it this way: if 4chan is the id of the Internet, then “Google is kind of like the ego, and Facebook is kind of like the superego.”"

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