Sarasti Lives

Or did, anyway. Or at least something did. Those of you who’ve checked out the Vampire Domestication Talk might remember the slide from which this inset was taken: a timeline of hominid ancestry, showing the recent divergence of the vampire lineage and its subsequent extinction/reintegration into the human baseline. While the fusion of separate species […]

Posted in: blindsight, evolution by Peter Watts 244 Comments

Art Imitates Argument

By now you’ve all noticed the termineetah. She’s the handiwork of a guy called Andrew Chase. You can find other samples of his work over on his website (or cut straight to the cool stuff here and here). We’ve exchanged the occasional e-mail in the past, but I had no idea he built this kind […]

Posted in: blindsight, ink on art by Peter Watts 16 Comments

Could Blindsight‘s Vampires Beat Twilight‘s Vampires in a Fair Fight?

Strangely, that actually seems to be a subject of discussion over at Spacebattles.com. I mean, I’ve never read the Twilight books (those are the vamps that, er, sparkle, yes?), but seriously.  Is there any question?

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A Cornucopia of Covers; a Call-out for Cash

First up we have Alejandro Terán’s Alienesque cover for the Spanish edition of Blindsight, coming out, oh, I don’t know, probably next year sometime. Next we have Franz Vohwinkel’s cover for the German mass-market edition of βehemoth (thanks to “Useless Surfer” for pointing it out), which is evidently being called “Waves” over in Deutschland. And […]

Posted in: blindsight, writing news by Peter Watts 3 Comments

High-Concept Low-Brow

It’s credibility of a sort, I guess. The Sydney Morning Herald has just published a John Birmingham piece which jumps off from the teenybopper suckfest “Twilight” to dip its toes in the whole pop-culture vampire mystique. And what should appear, mixed in with all the Buffy and True Blood callouts, but a whole paragraph devoted […]

Posted in: blindsight, ink on art by Peter Watts 25 Comments

Avast! Here Be a Blindsightinator for Ye!

Aye me hearties, be ye rememberin’ that time in Blindsight when Rorschach, she be putting the sun in scurvy Szpindel’s eyes? “Argh, I be seein’ naught,” Szpindel be sayin’, his timbers a’shiver. “It be the EM fields,” James be barking. “That be how they signal. The briney deep, she be fulla words, she be—” “I […]

Posted in: biology, blindsight, neuro, science by Peter Watts 5 Comments

Living in the Past.

Most of you here have read Blindsight. Some of you have made it almost to the end. A few have even got as far as the references (I know this, because some of you have asked me questions about them). And so you might remember that old study Libet did back in the nineties, in […]

Posted in: blindsight, neuro, science by Peter Watts 42 Comments

In Praise of MPD

This month’s New Scientist carries an opinion piece by Rita Carter, author of the imminent Multiplicity: The New Science of Personality. She’s not the first to argue that multiple personalities may be adaptive (the whole backbone of the eighties’ MPD fad was that they served to protect the primary persona from the stress of extreme […]

Posted in: biology, blindsight, neuro by Peter Watts 12 Comments

Is this theory of yours accepted by any respectable authorities?

The long-awaited new Neuropsychologia‘s finally on the stands, and it’s a theme issue on — wait for it — consciousness! Lots of articles on blindsight, interhemispheric signaling, anosognosia, all that cool stuff. And nestled in the heart of this month’s episode is a paper by David Rosenthal entitled “Consciousness and its function“. Guess what. He […]

Posted in: biology, blindsight, neuro, science by Peter Watts 8 Comments

Why Animé Might Not Be the Best Medium for Blindsight…

Courtesy of Che Gilson, who brought you last month’s Manga’ld Theseus crew, a somewhat-less-than-fearsome interpretation of the once-scary aliens in Blindsight. (Personally, I’d have liked the “weapons” illo more if the board had had a nail through it.) The existential dilemma of a nonsentient intelligence giving rise to a thought-bubble is left as an exercise […]

Posted in: blindsight by Peter Watts 12 Comments