Auntie Semite’s Troubling Tales

In a nice change from the usual nocturnal scenarios about teeth falling out or earthworms tunneling through my flesh, last night I dreamed I was involved with Angelina Jolie. It was pretty nice, except for the part where we got kicked out of a B&B in Guelph because I’d broken someone’s vintage 45. She didn’t […]

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A Passing Phase

We’ve left so many things behind us. We celebrated the death of Earth itself, though we were dead to the world when Sol cooled and bloated and devoured it in a single bite. It wouldn’t have mattered; we were far beyond the light cone by then anyway. But we woke for the next build, and […]

Posted in: fiblet by Peter Watts 15 Comments

Mind Reading Technology…

…has been a staple of every low-budget piece of celluloid skiffy going back at least to that early-sixties Gerry-Anderson puppet show Stingray (which no one with any dignity will admit to having watched, although I clearly remember the episode with the mind-reading chair). The Prisoner also featured an episode in which No. 6’s dreams could […]

Posted in: biology, neuro, relevant tech by Peter Watts 7 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

The Appearance of Evil

I actually like this photo by Amelia Beamer, which runs with the Locus interview I mentioned the other day. It doesn’t make me look like a goof. My face actually looks symmetrical for once, and the viewer is not overwhelmed by the magnitude of the nose. This is perhaps the most flattering photo of myself […]

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Words from Watts

Ah. I see my interview is featured in this month’s Locus. I get second billing to Charlie Stross, but hey — who doesn’t, these days? There I am in the lower right-hand corner (and I’m actually kinda glad the picture is small because I look a wee bit goofy in it). Haven’t read the final […]

Posted in: fellow liars, writing news by Peter Watts 16 Comments