Zounds! It’s Christfucking Blasphemy Day!

And, decompressing after my bounce dive to Germany, I almost slept through it. Thanks to Keippernicus and a half-dozen science blogs for bringing me up to speed. Blasphemy Day (“…because your god is a joke”) exists as part of “…a movement to dismantle the wall which exists between religion and criticism.”, to “open up all […]

Posted in: ass-hamsters by Peter Watts 9 Comments

Apparently, Octoberfest Actually Starts in September…

Back in Frankfurt for a couple of days (no, don’t get your hopes up— I’m not), and am too wiped after the flight to either check my rss feeds or venture out into my temporary neighborhood.  So here instead are some pictures from my permanant one: That last picture is courtesy of one Emma Sweet […]

Posted in: misc, On the Road by Peter Watts 4 Comments

Physician, Heal Thyself.

I was going to devote today’s crawl to a recent study purporting to cast doubts on Libet’s notorious “no free-will” paper from the eighties— kinda pointless attacking that old study when more rigorous and recent studies have been so much more compelling on the same subject, and besides free will isn’t the same thing as […]

Posted in: biotech, neuro by Peter Watts 20 Comments

Finally, A Cause That Athiests And Creationists Can Get Behind

Post-Rapture Pet Care. An Atheist idea, I might point out.  And they say we have no ethics.

Posted in: ass-hamsters, misc by Peter Watts 13 Comments

Time Considered as a Helix of Semiprecious Tones: or, an Rx for World Peace

Fascinating popsci piece on synaesthesia over at the BBC.  It turns out that your common garden-variety hearing-colors/seeing-music synaesthete is only the tip of the iceberg. There are people out there who can literally see time, as a multicolored ribbon winding about them in mid-air. There are folks who perceive letters or numbers as personality types, […]

Posted in: biology, neuro by Peter Watts 29 Comments