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Columbus Day

What are we celebrating when we celebrate a public holiday?

By now I assume you’ve read Matthew Inman’s “Columbus Day” at The Oatmeal. If you haven’t, I’ll wait. Come back and I’ll talk about holidays and what they mean…

Public holidays are aspirational. Take Memorial Day, for instance. We don’t honor our war dead in ceremonies for their benefit, thus ensuring their safe passage in the afterlife. What we are doing when we honor the dead is saying that…

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Will It Bend?

Newsflash: Aluminum bends under pressure. Also: water is wet, and (as Agent K says) “people are dumb, panicky, dangerous animals.”

That guy in the iPhone bending video is lucky his screen didn’t shatter. (What the hell, Time? Really? The transition to absolute hackery is complete.

Next time, use real stress test equipment with proper controls and measurements. Like Apple did before releasing the…

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Thinking Meat

Peter Watts is a man after my own heart on the ideas of consciousness and volition:

What I’d really like to see would be a stimulus which shut down consciousness but left the cognitive and reactive circuits intact: a scenario in which the patient continued to repeat “house” while the current flowed, until— still unconscious— she processed and accommodated a new request to start saying “yoga”…

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