Speak, Memory: Oliver Sacks discusses the unreliably of memory.
There is, it seems, no mechanism in the mind or the brain for ensuring the truth, or at least the veridical character, of our recollections. We have no direct access to historical truth, and what we feel or assert to be true (as Helen Keller was in a very good position to note) depends as much on our imagination as our senses. There is no way by which the events of the world can be directly transmitted or recorded in our brains; they are experienced and constructed in a highly subjective way, which is different in every individual to begin with, and differently reinterpreted or reexperienced whenever they are recollected. (The neuroscientist Gerald M. Edelman often speaks of perceiving as “creating,” and remembering as “recreating” or “recategorizing.”) Frequently, our only truth is narrative truth, the stories we tell each other, and ourselves—the stories we continually recategorize and refine. Such subjectivity is built into the very nature of memory, and follows from its basis and mechanisms in the human brain. The wonder is that aberrations of a gross sort are relatively rare, and that, for the most part, our memories are relatively solid and reliable.
Also, some of your most precious childhood memories may never have happened. So, yeah . . .
Snail Teeth, The Future of Solar Power: Snails produce the hardest bio-material in the world and it’s going to influence the next generation of solar power.
15 foods you can regrow from scraps!: Turns out you can grow a lot of food from food. I don;t know why this surprised me but it did.
Seattle ends police drone program: Seattle decided to kill its drone program due to privacy concerns.
Man hunt for ex-soldier who shot police chief’s daughter and killed policeman: Meanwhile, in Cali . . .
Yesterday, as a task force of 125 officers, some riding Snowcats in the rugged terrain, continued their search, it was revealed that Dorner has become the first human target for remotely-controlled airborne drones on US soil.
Fucking drones. How about, instead of relying on a bunch of toy planes to solve your problems, you work on having a police force that (A) Doesn’t produce rampaging gunmen and (B) Doesn’t employ them.
You’ve got ex-cops shooting cops and current cops shooting everyone. Fuck the police. Seriously.
Just how many citizens does the LAPD plan on shooting while looking for their co-worker? At the time of writing, they’ve shot three innocent people in two separate incidents. And not just a little bit either. They’ve shot the hell out of those people. These motherfuckers can’t even make any sense out of their eyes and now they need drones?
UPDATE: did the internet just fall for a massive drone hoax?: Maybe drones aren’t being used? No one is sure. At any rate, Dorner will not be the first to be hunted by them.
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