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Brain Surgery Linked To Sensation of Spirituality

0xC2 Re:Yeah, it's called blissful ignorance (380 comments)

Mahatma Ghandi, Jesus, George Washington: they could have saved a lot of wear and tear on their knees by drinking gin.

more than 4 years ago
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Brain Surgery Linked To Sensation of Spirituality

0xC2 Re:Yeah, it's called blissful ignorance (380 comments)

If you press your closed eye with your finger and see a light, you haven't explained light. That requires physics. Or if you stimulate the correct part of your brain and experience a salty taste in your mouth, you haven't explained salt. That requires chemistry. So how can you say:

But it does explain spirituality. It's an attempt to accurately define what spirituality is.

These experiments do little or nothing to explain the object of our senses. They do however explain the biology which allows us to experience them.

more than 4 years ago
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China Begins Monitoring Billions of Text Messages

0xC2 They monitor Slashdot (178 comments)

The Chinese government requires every Slashdot subscriber to send an official letter of apology, and promise never to read Slashdot again.

more than 4 years ago
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Initial Reviews of Google Wave; Neat, but Noisy

0xC2 Re:Missing the point (336 comments)

Wave is literally a Wiki-IM hybrid.

The valuable part of a wiki IMHO, is that the consensus, or at least the representative views, generally float to the top. All the history is there for the curious, but it's mostly archival. If waves allow consensus, conclusions, structure, and action items to "float to the top", and typos, mis-statements, and rejected viewpoints to sink, then I see much hope in Google Wave. I realize some kind of editing, possibly with the aid of plugins, is required to achieve this goal, but the point is how easily the final "document" can be extracted from the wave process.

more than 5 years ago
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Initial Reviews of Google Wave; Neat, but Noisy

0xC2 Re:Why Pay Attention to Scoble? (336 comments)

The ability to "post-process" a wave to (easily) extract a finished document with form, conclusions, action item lists, (ie all the things you might expect from meeting minutes and more), would add incredible value to a wave as a long-term document.

more than 5 years ago
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Initial Reviews of Google Wave; Neat, but Noisy

0xC2 Re:Wave is the Anti-Wiki (336 comments)

If Google Wave has a feature that would easily allow structure, conclusions, highlights, etc to be effected onto a wave after it's (essentially) done, then perhaps we have a winner. This post-processing could add value to a wave as a document.

more than 5 years ago
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Initial Reviews of Google Wave; Neat, but Noisy

0xC2 Wave is the Anti-Wiki (336 comments)

I was hoping that Google Wave would be more like a super-wiki than a multi-media chat room. Wiki's allow anyone to contribute their knowledge in a structured, peer-reviewed way that (generally) promotes structure (including proper spelling and grammar) and, if not consensus, at least a fair representation of predominant viewpoints. I get the feeling that wiki contributions are fully formed thought structures. I like wikis.

Chat rooms encourage fast-typing and snappy comebacks. I don't think that careful consideration is the point of chat. So although I see the real-time collaborative potential, I am not a fan. What I like about email is that I can answer it in my own time, the sender doesn't usually expect an immediate reply.

Maybe I don't get it. But then again I don't really get twitter either.

more than 5 years ago
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Visual Hallucinations Are a Normal Grief Reaction

0xC2 Spooky action at a distance (550 comments)

My father is a WWII vet who raised a family of 10 on a modest salary by being hard-nosed, no-nonsense, practical realist. So one day (when I was a kid), he's blowing his top because SOMEONE was messing in his dresser drawer! His box of cards was opened, and a prayer card that he had saved since he was a kid was standing up on top. The prayer card was from a wake for a childhood friend who had killed himself as a kid. My father kept in touch with the family through the annual Christmas card exchange. Nobody fessed up to rifleing through his drawer (a capital offense). Then later that same evening he gets a call from the family with the bad news that the childhood friend's father (same name) had passed the night before. Please explain that.

about 6 years ago

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