Monthly Archives: August 2014

Prisons as the new Mental Health Institutions

Good Intentions, Deinstitionalization, and the Road to Hell: How Advocates for the Mentally-ill Harmed There is no question that by the middle of the twentieth century the public mental health system was in desperate need of reform. For the seriously … Continue reading

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Asteroid Defies the Laws of Physics! Or Not

According to a recent Nature World News report, “Potentially Dangerous Asteroid is Defying the Laws of Gravity”, experts have determined the asteroid (29075) 1950 DA isn’t a real asteroid but is “actually composed of rubble” and that “[s]omehow, these surface … Continue reading

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What brain scans and brain scanning are really like

I had the TV show House on in the background yesterday and happened to look up during an episode that involved a functional MRI scan. This particular episode was so far from reality it prompted me to write a blog … Continue reading

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Outbreak! We’re all going to die of Ebola (or the movie Outbreak)

Many reports have, of late, warned about outbreaks of Ebola (a.k.a. ebolavirus, EBOV, SEBOV & ZEBOV, etc.). Some warn of impending epidemics in places such as the United States. Luckily, the Zombie Apocalypse will have killed us all before that … Continue reading

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Are there laws of physics?

Among all academic disciplines, the sciences have a reputation for being cutting-edge. A classical historian who demonstrates intimate familiarity with 18th & 19th century French, Italian, and German scholarship is considered impressive. A philosopher not familiar with the work of … Continue reading

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The Mind isn’t a Computer

Part II of “Artificial Intelligence or Mechanically Mindless?” I was writing an extensive explanation covering the brain/computer analogy (or metaphor), why it’s wrong, where it touches upon what is right, etc. Some 20+ pages in, I realized that I wasn’t … Continue reading

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