A few things I won’t be able to offer extended comment on, but are definitely worthwhile:
- Oliver Sacks’ meditation on “What is mind?” deserves to be read and reread. He’s got interesting thoughts and questions in every corner: “It is fascinating to think of Darwin, Romanes, and other biologists of their time searching for “mind,” “mental processes,” “intelligence,” even “consciousness” in primitive animals like jellyfish, and even in protozoa. A few decades afterward, radical behaviorism would come to dominate the scene, denying reality to what was not objectively demonstrable, denying in particular any inner processes between stimulus and response, deeming these as irrelevant or at least beyond the reach of scientific study.”
- This happened, and I’m wondering about the breathtaking amount of stupidity involved. Racism makes some people say and do very dumb things.
- Linked to this on facebook and tumblr, and I really should have promoted it here earlier: “How are plus-sized women supposed to learn how to develop a good style when we don’t see anyone in fashion that looks like us?”
- *grunts* “I’m more conservative than you.” “How?” “I firmly believe the mentally ill should have full Second Amendment rights.”
- Spending Russia’s money: Who sponsors those fascist anti-EU neo-Nazi parties?
- If you don’t get addicted to Sarah Andersen’s “Doodle Time,” you have no soul.
- Widor, Toccata. Performed at the Cathedral Basilica in Newark.