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A Grief Reminder

My friend Mark sent an article my way today via Facebook. Courtesy of The Hartford Courant (the oldest continually running newspaper in America, for the moment), their ‘Business’ section of the website reports that a local engineer is manufacturing “hand held devices” for “effects associated with paranormal.” That is the “business” side of the story.

The other side [...]

She’s Not Negative. See? She’s Smiling.

Check this out.  I recently found this on a few feeds in my Google Reader setup.  Stare at the 3 dots on the nose of the woman in this image for about 30 seconds.  Then look at some sort of white space (a blank piece of paper, or a white background on a computer screen) and [...]

Failing at Prediction, Succeeding at Bias

In Isaac Asimov’s Foundation series, the future can be predicted through a new method known as psychohistory. It’s a concept that turns up quite a lot — not only in science-fiction but from every so-called analyst, expert, advisor, talking head, and pundit across the spectrum of armchair philosophers and industry insiders.

We’re not talking about psychics here, but good [...]

Pareidoliathon

Over at Geekosystem is a funny article titled: 50 Things That Look Like Faces. This is a great example of pareidolia – the tendency for the visual cortex (and the cortex in general) to impose a familiar pattern upon random noise. The most familiar image to the human brain is the human face. Infants can [...]

Anakin Skywalker Diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder

Well, it turns out there was no “Dark Side of the force” influencing Anakin Skywalker and his transformation from a cute little robotics engineer and pod racer to an angst ridden teenager with a superiority complex to Darth freakin’ Vader.

According to an article in the journal Psychiatry Research, Anakin Skywalker suffered [...]