Voynich MS

Voynich MS

For almost 100 years, experts and amateur researchers have tried to solve the riddle of a handwritten book, referred to as the “Voynich manuscript,” composed in an unknown script. The numerous theories about this remarkable document are contradictory and range from plausible to adventurous. From The Skeptical Inquirer Also see Chris' Analysis.

Is this crazy?

…hearing voices and feeling paranoid are common experiences, and are often a reaction to trauma, abuse or deprivation: “Calling them symptoms of mental illness, psychosis or schizophrenia is only one way of thinking about them, with advantages and disadvantages.”

Ought but can’t

Ought but can’t

THE history of moral philosophy is a history of disagreement, but on one point there has been virtual unanimity: It would be absurd to suggest that we should do what we couldn’t possibly do. This principle — that “ought” implies “can,” that our moral obligations can’t exceed our abilities — played a central role in [...]

The grammar of storytelling

Saschka Unseld : Through the two VR experiences Story Studio has made already—Lost and Henry—and the ones it has forthcoming, Unseld and his team are slowly learning the grammar of what plays well inside a headset. “The way comedy works and the way empathy works is very different in VR than it is in film,” Unseld [...]

Are you crazy?

The British Psychological Association released a remarkable document entitled “Understanding Psychosis and Schizophrenia.” Its authors say that hearing voices and feeling paranoid are common experiences, and are often a reaction to trauma, abuse or deprivation: “Calling them symptoms of mental illness, psychosis or schizophrenia is only one way of thinking about them, with advantages and [...]
To be happier…

To be happier…

To Be Happier, Start Thinking More About Your Death Will cultivating awareness of the scarcity of your time make you grim and serious? Not at all. In fact, there is some evidence that contemplating death makes you funnier. Two scholars in 2013 published an academic paper detailing research in which they subliminally primed people to [...]
Mind Transfer

Mind Transfer

Based on what article? Call it mind transfer, uploading, brain backup, whatever—the idea of copying the human brain to a computer so it can live on without the body has a strong hold on futurists, neuroscientists, and folks that just want to live forever. Also Stephen Hawking. At screening of a new film about his life this [...]