Word Press kept asking if I wanted a new page so I figured my first page of Secrets was getting too long, so I’ve added a continuation…
This page is for startling info I’ve come across and don’t want to forget or its source.
49. Robots Used to Kill by David Graham (excerpt) The Atlantic.com: For the first time in history, police have used a robot to remotely kill a criminal suspect. …While few people are second-guessing Brown’s decision, the use of robots to deliver lethal force “raises questions” abut how this technology will be used in othr cases…A new frontier has been opened in policing, and it will lead to “an intense ethical debate.”
50. One of the standard tests designed to diagnose autism involves showing the subject photographs of human faces and asking them to select for each the best match from a short list of words descriptive of particular emotions or attitudes. If you are on the autism spectrum, you typically do badly in such tests. Excerpted from Mark English’s entry on dantip, The Electronic Agora.
51. Quote from Stephen Jay Gould;s Hen’s Teth and Horse’s Toes p 244: “We hold a mirror to nature and see ourselves and our own prejudices in the glass. ,,,Aristotle described the large bee that leads the swarm as a “king,” and this misidentification of the only sexual female around persisted for at least two thousand years…” (He also has a chapter on the “Piltdown Conspiracy.” He also describes the embryonic separation of a unisex into male or female. “The female course of developmen is, in a sense, biologically intrinsic to all mammals. It is the pattern that unfolds in the absence of any hormonal influence.” (p 154). He discusses the peniform clitorises and false scrotum of female spotted hyenas, and crabs that have faces on their backs, (p 156, Norton, 1984).
52. Saint Pierre le Jeune- “The bulk of the church as it stands now was built between 1250-1320 and many of the frescoes you see are originals from the 14th century. In 1682, the church was divided into two sections, half for catholics and the other half for protestants, which seems quite forward thinking and civilized, doesn’t it! –Saint Pierre le Jeune~Beautiful pictures of a church in France by Cindy Knoke. The ‘Young’ Church of St Peter, is an old and unusual church in Strasbourg, France.” Excerpt from PatriciaRuthSusan’s blog.
See this also on my page Secrets Two. from
“scholars such as Claire Colebrook, Rosi Braidotti and Tim Morton. Their work investigates how the category of humanity is formed and sustained – largely through literary, artistic and social practices. They actively question the validity of this category and the extent to which it should be protected or retrenched.”
54. Source for the New Yorker’s interesting article “The Truth Wears Off” is 12/13/2010, by Jonah Lehrer: “now all sorts of well-established , multiply confirmed findings have started to look increasingly uncertain. It’s as if our facts were losing their truth: claims that have been enshrined in textbooks are suddenly unprovable. This phenomenon doesn’t have an official name, but it’s occurring across a wide range of fields, from psychology to ecology.”
55. Theory of life beginning in thermodynamics explained in a 2014 and a 2017 (7-26) issue of Quanta Magazine. In the simulated environment, external energy sources boosted (or “forced”) certain chemical reactions in the reaction network. The extent of this forcing depended on the concentrations of the different chemical species. As the reactions progressed and the concentrations evolved, the amount of forcing would change abruptly. Such a rugged forcing landscape made it difficult for the system “to find combinations of reactions which are capable of extracting free energy optimally,” explained Jeremy Gunawardena, a mathematician and systems biologist at Harvard Medical School.Yet when the researchers let the chemical reaction networks play out in such an environment, the networks seemed to become fine-tuned to the landscape. A randomized set of starting points went on to achieve rare states of vigorous chemical activity and extreme forcing four times more often than would be expected. And when these outcomes happened, they happened dramatically: These chemical networks ended up in the 99th percentile in terms of how much forcing they experienced compared with all possible outcomes. As these systems churned through reaction cycles and dissipated energy in the process, the basic form-function relationship that England sees as essential to life set in….Information ProcessorsRead more about the primordial conditions that might have spawned life in our 2016 story, “In Warm, Greasy Puddles, the Spark of Life?”
56. Will insert reference when I come across it again: Basically, the article said tics can hear your blood and follow you through the woods.
57.”Forever Young”–Jumbo – Now only the tail of P.T. Barnum’s beloved elephant remains preserved. It toured with the circus for four years, then donated to Tuft’s University, whre it was desroyed in a fire in 1975.
Timothy Leary’s body was cremated in 1996 and 7 grams of his remains were shot into outer space.
Ted Williams’ body and head were separately suspended in liquid nitrogen at a cryonics company in Arizona, for $136,000. (Lapham’s Quarterly, fall 2009, p 219, by Iain Bamforth.
58. c. 208: Prescription – Thou shalt on paper write the spell divine,/Abracadabra called, in many a line;/Each under each in even order place/But the last letter in each line efface/As by degrees the elements grow few/Still take away, but fix the residue/til at the last one letter stands alone/And the whole dwindles to a tapering cone//Tie this about the neck with a flaxen string/ Mighty the good ’twill to the patient bring/Its wondrous potency shall guard his head/And drive death and disease far from his bed.
ABRACADABRA/ABRACADABR/ABRACADAB/ABRACADA/ABRACAD/ABRACA/ABRAC/ABRA/ABR/AB/A ibid, p 164
58. In case I’ve looked for and listing the following, here tis: “Sweet Puppies and Cute Babies: Perceptual Adaptation to Babyfacedness Transfers Across Species,” http://www.plosone,org 3-2013- vol 8, issue 3, “According to Konrad Lorenz (1943), the Kindchenschema works as a trigger for instinctive behavior such as taking a child into one’s arms…
59. When Shewmon was a college sophomore, at Harvard, he listened to Chopin’s Trois Nouvelles Études No. 2, in his dorm room, and the music lifted him into such a state of ecstasy that he had an epiphany: he no longer thought it possible that all conscious experience, particularly one’s perception of beauty, could be a “mere electrophysiological epiphenomenon,” he said. The music seemed to transcend “the spatial limitations of matter.” An atheist, he converted to Catholicism and studied Aristotelian-Thomistic philosophy. He went to medical school, in 1971, and then specialized in neurology, because he wanted to understand the relationship between the mind and the brain. New Yorker magazine Jan., 2916
60. Doctors questioned the practice of string tying as the preferred method for removing babies’ superfluous fingers. [!] Harper’s Magazine Feb. 2018 p96.