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August 1, 2011

Things of interest as August 2011 opens for business


Ever consider time as a place of business?

Because just as you're obligated to go to a place in space if you want to buy something in the wet world, so are you required to be there when it's open.

Perhaps you've heard the old saying, "There's a time and a place...."

I know I have — on more than one occasion.

But I'm beginning to digress.

So, foci for the upcoming month:

• Humans as decohered quanta = one thing at the time = consciousness vs. animals without consciousness = all possiblities happening at once. And which did we say is the most sophisticated species on the planet? Humans who're reduced (literally) to one linear event after another, or every "lower" form of life dealing with all things at once?

• The failure of the word "decoherence" in the context of quantum mechanics. It implies disorder and chaos when in fact it assigns a precise version of reality. Needs work.

• "In 'Incognito: The Secret Lives of the Brain,' [David] Eagleman engagingly sums up recent discoveries about the unconscious processes that dominate our mental life, including his own pioneering work in time perception. His contention that we are always living a little bit in the past, thanks to the time it takes the conscious mind to coordinate different sensory signals, may give comfort to deadline-challenged journalists. His claim that smaller body size correlates with living more closely in the moment (the benefit of a shorter spinal cord)" has cheered short people, wrote Jennifer Schuessler in the New York Times.

• The inchoate outlines of an upcoming contest with a real MIB (Mint in box) prize, to happen in this very space thanks to the kind folk at Cyberguys, whose stuff I've featured often in the past and which I myself buy and use. They sent me a just-released iPad accessory which is quite cool and I'm going to give it to the winner of the aforementioned competition. I know many readers don't like competitive stuff so instead let me call it a test. You say you hate tests even more than competition? You're killing me.

So those are just a few of the coming attractions for August.

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