Monday, January 14, 2008

msb-0247 Wetware

msb-0247 Wetware


Feedback comes first, so...

I can tell when I pick up a new listener because my download stats jump up while the new person goes and gets the back episodes.


I'm still on about the book "The Body Has a Mind of Its Own" by "Sandra and Matthew Blakeslee" (ISBN:978-1-4000-6469-4).

This book is astonishing in the amount of material covered in its brief two hundred pages. (Yes, I finished it. Now I'm continuing reading a biography of Eisenhower that got interrupted. :-)

I rediscovered mirror neurons (I'd heard about them first on a "Science and the City" [ ] podcast about acting, of all things,) but now I sort of understand the evolutionary reason for them.

I also discovered what "Jaron Lanier" [ ] has been up to since the heyday of "V.R." [ ] in the 90s and the Early Oughts.

I have got too many insights... Its sort of confusing...

This book will require a lot of digestion, a lot of introspection and a lot of meditation.


"Steven Poole" (who you were introduced to at the very end of the last episode,) is an interesting human being.

He has some very interesting ideas roiling the insides of his wetware and a couple of sites dedicated to them: "Unspeak" [ ] about political language (if you've ever been in a debating society, you'll see what he means by "political language" and how it has changed since, oh, say, fifty years ago) and "TriggerHappy" [ ] about the state of the art in computer game design.

He has his music up at "Supreme Ultimate Fist" [ ].


Now I'm in need of some jazz to get the blood flowing 'round in my po'r my brain so I can think.

---- "IS ANYBODY OUT THERE" by" "japerssonband"

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I just caught a program on PBS "Your Brain: A User's Guide".

Man, talk about topical.

If PBS is not offering the book "The Brain That Changes Itself: Stories of Personal Triumph from the Frontiers of Brain Science (James H. Silberman Books) (Paperback) by Norman Doidge ISBN-13: 978-0143113102" as a fund raising grabber, log onto and order it right away.

There is nothing as important as knowing what the effects of MS on your could be on your mind and there is nothing as important as believing what the effects of your "mind" could be on MS.

Motivation is the next most important thing for MS patients.

Its what drives us to get back to ourselves. Without it, we're lost...

---- "The View From Here" by: "Marius Kahan"

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Reminders on this segment only cost $0.03 per reminder per download of an episode. (A $30CPM targeted at MSers.)

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That sounds expensive until you do the math and realize that if nobody downloads it it costs you nothing, unlike print, where you often can't even get an ad in to the specialized journals, or radio or TV where you'd just be wasting your money with the 0.0833% MSers rate of return. (That's about six times "below" the level of "statistical noise".)

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---- "Macedonia" by: "Boom Boom Beckett"


"Wetware" is a term for your brain coined to rhyme with the geeky terms hardware and software.

Its a part of a human tendency, actually its more of a need, to express ourselves with familiar terms. Its part of what's at the root of neologisms.

We wish to reuse not only the idea behind a word but to set up a "de facto" inheritance of the other properties which undergird a word, (or so I've heard. Absurd? A mental turd? Or is it part of running with a herd? How awkward... [Sorry about that. I get these rhyming fits. Its like Tourrets syndrome. {But not quite as}])

Its part of dealing with the limitations of using a single language to express ideas, concepts, thoughts, observations and facts and then using it again to ask questions of ourselves about those ideas, concepts, observations and facts.

Where am I going with this?

Who knows?

---- "My Brain Is Like A Sieve " by: "Thomas Dolby"


When I was speaking only one language, "French", I basically had no choice but to adopt the points of view espoused by the media in and of that language.

For instance: English has only got one word for "love". That's it! Despite the myriad way we can intend love and express love. That's just sad. Greek has four for Pete's sake.

For another instance: "Free" It is immediately reduced to "gratis", an economic term, as opposed to its sense of "libre". I think it sad that in the land of liberty, the very concept of liberty has no quick expression. "Free" does not equal "libre".

Its a strange limitation, full of subtle traps and potholes in which to trip our tongues.

(Do you ever do this? Try to figure out what makes you "you". [Don't mind me. I'm having a sort of experiential, existential "crie de coeur".])

But it must shape how we think, and to some extent what we can think of.

---- "Danza de la Luna" by: "Ricardo Jay"


Ideas are hard to express. Specially when they're just unformed and nascent.

I've got to do some more thinking 'bout this.

At least, we've got some good jazz to listen to...

---- "Siberian Kathru Blues" by: "Kwyjibo"


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