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Submission + - Study indicates absence of free will (nature.com)

aztecmonkey writes: "Nature.com published in late August an interesting story outlining a debate between neurologistsand philosophers over the question of the existence of free will. According to John-Dylan Haynes, a neuroscientist at the Bernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience in Berlin, his 2007 study of subjects deciding to use their right or left hands to bush a button, while being monitored by functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) in real time, shows that humans do not have free will after all. Philosophers disagree. Let the cage match begin!"

Submission + - Art work contemplates future traffic flow (kottke.org)

John3 writes: "American artist Chris Burden is finishing up his latest work titled Metropolis II for display this fall in Los Angeles. There's a fascinating five minute documentary on YouTube about his miniature city and the traffic that flows through it. He comments "The idea that a car runs free, those days are about to close". Whether you agree or disagree, he certainly has built one of the coolest Hot Wheels layouts I've ever seen."

"There are things that are so serious that you can only joke about them" - Heisenberg