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Comment: Fainting, conscious experience and consciousness (Score 1) 284

by mynamestolen (#47396219) Attached to: Consciousness On-Off Switch Discovered Deep In Brain

Having seen someone faint at the sight of blood (the lights went out instantaneously and they hit the floor like a sack of potatoes) this woman's experience doesn't quite match what I saw. The woman seemed still to have muscle tone to remain sitting upright. So this suspension of some sort of executive control/awareness/conscious experience needs a different name.

The NewScientist article said "To confirm that they were affecting the woman's consciousness rather than just her ability to speak or move, the team asked her to repeat the word "house" or snap her fingers before the stimulation began. If the stimulation was disrupting a brain region responsible for movement or language she would have stopped moving or talking almost immediately. Instead, she gradually spoke more quietly or moved less and less until she drifted into unconsciousness."

So, she wasn't having conscious experience but wasn't unsconscious. The NS article also talked about being awake but unconscious, which doesn't fit the sack of potatoes unconsciousness.

Comment: Hype? (Score 1) 148

There's not enough info here to draw any firm conclusions. And I must say my BS detector went haywire hearing that the signal is given to "rebuild the ENTIRE system" (my emphasis). The appalling analogy about lightening the load of a cargo plane left me wondering also. Finally, this sort of science journalism fits too nicely into the destructive and silly meme of 'cleansing' your immune system. So I'm not swallowing it just yet.

Comment: Re:Majority Rules (Score 1) 92

by mynamestolen (#46987265) Attached to: New Zealand Spy Agency To Vet Network Builds, Provider Staff

You are dreaming if you think all these countries are democracies. Without proportional representation you don't deserve to call it democracy. You don't even deserve to call it majoritarianism (which seems to be your bent). In the non-democratic USA, FPP is a disgusting joke. EVEN if there was democracy, you don't put this sort of power into an unaccountable body such as NZ is doing. The cost of liberty is proper analysis of the problem. So back to square one for you.

Comment: Risk Management (Score 1) 107

To the person who commented that those who don't like GMO will freak out.

Think about this.

A modified yeast which creates an antibiotic or survives in higher alcohol concentrations or (insert your own scenario) escapes into the wild and displaces "normal" yeast. What then?

This is great news but let's have a look at the risks.

Comment: Dec 2013 Research (Score 5, Informative) 144

by mynamestolen (#46531129) Attached to: Research Suggests Pulling All-Nighters Can Cause Permanent Damage

Dec2103 Cut and Paste from internet (I didn't record where): Sleep deprivation has long been established as a helpful tool for the treatment of patients suffering from depression. However, how and why it works are still unknown. Functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) studies have indicated that large-scale brain network connectivity, especially in the so-called default mode network, seems to be changed in depression. Bosch et al. investigated whether sleep deprivation could influence this brain connectivity. They discovered that sleep deprivation decreased functional connectivity between a brain area called the posterior cingulate cortex and the bilateral anterior cingulate cortex. In contrast, connectivity between the dorsal nexus, a region that plays a crucial role in the pathophysiology of depression, and two areas within the right dorsolateral prefrontal cortex was increased. These sleep deprivation–induced changes in resting-state connectivity indicate a shift in dominance from a more affective to a more cognitive network. This shift toward improved cognitive control should be particularly beneficial in depressed patients who suffer from rumination, negative anticipation, and excessive feelings of guilt and shame.

Comment: My list in order (Score 1) 796

by mynamestolen (#45843873) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Are the Books Everyone Should Read?

1. Howard K Bloom, The Lucifer Principle: A Scientific Expedition Into The Forces of History. Says "evil" doesn't exist. Shows the biological basis of "evil" and how societies work.

2. Flowers for Algernon 1966 novel by Daniel Keyes. (was banned for a while by morons. I learnt about it on slashdot)

3. The Inheritors by William Golding (author of Lord of the Flies) is an imaginative reconstruction of the life of a band of Neanderthals as they meet Homo sapiens

4. Bone People, by Keri Hulme

5. Eric Hobsbawm - Labouring Men, – brilliant series of little essays on topics of English working class history

6. Moby Dick by Herman Melville is vastly underrated. Melville is brilliant. His imitations of Shakepearean language are outstanding

7. Middlemarch by George Eliot

8. Rohinton Mistry, Fine Balance (1995)

9. The Hare with Amber Eyes by Edmund de Waal.

Comment: parse TFA (Score 1) 341

by mynamestolen (#45815945) Attached to: Kernel DBus Now Boots With Systemd On Fedora

can someone please parse the English for me (first line of TFA): "Open-source developers this week achieved a pleasant late Christmas present for Fedora users of having a working system with using the in-development Linux kernel DBus implementation (KDBUS) paired with the latest systemd code can now yield a booting system."

As a naive user, I'd be wary if they can't even write in English.

It's time to boot, do your boot ROMs know where your disk controllers are?