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Episode 46: Mary the Color-Blind Scientist  - 
 
Thought provoking this one. I'm not sure it really knocks physicalism. Reading / observing / learning about something will use different parts of the brain to direct experiences which are gained from the senses. That will lead to it "feeling" very different to us - because the experience IS different. 

I can read about how a cake is made in huge detail, and how taste buds work, and about the digestive system, but different parts of my body will be engaged in the eating process. I can confirm this to be the case through extensive testing of my hypothesis over Christmas. 
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I agree.  Mary's plight was never really convincing enough for me and, it seems, the same goes for the creator of the thought experiment Frank Jackson.  He also now sees it as fitting a physicalist model of reality.

I am surprised to find that I am considering a pansychist model more and more plausible these days.  I recently read a treatment by Galen Strawson which was extremely powerful.  It still fits with physicalism but there is an added 'experiential' element which is also plausible.  I can dig it out and send it your way if you are interested,
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LinkedIn has potential - but you have to work at it.
 
This is a good read....5 reasons as to why you should use LinkedIn. Anyone here ever received business from using LinkedIn?
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Superb article about the importance, and logicality, of protecting privacy.
 
This is the best piece about privacy that I've read in a long time!  If it doesn't change how you think about the privacy issue, I'll be surprised.  It opens:

"Many governments (including our own, here in the US) would have its citizens believe that privacy is a switch (that is, you either reasonably expect it, or you don’t). This has been demonstrated in many legal tests, and abused in many circumstances ranging from spying on electronic mail, to drones in our airspace monitoring the movements of private citizens. But privacy doesn’t work like a switch – at least it shouldn’t for a country that recognizes that privacy is an inherent right. In fact, privacy, like other components to security, works in layers..."

Please read!
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So it is and we don't even have the 4th amendment to protect us!
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Amazing
 
An art installation in Prague consisting entirely of books and mirrors: the infinite book tunnel. 
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Maximum amount that could be saved by unfair bedroom tax: £400m. Money blown on Internet monitoring proposals by home office that has no chance of becoming law: £400m 
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Excellent point and I wonder what else can be taxed, since we are taxed for our homes, our food, our health, our businesses and our transport already. Maybe a birth tax? Or a breathing tax?
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