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Rachel Williams
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Trans. Philosopher. Beauty culture
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Is Death Fundamentally a Biological Phenomenon?

James Bernat writes that it’s built into the “paradigm” of death that “death is fundamentally a biological phenomenon.” But suppose humans in the distant future are successful in building an artificial intelligence that has person-level properties such as…

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Out of the Loop?
Recently, I had an interesting online exchange with a famous philosopher who works in a top department (someone, incidentally, whose philosophical work I admire and who, according to sources I consider reliable, is a really nice person, so none of what foll...

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Xylem | growing venation

So splendid the gif below, obtained from an interesting video, seen by me on Vimeo.
► Watch that one>> http://vimeo.com/18068618

From Wikipedia:
"Xylem is one of the two types of transport tissue in vascular plants, phloem being the other. The word xylem is derived from the Greek word ξύλον (xylon), meaning "wood"; the best-known xylem tissue is wood, though it is found throughout the plant.

The basic function of xylem is to transport water, but it also transports some nutrients."

Read more>> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xylem

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https://38.media.tumblr.com/8f59918380582af347cbb1fe1243f71d/tumblr_mvp37oOE7c1rnbafjo1_400.gif

#xylem #plants #animated_gif #science 
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evolution of the desk... interesting (^.^) What's the next?
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In a recent study, Naci et al. investigated how the brain responds to an 8 minute Alfred Hitchcock movie. In healthy subjects they found that frontal and parietal areas indicative of executive functioning were active during the most suspenseful parts of…

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Note: This is the introduction to the draft of my dissertation prospectus. Doctors diagnosing the vegetative state have always found themselves embroiled in scientific and ethical controversy. Over the last several decades, the diagnosis of the vegetative…

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A blog post I write on the epistemology of diagnosing disorders of consciousness.

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Neil Levy debunks some recent neurobabble.

#neuroscience   #understandingscience   #pseudoscience  
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