Fossils, not waves

People often think of their words and actions as waves, rolling across the surface, visible but impermanent, ephemeral, inconsequential. But each word you say, each smile you give, each helping hand you extend can fossilize in the memory of someone, to stick with them for the rest of their lives. Think back to a fond memory you …

Inside Out: unsettling, sad, and damn good

It's been a long while since I watched a kids movie, and it seems they've improved quite a bit during that time. Not only was the animation amazing and lovely to look at, but the ideas were thought provoking, interesting, and somewhat unsettling, even for me seeing it as an adult. The story of Inside Out follows …

Brain Work

This recent article describes an experiment in which what they call a 'false memory' is implanted into the mind of a mouse. The mouse is associating the painful shocks it is given, with a different room that it had been in earlier--not the one it was in at the time of the shocks. This sounds …

Conscious babies?

Some new research shows that babies may be having conscious thoughts an memories as early as five months old. I wonder, though, what kind of memories those would be. Our experience with life and the way we interpret things we see is colored so much by our past experiences, that it's hard to imagine how we would see …

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