Wednesday, March 30, 2011
I've recently had another insight which I think might be an important clue about the origin of another brand of autism, after considering an interesting incidental finding discovered during the process of the medical investigation of an autistic person, and then considering that observation along-side information that I know about an inborn abnormality of a famous autistic person which I recall from reading a biography. The thing that really excites me about this latest insight is that it involves a system of the body that to my knowledge has never before been linked to autism in any way, which is saying something, because just about every system in the human body has been the subject of some quack theory about what causes autism. What can I say? I can say nothing more, because this is a piece of knowledge that could be used in the worst way. Sorry.
Lili Marlene discovers the cause of autism in between bringing the laundry in off the line and washing some dishes (2007) http://incorrectpleasures.blogspot.com/2007/03/lili-marlene-discovers-cause-of-autism.html
Monday, March 28, 2011
Julian Assange: the most dangerous man in the world.
Fran Kelly interviewing Andrew Fowler
ABC Radio National 810am
29 March 2011 http://www.abc.net.au/rn/breakfast/stories/2011/3176256.htm
Book page at Pan Macmillan Australia: http://www.panmacmillan.com.au/display_title.asp?ISBN=9780522858662&Author=Fowler,%20Andrew
Saturday, March 26, 2011
This weekend I've been reading Robert Manne's essay about Julian Assange in the latest Monthly, which was apparently described by Assange himself on Twitter as the best article about him, which then caused a wave of demand that crashed the website of the Australian The Monthly magazine. The essay can be read (it appears in full with comments) at the website of The Monthly, including revisions made "in light of a lengthy email exchange initiated by Julian Assange".
The cypherpunk revolutionary: Robert Manne on Julian Assange.
by Robert Manne
Monthly. March 2011. p.16-35.
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
Sunday, March 20, 2011
Friday, March 18, 2011
Lady Gaga & The Art of Fame
interviewer Anderson Cooper
60 Minutes (US)
February 13, 2011
This is the YouTube video in which Lady Gaga mentioned her coloured music at around 2.20 minutes into the clip during an interview in Singapore.
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
The idea of wandering behaviour being categorized as a mental illness brings to mind a patently absurd and politically-motivated category of mental illness that was applied to black slaves in the 1850s in the United States. The name of this pseudoscientific diagnosis was "drapetomania" and it caused black slaves to desire to flee from captivity. No, truly, I am not making this up.
If you care about disability rights, you should read and consider this petition and the associated letter. If you care about the proper practice of science and medicine and psychiatry and you care about diagnostic categories having a proper basis in scientific evidence, you should read and consider this petition and the associated letter. This is an urgent matter with a definite deadline for action. Please take a look now.
Tell the CDC "No" on Abuse-Enabling "Wandering" Code!
Wikipedia contributors (accessed 2011) Drapetomania. Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia.
Monday, March 14, 2011
Full transcript of Julian Assange's question to the Prime Minister of Australia Julia Gillard on Australian TV tonight
Julian Assange -
"Prime Minister, you just got back from Washington, but what Australian citizens want to know, is which country do you represent? Do you represent Australians and will you fight for Australian interests? Because it's not the first time that you or a member of your cabinet has been into a US government building and exchanged information. In fact, we have intelligence that your government has been exchanging information with foreign powers about Australian citizens working for WikiLeaks."
The shot then changes to a closer shot of Assange's head and shoulders. This is a pre-recorded, edited piece of video.
"So Prime Minister, my question to you is this; when will you come clean about precisely what information you have supplied to foreign powers about Australian citizens working or affiliated with WikiLeaks? And if you cannot give a full and frank answer to that question, should perhaps the Australian people consider charging you with treason?"
Assange delivered his question in the style of a threatening evil genius from a James Bond movie (pretty much his usual style).
PM Julia Gillard -
I did not take a full transcript of her reply. She had a rather patronizing smile while listening to Assange's question, and stayed cheerful while addressing his question. She said:
"I honestly don't know what he is talking about."
She denied exchanging information about people at WikiLeaks. She admitted that "we" do sometimes exchange information with foreign powers in matters such as following up "transnational crimes". She also said:
"No one in the US raised with me Mr Assange, no one."
When she made this statement she did her characteristic exposed palms patting downward gesture, rather like the gesture that one might make to a dog or a toddler who was jumping up and getting out of control.
Some thoughts that come to my mind after viewing this are:
Assange possibly intended to add to the many minor controversies about Australia's high-profile Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd in the part of Assange's question about people nipping into US government buildings to leak information. Would this be a big deal if it were true? I guess it depends on the information.
What information might our government be receiving in return for leaking information to the yanks?
Is Assange issuing a threat to Gillard or Rudd or some other party?
Is WikiLeaks transforming from a whistleblowing organization into a blackmailing organization?
Link to Australian press story about Assange's question:
Q & A
Q and A
Friday, March 11, 2011
56 famous synaesthetes or possible synesthetes: a list with references.
The tsunami is expected to hit Taiwan soon. It might be too dark to see it if it hits as it is getting dark in Taiwan now:
If you live anywhere near the Pacific Ocean, please stay informed and stay safe!
Thursday, March 10, 2011
Wednesday, March 09, 2011
Following the herd actually shifts your opinion
New ScientistMarch 4th 2011
I've found another story about a research study that is old (from 2009) but is a nice complement to the above story. It outlines a study of social conformity that used brain scan technology. The study was apparently published in the science journal Neuron.
Why so many minds think alike.
January 15th 2009
Monday, March 07, 2011
Never mind that in our midst we all see many people who don't or can't or won't fit the stereotypes. Tomboys, effeminate lads, same-sex attracted people, cross-dressers, nerdy ladies who love to write code, nurturing men who love to care and cook. I guess we can all go to hell in today's intellectual climate. The only type of diversity that we officially celebrate these days is ethnic diversity. So I guess I shouldn't be surprised that today the government high school that our child attends is holding an incursion that is promoted as a bit of fun, a visit from a fashion designer. This school activity is only for female students. This is certainly not the first single-sex school activity held at a co-ed high school that I have heard of. Such discrimination is apparently not at all frowned upon these days. Our politically-aware child asked me Am I allowed to say "sexism"? Well, if you can't say "sexism" on International Women's Day, then when can you say it?
I guess I should be grateful that poor old Sol still has a Wikipedia page, but weird things appear to have happened there too. His surname is given in his article title spelt in away that I wouldn't choose, but is spelt differently throughout the article. Strangely, the book that made Shereshevskii famous, The mind of a mnemonist, is not mentioned anywhere in Shereshevskii's Wikipedia article or in the references, it is only mentioned in the notes. The references list a Russian version of the book and "An amateur English translation" of the book. It looks as though someone is trying to hide the fact that this important book exists at all, or to hinder access to it. Very strange. It would be the easiest thing in the world to link to the book where it can be read at Scribd, but they don't. Bizarre.
The mind of a mnemonist by A. R. Luria
A referenced list of 175 famous or important people diagnosed with an autism spectrum condition or subject of published speculation about whether they are or were on the autistic spectrum
Saturday, March 05, 2011
"The broken mirror hypothesis has so many holes in it and is nowhere close to providing an explanation of autism".
- lecturer in psychology Antonia Hamilton, quoted in this article:
'Broken mirror' concept of autism challenged.
Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative
3 March 2011
Thursday, March 03, 2011
Robert Manne interviewed about Assange and WikiLeaks by Phillip Adams
Late Night Live. ABC Radio National 810am
March 2nd 2011
Julian Assange: the unknown story.
The Monthly. March 2011.
Inside the brain of WikiLeak's Julian Assange.
The Australian. March 5th 2011
[extract from Manne's article in The Monthly]
Host: Jenny Brockie
Insight. SBS TV
March 1st 2011
Wednesday, March 02, 2011
You don't need to be a genius to figure out that if one wishes to meet a nice person, the smart strategy would be to hang out where nice people would hang out. Volunteer work is a nice thing to do. Nice people volunteer. So do some volunteer work, and you might meet someone nice! I've found that an especially worthwhile type of person turns up to events that involve volunteer or lowly-paid hands-on work to clean up or improve the natural environment. Intelligent people appreciate natural bushland and wild places, and altruists do volunteering. People who turn up to hands-on type work voluntarily are either hard-working or fit or genuinely trying to get fit. They sound like a tip-top bunch of humans, don't they? This Sunday March 6th 2011 is Clean Up Australia Day. You will need to bring your own gardening gloves, hat, water and sunscreen. I hope you get lucky.