Western Electric Ad (1959)
the nail polish… in 1959, blue frost was the nail color of the future.
Locally applicable caption: when prospective grad students visit our weird little department.
Perceiving others in pain generally leads to empathic concern, consisting of both emotional and cognitive processes. Empathy deficits have been considered as an element contributing to social difficulties in individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Here, we used functional magnetic resonance imaging and short video clips of facial expressions of people experiencing pain to examine the neural substrates underlying the spontaneous empathic response to pain in autism. Thirty-eight adolescents and adults of normal intelligence diagnosed with ASD and 35 matched controls participated in the study. In contrast to general assumptions, we found no significant differences in brain activation between ASD individuals and controls during the perception of pain experienced by others. Both groups showed similar levels of activation in areas associated with pain sharing, evidencing the presence of emotional empathy and emotional contagion in participants with autism as well as in controls. Differences between groups could be observed at a more liberal statistical threshold, and revealed increased activations in areas involved in cognitive reappraisal in ASD participants compared with controls. Scores of emotional empathy were positively correlated with brain activation in areas involved in embodiment of pain in ASD group only. Our findings show that simulation mechanisms involved in emotional empathy are preserved in high-functioning individuals with autism, and suggest that increased reappraisal may have a role in their apparent lack of caring behavior.
Game by E McNeill designed for the Oculus Rift which puts you in the position of a cyberpunk hacker - video embedded below:
The job is simple: break through the firewall and retrieve the data. But the net can be a dangerous place.
Built for virtual reality from the ground up, Darknet will release on PC/Mac/Linux as an exclusive launch title for the Oculus Rift VR headset.
You can find out more about the game here
This is very interesting
If you’ll excuse me, I need to go back to my drawing board…
"Four Gut," by Trust.
I’m skeptical of Bitcoin because:
A: Bitcoin partisans meet all skepticism of BTC with the outright hostility of religious fanatics
This is a generalisation and an unfair comparison
Then why is it that whenever people criticize bitcoin, those criticisms are responded to by denying that any criticism is valid?
B: It’s very easy to see what Bitcoin partisans (all of whom are early adopters) would stand to gain from general adoption of Bitcoin.
no problems here
C: The drawbacks of Bitcoin (like the fact that it has exploitable backdoors) are always explicitly downplayed by its backers and anyone who brings them up is verbally attacked.
What back doors? To my knowledge a 51% attack is one of the only things that can allow someone to compromise the security of the network. What other back doors are there?
Transactions can be automatically retried after an arbitrary amount of time, and that’s built into the protocol. That was exploited to steal millions of dollars both from Mt. Gox and Silk Road 2.
D: Bitcoin offers no compelling reasons to accept it over established means of exchange.
I’m not going to give you that “it’s anonymous” crap because we both know the idea of anonymity online is hysterical. However, new bitcoins being created is something anyone (with specialist hardware, things like litecoin using scryptmining solve this) can do, it’s a decentralised currency system produced independently the central banking system. Personally I think bitcoin not being a currency bankers and print off willy nilly with fractional reserve banking and quantitive easing and such is a compelling reason to use bitcoin.
That’s NOT a compelling reason. That makes it a commodity, not a currency. Actual currencies are not “printed off willy nilly” - monetary policy is one of the most staid and conservative (in the actual sense of conservative, not the creepy “Christian conservative movement” that’s arisen in the last three decades) types of policy in the world.
E: Bitcoin partisans pretend that their currency, which has value only through agreement upon the value of the crypto hashes, is different in some fundamental way than existing currencies, which have value through agreement upon the value of the continuity of the governments that they represent.
You’re right, the only thing that gives any currency value is faith in it. What’s different is they trust those cryptohashes more than their governments. With the way governments act these day, I’m not surprised.
An actual currency has functional backing, it’s just somewhat abstract. An actual currency functions as a picture of the overall health of its economy - there are lands, people, agricultural products, industrial products, intellectual property, all wrapped up in the abstraction of a dollar.
Ultimately when you boil it all down, through every layer of abstraction, an actual currency is military force. It’s people under arms willing to die to say that that currency has value. That’s always been true. Your money is as good as the people willing to die for it.