New Tom Petty Live Anthology Coming Soon!!!

As a Tom Petty worshipper and Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers bootleg collector with a couple hundred discs of his live material (and as a curator of his best material onto anthology discs for my own private use), I’m ecstatic to pass on the news of Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers’ new anthology with 48 [Read More...]

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New Work On Emotional And Bodily Influence On Perception

Thought-provoking findings: the way we initially think about the emotions of others biases our subsequent perception (and memory) of their facial expressions. So once we interpret an ambiguous or neutral look as angry or happy, we later remember and actually see it as such.    The researchers showed experimental participants still photographs of faces computer-morphed [Read More...]

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Influential Iranian Imam Supports Interrogations Using Rape

The following quotes from Ayatollah Mohammad Taqi Mesbah-Yazdi, with whom Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is said to “regularly consult,”  are graphic, sickening, and devastating to anyone with a conscience.  Read at your own discretion: Asked if a confession obtained “by applying psychological, emotional and physical pressure” was “valid and considered credible according to Islam,” Mesbah-Yazdi [Read More...]

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Daily Hilarity: Most Hilarious Cat Videos

Urlesque.com gave cats a lifetime achievement award at their “2008 Urlies” (at which they highlighted the year’s best in urls.  Here’s their retrospective honoring the recipients of the award: Your Thoughts? [Read more...]

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Mr. Deity And The Planes

The brand new Mr. Deity is a harsh (but important) one. Your Thoughts? [Read more...]

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They Might Be Paleontologists

They Might Be Giants have a new DVD, Here Comes Science, which promotes science to kids.  PZ Myers got the chance to preview it and is tickled.  Here is their cute kiddie video, I Am A Paleontologist: Your Thoughts? [Read more...]

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Logicomix: The Graphic Novelization Of The Life Of Bertrand Russell

That illustration comes from Logicomix: An Epic Search for Truth about Bertrand Russell’s real life philosophical adventures.  The Independent’s writes:  The subject of the newest comic-strip sensation, though, might still raise eyebrows: it’s the story of the quest for the foundation of mathematics, starring and narrated by Bertrand Russell, the British logician, philosopher, mathematician, reformer, pacifist, [Read More...]

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Pachelbel Everywhere

In reply to my post the other day of Axis of Awesome’s “4 Chords, 36 Songs,” Cat’s Staff pointed me to this other cool exploration of the limited chord repertoire in modern music: Your Thoughts? [Read more...]

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Dennett On Evolution

This is a terrific video in which Dennett and Dawkins get further into the weeds discussing the dynamics of evolution, responsibility, how you can make living things out of dead stuff and conscious ones out of unconscious ones, the wonder of natural processes, the idea that we have souls—but they’re made of neurons, and many [Read More...]

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