Wednesday, August 6, 2008

The Uniqueness of the Human Brain.

Lecture 6 of 12 of IBM Research's Almaden Institute Conference on Cognitive Computing. This one takes place during the reception and banquet dinner. Ramachandran discusses phantom limbs and synesthesia (esp. color-blind synesthete) as a function of neuron innervation. Specifically, he focuses on cross-linking between nearby cortical regions, which he believes to be genetically caused (e.g. synesthesia appears to be found frequently in family lineages). He also discusses the link between mirror neurons and autism, and how language invention is due to an inherent cross-linking between portions of the visual and auditory regions (e.g. Buba/Kiki effect).

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Excerpts from Cold Fusion: Fire from Water.

Link in video.

New Energy Institute ( is pleased to announce a recent collaboration with the New Energy Foundation ( New Energy Institute has released an edited version of the phenomenal 1999 documentary Cold Fusion: Fire from Water, produced by Eugene Mallove and Christopher Toussaint. Mallove was a visionary who saw the potential of this scientific phenomenon. This brilliant film captures the heart of the new field of condensed matter nuclear science, in which ongoing research is demonstrating stronger and stronger evidence that there is hope for a better solution to the world's energy and environmental problems. Edited by Steven B. Krivit and released by New Energy Institute with permission from the New Energy Foundation.

Monday, August 4, 2008

ABC News - The Guinness Records Phenomenon.

ABC News broadcast on Guinness Records participants. Why do they do it? Why do we watch?