3 thoughts on “Newsroundup”

  1. Regarding sexual dimorphism – would you believe the local paper (the epitome, the icon of insularity) had this article ( actually a trimmed version of it) today? Remarkable. Its deprecation of science – such as bitching at anthropologists doing rescue anthropology on a condo site – is almost universal.

  2. And on “Not so, Neo!” – this is intuitively plausible, so much so that I am surprised that so much effort was put into studying it. OF COURSE it is perception! Consider Descartes, (I seem to be quoting that old reprobate a lot lately) who said that I can believe only two things with certainty: That I exist, and that my senses will deceive me.

    I do believe I should go back to quoting Marcus Aurelius. Recently an annotated version has been published, but it doesn’t tempt me. I like the Stanniforth translation of Meditations.

    MA: Never let the future disturb you. You will meet it, if you have to, with the same weapons of reason which today arm you against the present.

  3. When I was 16 years old, I was in a car accident. I couldn’t hear anything or feel myself make contact with anything in the car. I was being tossed around the backseat of the car in slow motion. Allegra, I will have to read this article again and see if I can make any sense of it. I think I had a stress reaction that helped me cope with an extremely scary situation. The fascination with the slow motion probably diverted my attention away from what would have otherwise been a terrifying situation.

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