Friday, July 20, 2007

Build your own religion

Newsweek has a section this week titled Back from the Dead about new emergency room treatments which are greatly improving the ability of doctors to revive patients from sudden cardiac arrest. I'll let you read the article for the medical/science aspects, but here is what I found interesting:

We experience consciousness embedded in time, a succession of mental states continually re-created in our brains, even during sleep. But when the brain shuts down, where does the mind go?

For example - you've been declared dead, your cells and synapses are no longer active, your brain doesn't work. But then science brings you back, and brings back your mind and memory as well. While you were dead - while your brain was not working - where was your mind?

In other news:
My sister sent me this link to the Ministry of Natural Resources Go Green website. It's okay - you can generate a map of your hometown showing climate predictions for 20 to 50 years in the future.

P.S. - Regarding climate change and things I've written about the automobile and suburban sprawl and water scarcity etc, I'm fully aware that it all comes back to the size of the human population. And while I've wondered what can be done about this, I wouldn't go this far. But, the World Without Us does look like a neat book.

Yeah, I'm a book nerd. And I'm buying the last Harry Potter as soon as I can this weekend. I have to admit I'm kind of surprised by the scale of the festivities being planned for the book release. The Indigo Books at Bay and Bloor in downtown Toronto is actually closing down part of Bay Street for the release!

TORONTO, July 20 /CNW/ - On Friday, July 20th at 8:00 p.m., hop aboard the Hogwarts Express, take a stroll down Diagon Alley and enter the magical world of Harry Potter. Indigo Books & Music is closing down Bay Street (between Charles St. and Bloor St.) and celebrating Midnight Magic, the largest Harry Potter street party in Canada.
Indigo Manulife will be open for extended hours to give Potter fans the unique experience of rejoicing in the release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows while getting the first available copies in Canada. Pottermaniacs can enjoy live music, fire juggling, a magic show, entertaining animals and a variety of Potter-themed activities.
Where: Indigo Manulife (Bay/Bloor)
When: Friday, July 20, 2007 8:00 p.m.


FixedXorBroken said...

How evil would it be to be first in line for the book, skim the last chapter, and reveal all the secrets to those waiting in line?

Evil enough that it will probably be on YouTube.

Vertigo said...

Do a quick google search for JP Moreland and read his articles on Substance Dualism...interesting thoughts.

A Midnight Rider said...

I didn't get far into the first Potter book, but am told that they get really good over time. I may give them another try.

About the mind... It may not go anywhere. Once it stops the electrical firing and nothing is recorded, there is nothing to remember.

I recently linked to your blog from Tex's Luavill Cycling. You have a good way about you getting your point across. It's fun.

Bicycle Religion said...

Thought you might be interested to know that there is a new bicycle religion that has been getting some press recently. the religion is called Matrixism or the path of the One. Riding in Critical Mass rides are a sacred duty and Bicycle day is its high holy day. And get this its followers are called Pathists.