The Synapse and Other Links

The second edition of The Synapse is up over at A Block Around the Clock. I especially liked "Are You Conscious of Your Precuneous" and Ethics at the Dawn of the Neurotechnological Age."

Elsewhere, John Hawks tackles Aymara, "the future is behind us" thing, with some links to some nice discussion at Language Log as well.

Three Quarks Daily links to a Scientific American article about how we cognitive scientis, and other scientists, are stealing humanity.

Chris Chatham has a nice post at Developing Intelligence compiling the various points and counterpoints in the discussion of brain imaging that came in the wake of Bloom's Seed Magazine article.

And finally, Brandon has a really interesting discussion of the Cottingley Fairies hoax over at Siris. He also links to an edition of Arthur Conan Doyle's The Coming of the Fairies that you can read online. I've been reading a little of it over the last couple days, and it's really quite fascinating.

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