The Evolved Self-Management System — The placebo effect is a particular kind of priming effect. And what I want to do now is to explain a whole range of other priming effects by invoking the existence of an “evolved self-management system”… I want to know why individual human beings turn out like they do, why we respond to “messages” from our social and physical environments in such interesting ways… (Via Curiosity Counts.)
Red Moon Rising — This APOD photo reminds me of Heinlein’s “Lifeline”.
Good Climate News: The “Methane Time Bomb” Apparently Isn’t — Thus climate science marches on, not with irrational ideological denialism but with a continued evaluation of the data. Which itself is a form of liberal bias these days.
Christopher Hitchens, militant pundit, dies at 62 — Cancer weakened but did not soften Christopher Hitchens. He did not repent or forgive or ask for pity. I resent the assumption that one is seriously ill, one will naturally turn to God. For some people, faith is an essential part of coping. But there’s nothing inherent in the universe or automatic in the human condition about holding faith. When and if cancer takes me, I plan to go like Hitch. Proud and true to my principles. If I am reported to have a deathbed conversion to some religious tradition, mourn the fact that I lost my mind and my integrity before I lost my body.
St Matthews unveils provocative Christmas billboard — (Via Bill M.)
Three shot at courthouse in northern Minnesota — Another patriotic American exercising their Constitutional right to defense of their essential liberties. No need for gun control in this country. Move along, citizen, nothing to see here.
Revealed: huge increase in executive pay for America’s top bosses — Glad the economy has improved for someone. (Via
Why Does Romney Lie? — Because anyone who would vote Republican after surviving the disasters of the Bush administration has no functional political memory anyway. Viz the Tea Party who blame Bush’s deficit and bank bailouts on Obama.
?otd: Chemo much?
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo fatigue)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 11.25 (solid)
Currently (re)reading: Dragonflight by Anne McCaffrey