Join 3,436 readers in helping fund MetaFilter (Hide)

8 posts tagged with science by 0bvious.
Displaying 1 through 8 of 8.

Related tags:
+ (281)
+ (234)
+ (221)
+ (203)
+ (196)
+ (183)
+ (179)
+ (175)
+ (164)
+ (163)
+ (146)
+ (123)
+ (114)
+ (104)
+ (103)
+ (101)
+ (95)
+ (95)
+ (91)
+ (90)
+ (84)
+ (81)
+ (78)
+ (78)
+ (74)
+ (74)
+ (67)
+ (66)
+ (57)
+ (56)
+ (53)
+ (51)
+ (50)
+ (45)
+ (45)
+ (43)
+ (43)
+ (43)
+ (42)
+ (42)
+ (40)
+ (40)
+ (40)
+ (40)
+ (40)
+ (39)
+ (39)
+ (37)
+ (37)
+ (37)
+ (37)
+ (36)
+ (36)
+ (35)
+ (35)
+ (35)
+ (33)
+ (33)
+ (33)
+ (32)


Users that often use this tag:
homunculus (151)
Blasdelb (97)
Blazecock Pileon (93)
zarq (85)
Gyan (63)
Artw (61)
kliuless (54)
brundlefly (50)
The Whelk (35)
netbros (30)
jjray (27)
mediareport (25)
anastasiav (22)
amyms (21)
Fizz (20)
loquacious (20)
quin (19)
nickyskye (19)
dhruva (18)
Brandon Blatcher (17)
OmieWise (17)
escabeche (14)
srboisvert (14)
stbalbach (13)
Steven Den Beste (13)
mathowie (12)
gman (12)
brownpau (12)
ChuraChura (12)
cthuljew (11)
empath (11)
y2karl (11)
plep (10)
grumblebee (10)
chuckdarwin (10)
saulgoodman (10)
skallas (10)
semmi (10)
MetaMonkey (10)
philipy (10)
Egg Shen (9)
Chinese Jet Pilot (9)
carter (9)
Pretty_Generic (9)
Wolfdog (9)
troutfishing (9)
jeffburdges (9)
lazaruslong (9)
daksya (9)
wilful (8)
crunchland (8)
T.D. Strange (8)
0bvious (8)
Potomac Avenue (8)
goodnewsfortheinsane (8)
blahblahblah (8)
filthy light thief (8)
Rhaomi (8)
taz (8)
digaman (8)

New 'Solaris' translation locked in Limbo

Solaris, Stanislaw Lem's 1961 masterpiece, has finally been translated directly into English. The current print version, in circulation for over 4 decades, was the result of a double-translation. Firstly from Polish to French, in 1966, by Jean-Michel Jasiensko. This version was then taken up by Joanna Kilmartin and Steve Cox who hacked together an English version in 1970. Lem, himself a fluent English speaker, was always scathing of the double translation. Something he believed added to the universal misunderstanding of his greatest work. After the relsease of two film versions of the story, and decades of speculation, a new direct English translation has been released. Translated by American Professor Bill Johnston 'The Definitive Solaris' is only available as an audiobook for the time being. Copyright issues, hampered by several, widely available, editions of the poor English translation may mean it is some time yet before a definitive print edition makes it onto our bookshelves.
posted by 0bvious on Jun 19, 2011 - 64 comments

The Soul Niche

Swimming around in a mixture of language and matter, humans occupy a particular evolutionary niche mediated by something we call 'consciousness'. To Professor Nicholas Humphrey we're made up of "soul dust": "a kind of theatre... an entertainment which we put on for ourselves inside our own heads." But just as that theatre is directed by the relationship between language and matter, it is also undermined by it. It all depends how you think it.
posted by 0bvious on Feb 4, 2011 - 17 comments

Switching off self-awareness

Researchers have found that prolonged concentration on a difficult task actually switches off a person's self awareness. Fancy experiencing this sensation for yourself? That would be an oxymoron in existence. Just lay back and let the orgasm take hold.
posted by 0bvious on Apr 20, 2006 - 31 comments

The Simulacrisation of Technology into Life

As the Pentagon ousts plans to turn insects into cyber war machines you'd be forgiven for asking the question: Where does the real digital end and the faked life begin? Are we simulating life synthetically? or just speeding up an entirely natural process? Technologically engineered life is here to stay. Its not far fetched to speculate that simulacra may become all there is.
posted by 0bvious on Mar 15, 2006 - 13 comments

Clonycavan Styling Gel - 2000 years of cool or your money back!

Body, volume, style and shine with long-lasting power. Clonycavan Styling Gel, along with mummification in Irish peat, works together with your freshly disemboweled corpse to protect hair from the disruptive power of 2000 years of rigor-mortis.
posted by 0bvious on Jan 17, 2006 - 14 comments

The concept of the Transhuman: human, the self, consciousness and their effects on the law

The first Transhuman Conference On the Law of Transhuman Persons: Whether or not you believe humans are set to evolve into gods, or AI is destined to achieve self-awareness the idea of the Transhuman is a thought provoking concept. Philosophers have debated the nature of the self, of the human for millennia. Is it time to start drafting new laws to govern all possible sentient beings on this planet? or is it all just a science of fiction? a comfortable humanist illusion?
posted by 0bvious on Dec 13, 2005 - 37 comments

Predictive Programming - another Iluminati conspiracy

' "Predictive programming works by means of the propagation of the illusion of an infallibly accurate vision of how the world is going to look in the future". Through the circulation of science "fiction" literature, the ignorant masses are provided with semiotic intimations of coming events. Within such literary works are narrative paradigms that are politically and socially expedient to the power elite. Thus, when the future unfolds as planned, it assumes the paradigmatic character of the "fiction" that foretold it...........' The Illuminati: an all encompassing conspiracy stranger than any fiction
posted by 0bvious on Dec 11, 2005 - 17 comments

This so called reality

If the universe is a hologram and the healthy human brain a valve of consciousness then where'd this mental infinity come from? Are we simply living the simulacrum? Or does Pi protect us all, forever, infinitely?
posted by 0bvious on Nov 22, 2005 - 39 comments

Page: 1