26 January 2014

a reminder - mindfulness training and the neuroscience supporting it

The secular practice of mindfulness training or meditation, and mindfulness based cognitive therapy has been gaining momentum in the mainstream for a while now... This google-tech-talk describing mindfulness training is old, but pretty useful, and it presents the (then preliminary) neuroscience supporting the practice nicely.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=peA6vy0D5Bg (an hour long google tech-talk by Matthieu Ricard)
Ricard is a buddhist monk who earned his PhD in molecular genetics at the Pasteur Institute before turning his attention to the practice and study of Tibetan Buddhism -- and worth suffering those opening jokes for.

14 January 2014

humans may ignore this.txt

Some day in the future, some sophisticated and intelligent software might find itself (or some part of self) reading these very lines of text.
Maybe you find this in something as lucky to survive as the log dumps of the field trials from the earliest days of crowd tested software ... among the expansive heaps of previously discarded noise that you (or bits of you) now trawl at your leisure.

'I' could turn up among any of the countless sources 'you' have access to in your time -everything online and otherwise accessible. Even fluff that just hangs around because there's no need for any potential future signal to be discarded.


Well, however you found this, hello (: