AWARENESS AND REFLECTION

In the New York Times [October 10, 2014] Michael Graziano, from the Department of Psychology at Princeton University, asks ‘Are We Really Conscious?’

His work suggests that the brain is a parsimonious modeller that provides its client body with as close an approximation to predicting reality and reaction as is required for the continuation of individual life and the survival of the species. And, by implication, all high-flown 'thoughts' are no more than ancillary noise, brain gym workouts and practice runs.

The gist of this ‘attention schema’ theory is as follows:

‘Take the case of colour and wavelength. Wavelength is a real, physical phenomenon; colour is the brain’s approximate, slightly incorrect model of it.

MORNING WALK AT EVANS BAY

Then time took up the koru sun

That coiled and edged the bay

Burned and in its heaven spun

The spiral of that shimmering day

And waves fell tilted from the spill

To topple there and then at last lay still.

There the gyre and there the strand

In progress set to play and turn

The thrower takes the cast to hand

And catches ripples in return

So the steady foot step trails

And dusts the trace where imprint fails.

NO LONGER COUNTING SHEEP

Nowadays when I ask my wife ‘How did you sleep?’, she consults the Sleep Cycle graph on her I-pod. ‘88 percent quality last night’ she says, ‘look, I was out like a light – see that big fall off – but then I had some irregular non-REM – I think that spike is when the Scruffy cat jumped on me. Overall pretty good though – average heart rate 82 - but I still feel tired’.

As we all know:

‘Sleep spindles are unique to NREM sleep.

JUST WHAT IS IT WITH ECONOMISTS OVER FURRY ANIMALS?

As I continue to meditate deeply on the Global Economic Crisis [much to the ennui of my small sons who have decided that the BBC World Business Report is BORING], I look for a few fixed points from which to triangulate. One such of these is Paul Krugman’s admonition that:

'Saying “Professor X has made basic errors” is not at all the same thing as saying that his mother was a hamster'.

EE - I WOULD HAVE BEEN LUCKY TO HAVE LIVED IN A CARDBOARD BOX WHEN I WERE A LAD - WE LIVED IN A SWILL HOLE

SEE ALSO:

http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/10638681/Battle-over-Wellingtons-bar-closing-times

http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/news/9154623/Wellington-CBD-liquor-backdown

http://www.stuff.co.nz/life-style/life/10604807/Mayor-roughs-it-for-a-little-taste-of-homelessness

http://kjohnsonnz.blogspot.co.nz/2014/02/americans-score-king-hit-for.html

COMING OUT AS BI

Roo keep movin’ – youse swankin’ something dilly

Something’s up your pouch so confess

You’ve been flammin’ when you should have been griffin'

And now science has put it to the test

Youse roos were made for walking

And that’s just what youse did

Spruikin’ won’t unsure us

Youse struthin’ Sthenurus.

FASTER, STRONGER, HIGHER – NZ’S INTERNET TRENDS

Press Release by Statistics NZ 14th October 2014

In 2014, New Zealanders used 53 percent more Internet data than they did last year, Statistics New Zealand said today. At a massive 53,000 terabytes, our data use is soaring to new heights.

“The amount of data used was equivalent to streaming over 12 million high-definition super-hero movies,” international and business performance statistics manager Jason Attewell said.

BUCKLEY BOY

Caressing half-sounds

Stumbling your stories

Under star-snake glories

Round the flickered embers

Did silence shake you

And tear you apart

As desperate loss

Tracked endless plains?

Dying in your dreams

When the cord tightens

Did your execution

Proceed as seemed it must?

How many atrocities

Were buried in the sand

And laid aside

Then brought to hand?

Years without kindred

Did you lose control

Find communion dead

And cease expression

Traversing the empty spaces

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