ABSTRACT: The components (or faculties) of mind according to ancient scriptures are explained with inferences and interpretations. Connection of the components with states of mind known as dreamless sleep, sleep with dreams, wakefulness, trance and para-trance are given. Analogy of the working of the components with the parts of a computer, and with feedback control systems in Electrical Engineering are given. Through analysis, it is shown that the spine works like the CPU of a computer. 1. INTRODUCTION No metaphysical problem is more vigorously discussed by the present day psychologists than that of mind and body. Most of us assume that all thinking takes place in the brain. It is only since a few decades that
Now, I'm not going to declare myself to be a children's art expert, but my mother might be, and her PhD adviser was undoubtedly one.  If only by association, I feel very comfortable distinguishing between the good, the bad, and the ugly.  Terry Ard's science inspired work is pure geek chic and definitely the good.  
The Scientific Method : Discover a Syzygy

This is one of my musings on etymology.
The term 'musing' is derived from the notion that our ideas are inspired by the Muses.
That in turn gives the notion of a museum as a place in which a person might be inspired.
Welcome to the museum called the Chatter Box.

Syzygy comes from Late Latin syzygia, a conjunction, which in turn came from Greek syzygos, from syn, meaning 'together' and zygon meaning 'yoke'.

Syzygy  means 'aligned',  'conjoined' or unified.
It expresses a perception of unity arising from a coordination or alignment.


Can we really design an insecticide that gets around the evolution of resistance?

Check out this paper in PLoS biology today on how to make an evolution-proof insecticide against malaria-bearing mosquitos.

The trick, argue the authors, is to design a pesticide that kills only older mosquitos, avoiding strong selection for resistance:

Welcome to my new blog, which stands somewhere between the hurly burly of my personal blog and the quiet backwater of my academic blog.

Why this blog?

I currently have a book in preparation, on this topic, which is proceeding alongside my research, and I want this blog to become a public reflection of that, helping me to focus my ideas, and also for me to share my avenues of thinking.

It has concerned me for sometime, that knowledge for knowledge sake is not always a good thing if it is pursued without regard either to the consequences of the research for public policy, or the consequences of the research to the ‘stakeholder’ group either as recipients of that public policy or as the actual ‘subjects’ of the research itself.


This is what I would do: Princeton's Integrated Science curriculum. This is how science should be taught:
Normally, I leave the Cracked.com to Michael.  Their offering yesterday on The 5 Most Popular Safety Laws That Don't Work, however, seemed right up my alley.  I like to think of it as a 5 step take down of the "if it only saves one life it is worth it" argument (aka, benefit-only analysis, as opposed to cost-benefit analysis), while validating my hatred of ubiquitous speed bumps (Duke University, you know what roads I mean).  And, of course, one should always consider who that one life you are saving belongs to. 

The International Year of Astronomy continues its celebration with a photo of triple galaxy group April 1 and 2. 140,000 people around the world voted on six potential targets; the Arp 274 galaxy group won with 67,000 votes.

Photo from Wired

For some reason I really want a Milky Way Dairy Queen Blizzard... Thanks to Wired for the photo and the following description.

The True History of a Windbag


Ideas in etymology are like ideas in general.  Just as there is the carefully researched and formulated scientific theory as against 'just an idea', so with etymology. It is to be expected that as language becomes more widely researched, so the false etymologies still current will be displaced.

This blog is part 2 of an occasional series in false etymology, Part 1 may be found  here.
Of impacient Folys that wyll nat abyde correccioun
Unto our Folys Shyp let hym come hastely
On March 17th 2009 Europe's first geodetic satellite was successfully launched from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in Russia. The first stages of putting the satellite in a stable recording orbit are proceeding according to plans. So far, so good.

GOCE inside
Credit: ESA - AOES Medialab