The power of the unconscious mind


Hebrew University researchers have found that the unconscious mind is capable of processing information.

In one set of experiments using this technique, participants were asked to pronounce numbers that appeared on a computer’s screen. These numbers were preceded with unconscious arithmetic equations. The results of the experiments showed that participants could more quickly pronounce the conscious number if it had been the result of the unconscious equation. For example, when 9-5-1 was shown non-consciously, the participants were faster in pronouncing 3 than 4, even though they did not consciously see the equation.


Professional troll describes the new marketing paradigm

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Reason TV interviews new media marketing guru and author of “Trust Me, I’m Lying”, Ryan Holiday. This is a great interview that underscores the ugly side of the freedom from the corporate media gatekeepers the Internet, blogosphere, social media and so on offers us – that there’s not much critical oversight of the information being offered. Holiday describes clever disinformation tactics designed to manipulate one demographic to react to another that are admittedly quite funny. The tactics are nothing new but the tendency for large groups of people online in the 21st century is to believe infotainment and run with it as a herd. By the time cooler heads prevail and provide debunking or a reality check, no one is paying attention as they are busy discussing all sides of a disinformation piece.

I think that as long as there are taboos in the world, marketrons will find some way of exploiting them to sensationalize and draw attention to them in ways that profit.

I was trying to refute some climate change propaganda for someone who was alarmed at recent reports of Arctic sea ice extent by pointing out the cyclical nature of the extent and how it’s at a minimum at this time every year. There’s more to it than just that, but climate alarmists love to shove pictures of stranded polar bears (they can swim hundreds of miles at a time) and cherry-pick satellite photos of depleted ice extents to bolster their cargo-cult science. Next thing I know, I am going back over the “Climategate” emails and shaking my head at just how deceptive Mike Mann and the Univ. of East Anglia crew were and likely still are, pushing this AGW snake oil for profit. Not much different from the marketrons in the sense of deliberate disinformation for profit, in this case for research grants.

Follow the money trail and find the truth at the end.

John C. Lilly and the SSI prophecy

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Back in college I read some of John C. Lilly’s work since I was fascinated by his objective and rational approach to, like, everything. If I recall correctly, he was the first to isolate the safe range of electrical current that could be used in the human brain. He is most noted, I think, for his neurobiological work with dolphins and his psychological work with isolation tanks. This guy would take LSD and sit in an isolation tank, then take notes on his observations afterwards.

Well, naturally some apparent moonbattery will result from engaging in such behavior and I distinctly remember this sort of prophetic vision he had in the isolation tank. Mind you, if you see this guy’s resume you’d never think he’d have done this kind of thing.

I thought of this while re-watching the Sons of Liberty Academy modules being uploaded to youtube, specifically the part about Stefan Molyneaux’s video about the human fear of their own technology taking over them as evidenced in The Terminator and The Matrix movies. I haven’t watched the video yet but will be shortly but these days I’m getting ideas to write about far faster than I can write about them so I wanted to at least get a skinny version down of this.

Back to the Lilly SSI (Solid-State Intelligence) – he got a glimpse of a future where machines become sentient then take over the planet, get rid of life as we know it after enslaving us for a period of time then understand physics so well that they loosen Earth itself from its orbit so it can join other solid-state (solid-state as in not water-based, biological life forms like we are) entities in the universe.

Well, dang. Keep in mind this was wayyy before the Borg of the Star Trek: Next Generation series.

Do androids dream of electric sheep?

2D:4D – fingers and aggro, revisited

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I’m fascinated by these kinds of things. Basically, the ratio of the lengths of your index and ring finger correlate with more/less testosterone/estrogen and corresponding traits such as more/less aggression, mathematical and spatial versus verbal ability, brain-hemispheric dominance and so on.

I can’t get a consistent measurement, though. It’s clear that my 4D is longer than my 2D, the question is by how much. After 3 measurements, 1 in inches and 2 in centimeters, I’ve gotten a ratio from 0.93 (about what I had the last time I did this a couple years ago) to 0.96.

Measure from the bottom-most crease on each finger to the end of the meaty part. Don’t include your fingernail. Divide the index finger measurement by the ring finger one. Guys should get a number less than 1, and gals should get a number much closer to or equal to 1. Post your results if you don’t mind, since I’m too lazy to go find any yet I’m still curious to see what others on the internettes get. I guess mine is about normal for a guy?

If you don’t have a ruler handy, you can print one out from here

Take multiple measurements, preferably with someone else’s help.