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A few days ago, I sent my theories on the evolution of consciousness to John McCrone. Mr. McCrone has written some interesting books and articles on the development and understanding of consciousness. I recommend exploring his website. I was curious if my theories held any weight in context with the current neuro-scientific models. (I retooled and reposted some of my thoughts while working on my email to Mr. McCrone.) The following was his reply:

"Generally everything you say is a good commonsense approach to the evolution of consciousness. You talk about a developing hierarchy of response, which is a standard theme (at least among neuroscientists). The bit about external value patterns at the end is what people talk about in social constructionist psychology (see for example my paper [on freewill].)

So I think you certainly start with the right orientation to the subject.

John McCrone"

My inner arm-chair philosopher/theorist grins from this positive feedback. With no formal training in neuroscience or biology, I initially found it quite difficult to express the ideas I had been pondering. It's almost as if science is a private club with it's own secret handshakes and obscure dialect. Actually, that's exactly what science is. Here's where the true power of the internet lies. With a couple of days of web-based research, I was able to build up a framework of knowledge that allowed me to express my theories. The web gave me access to this secret club known as science.

Sadly, the signal to noise ratio for educational information on the web has been eroding over time. Unless you are searching for very specific information, google will undoubtedly lead you to commercial/ebuisness sites rather than educational/informational ones. Maybe this is why they are developing froogle. "Froogle is a new service from Google that makes it easy to find information about products for sale online." Hopefully, once froogle matures they could filter out all commercial sites from regular google searches. (As a side note, now that google owns blogger they should consider filtering out blogs from their regular search engine and create a blog specific search tool.)


I have three Glutton university experiments to post today:

  • Another photo flash enhancement. This experiment had a three hour time limit and was an exercise in masking, path tweening, and the creation of movie clip objects.

  • This animation was the result of a 10 minute time limit and a canvas restricted to 48 frames.

  • Last but not least, I remixed a track made by my buddy mcd: 3 in 1 - the Wally Glutton Jitter Dub Mix. This track is an exploration of abstract rhythmic patterns. I was very happy with this remix as it retained the sense of space and atmosphere that I loved about the original track while completely tearing apart the rhythmic structure. The method used to deconstruct the track was an accidental discovery made by mcd and I, which exploits a glitch in the Cubase software.



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