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Saturday, December 31, 2011

How to Be a Psychic Spy, Event 3 - The Events, Derren Brown - Channel 4 Inspired by the CIA's top secret Stargate Project, Brown conducted a nationwide experiment in remote viewing - the ability to see and describe an object that is hidden from view. The curator of the Science Museum was asked to paint a simple picture on a canvas, which she then covered over and placed on display in the Science Museum for one week, where visitors could draw what they thought was on the canvas. Brown repeated this with an audience in the museum and viewers at home. The four main things both the visitors and audience drew were: trains, Stonehenge, horses and concentric circles. Near the end of the show it emerged that between 30% to 35% of people drew some form of concentric circles, this was then revealed as the design painted on the canvas. In an additional twist, the next most common drawing was of Stonehenge (around 10%), and it was revealed that the painter, who had been at a secret location for the duration of the show, was actually at Stonehenge. Additionally, the painter cited Stonehenge as an image that she was imagining to convey the abstract drawing of concentric circles. At the end of the show, Brown revealed that the show was recorded three weeks previously, and that he had arranged for adverts influencing people to draw concentric circles to be placed in major newspapers on the day of transmission. Details of where to find these adverts were then given. There was also a subtle technique used during the programme to encourage people to draw concentric circles. No explanation was given as to why many thought that the painting would be of horses or trains.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

biological computers - DNA pictures

Scientists from the Scripps Research Institute and Technion–Israel Institute of Technology have taken biological computing one step further, with a new molecular machine capable of decoding images stored on a DNA chip. Though it's referred to as a "biological computer," the researchers' machine isn't much like a CPU at all -- unless your CPU was manufactured in a test tube filled with a smoothie of DNA molecules, enzymes and ATP. Once they found the right mix, the team proceeded to encrypt images on a DNA chip and used their Turing machine-like creation to decode them, with fluorescent stains helping to track its progress. The above image, read from left to right, gives a more literal idea of what the system can do -- basically, it takes a hidden image and extracts a given sequence. Storing data on DNA isn't anything new, but decrypting said data in this fashion apparently is. The applications for this kind of organic computing remain a bit fuzzy, but it's pretty clear that whatever follows probably won't look anything like a typical computer. The team's findings were recently published in a paper for the journal Angewandte Chemie, the abstract for which is linked below. For a slightly more readable explanation, check out the full press release after the break. "We are biological computers with ram and a hard drive. Ram is the present and the hard drive is the past. In hindsight is where the human experience evokes its self. It is when we pull from that hard drive that we experience consensus in the sense that what we pull is imperfect and we have to fill in the blanks with either truth or with our own make believe. It is that difference that makes life magical or devastating." DUDE12NOTHIN

Monday, December 5, 2011

American: The Bill Hicks Story (2011)

I left in love, in laughter, and in truth and wherever truth, love and laughter abide, I am there in spirit - Bill Hicks

Saturday, December 3, 2011

This Is Our Reality - YouTube

I am Dom0ne One of 7 billion people on a beautiful yet inconsequential rock I'm an evolutionary product It's a saddening proposition to say that People need religion to have worth and value This is the reality of our existence And whether you like it or not We are destined to continue on this path This world is awash with selfserving, tribal intolerances but We will arrest these vestigial, Bronze Age constructs in the future I refuse to accept that Children's minds will continue to be indoctrinated with divisiveness People will always place hope above reality and Faith will surpass scientific endeavour I know this will be the case because I understand human psychology Humanities focus will continue to shift And rationale will shine light on those that wish to worship pretense The human race has a path of enlightened optimism ahead I would be lying if I said that Religious ideolgy will invariably triumph over humanism If we take the time to look at life with honesty This Is Our Reality Inspired by "This Is The Truth"