Sunday, June 28, 2009

Songs I Strongly Recommend

The following is a list of songs that I (a) strongly recommend, and (b) have been listening to a lot lately:

List of songs by band]

Boards of Canada:
Music is Math
Peacock Tail

The Tourist
the entire Hail to the Thief album

Explosion in the Sky:
The Birth and Death of the Day
The Moon is Down
The Only Moment We Were Alone
Catastrophe and the Cure
Welcome, Ghost

Silversun Pickups:
Kissing Families
Lazy Eye
Well Thought Out Twinkles

Two Gallants:
Despite What You've Been Told
Las Cruces Jail
Some Slender Rest

and last but not least

Kings of Leon:
Use Somebody
Sex On Fire

...that is all (for now)

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

I need to start doing more on this thing

But I don't have the time. However, I will most likely begin contributing to this blog much more frequently in a few weeks...

...though I am fairly certain that nobody reads it. However, speaking in literal text to the cyber-universe isn't all bad.

Monday, June 22, 2009

Less than 3 weeks until Boulder

In less than three weeks I am going to Boulder, Colorado (for 3 weeks) to attend the University of Colorado Summer Seminar in Philosophy.

I do not have much else to say as of now.

Monday, June 1, 2009

4 New Kittens!

One of our cats (who we found out was pregnant about 2 days before we were going to make an appointment to spay her) just had four little kittens. People can come visit them if they'd like. They are awesome. One of them looks like a little cow :)

Their birthday: June 1 (same as Brantly's).

And on a side note, yes, I hope to start updating this blog regularly again - though sometimes it shuts down my wireless internet when I come to blogspot??

Unconscious Decision Making

People should read more into unconscious decision making (even if by only searching Google). Forget Freud (well, not entirely), because the new research currently in progress in the field of cognitive science (neuroscience, psychology, philosophy, and computational theory) will revolutionize the way you think about the brain/mind.

Topics concerning the Unconscious that I'm currently interested in:

Illusory Decision Making (what is an actual decision? When is a decision made? Is a decision a “mental process” or a “physical action”? That is, if I decide to click the left button over the right button, but then a moment later I change my mind, did I ever actually make a decision to push the left button or was the only decision the one that led to an action?
Unconscious Confabulation (how and why we can have false memories?)
Heuristics for Decision Making (how reliable are these, how do they occur?)
Unconscious Awareness (can we, as organisms, be aware of things of which we are not conscious?)
States of Unconsciousness (are there levels of the unconscious mind similar to the levels presumably present in the conscious mind?)
Unconscious Computation vs. Conscious Computation (is there a difference in how our conscious and unconscious functions? Is the unconscious strictly computational, while our conscious may be something more than that? - think quantum mechanics)
Unconscious Communication (how does the unconscious mind communicate with the conscious mind?)
The Evolution of the Unconscious (both physiological – via evolutionary biology – and historically – via how we think about unconsciousness)
Unconscious Deception (does our unconscious deceive our conscious, or, more likely, does our conscious misperceive the information in the unconscious?)
Unconscious Deliberation (how does our unconscious prepare decisions for our conscious minds?)
Unconscious Memories Retrieval (how does our brain intake memories, of which we are unaware, and how is it possible that we can consciously retrieve them?)
Collective Unconscious (what’s with Jung’s theory?)