Monday, September 27, 2010

Brains lie!

"Brains are survival engines, not truth detectors. If self-deception promotes fitness, the brain lies. Stops noticing— irrelevant things. Truth never matters. Only fitness. By now you don't experience the world as it exists at all. You experience a simulation built from assumptions. Shortcuts. Lies."

-Blindsight, Peter Watts

That and other videos that will keep you up at night wondering how your evil brain will screw you over next:

Except the dinosaurs, all was snagged from the Blindsight book, linked above. Seriously, go read it. Amazing, brain-warping stuff. Very Matrix-what-just-happened-to-the-world-I-thought-I-was-living-in'y

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