“History will remember Derrida, and it surely will, not for what he himself has said but for what his revered status says about us.” — Mark Goldblatt, National Review
Review — Extinction: Evolution and the End of Man by Michael Boulter: ‘Worried about overpopulation, pollution, dwindling natural resources and global warming? Well, the good news, according to British paleobiologist Michael Boulter, is that our selfish behavior as a species may not, in the long run, destroy our beautiful planet or most of the life forms that inhabit it. The bad news, however, is that our abuse probably will put an end to most of the larger mammals, in particular us, the soi-disant Homo sapiens, apparently less sapient than billed.
A professor of paleobiology at the University of East London, Boulter has been studying extinction, including the five major mass extinction events that have occurred since the beginning of life on Earth. The largest single factor in each case, he concludes, was radical change in the environment, leaving erstwhile flourishing species suddenly unable to survive. “Evolution,” Boulter explains, “is less to do with winning battles between species and individuals, more to do with being able to live well together in the same environment.” ‘ LA Times
Essential Sources in the Scientific Study of Consciousness ed. by Bernard J. Baars, William P. Banks, and James B. Newman: “Consciousness is at the very core of the human condition. Yet only in recent
decades has it become a major focus in the brain and behavioral sciences.
Scientists now know that consciousness involves many levels of brain
functioning, from brainstem to cortex. The almost seventy articles in this book
reflect the breadth and depth of this burgeoning field. The many topics covered
include consciousness in vision and inner speech, immediate memory and
attention, waking, dreaming, coma, the effects of brain damage, fringe
consciousness, hypnosis, and dissociation.
Underlying all the selections are the questions, What difference does
consciousness make? What are its properties? What role does it play in the
nervous system? How do conscious brain functions differ from unconscious ones?
The focus of the book is on scientific evidence and theory.” amazon.com
God’s architect design for Twin Tower space? “Antoni Gaudi, the avant-garde architect of Barcelona’s Sagrada Familia church who could soon be beatified has become the latest candidate to design a replacement for New York’s destroyed World Trade Centre
Gaudi (1852-1926) was commissioned in 1908 to create a 366 metre skyscraper hotel for Lower Manhattan. Although the project was never realised, he left a spaceship-type design, topped by an observation platform in the shape of a giant glass star, which has now been submitted by a US-Spanish team of artists and academics.”