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“In the oldest religion, everything was alive, not supernaturally but naturally alive”*…




One of science’s most challenging problems is a question that can be stated easily: Where does consciousness come from? In his new book Galileo’s Error: Foundations for a New Science of Consciousness, philosopher Philip Goff considers a radical perspective: What if consciousness is not something special that the brain does but is instead a quality inherent to all matter? It is a theory known as “panpsychism,” and Goff guides readers through the history of the idea, answers common objections (such as “That’s just crazy!”) and explains why he believes panpsychism represents the best path forward…

Goff answers questions from Scientific American editor Gareth Cook: “Does Consciousness Pervade the Universe?

* D.H. Lawrence, “New Mexico,” Phoenix: the posthumous papers of D. H. Lawrence


As we think about thinking, we might neon-pink birthday greetings to Don Featherstone; he was born on this date in 1936.  An artist, is is surely best remembered for his creation of the plastic pink flamingo in 1957 while working for Union Products.  It went on sale the following year– and now ornaments lawns nationwide.

In 1996, Featherstone was awarded the 1996 Ig Nobel Art Prize for his creation; that same year, he began his tenure as president of Union Products, a position he held until he retired in 2000.


A Featherstone flock



Written by LW

January 25, 2020 at 1:01 am

Giving them the bird…


Forgoing the more traditional sales of unwanted periodicals, over-priced gift-wrap, and grocery chain cupcakes, parents of students at Washougal (WA) High School have landed on a new approach to raising money to cover graduation night expenses, a fund-raising program that the school is calling “You’ve Been Flocked!”…

For a suggested donation of $20, a supporter can unleash an army of polymer Phoenicopteridae– plastic lawn flamingo– on the target of their choice. The organizers have made it clear they’ll remove the flamingoes for free — or move them on to the target’s choice of new location for another $20.  And in a nod to fund-raising techniques perfected during Prohibition, one can even donate by taking out $5 “Flamingo Insurance,” assuring themselves that no pink horde will appear on his/her lawn…

One notes that the fact of the program must mean either that school parents in Washougal have enough lawn flamingo among them to make up a flock– or even more interestingly, that one family has *lots* of them…

TotH to Zug.

As we rethink pink, we might recall that it was on this date in 1962 that Uganda, having just achieved independence from Britain, joined the United Nations.  Uganda’s Queen Elizabeth National Park is home to many lesser and greater flamingo.

The real thing, at Queen Elizabeth Park (source)

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