If you remember something did it really happen?

We know how hard it is sometimes to remember past events. We may even suspect that some of our memories aren’t certain but there is no way to create a memory of something which didn’t happen. Or is it?

Could you be convinced of a crime?

Could you be convinced of a crime?

Despite our desire to be certain of memory, it’s now being realised in the legal world how often poor interview techniques can implant memories which even the accused believe are true. By testing a group of 60 students in three weekly 40 minute interviews, it was possible to implant false memories simply by mixing real and false information.

We can all realise we may be missing something and if an interviewer confidently intersperses false content with true information, it’s too easy to think our memory is faulty.

In the experiment the 60 students were presented with both correct and false information, which involved them as a teen, including false events relating to a crime of assault or theft. They were prompted to think harder to try to remember the false memory. [click to continue…]


How to Relax, The Dalek Method.

The Gentle Sounds of Our Masters.

Dalek Relax

Relax to the soothing sounds.

After a hard day dealing with humans and their penchant for stairs, even the most hardened Dalek needs some gently relaxation time.

To help unwind, our mutant, biological/robot overlords have a simple method, to help you find the inner peace they find so comforting as they travel the universe exterminating all life forms to bring inner peace and harmony.


We’re all alone in here.

Is red really red

Is your red the same as mine?

Think of some experiences from your life, you know the ones, we all have them.
The everyday events like the smell of freshly washed hair…
The sights of full green growth on a tree against a brilliant blue background sky…
The eye watering pain as you snap your ankle when you fall over a curb while texting…
Those sort of experiences.
These are the experiences of life which you could easily mistaken for as being identical to everyone else’s experiences in the same situation. They’re not. You’re falling into the cognitive pitfall of Theory of Mind especially The Illusion of Transparency where we all think everyone else is aware of the same things as us.

Let’s try to share colour…

Colour is one of the most obvious and as your humble scribe knows too well, being colour deficient means I see the world different to you but there is no way of sharing what my experience is. And neither is it possible for you to share your experiences of qualia. [click to continue…]


Crime of the Month or just biology out of control?

Emily Hemsworth 1925, killed her three-week-old son but could not remember any details of the murder. She was found not guilty due to insanity. Hemsworth was to be detained in custody until judged fit to return to society - it is unknown if she was ever released. Aged 24.

Emily Hemsworth 1925, killed her three-week-old son but could not remember any details of the murder. She was found not guilty due to insanity. Hemsworth was to be detained in custody until judged fit to return to society – it is unknown if she was ever released. Aged 24.

I couldn’t help myself I was just (insert dysfunctional condition of your choice here…)

Whether it’s anger, sadness or euphoria, brought on by experiences or physiology (what else is there?) we’re all reacting with the chemistry that affects our minds. So how much are we in control of what we say, think and do?

And if anything we do is based on our past and current experiences, then how much control over ourselves do we have? Where is there any free-will in deciding to act on a situation? I would suggest there is no free-will and it’s all biology. Yes, determinism if you wish to name it.

She didn’t do it. It was her hormones!

In this episode of Criminal we have a story of women claiming disability of their actions on PMS and PMDD and what that means for the legal process.

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Bliss is choosing to go SLOMO.

More, More give me MOOOOORE!
or maybe just go SlOMO.

Rat on Wheel

Are you chasing it? Looking for that thing that will make you happy?

Maybe you can find something, not this, but Your version of this.

You’re not a successful neurologist like Dr. John Kitchin and maybe you don’t want to find the sun so you can go SLOMO all day on your inline skates.SLOMO

But maybe… Just maybe, there is your version of this, that fits your personality and suits you. Can you hear it whispering in your left ear, to have a try at… To take the time from the rat-race and find the space for your version of SLOMO.

SLOMO from Josh Izenberg on Vimeo.


It’s all shades of Grey

Age lessens the opinions.

The older I get and the more I learn, maybe, just maybe, amongst that knowledge, a little wisdom is arising. And my most profound wisdom (if any), is that nothing is simply yes or no, good or bad, black or white. It’s all shades of grey. The best I can do, is to lightly hold any opinion I have because it’s open to change with just the tiniest morsel of new knowledge.

Tim Minchin

Tim Minchin

People make the mistake of thinking holding a middle ground is not having an opinion but the point is the strongest, most powerful opinion you can have, is to know that whatever you choose at any time to think is the possibility is completely open to change with new knowledge, you just don’t have the knowledge yet.

Life isn’t binary.

So let’s let someone with a more literary style share what it’s like to sit on the fence.


Music and Life, a Journey – Alan Watts


That ‘Thing’ is coming,
That ‘Thing is here now.

The tread mill of life leading always to that ‘Thing’ you’re looking for, explained by Alan Watts using music as a metaphor. Enjoy…


A President of the people. All Peoples.

José Mujica

José Mujica

It’s rare for a leader, at any time or place to show true humility. Sure some may fake it while campaigning but once they become the incumbent then it’s time for the advantages of power, surrounded by the sycophants who desire the crumbs of advantage. Rarely does someone come along to show through example true humility.

The Poorest President.

José Mujica is referred to as the worlds poorest president, a label he quickly and emphatically refutes…

“Poor and the ones who describe me so.
My definition of poor are those who need too much because those who need too much are never satisfied. I am frugal not poor.
Frugal with a light suitcase. I live with little, just what’s necessary not too tied down with material things.
Why? So I can have more free time.
To do what? What I like. Freedom is having time to live.
Living frugally is a philosophy of life but I am not poor.”

With this attitude he has more than he needs, sharing his wife’s income as a senator and giving 90% of his own to charities like a housing project for unmarried mothers. Which he sees more as a duty rather than charity.

Wide ranging interview with Aljazeera.

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This One Meaningless Life of Yours.

Dr TimRecently Tim Minchin was awarded an honorary doctorate by The University of Western Australia. In his speech he mentioned, from his 37.9 years experience, to the gathered students, his 9 Life Lessons.

To start with in summing up and  balancing life…

Arts degrees are awesome and they help you find meaning where there is none. And let me assure you, There is none. Don’t go looking for it.

Searching for meaning is like searching for a rhyme scheme in a cookbook,
you won’t find it and it will bugger up your soufflé.

9 Life Lessons.

  1. You don’t have to have a dream.
    Work on whatever is in front of you.
    Be careful of long-term dreams if you focus too far in front of you, you won’t see the shiny thing out of the corner of your eye. [click to continue…]


It’s the Question not the Answer.

A box full of questions.

We constantly search for the answers to the big questions but all too often that’s were we think questioning ends. Unfortunately this is also the point where vested interest, tradition and dogma starts. With a critical mind it’s important to hold all answers gently and drop them at a moments notice, to move onto a new paradigm of perceived reality.

I found this insightful comic on Mused via Comics That Have Something to Say as a way of looking at the validity of an answer as only something special within the current world view, keeping the answer open to change and taking away nothing from the value of the question. Sometimes even to provoke a deeper answer.

Enjoy 🙂

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