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Forum: Diavlog comments 12-30-2011, 08:10 AM
Replies: 215
Views: 19,188
Posted By bbenzon
Re: The Bromance (John McWhorter & Glenn Loury)

Good stuff guys, looking forward to more in 2012.
Forum: Diavlog comments 12-24-2011, 06:01 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 19,815
Posted By bbenzon
Re: Science Saturday: Celestial Couch Potatoes (John Horgan & George Johnson)

It's been a great run John and George. I'm one of those who think Science Saturday was the best of BHTV, and you guys anchored it. Bob's crazy if he doesn't get you back.

Merry Christmas and the...
Forum: Diavlog comments 10-31-2011, 07:48 AM
Replies: 87
Views: 10,813
Posted By bbenzon
Zombies Rising

Fascinating conversation, guys, fascinating.

Yes, I agree, the issues are abstract, the power of charts and graphs not withstanding--they, after all, are abstract.

I was in Liberty Plaza...
Forum: Diavlog comments 08-25-2011, 07:42 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 11,683
Posted By bbenzon
Brother West's a Wonder

Cornel West is a wonder. His second book, The American Evasion of Philosophy, reads like the kind of throat-clearing a major thinker does before coming out with a masterwork. But West never wrote...
Forum: Diavlog comments 12-18-2010, 01:44 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 6,844
Posted By bbenzon
Re: Science Saturday: Discovery and Invention

Um, err, George has a very strange view of what Levi-Strauss was up to.
Forum: Diavlog comments 08-07-2010, 05:17 PM
Replies: 128
Views: 32,306
Posted By bbenzon
Re: Science Saturday: Purposes and Futures (Robert Wright & Eliezer Yudkowsky)

Has he actually produced any code? Has the Singularity Institute produced any code? Some months ago I took a run at his paper on levels of intelligence and decided it was mostly a word salad.
Forum: Diavlog comments 08-07-2010, 07:46 AM
Replies: 128
Views: 32,306
Posted By bbenzon
Forum: Diavlog comments 06-21-2010, 09:53 AM
Replies: 108
Views: 28,926
Posted By bbenzon
projective dynamics

What's the correlation between the wind-down of the Cold War and the rise of incarceration?

Here's my guess. Much of the Cold War was driven by a projective dynamic in which good citizens dealt...
Forum: Diavlog comments 01-03-2010, 11:39 AM
Replies: 331
Views: 54,455
Posted By bbenzon
Forum: Diavlog comments 12-31-2009, 06:11 PM
Replies: 90
Views: 19,547
Posted By bbenzon
Re: Gala New Year's Edition, 2010 (Robert Wright & Mickey Kaus)

You guys are a freakin' LAFF RIOT!!!

(& smart to boot, but don't let it go to your heads, all 4 of 'em. FWIW 27 is 3 cubed. Very symetrically mystical. Go tell Oprah, pronto.)

Happy New Year!!
Forum: Diavlog comments 11-07-2009, 08:32 AM
Replies: 222
Views: 49,945
Posted By bbenzon
More than Chomsky

No no no! The Chomsky school is not pretty much the only school in linguistics, not even in the USofA. It may well be the most visible school, especially outside the academy, but it certainly hasn't...
Forum: Diavlog comments 08-05-2009, 07:25 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 6,762
Posted By bbenzon
Re: Cheers! from the Black Guys at BhTV (John McWhorter & Glenn Loury)

LOL!

Do you guys realize that you are on the verge of having your Ghetto Passes revoked? Not only that, but you're not going to be allowed into teh Wednesday Night Meetings of Universal Blacknuss,...
Forum: Diavlog comments 02-19-2009, 05:54 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 10,182
Posted By bbenzon
Re: Bed Head Edition

Hey! I enjoyed the twitter-chatter. Nothing wrong with a little this 'n that thrown in to leaven the mix.

Oh, interesting discussion about Obama continuing on in campaign mode.
Forum: Diavlog comments 02-14-2009, 01:42 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 12,855
Posted By bbenzon
Re: Science Saturday: Darwin the Rock Star

Yes, a great conversation.

Nowhere is the over-evalulation of Darwin (http://www.thevalve.org/go/valve/article/darwinolatry_and_literary_criticism/) more evident than in so-called Darwinian...
Forum: Diavlog comments 02-04-2009, 06:10 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 32,331
Posted By bbenzon
Re: smell as art

Yes, you're right about that.
Forum: Diavlog comments 02-04-2009, 01:05 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 32,331
Posted By bbenzon
Re: Science Saturday: The Artistic Animal

I don't know about that German literature, but there are two papers in Barkow, Cosmides, and Tooby, The Adapted Mind (Oxford UP 1992), pp. 551-598.
Forum: Diavlog comments 01-31-2009, 08:02 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 32,331
Posted By bbenzon
Re: Science Saturday: The Artistic Animal

John, I've got a question about Dutton's book. Does he argue that "high" art is biologically adaptive while "popular art" is not? The question arises because he'd offered such a suggestion in a...
Forum: Diavlog comments 01-31-2009, 06:33 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 32,331
Posted By bbenzon
Re: Science Saturday: The Artistic Animal

Here's an extended example (http://www.clas.ufl.edu/ipsa/journal/2003_benzon02.shtml)of an attempt to deal with how "art works in the mind," in this case, a poem by Coleridge, "Kubla Khan." The...
Forum: Diavlog comments 01-31-2009, 10:36 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 32,331
Posted By bbenzon
Re: Science Saturday: The Artistic Animal

Interesting discussion.

I've not read Dutton's book, but I've read some of his articles and reviews and have interacted with him on an evolutionary psych listserve. I'm ambivalent about the whole...
Forum: Diavlog comments 01-25-2009, 11:23 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 10,733
Posted By bbenzon
Science Saturday: Reverse Engineering the Mind

FWIW: On the issue of reverse-engineering the mind, I'm pretty sure the idea entered psychology during the middle or late 50s and I think Donald Broadbent is the guy responsible, though I'm not sure....
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