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Re: “To Sleep, Perchance to be Brainwashed

Another good reason to keep my sons on a regular sleep schedule, and me too! Good article.

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Posted by Kama Hicks on 12/04/2014 at 9:35 AM

Re: “To Sleep, Perchance to be Brainwashed

The question "What is sleep" is the challenge now being presented to research scientists, and the winning answer(s) are to be chosen by thousands of eleven-year-old school children.
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Posted by JimPell on 12/04/2014 at 9:20 AM

Re: “The Kelsey Trail

Hi John, I'm indebted to you, I used your comprehensive and fascinating presentation on the Kelsey brothers extensively when writing my earlier story,…
Glad you like this one! Only so much I can do in 500-odd words...

Posted by barryevans on 11/21/2014 at 1:42 PM

Re: “The Kelsey Trail

great article Barry. For a more detailed look at the down side of the Kelsey Brothers in California take a look at:…

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Posted by John Parker on 11/20/2014 at 11:03 AM

Re: “Gutenberg's Legacy:

Thanks for this Geoff--I appreciate both pixels and paper, for all the reasons you mention (especially pixels for travel on my ipad mini). Carr's book is a great read, whether one agrees or not. I was annotating constantly. e.g. this: "...we are training our brains to pay attention to the crap." (Carr quoting Michael Merzenich.

Posted by barryevans on 11/01/2014 at 11:55 AM

Re: “Gutenberg's Legacy:

It is more than "ironic" that Carr's book is available on Kindle. That is the new printing press of our day. I come from the era of the print culture and I am now with my feet in both camps. I have seen no credible studies that support Carr's thesis. Bookmarks Magazine is quoted as saying "Many bought into his argument about the neurological effects of the Internet, but the more expert among them (Jonah Lehrer, for one) cited scientific evidence that such technologies actually benefit the mind." Citing "neurological evidence" is always a dangerous game because the technology and science in that field is a quickly moving target. There are many studies of universities using openly licensed, free electronic books in place of traditional textbooks and there is no significant difference in the success rates of students in those courses. In fact, because the stress of the textbook cost is eliminated, retention rates actually go up. Some of those studies were performed here at College of the Redwoods via the Kaleidoscope project. Much of the date can be found at Lumen Learning.… I personally enjoy reading on the internet - in an ereader, I can annotate, bookmark and easily share what I am reading with others. I can carry a dozen books with me to the cafe. I can also look up words and ideas. In fact, sometimes it is a more engaging experience. Also, some books are not available in our library - I don't have the luxury of driving down to the special collection in Stanford or Harvard. But much of what I need, I can find through Google Books. Anyway, I am a big McLuhan fan - always good to see someone writing about Gutenberg! :-)

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Posted by Geoff Cain1 on 10/30/2014 at 7:50 PM

Re: “Test Your Science Quotient

I found 2 meter deep powdery plankton.and tunnel.

Posted by Zoltan Welvart on 09/22/2014 at 6:05 PM

Re: “Baron Versus Mountain

La Grange Mine is now a Eagle Rock Quarry and under the direction of the Army Core of Engineers and they do a great polution...critters and trees.

Posted by Audra Homicz on 08/22/2014 at 12:02 PM

Re: “Test Your Science Quotient

I think the finding of plankton on the International Space Station as reported in Tass is interesting… My comment on it is:- This finding on the International Space Station makes it clear that the earth is surrounded by an aura of life, at least in the form of plankton. Though the particular type of plankton has not been identified, it has been established that it is not the type of plankton, which would have possibly been picked up from the delivery launch area of Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan . Were the plankton picked up before launch, doubtless the extreme heat would have destroyed them. The ISS has been orbiting the earth since 1998 at an altitude of between 330 km / 205 mi and 435 km /270 mi It is clear that if they are first lifted from the sea into the atmosphere by rising air currents and winds, when those winds dissipate that the plankton carries on at their own steam as though drifting in the seas. The oceans have been here some 4,400 billion years, it must be posited that what ever means the plankton has used to make it into space onto the ISS, has been going on since that time. The unthinkable alternative is that the deeps, of space, is full of this life form, which of course will give the evolutionists new material, other than asteroids, with which to rework their theories of the seeding of life on earth.

Posted by Nat Turner on 08/21/2014 at 7:49 AM

Re: “Replicants, Unite!…
--this is Nick Bostrom's take on Hans Moravic on Rene Descartes "it's just a simulation anyway!" thoughts.

Posted by barryevans on 06/19/2014 at 9:02 PM

Re: “Whispers from the Birth of the Universe

Only I can talk to the dead.

Posted by Zoltan Welvart on 06/03/2014 at 7:56 AM

Re: “Homer's Wine-dark Sea (Part 1)

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Posted by Rosemary Carla on 05/03/2014 at 8:09 AM
Posted by barryevans on 04/28/2014 at 8:15 AM

Re: “Cancer: Evolution While-You-Wait

That is, SECOND leading cause of death (just). CDC reports for 2010 in the US:

Heart disease: 597,689
Cancer: 574,743
Chronic lower respiratory diseases: 138,080
Stroke (cerebrovascular diseases): 129,476
Accidents (unintentional injuries): 120,859
Alzheimer's disease: 83,494
Diabetes: 69,071
Nephritis, nephrotic syndrome, and nephrosis: 50,476
Influenza and Pneumonia: 50,097
Intentional self-harm (suicide): 38,364

Posted by barryevans on 04/10/2014 at 7:40 AM

Re: “Ben Kelsey: Arcata Founding Father, Trail Builder, Indian Killer

The March 18, 1850 Alta California lists Ben as being there but in the group opposed to killings....and that Sam Kelsey was one of the leaders. Sam is also named as a leader of this group in the paper on March 4, 1850.

Posted by Jim Goldrup on 04/09/2014 at 4:53 PM

Re: “Ben Kelsey: Arcata Founding Father, Trail Builder, Indian Killer

Thanks Jim--I guess we should be grateful they didn't change the name of Union to Kelsey! Can you pls. reference the Alta California newspaper article for me.

Posted by barryevans on 03/29/2014 at 8:15 AM

Re: “Ben Kelsey: Arcata Founding Father, Trail Builder, Indian Killer

In reality (according to the Alta California newspaper at the time) it was not Ben Kelsey who led the band from Sonoma on the murderous rampage against the Indians of Napa and Sonoma Counties, but it was his brother Samuel Kelsey and a man called "Growling Mad" Smith who led that group. The newspaper article states that some of the band were not arrested and that Ben (who was a member of the group) tried to talk his brother and others out of killing the people. Just thought I would try and clear Ben of that one incident although he was involved with the mining operation at Kelsey Diggings and did shoot the man in Sonoma for bothering his wife. Ben and brother Sam were founders of Union (later Arcata) and it was again Sam that shot the Indian there that David Leeper mentions in his journal.

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Posted by Jim Goldrup on 03/28/2014 at 4:31 PM

Re: “Trees on Mars

No wall structure there with frost wedging which are like dried mud patterns too. It's the wall structure and right angles that get me..

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Posted by Stephen1 on 03/27/2014 at 9:16 PM

Re: “Trees on Mars

Frost wedging?…

Posted by barryevans on 03/27/2014 at 5:12 PM

Re: “Trees on Mars


You know anything about these "Martian ruins"?…

If legit photos how do rectangular walls, with interior squared off corners, get constructed by natural forces? Any ideas? They do look similar to ancient city ruins.

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Posted by Stephen1 on 03/27/2014 at 6:08 AM

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