The eminent neuroscientist, Jaak Panskepp, pioneered the study of emotion in mammals. He is famous for, among other things, tickling rats in the lab to make them laugh, but his work wasn’t a joke. He discovered that all mammals, including humans, share the same seven emotional pathways, commonly identified as: fear, care, lust, rage, panic/grief, seeking, and play. These are not vague “predispositions” teased from … Continue reading Do Popular Genres Map to the Seven Emotional Pathways of the Mammalian Brain?
What the fr@^k is a ‘soft launch’ anyway? Research into purchasing behavior confirms my personal experience that in a market filled with many alternatives, readers tend to choose books with a demonstrated readership over those without. And since they don’t have a perfect window into that, they use the number of reviews as a proxy measure. Not so much the aggregate star rating, mind you … Continue reading The Minus Faction Omnibus is finally here!
I set my alarm so that I could catch my daughter in the morning before work. She wasn’t all that interested in talking to me, but that’s not unusual for kids that age. I was just glad to see her and hear her voice. It wasn’t until she set the phone down suddenly and ran off that it hit me. My appointment at the DoH … Continue reading The Legal Tender of Fate
The question posed to me was whether there’s cause to be optimistic about AI. My answer is that that’s an oversimplification almost to the point of farce. To be clear, I’m not anti-AI. Also to be clear, I am talking about AI in the classic sense, rather than the kinds of algorithmic “intelligence” that get so-labeled today. I am referring to a genuinely creative machine … Continue reading AI and the future of humanity
“Do you know how they did it? How The Masters won? No? I’ll tell you. “They cheated. “They couldn’t beat the dark, or at least that was the lesson they took from history. So they locked up all the magic. All of it. All sides. Light, dark, gray, didn’t matter. For six hundred years, from the fall of the Templars, whence they received the Great … Continue reading Do you know how they did it?
People. That was the difference. If they had a mission, they would have put him somewhere secret, somewhere no one would see. Given him orders. When they put him in the middle of a crowd, he knew they wanted chaos. Bryson Beatty sat on the bench looking at all the happy families. It was a zoo. They woke him up in a fucking zoo. Children … Continue reading I will set you free!
Alexandra Sacchi—Alexa to her friends—was the adopted daughter of Dominic Sacchi, a professional stage magician, and Elia Kukuc, a palmist and tarot card reader whom he had met when the couple worked for a touring sideshow and freak act called The Dani Rose Circus. It was by all accounts a pretty toxic relationship from the start. Dominic, well-groomed and handsome, had been involved with Dani … Continue reading The Disappearance of Alexa Sacchi