Archive for December, 2008

The science of the afterlife

If you have a spare 20 minutes during the Christmas break (you are having a Christmas break, aren’t you?) I thoroughly recommend reading the full version of this Times Online article by Bryan Appleyard.  I just found it a) was quite insightful about the ways that scientific positions require faith and b) made me feel strangely hopeful. 

The world, on the face of it, is made of two ingredients: thoughts and things. A brick, for example, is, on the one hand, a fact in the world and, on the other, a combination of all my feelings about bricks in general and this brick in particular. This is generally regarded as a very odd state of affairs. My thoughts and feelings are as real to me as the brick, but they don’t seem to be made of the same stuff. Indeed, they don’t seem to be made of any stuff. The belief that they aren’t, that the world is made of two different substances — bricks and thoughts of bricks — is called dualism. Dualism is the default human conviction, embraced by religions, philosophies and, in fact, by everybody in their lives — if we didn’t embrace some degree of it, we’d be constantly worried about crashing our cars into other people’s thoughts. Dualism means that the mind and the brain are not made of the same things and therefore in theory, they can be separated, as in NDEs.

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Thursday, December 18th, 2008 Uncategorised No Comments

Article: Web Primer – Mistakes, I’ve made a few…

When I was four years old, I watched an older friend fix his bike.  He had it upside-down, the seat and handlebars forming a makeshift tripod.  Having reattached the chain, he turned the pedals by hand, causing the back wheel to spin rapidly.  It looked like fun, so I had a go, but somehow the middle finder of my right hand got caught in the chain, and the sprockets on the back wheel tore the end of the finger clean off.

Some things you learn the hard way.

As a web developer with nearly ten years experience – quite a lot in such an immature industry – I have made a number of mistakes, and learnt from other people’s.  I’d like to share the most common of those mistakes with you now, because if your site still makes them, you are handicapping yourself unnecessarily.

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Friday, December 5th, 2008 Published Elsewhere, Web Development 2 Comments