|Tonight on TDS, Oscar-winning film director Danny Boyle, Trance; and on TCR, NIH director Francis Collins, talking about The Brain Activity Map Project.|
R.I.P. Roger Ebert on.cc.com/11sSDlG— The Daily Show (@TheDailyShow) April 4, 2013
goidbye Roger Ebert. thnx for the thumbs up. rogerebert.suntimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/…— aasif mandvi (@aasif) April 4, 2013
Aw man. Great writer, thinker and proud promoter of film. #Ebert was one of the best.— Miles Kahn (@mileskahn) April 4, 2013
|Adding these late tonight, sorry...
|The Daily Show|
|Mary Roach, Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal
B&N, many reviews
excerpt: The Chemistry of Kibble: The billion-dollar, cutting-edge science of convincing dogs and cats to eat what’s in front of them.
excerpt: The Marvels in Your Mouth
|Jonathan Sperber, "Karl Marx: A Nineteenth-Century Life"
Columbia Missourian.com article
If you have the stomach for it, the Daily Show guest page links to an interview at the National Review
B&N has the major reviews
(Harpers is subscription only)
Assuming you know something about history/poli sci, these are the two to read:
That's Karl Marx and Intellectual History, at SUSIH-Society for US Intellectual History (which you should take a look at). Takes a look at those NYTimes & Harper's reviews -- and make sure to read the comments.
|Sheryl Sandberg is the chief operating officer of Facebook and the author of "Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead."
Lots of stuff about the book out there. B&N has several full reviews (snippets from some majors). Some sexism (let's post silly pictures of the latest silly woman thinking she should get attention! And what should she be dressing like?), lots of agreement (fawning and/or sincere) and a whole lot of disagreement, especially (but not exclusively) from our intellectual compatriots on the left.
Good snippet at goodreads:
Someone asked me for a cliffs notes version and the best I can say is to search online for Sheryl Sandberg's TEDWomen talk in 2010. It is a 15 minute long speech that basically sums up her most pertinent points in this book.cognoscenti.wbur.org
UK Guardian review
Lean In and 1% Feminism (new to me, read this one if nothing else)
|Danny Boyle, Trance
Danny Boyle’s Olympic Opening Ceremony nominated for Bafta Radio Times Audience Award
Simon (James McAvoy), a fine art auctioneer, teams up with a criminal gang to steal a Goya painting worth millions of dollars, but after suffering a blow to the head during the heist he awakens to discover he has no memory of where he hid the painting. When physical threats and torture fail to produce answers, the gang's leader Frank (Vincent Cassel) hires hypnotherapist Elizabeth Lamb (Rosario Dawson) to delve into the darkest recesses of Simon's psyche. As Elizabeth begins to unravel Simon's broken subconscious, the lines between truth, suggestion, and deceit begin to blur. (c)Fox SearchlightConsensus:
Tomatometer 69% 55 reviewsDanny Boyle Celebrates New York Premiere of ‘Trance’
Danny Boyle finds his inner feminist with heist film ‘Trance’:
Boyle first encountered the “Trance” screenplay nearly 20 years ago, when writer Joe Ahearne sent it to the filmmaker. Ahearne wanted to direct the movie himself, and eventually did as a television movie in 2001, but the script’s central premise — and the chance to have a female protagonist— stuck in Boyle’s mind.Um?
Try harder. Or is one enough?
Danny Boyle: My film plots are 'the same'
Danny Boyle to make anti-Downton period drama (central character: male.)
|The Colbert Report|
|Sigourney Weaver, Broadway: Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike
vaguely related New Yorker blog
broadwayworld.com review roundup
|Jim McGreevey, Former Governor of New Jersey
The former governor of New Jersey discusses his resignation and newfound salvation in the HBO documentary, "Fall to Grace."
Really? Jim McGreevey Is a Recovering Politician?
An HBO documentary examines the former governor's renewed passion for religion and for helping female prisoners get a second chance.
The redemption of Jim McGreevey: believe it, you scowls.
Jim McGreevey’s Second Act
Author, "The God Argument: The Case Against Religion and for Humanism"
Philosopher A.C. Grayling looks at religion from a humanist perspective in his new book, "The God Argument."
Director, National Institutes of Health
National Institutes of Health Director Francis Collins discusses The Brain Activity Map Project.
The BRAIN Initiative (Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies, also commonly referred to as the Brain Activity Map Project) is a proposed collaborative research initiative announced by the Obama administration on April 2, 2013, with the goal of mapping the activity of every neuron in the human brainsciencedaily.com
NYTimes: Obama Seeking to Boost Study of Human Brain (John Markoff, 2/17/13):
The Obama administration is planning a decade-long scientific effort to examine the workings of the human brain and build a comprehensive map of its activity, seeking to do for the brain what the Human Genome Project did for genetics.mentions paper available .pdf at Neuron(Neuron, Volume 74, Issue 6, 970-974, 21 June 2012):
The Brain Activity Map Project and the Challenge of Functional ConnectomicsNew Yroker: The Three-Billion-Dollar Brain
Last week, the Human Connectome Project, supported jointly by sixteen components of the National Institutes of Health, released its first set of data, a massive set of structural and functional images of the brains of sixty-eight adult volunteers—to almost no fanfare whatsoever. The amount of data, two terabytes, is so great that it poses problems for the Internet; you can download it for free if you like, but the organizers of the project would rather mail it to you on a hard drive.NYTimes, Markoff again, 2/25/13 Background, skeptical. Somehow -- maybe it's the reference to Fantastic Voyage -- decreases my confidence in using the NYTimes as an info source.
Obama launches multi-billion-dollar brain-map projectio9: Here's how Obama's brain mapping project will actually work Much better explanation.
What’s Wrong with the Brain Activity Map Proposal: With the president suggesting a multibillion-dollar neuroscience effort, a leading neuroscientist explains the deep conceptual problems with plans to record all the brain's neurons @partha_mitra, big-shot neuroscientist in Scientific American.
different from what was initially talked about, and better...There was a statement in the New York Times about recording from every neuron in the human brain. That doesn’t make any sense. Even if you took a whole mouse brain, that still isn’t workable. There is no real possibility of that when you look at the basic physics of how light scatters in brain tissue or the lengths of antennas you need to make radio transmitters.Event info for a talk at Berkeley:
Since the beginning of the year, the European Union and United States have separately announced major initiatives in brain science. The latter is called the Brain Activity Mapping (BAM) Project and the size of the effort and the implications for science and medicine have been compared to the Human Genome Project. A key part of the effort involves developing new scientific instruments capable of observing the activity of large ensembles of neurons in awake behaving humans with the goal of understanding the neural basis for cognition and diagnosing a wide range brain disorders from Parkinson’s to Alzheimer’s...Google wants your braaaaaaaaains!
NewScientist.com background, some discussion of other related projects