Links for 6th November 2009

Fresh from the clogged tubes of teh intarwubs…

  1. How your brain sees virtual you

    "When Caudle's looked for brain areas that were more active when volunteers thought about themselves and their avatars compared with real and virtual others, two regions stood out: the medial prefrontal cortex and the posterior cingulate cortex. That makes sense as prior research has linked the medial prefrontal cortex to self-reflection and judgement.

    Interestingly, however, there was "next to no difference" in the activity in these regions when people thought of themselves and of their avatar, says Caudle… "

    Tagged with: MMOmetaverseavataridentitypsychologyneuroscience

  2. Neal Stephenson interview

    "The first time [I fought William Gibson] was a year or two after SNOW CRASH came out. I was doing a reading/signing at White Dwarf Books in Vancouver. Gibson stopped by to say hello and extended his hand as if to shake. But I remembered something Bruce Sterling had told me. For, at the time, Sterling and I had formed a pact to fight Gibson. Gibson had been regrown in a vat from scraps of DNA after Sterling had crashed an LNG tanker into Gibson's Stealth pleasure barge in the Straits of Juan de Fuca. During the regeneration process, telescoping Carbonite stilettos had been incorporated into Gibson's arms. Remembering this in the nick of time, I grabbed the signing table and flipped it up between us… " An oldie, but a goodie.

    Tagged with: sciencefictionauthorinterviewNeal-Stephensonhumourmoneypublishing

  3. The imaginary pirate of globalization

    "The imaginary pirate shows us what the new geography of the world is all about: its consistency, its material, the outline of its borders. Assuming, of course, it has any borders. Pirates take advantage of this "spatial revolution"[6] brought about by globalization; that is why, instead of hounding them, we should follow their example. They have instinctively understood the new seas on which they carry out their looting. Indeed, the figures of the terrorist, the hacker and the global financier carve out and define this new geography,[7] and force legal institutions to change their responses."

    Tagged with: globalisationpiracyeconomicscrimelawcopyrightfinance

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