Tuesday, October 1, 2002

In the news

Academia becomes target for new security laws. "Foreign students have helped propel the research for which US universities are famous. New security concerns could limit their ability to contribute." Figures...

Lab shrunk to a chip. "Circuits that shunt liquids rather than electrical currents could soon screen chemicals. The ultimate complexity and application of this technology is "limited only by one's imagination", they say." Well, we'll see...

Neuroscience unlocks secrets of Zen garden. "500-year-old rock pattern suggests a tree to our subconscious." So much for the rhizome?! (via dublog)

Not news, but interesting nonetheless, Lt. Col. David Grossman's Killology Research Group. I've read his book On Killing: The Psychological Cost of Learning to Kill in War and Society, and it was quite thoughtful. But I really wish these folks would stop saying that there is a direct causal relationship between media violence and real-world violence. At best it seems to be a correlative relationship, and that should not provide justification for censorship.


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