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Friday, October 17, 2003

Thursday October 16, 2003

Call For Abstracts
The Undead and Philosophy
Richard Greene & K. Silem Mohammad, Editors

Abstracts are sought for a collection of philosophical essays on the theme of the undead. The editors are currently in discussion with Open Court Press (The publisher of The Simpsons and Philosophy, The Matrix and Philosophy, and the forthcoming The Sopranos and Philosophy, etc.) regarding the inclusion of this collection in a new book series dealing with philosophy and various cultural topics. We are seeking abstracts, but anyone who has already written an unpublished paper on this topic may submit it in its entirety. Potential contributors may want to examine other volumes in the Open Court series.

Contributors are welcome to submit abstracts on any topic of philosophical interest that pertains to the theme of the undead. We define "the undead" as that class of corporeal beings who at some point were living creatures, have died, and have come back such that they are not presently "at rest." This would include supernatural beings such as zombies, vampires, mummies, and other reanimated corpses. The editors are especially interested in receiving submissions that engage the following perspectives: philosophy of mind; the metaphysics of death; political and social philosophy; ontology and other topics in metaphysics; ethics and bioethics; aesthetics; cultural theory and globalization studies; race and gender; epistemology; philosophy of religion; phenomenology and existentialism. Possible topics might include, but are not limited to, the following: zombie-based critiques of functionalist theories of mind; historical treatments of the undead in philosophy; the films of George Romero, Danny Boyle, and Joss Whedon; the novels of Mary Shelley, Bram Stoker, Anne Rice, Bruce Campbell, and Poppy Z. Brite; critical writing by Julia Kristeva, Jalal Toufic, and Slavoj Zizek.

From The Volokh Conspiracy (http://www.volokh.com):
Wednesday, October 15, 2003
Eugene Volokh, 7:44 PM]
"Bet now on the next pope": The last thing I'd want to bet on, even if I were a gambling man, but I pass it along for those who might be interested . . . . Thanks to reader John Griffin for the pointer.


Public Release: 16-Oct-2003
Genes & Development
Genetic basis for gender differences in the liver
Scientists at the University of Michigan Medical School have identified two genes responsible for an important, yet often overlooked difference between the sexes -- the liver. The report is published in the November 1 issue of Genes & Development.

Public Release: 16-Oct-2003
Device will give infantry soldiers bird's eye view of battlefield
Georgia Tech Research Institute engineers are developing a novel way for infantry units to see past obstacles on the battlefield. Called the "reconnaissance round," it would let soldiers use small artillery weapons almost like a periscope. They could fire skyward a device that transmits images of nearby terrain back to a laptop computer, which is standard equipment now among infantry units.

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