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Tuesday, November 11, 2003

Monday November 10, 2003. Trying to remember the name of a TV cop program, I came up with Dracula. More accurate memory soon followed: Dragnet.

Vampires as police detectives have become common in print. But I don't think it's been done yet on TV.

I went to Pillsbury House's Harvest Dinner. Attendees were a mixture of people who come to Pillsbury House for one reason or another. The food was standard Thanksgiving fare, done well.

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"In order then that the social compact may not be an empty formula, it tacitly includes the undertaking, which alone can give force to the rest, that whoever refuses to obey the general will shall be compelled to do so by the whole body. This means nothing less than that he will be forced to be free, for this is the condition which, by giving each citizen to his country secures him against all personal dependence. In this lies the key to the working of the political machine; this alone legitimizes civil undertakings, which, without it, would be absurd, tyrannical, and liable to the most frightful abuses." Jean-Jacques Rousseau, "The Social Contract" (translated, consistent with other translations into English.)

This is not my idea of individual freedom, to put it mildly.

But suppose someone was forced into my idea of individual freedom? Had his mind adjusted so that he couldn't help thinking for himself?

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This gives new meaning to "All's fair in love and war."
From EurekaAlert http://www.eurekalert.org/pubnews.php
Public Release: 10-Nov-2003
Society for Neuroscience 33rd Annual Meeting
Male flesh flies high-speed pursuit of females
Cornell University entomologists have discovered that male flesh flies traveling at very high speed, in sexual pursuit and swiveling their heads like gun turrets can lose sight of a target female, yet they compensate for the loss of vision and still catch up to mate. The study could lead to better military hardware.
NIH/National Institutes of Mental Health, US Air Force Office of Scientific Research

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From EurekaAlert http://www.eurekalert.org/pubnews.php
Public Release: 10-Nov-2003
Society for Neuroscience 33rd Annual Meeting
New studies show factors responsible for enhanced response to music
In new studies, scientists are uncovering the factors responsible for an enhanced brain electrical response to music; the effects on the brain of growing up in a musical or non-musical environment; and which areas of the brain process different aspects of music including speaking and singing. One study finds that positive emotions induced by pleasant music can have an analgesic effect on people, pointing to a possible role for music in pain management therapy.

Public Release: 10-Nov-2003
146th Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America
Musicians take note: Tufts engineers say there's 'no value' in freezing trumpets for better sound
Despite the growing trend of trumpet players freezing their trumpets in hopes they can improve the instruments' tone, engineers at Tufts University have shown that cryogenic treatment has minimal effect on the sound. Professor Chris Rogers conducted the research for two years with his former graduate student Jesse Jones IV, who will present the team's findings on Nov. 11 at the 146th meeting of the Acoustical Society of America (ASA) in Austin, Texas.

Public Release: 10-Nov-2003
Society for Neuroscience 33rd Annual Meeting
Scientists find brain areas activated in true versus false memories
New studies of false memories show that what happens in the brain when memories are established can be as important to the development of false memories as what happens during memory retrieval. Other research shows that specific parts of the brain are more active when a true memory is being retrieved than when a false memory is being retrieved, potentially providing a neural label by which to understand the differences between true and false memories.

Public Release: 10-Nov-2003
Society for Neuroscience 33rd Annual Meeting
Scientists uncover neurobiological basis for romantic love, trust, and self
In new studies, scientists are discovering the neurobiological underpinnings of romantic love, trust, and even of self. New research also shows that a specific brain area - the amygdala - is involved in the process of understanding the intentions of others, in particular when lying is involved.

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