Sunday, October 31, 2010

Top Gear's New Stig Bred On Crazy Farm [Video]

Top Gear's New Stig Bred On Crazy Farm

Top Gear's New Stig Bred On Crazy Farm

Top Gear will field its new Stig for the first time next week — after picking one at a special "farm for Stigs." But the big question for fans is — what color will this new Stig be?

The new Stig will be unveiled at Earl's Court in London next week as part of Top Gear Live, but TV producers have apparently not yet decided whether a new Stig will be introduced for next year's new series.

Sun columnist Jeremy Clarkson joined fellow presenters of BBC2's motoring show to inspect a herd of carefully reared tame racing drivers.

A source said: "Fans don't know there is a secret farm where we breed lots of different Stigs. We've found just the one."

And now the secret's out. There's a farm. It breeds Stigs. One of them is pink.

Yeah, well, we think we've seen this joke before.

Top Gear's New Stig Bred On Crazy Farm

[Sun via Top Gear]

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Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Lemmings: A Dialogue with Gualtiero Piccinini on Philosophy and Neuroscience

Gualtiero: Until recently, you were known for armchair philosophizing
and not at all for empirical research. Could you briefly explain how
you became interested in doing empirical
research and what your current empirical projects are?

Brit: Actually, I started out in the sciences. I have a 5-year M.S. in neuroscience from University of Copenhagen and The Danish National Hospital. My research was on neurotransmitters, specifically glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1). As a hormone, GLP-1 stimulates insulin-secreting cells. As a neurotransmitter, it modulates stress and anxiety. I was, and still am, very interested in mood disorders,so I really loved this project. But owing to a terrifying event described in the personal information section of my website, I decided to go to graduate school in philosophy. I already had degrees in philosophy and linguistics as well. One of my main areas of specialization in philosophy was, and still is, philosophy of language. Philosophy of language by its very nature is a very empirical area of philosophy.

Philosophy of language by its very nature is a very empirical area of philosophy.

We look at what the linguists do, and they look at what we do. But you are right. Until recently I didn't design my own experiments or studies. My interest in designing my own studies was sparked by a series of events taking place around the time of my divorce. To deal with the consequences of these events, I felt that I had to expand on my knowledge of the brain. Another coincidence sparked my interest in synesthesia.

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