Monday, December 17, 2007

Bleep, Blorg, Black Holes

It's finals week and my mind just fell into the black hole that is the internet. I'm not sure how I arrived here to post this video. I should be writing a paper on the neural system for sustained attention in monks. What about sustained attention in college students? This music video for "Frontier Psychiatrist" by the Avalanches from 2006 illustrates the trip my mind just took quite well- ghost choir and all. Feel familiar? If so, I recommend some listening therapy: "Get Off the Internet" by the Microphones.

Saturday, December 15, 2007

Making you an offer your mind can't refuse

Francis Ford Coppola, father of the Godfather and maker of wine, claims that his newest film Youth Without Youth is "all about" consciousness. Based on a novella by Mircea Eliade, a Romanian-born historian of religion, who wrote about myth, ritual, yoga, shamanism and folklore and the divide between how time is experienced by so-called primitive man and his modern counterpart, knowledge, perception, thought, and reality are all at play in Coppola's attempt to translate the mind to the movie screen.

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

America's Next Top Asperger's Syndrome Spokesmodel

Heather Kuzmich has a neurological disorder known as Asperger’s syndrome. She is socially awkward, has trouble making eye contact, and is a contestant on this season's America's Next Top Model.

Asperger's syndrome is an autism spectrum disorder characterized mainly by difficulties in social interactions. However, unlike other autism spectrum disorders, people with Asperger's generally do not exhibit deficits in language and other cognitive abilities.

Do people with Asperger's syndrome belong in this drama-filled, overly social world of reality television? While it may make the average Joe more aware of the neurological disorder, it exploits the harsh realities that go along with it for the sake of entertainment. Is reality television really a place for reality?