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Serendip's Complexity and Emergence On-Line Forum

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Reality and Virtual Reality?

Reality Check:
The Possible Detection of Simulated Environments
Through Observations of Selected Physical Phenomena

Benjamin Olshin

Serendip's Brain and Behavior Forum

Welcome. This open forum is for postings and discussions relevant to Serendip's Brain and Behavior resource page. Comments on materials linked to from there as well suggestions for additional materials are welcome here. So too are thoughts about the history and future of brain research and its relation to the ongoing evolution of the story of humanity. Visit to find postings from others that you might find useful in your own thinking, and to leave postings that others might find useful. Postings may be delayed in appearing while they are checked to avoid spam.
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Conversation, discourse, exchange, open-ended transactional inquiry

The trick is to focus not on what people can't agree on, nor on what they can agree on, but rather on issues/questions/problems that have the potential to generate ways of thinking that no one has thought before. 

More to come on where that thought came from, and what its useful for .... 

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Transgender, Intersex; Mind, Body

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Shattering Discourses

In their article, “Toward a Theory of Gender,” Suzanne Kessler and Wendy McKenna urge us to believe that gender is primarily “socially constructed” as opposed to a natural, biological fact. In their 20 questions-like game employed to figure out what constitutes gender, Kessler and McKenna find that “certain information (biological and physical) is seen as more important than other information (role behavior)” in the process of gender attribution. More specifically, knowledge of which genitals the person has always constitutes the gender of that person. Moreover, once that gender attribution is made, it is the umbrella through which to observe

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Reading—Not Writing—the Patriarchy: Limits of Language in Eugenides and Cixous

Reading—Not Writing—the Patriarchy: Limits of Language in Eugenides and Cixous

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Calliope’s mosaic karotype: an objection to mind-body dualism

Calliope’s[1] mosaic karotype: an objection to mind-body dualism

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