Spooks generated by brain-body mismatch

ghosts, haunting, hauntology, robotics, perception, experiment, OBE, neurology

The results show that not all types of spookiness emerge in the same way from the brain. “They show that the neural networks involved in the feeling of a presence are not the same as those involved in out-of-body experiences or in seeing a doppelgänger,” says the lead author of the study, cognitive neuroscientist Olaf Blanke of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology of Lausanne (EPFL).

http://www.nature.com/news/spooks-generated-by-brain-body-mismatch–1.16294

Tony Dalton related his first hand experiences with a ship’s cat:

ship, ello, explosion, cat, precognition, shipping, Rotterdam

Tony Dalton related his first hand experiences with a ship’s cat:

“Whilst serving on the Norwegian-flag tanker “Rona Star”, in 1965, I adopted a stray kitten in Mina al Ahmadi which took up residence in the radio room. It refused point blank ever to set foot on shore, despite being bodily carried, many times, down the gangway onto the land. The cat would never leave the ship until the night of June 15th, 1965, when the “Rona Star” was in the wet dock at Rotterdam’s Verolme shipyard, undergoing tank-cleaning. The moggy became extremely agitated, mewling and howling, and left the radio room. I watched it from the cabin window as it scooted down the gangway and disappeared. No sooner had it reached the shore than the ship exploded in a ball of fire and 16 persons were killed. To this day, I swear the damned thing sensed the forthcoming disaster. I never saw it again.”

http://messybeast.com/moggycat/warcat.htm

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(via Before Abramović, A History of Nothing) As might be expected, Marina Abramović’s new performance event at the Sean Kelly…

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(via Before Abramović, A History of Nothing)

As might be expected, Marina Abramović’s new performance event at the Sean Kelly gallery, Generator, has attracted a healthy level of press coverage that is concomitant with her reputation. Based on a premise of collective sensory deprivation, and the unanticipated insights that this can confer about communication and identity, the Generator experience begins with the voluntary blindfolding of participants and with noise-canceling headphones being placed upon the same. Each gallery-goer attempts to navigate through their environment in this limited state, up until the point where they can raise a hand and be led out of this paradoxically theatrical environment. While this experience will likely be novel to many of her recent converts, the performance has clear precedents among the work of at least one other artist who helped to shape the performance and intermedia subcultures of the mid-late 1970s. Namely, at least two of John Duncan’s events — Maze from 1995 and Voice Contact from 1998–2000 — also involve the voluntary blinding of participants and the subsequent entry of those participants into an unfamiliar space.

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The Online Memory

warren ellis, memory, writing, online, ephemerality, context

This fracturing of context is, I suspect, peculiar to these early decades of online writing. It’s possible that, in the future, webmentions and the like may heal that up to some extent. But everything from the 90s to today is going to remain mostly broken in that respect. Most of what we said and did had ephemerality long before apps started selling us ephemeral nature as a positive advertising point. Possibly no other generation threw so many words at such velocity into a deep dark well of ghosts.

http://morning.computer/2014/10/the-online-memory/