Imaginal Cells

From Wikipedia:

In metamorphosis, within the body of the caterpillar little things that biologists call imaginal discs or imaginal cells begin to crop up in the body of the caterpillar. They aren't recognized by the immune system so the caterpillar's immune system wipes them out as they pop up. It isn't until they begin to link forces and join up with each other that they get stronger and are able to resist the onslaught of the immune system, until the immune system itself breaks down and the imaginal cells form the body of the butterfly.

Crusie Ship Shake-Up

A security camera catches the scene in a cruise ship dining room as the ship hits some bad weather:
(If you don't have time for the whole video watch the first 2 minutes and then skip to 5 minute mark and watch for another minute)

Bonus: a cruise ship almost tips over in bad weather

What Is Consciousness?: Stuart Hamerhoff and Deepak Chopra Video Discussion

In a previous blog post, I referenced a quote by Stuart Hameroff about the nature of consciousness. In the following video, Hameroff and Deepak Chopra discuss this topic in greater detail.

An important point is that consciousness does not arise at a certain level of complexity but is embedded into the very fabric of the universe itself. This point of view can help us realize the oneness we share with the world around us. (As differentiated entities in nature, some are more complex than others, some are more aware than others, but none are "better" than others; that would be like saying an organism is better than a cell).

Another important point is that humaness (i.e. consciousness) cannot be reduced to simple bio-chemical processes in the brain. Consciousness is not just a product of neurons in our brain acting as on-off switches, which, at a certain point of complexity create consciousness. (As a side note: the de-humanizing effect of this view point in the world of technology is the topic of a good book by Jaron Lanier called You Are Not a Gadget.)

Here's the video:

Ultimate Frisbee: An Amazing Catch


I used to play quite a bit of ultimate frisbee; especially in University. The sport unfortunately doesn't get the respect it deserves when it's played at a high level. This highlight real catch,however, made it onto ESPN and seems to have earned some props from the announcer:

P.S. - sorry about the stupid add at the beginning of the vid

Here's a you tube version without the commentary