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Sometimes I wonder
How much you think about me
Because I spend all my minutes
Thinking about what we could be

Such a shame
A one sided relationship
Shall I add up each effort
All my care
Each phone call
Both shoulders to cry on
With nothing in return
I try so very hard
A best friend to me, you mean the most to me
Why do I not mean as much?
Why must I try so hard?
Closeness is not one sided
I’m beginning to see
What I’ve tried to ignore
Please, be with me
But if not, just tell me
I can’t take this
I care for you so much
If I’m inconvenient
Just tell me
If I’m trying too hard
Just tell me
If I should give up on this
Please tell me

love

A sense of euphoria grips me from head to toe

When I think about the memories we share

Right from the fun times to the vulnerable moments

My innermost feelings, to you I’ve laid bare

We’ve been through a lot, we’ve come a long way

I have no regrets, I’d do it all again if I had to

Regardless of the bumps and bends

Because in the end it’s just me and you

xoxo

Evelyn Waugh Compares Memories To Pigeons

101 Books

I don’t have a lot for you today coming off of a three-day holiday weekend, but I do want to share this passage from Brideshead Revisited with you.

If you’re scoring at home, it’s on page 259.

Evelyn Waugh compares memories to pigeons and the rest of us are better off for it. Tell me this isn’t an incredibly written paragraph.

I want to go sit on a park bench, feed a pigeon, and reminisce about my childhood in Georgia.

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The Science Question in International Studies: PTJ, CoI and follow-ups

The Disorder Of Things

Science Montage From the beloved xkcd

Long time TDOT readers may recall the first ever book symposium we hosted, on Patrick Thaddeus Jackson’s Conduct of Inquiry in International Relations. PTJ’s argument regarding the status of ‘science’, epistemology, methodology and reflexivity has continued to generate vibrant and wide-ranging discussion in the discipline. At last year’s Millennium Conference on Method, Methodology and Innovation, PTJ’s keynote speech extended an argument regarding the distinctiveness of scientific knowledge, but argued that international studies did not have to be a science. Responses from Iver Neumann, Mark Salter, Nicola Chelotti, Laura Sjoberg and myself were invited in the follow-up special issue of the journal.

I’ve made my contribution accessible via academia.edu, but here’s a sneak preview:

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The Thought Readers: Mind Dimensions Book 1

Fiction - A Separate World

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Name: The Thought Readers

Author: Dima Zales and Anna Zaires

Published: October 2, 2014 by Mozaika Publications

☆☆☆☆/5

A different take on mind reading, very different from the other book about mind reading I read, The Mind Readers, and not just because that one is a youth book and this one isn’t.

It isn’t really mind reading in the way that you come across it in other books, at least not in the ones I’ve read. He doesn’t actually read their minds so much as see into their memories, kind of becoming a part of them as he’s in their mind.

He’s a special case in that he can go as far as he wants into someone’s memories and this was a new twist on the genre for me.

The reason for the four stars instead of five is because when he’s getting everything explained to him, there’s a…

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Thought-reading patents increasing

Pat Hayden Jones

Strangely, just a few days after writing my mind-reading post, I see this headline: “Surge in US ‘brain-reading’ patents” in my BBC news feed. (Yes, I read the BBC.) Serendipity? Who knows, the wife thinks I can read minds. Anyway. turns out this is a pretty hot area. The article states that Nielsen (the ratings guys) have 100 patents, and Microsoft is not far behind: “Microsoft holds 89 patents for software that can assess mental states” — no doubt, given all the angst the damn ribbon has caused over the years. Not to mention MS Word style sheets. Neuro tech is going ‘non-medical’ — which means, forget therapeutic applications, companies want to read your mind.

Do you ever wander into the grocery store and stand goggle-eyed at, say, the 15 varieties of Greek yogurt? (BTW, can I get a break from this stuff? Where is the…

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Why Brain-to-Brain Communication Is No Longer Unthinkable

manwithoutqualities

This from the Smithsonian.

For all that science has studied and mapped the brain in recent decades, the mind remains a black box. A famous 1974 essay by the philosopher Thomas Nagel asked, “What Is It Like to Be a Bat?” and concluded that we will never know; another consciousness—another person’s, let alone a member of another species—can never be comprehended or accessed. For Rao and a few others to open that door a tiny crack, then, is a notable achievement, even if the work has mostly underscored how big a challenge it is, both conceptually and technologically.

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