Gerry Canavan

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* Apes Unwilling to Gamble When Odds Are Uncertain.

* TSA outrage of the week: Documented “revenge screenings” in Phoenix.

* America now has two distinct literary cultures. Which one will last? MFA vs. NYC. Via John.

The most recent example is an announcement by two scientists at Johns Hopkins University that they may have discovered a way to erase traumatic memories from the mind by removing certain proteins from the amygdala, the brain structure that processes memory and emotional reactions.

The procedure is still theoretical, and primitive, but Richard Huganir, a professor and chair of the neuroscience department at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, told the Baltimore Sun on Monday that the discovery “raises the possibility of manipulating those mechanisms with drugs to enhance behavioral therapy for such conditions as post-traumatic stress disorder.”

Let’s trim our hair in accordance with the socialist lifestyle.

* And Americans are not as foolish as the media would sometimes have us believe.

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  1. the last three sentences of the mfa vs. nyc article make no sense.

    The lit-lovers who used to become editors and agents will direct MFA programs instead; the book industry will become as rational—that is, as single-mindedly devoted to profit—as every other capitalist industry. The writers, even more so than now, will write for other writers. And so their common ambition and mission and salvation, their profession—indeed their only hope—will be to make writers of us all.

    my best translation attempt: if we combine these two conflicting forecasts, the literary world will become the borg?


    November 27, 2010 at 12:35 am

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