Thanks to a load of Lefties getting their knickers in a twist about the Chancellor drinking Yorkshire tea, I have discovered the very funny Yorkshire Tea Twitter-feed. No idea who runs it, but their sense of humour and good grace in the face of spittle-flecked vitriol and general derangement deserves a medal. … [Read more...] about SARAH VINE: The most shattering truth about Harvey Weinstein and women has been laid bare
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There are many alternative scenarios about how the future of our understanding of the brain could play out: perhaps the various computational projects will come good and theoreticians will crack the functioning of all brains, or the connectomes will reveal principles of brain function that are currently hidden from us. Or a theory will somehow pop out of the vast amounts of imaging data we are generating. Or we will slowly piece together a theory (or theories) out of a series of separate but satisfactory explanations. Or by focusing on simple neural network principles we will understand higher-level organisation. Or some radical new approach integrating physiology and biochemistry and anatomy will shed decisive light on what is going on. Or new comparative evolutionary studies will show how other animals are conscious and provide insight into the functioning of our own brains. Or unimagined new technology will change all our views by providing a radical new metaphor for the brain. Or … [Read more...] about Why your brain is not a computer
Our community’s history of antiracist struggle in Britain can show us another way to confront these issues. When Indian migrants first arrived in Britain in the 1950s, 60s and 70s, they joined forces with recently arrived African-Caribbean migrants to form a unified “black” community of resistance. They responded to state neglect, racial violence and racist policing with a range of radical self-help initiatives, run through organisations such as the United Coloured People’s Alliance, the Black Liberation Front and the British Black Panther Movement. This is a story of community and class solidarity based on shared resistance. It should be recovered to prepare us for the fight ahead. … [Read more...] about How did British Indians become so prominent in the Conservative party?
“Me? No, I play a lot of country and western music. I love country music. Also, I’m not what is traditionally a person living a show business life. I don’t like going to discos and parties really. I take a much quieter life. But if you’re asking, do I like Village People music, then of course, yes I do. I love our music and I don’t think it’s conceited to say I think we’re very good at our jobs. That’s why a lot of people get our image wrong. They miss our humour, which maybe is our greatest talent, and think we really are those characters we portray … that’s interesting.” … [Read more...] about Village People’s Glenn Hughes: ‘Here for all those thousands of cowboys is disco recognition’
This is what Ang Lee must have wanted when he cast her in her next role, as Marianne Dashwood in Sense And Sensibility. A great director, he found a way to harness her precarious hysteria, while keeping the confusion. In this film, she is not simply a blundering idealist: her frailty endangers her and everyone around her. There is an argument that she played the part too well, that she made the undercurrent too dark. (She went on to play two tragic figures, Sue Bridehead in Michael Winterbottom's Jude, and Ophelia in Kenneth Branagh's Hamlet.) But Lee's film kept its glossy sheen, the dialogue sparkled, there was a balance between surface and depth. In 1995, for this part, Winslet became the youngest female actor to be nominated for an Academy award (she was 19). "It was the changing point, really. It made me realise that people like what I do. It gave me confidence. I think any form of self-expression is half confidence, half sheer hard work and, maybe, a bit of talent thrown in." She … [Read more...] about Perfecting the illusion