Windfall tax must change in face of ‘excessive’ oil profits, Alok Sharma says

Outgoing head of climate talks says UK needs to encourage investment in renewables, not fossil fuels and calls for tax on ‘excessive’ oil profits. By Fiona Harvey https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2022/oct/28/windfall-tax-must-change-in-face-of-excessive-oil-profits-alok-sharma-says Environment correspondent

The Architect Who Lost the Ability to Imagine: The Cerebral Basis of Visual Imagery

by  Sandra Thorudottir 1,†, Heida M. Sigurdardottir 1,†, Grace E. Rice 2, Sheila J. Kerry 3,  Ro J. Robotham 4, Alex P. Leff 3 and Randi Starrfelt 4,* 1Icelandic Vision Lab, Department of Psychology, University of Iceland, 102 Reykjavik, Iceland 2Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit, University of Cambridge, Cambridge CB27EF, UK 3Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, University College London, London WC1N3AZ, UK 4Department of Psychology, University of Copenhagen, 1726Continue reading “The Architect Who Lost the Ability to Imagine: The Cerebral Basis of Visual Imagery”

‘J’accuse.!’: the continuous failure to address radiophobia and placing radiation in perspective

By John C H LindbergDepartment of Geography, King’s College London, London, United KingdomDepartment of Surgery and Cancer, Imperial College London, London, United KingdomOriginally published as an OPINION ARTICLE in:Journal of Radiological Protection J. Radiol. Prot. 41 (2021) 459–469 (11pp) Republished here under Creative Commons License. Disclaimer: The views expressed belong to the original author andContinue reading “‘J’accuse.!’: the continuous failure to address radiophobia and placing radiation in perspective”

Dynamic Amodal Completion Through the Magic Wand Illusion

Christopher W. Tyler https://orcid.org/0000-0002-1512-4626 cwtyler2020@gmail.com Tyler C. W. (2019). Dynamic amodal completion through the Magic Wand illusion. i-Perception, 10(6), 1–4. 10.1177/2041669519895028 First published online December 27, 2021 Republished under a Creative Commons licence. Abstract In the Magic Wand effect, an overlying figure of the same color as its background is revealed by the motion of a wand behind it. The occludingContinue reading “Dynamic Amodal Completion Through the Magic Wand Illusion”

Manipulating light can induce psychedelic experiences – and scientists aren’t quite sure why

Matthew MacKisack, University of Exeter, Reshanne Reeder, Edge Hill University Originally published in the Conversation, October 24, 2022 10.09am BST Creative Commons For millennia, people have used mind-altering techniques to achieve different states of consciousness, envision spiritual figures, connect with nature, or simply for the fun of it. Psychedelic substances, in particular, have a longContinue reading “Manipulating light can induce psychedelic experiences – and scientists aren’t quite sure why”

The Aerial Perspective: Leonardo, Botticelli and Vincent van Gogh

Anybody today can take a photo with a cell phone and immediately look at the resulting image. One can edit and transform the image using a variety of fixes and, if one’s luck is in, the end-product may be a ‘true-to-life’ resemblance of one’s original perception of the scene. Marvellous! Quite often, however, the imageContinue reading “The Aerial Perspective: Leonardo, Botticelli and Vincent van Gogh”