Deepak Chopra’s Amusingly Wrong Assertion Against Naturalism.

No one knows the biological basis of mind; therefore, linking the physical nature of the brain with actual thinking is totally unproven.

I’m amused by the way he shoves the word “therefore” in between two versions of the same assertion.

Except that we do know the biological basis of mind. It is the brain. And this is obvious even just looking at what the brain is like: neurons that signal to each other (and alter each other) and bridge the gap between our sensory input and our motor outputs, just like our mind does! And given all of our data about how the mind changes exactly as the brain does, and it’s clear this is exactly what it is all doing.  With new technology we can also reconstruct people’s “private” thoughts and experiences by sensing their brain activity.

What I Thought Wayward Pines Should Have Been.


(Also, NEGATIVE OPINIONS, I don’t really like this show)

Yes, I easily guessed the stuff that was revealed in episode five.  But I had another theory that I was rooting for.  Because this show is often eyeroll worthy, and my theory would have changed that.

Basically, my idea was that Burke was delusional.  And was probably a murderer in denial.

I thought this would be the reveal.  Very similar to another story I’ve seen, but I don’t want to name it because that would be a spoiler for that other story.

Now for some details so you can understand my theory better.

I thought eventually the psychiatrist would try to confront Burke with reality, and most of the story we have seen would be the delusion that Burke has constructed to deny everything the psychiatrist says.

Think of the story he’d be telling to the psychiatrist.  He killed “the bad sheriff” who was killing innocent people.  But now he himself is the sheriff.  “So” the psychiatrist might ask “that means now you are the one who kills people?” and think of how silly his answer would sound “no, the person I was supposed to kill, in my duties as a sheriff, killed himself on an electric fence, because he believed in me and told me I’m good”.  See how this looks like it has a lot to do with switching his identity from a bad killer to a good person (who still killed someone)?  Repressing/killing his former self (the bad sheriff) from his memory?  As if he’s in denial?  That’s what I thought it would all turn out to be.  And that would make all the eyeroll worthy moments actually meaningful.  Because they would be part of the delusion.

Instead, this show just has people behaving illogically and dramatically for no reason.

I was especially convinced when so many bizarre changes were occurring during Burke’s absence (as he was wandering through the woods).  These changes looked to me like they were bridging the gap between Burke’s delusion and the reality he was denying. Of course, in reality, he would be bridging this gap in the reverse order it was presented to the audience.  He would be making up this weird back story after the fact.

Which sounds more like reality: that his wife has a job and their kid is in school there, or that they were kidnapped and forced into pretending this was their life?  Oh, and they are being watched by sinister forces, and the kid has to keep everything a secret.  Clearly the latter sounds like something a paranoid delusional person would make up to deny reality.  The former sounds completely normal.

Maybe he doesn’t like that his wife has a job, because it reminds him that he is in psychiatric care, which may have been why she got a job to begin with.  And in his delusion, she doesn’t even get paid.  And her boss is a creepy jerk.  These details seem like they could have been his coping mechanisms against reality and against his own anguish over the situation.

Ok that’s about all I can remember for now.  Just for fun, I’ll also express my annoyance with the superficial similarities between Wayward Pines and Twin Peaks.

The first episode begins with a mysterious murder being investigated by an FBI agent, has a visit to the Sheriff’s office of a small town with an antique aesthetic in a pine tree filled mountain area, a visit to the hospital, to the local restaurant, and an encounter with a psychiatrist.  The sheriff sure does like his ice cream.  Why?  Well I’m guessing because Twin Peaks had a guy obsessed with Coffee and there were always lots of sweets such as donuts and pie for the sheriff and FBI agent.  But the writers couldn’t copy this exactly, so they went with ice cream.  And that phrase “there are no crickets in Wayward Pines” reminded me eyerollingly of the implications and tone of the phrase “the owls are not what they seem”.  And there’s even an ominous view of a spinning ceiling fan.  Are ceiling fans ever placed outside like that?  Is that a real thing that people have?  I don’t know.  Even finding the dead body in the cabin (try explaining that in terms of post-apocalyptic zombie survival mumbo jumbo) was familiar to me, because it harkened back to Mulholland Drive.

Manually restoring lost Firefox Tabs

[Brief Background] My Windows 8 recently restarted while I wasn’t looking.  So I knew that my tabs would not restore if I were to open firefox, and it would not even give me the option to restore them.  So (in order to prevent any backup files from being overwritten) I used Internet Explorer to look and see if anyone knew how to fix this problem.  Unfortunately some advice was outdated.  Also unfortunately, when I did what I thought would work, the session restore page came up but did not list any tabs to restore.  No one seemed to have an easy solution for that situation, but I found one.

My solution:

First (to make sure that my restore files didn’t get overwritten and lost) I copied backups of firefox’s “profile folder”, the place where session restore files are stored, and put a copy on my desktop.

Then, use firefox for a bit, open some tabs that you don’t really need, and induce a “crash”.  To Induce a fake “crash”, use control-alt-delete to bring up the Task Manager, go to the “details” tab of the Task manager and select the firefox program and click “end task”, and when it asks if you are sure you want to end task, confirm that you do want to end task.

Now when you open firefox there should be a properly working session restore page that is ready to bring back all of those tabs (from the step above) that you didn’t need.

Now you can find the file that it is using.  The time stamp on the file will say that it was created around the time you did this.  Look in somewhere like:

C:\Users\YOUR USERNAME HERE\AppData\Roaming\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\awkgm9m1.default-1428044128830\sessionstore-backups

The file called “recovery” should be there.  Open it with notepad.

Now, from your copied stuff on your desktop, use notepad to open the “sessionrestore” file that actually contains the tabs you really wanted to restore.  You can right click in notepad and use “select all” to select everything.  Then copy all of that text.  Erase everything in the “recovery” file, and paste in the stuff you copied.

Now just “crash” firefox again, have this “recovery” file saved with all the good stuff copied into it, and start firefox again.  This time the session restore page should be all the stuff you wanted.