Melissa, starry-eyed soy-lovin' Expatriated Zulu (oddharmonic) wrote,
Melissa, starry-eyed soy-lovin' Expatriated Zulu

Reading: funny Bookslut comment on The Botany of Desire, I'm slowing down in The Mind & The Brain.

A bookslut post today about a book censorship issue in Chicago says this about The Botany of Desire: A Plant's-Eye View of the World being among the proposed books to be removed from the curriculum:

"You've got to watch out for those botany books. It's a gateway science. Pretty soon, the students will be experimenting with harder shit, like immunopathology and aerobiology. Won't somebody please — all together now — think of the children?"

It makes me want to take Laurel outside and tell the citrus trees to stop toking up. Those limes will never produce fruit if they keep being selfish and forgetting about the children.


My progress through The Mind & The Brain has slowed down in the chapter about the Silver Spring monkeys because I keep stopping to look things up elsewhere about deafferentation. This sentence struck me as unlikely to hold up well over time:

"Volitional movement, Taub concluded, was not dependent on sensory feedback; rather, it was preloaded into an animal's brain like Windows XP on a laptop."
Tags: 028_reading, 635_gardening

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