Monday, April 18, 2016

Slow Progress Expected for Zika

http://www.sciencealert.com/this-is-why-it-s-going-to-be-so-hard-to-create
Above is an excerpt from an infographic for a Zika virus vaccine. It politely hints at the problem.
  1. Zika most strongly affects pregnant women and their newborns.
  2. Any tragedies, whether caused by the vaccine, unrelated to the vaccine or even mitigated by the vaccine will be blamed on the vaccine. There will be lawsuits and the damages will be astronomical.
  3. Revenue will not be astronomical. 
 (July'16) I'm not sure I like where this is going.

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Perceiving the Flow of Reality

It seems natural to say that we see the world as it is presented to us, a continuous flow of new situations and new information. On the other hand, if you've ever seen an optical illusion, you know that perception is imperfect. How do we interact with the world?
This study says that our perceptions come to us in the form of "'time slices' lasting only milliseconds." Our mind perceives the world as a moment: all at once for about a quarter of a second, then it goes on to perceive the next moment.
The description reminds me of Ridley Scott's filming technique in the most intense battle scenes of Gladiator. (starting at about 4 minutes)