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Table of Contents
Music All musicians
Rock Album reviews
Yearly ratings
History of Rock Music
History of Pop Music
Best albums
Best songs
Greatest musicians
Database of musicians
Jazz Jazz musicians
History of Jazz
Best albums
Classical Classical masterpieces
20th Century
Avantgarde composers
The Essentials
Other genres History of Hip-hop music
History of Country
History of Soul
History of Musical
History of Film Music
History of Blues
New Age Music
Cinema Yearly ratings
Best movies
History of cinema
Gallery of images
Travel Pictures of the world
Wonders of the world
Hiking in California
Greatest places
National guides
Politics World news
Political analyses
Book reviews
Analyses by country
Reading material
History Timelines
Natural disasters
Timeline of the 20th Century
Visual history of computing
Audio interviews
History of Knowledge
History of Silicon Valley
Slides of Lectures
Literature Timelines
Greatest writers
Modern literature
World writers
History of poetry
My poetry
Science My work in cognitive science
Annotated bibliography on mind
Book reviews
Cognitive Science news
Timeline of modern science
My book on consciousness
My seminar on consciousness
Theory of Spacetime Ripples
Slides of Lectures
Art/Science Evenings (LASERs)
Audio interviews
A Timeline of Neuroscience
A Timeline of Artificial Intelligence
Machine Intelligence and Singularity
Art Painters
A Visual History of the Visual Arts - Part 1: From Impressionism to Surrealism
A Visual History of the Visual Arts - Part 2: From Abstract Art to Conceptual Art
A Visual History of the Visual Arts - Part 3: The Age of Globalization
Greatest paintings
History of painting
Comic Art
Museums of the world
Pictures of museums and artists
Timeline of the 20th century
Art/Science Evenings (LASERs)
Audio interviews
My art
Philosophy Philosophers
My essays
Milestone books
Quotes from my writings
Tributes Birthdays: a secular calendar of saints
50,40,30,20,10 Years Ago in Music
World, wake up
The Thinkers
The Viewers
The Dancers
Modern music







Silicon Valley



Visual Arts


Hiking: Death Valley, etc
Essay: The Genetics and Neuroscience of Torture
Event: Stanford: Roger Malina (Univ of Texas), Chris McKay (NASA), Allison Holt (Visual Artist), Katharine Hawthorne (Choreographer) on "Imagining the Universe"
Album reviews: Abu Lahab, Bill Callahan, Chvrches, James Holden, Dead C, Main, Juana Molina, Pissed Jeans, Polvo, Alasdair Roberts, Kurt Vile, etc
Teaching: Theories of Brain, Mind & Consciousness
Event: USF: Indrani Baruah (Architect and Visual Artist), Stephen Bailey (Lawrence Berkeley Labs), Weidong Yang (Kine-tech), Christine Metzger (California college of the Arts)
Travel: Micronesia
Politics: We are Charlie Hebdo, or The Globalization of Blasphemy
Politics: Invite president Hassan Rouhani
Presentation: "Cosmology, Neuroscience, Rock Music"
Politics: Iran vs Saudi Arabia
Event: San Jose: Finally found the time to reorganize the material about the two LAST festivals
Essay: The Algorithmic Society and the Birth of Religion
Videos: Recent art/science talks: Multimedia artist Meredith Tromble on " Dream Vortex" (Virtual-reality art), Choreographer Sasha Petrenko on "A World without Nature", Stanford scientist Charlotte Jacobs on "Jonas Salk and the Conquest of Polio", Poet and cognitive scientist Pireeni Sundaralingam on "Poetry & Memory", Kinetic and sound artist Laetitia Sonami on "Your presence is Required", Projection artist Amy Ho at a USF LASER, Berkeley computer scientist Carlo Sequin on "Hyperbolic Hexagon to Evolving Trefoil"
Politics: World War IV
Album reviews: Danny Brown, Caribou, Alvin Curran, Richard Dawson, Desmadrados Soldados De Ventura, Demdike Stare, Disclosure, Julia Holter, Los Random, Murmur, Pyrrhon, Qa'a, Run the Jewels, Andy Stott, Sun Kil Moon, Swans, Vampire Weekend, War On Drugs, etc
New book: "Thinking about Thought" in 4 vols: Brain, Life, Matter, Consciousness

Currents: The year 2014 in review
Art: Storm Thorgerson, Kay Sage
Politics: ISIS is right: give the Sunnis a state
Book review: Katherine Hayles: "How We Became Post-Human" (1999)
Politics: The Sony hack and the case against North Korea
Presentation: "Five reasons why the Singularity is not coming any time soon"
Art: Tetsuya Ishida
Cinema: A Chronology of Science Fiction Cinema
Cinema stills: Alejandro Jodorowsky, Nuri Bilge Ceylan
Art: New edition of "A Visual History of the Visual Arts 1860-45"
Hiking: Best of 2014 hikes
Poetry/Meditation: Apophenia
History: A summary of Hindu scriptures
Politics: Of heroes and thugs: African-Americans and cops
History: A timeline of the ancient Hebrews
Art: Hannah Hoch
Politics: The looming world crisis
Politics: What Netanyahu and Putin have in common, part II
Art: Scott Hess
Book review: Nunez's "Brain, Mind, and the Structure of Reality"
Videos of art/science evenings: Birgitta Whaley (Quantum Computation), Danielle Tullman-Ercek (Synthetic Biology), Amy Ho (Projection Artist) , Lia Cook (Visual Artist), Alan Rath (Digital Sculptor), Drue Kataoka (Visual artist) , Loren Frank (Neuroscience), etc
Philosophy: My essays organized by topic
Politics: Democracy in 2014
Politics: Why oil is getting cheaper
Event: Neuro, Space, Ebola, A.I., Nano
Teaching: Slides of my Berkeley class
Book review: Nick Bostrom's "Superintelligence"
Politics: ISIS thanks Turkey and Israel
Hiking: Hikes of 2014 so far
Politics: China and the democracy virus
Essay: The Cacophony of Life
Art: Tomiyuki Sakuta
History: A brief history of oil
Art: Jim Denevan
Travel: Beijing
Art: Antony Gormley
Lectures: Lecturing in China
Presentation: My Chinese lectures on Silicon Valley
Art: Mati Klarwein
Politics: Domestic and foreign challenges for China
Politics: Resist the blackmail
Lots of essays: Caring for the Future , Death is not a Binary Value , You are a File , The Decline of the Visual Sense , The Artist as a Revolutionary and a Propagandist , The Deregulation of Sexuality , Nature is a Vast Cemetery , The Death of the Hero , You are an Abstraction , The Internet is an Excuse not to Admit that We are What we are , Children and the Elderly in the Secular Society , Abortion and Euthanasia , Society and Technology , The Cognitive Value of Videogames , Five Steps towards Physical and Existential Survival , Art since World War II , The Competition between News and Adverts
Politics: What Netanyahu and Putin have in common
Essay: Crime and State
Politics: A Lesson from Serbia for Ukraine
Essay: How Contemporary Morality is Created
Travel: Iceland
Politics: The unspoken truth about the eurocrisis
Essay: Matter is as Inscrutable as Mind
Presentation: "The Best Kept Secret of Silicon Valley" for the Alpbach Technology Forum
Book review: Steven Pinker's "The Better Angels of our Nature" (2011)
Interview: Bill Pentz
Events: Berkeley: Philip Marcus, Marion O'Leary, Andrea Lingenfelter, Danielle Siembieda , Stanford: Lynn Rothschild, Stuart Kendall, Jonathon Keats, Indrani Baruah
Lecture: Speaking at the Alpbach Technology Forun on August 23rd
Cinema: Best films of the 2000s
Cinema stills: Sion Sono, Tsui Hark, Kenji Mizoguchi, Paolo Sorrentino
Politics: Shooting down civilian planes
Essay: Tradition and Innovation
Poetry/Meditation: Apophenia
Book: A History of Silicon Valley - Almost a Third Edition
Politics: The art of inventing inexistent wars
Essay: Elitist Art, Unpopular Art and Popular Art
Book review: Ramachandran's "The Tell-Tale Brain"
Politics: How to discredit a revolution (Iraq)
Essay: The Universal Law of Happenstance
Politics: So you want to be a superpower? (China)
Event: Photos and videos of the first LAST Festival
Book review: Gilbert Ryle's "The Concept of Mind" (1949)
Politics: The West and Russia
Art: Chinese artists of the 2000s
Music: Angry at serial plagiarists
Events: Berkeley: Annapurna Pandey, Tania Lombrozo, Rachel Haurwitz, David Stork, Stanford: Stacey Bent, Soraya Murray, Danielle Tullman-Ercek, Kiri Rong
Art: A Visual History of the Visual Arts - Part 3
Travel: Madagascar
Politics: The Ukrainian crisis is three crises in one
Event: San Jose: The first LAST festival
History: A timeline of the automobile
Politics: Of museums and philanthropists
Science: Revised version of Nature of Consciousness
Music: 50,40,30,20,10 Years Ago in Music
Essay: Literacy and Superstition in the Age of the Internet
Poetry/Meditation: Apophenia
Essay: The Origin of the Copyright
Presentation: "Body: An Introduction" (California College of the Arts)
Poetry/Meditation: Half Moon Epigrams
Art video: "The Dancers at the Top"
Essay: The Fear of Loneliness
Presentation: Lecture on Silicon Valley and Creativity (UC Davis 2014)
Essay: The Shallow Culture of Busy Lives
LASER videos: Stanford physicist Patricia Burchat on "Dark Matter", Art curator Sharon Spain on art built from garbage, Kinetic artist Kal Spelletich, Ambient composer Robert Rich, Visual artist Shan Shan Sheng, Renetta Sitoy on Laetitia Sonami, Cognitive neuroscientist Lucia Jacobs on the evolution of the brain, Chaos scientist Jim Crutchfield
Cognitive Science: All the slides of my class "Thinking about Thought"
Politics: Job well done, Putin
Cognitive Science: Slides of my class "Thinking about Thought" (free download)
Essay: A Brief History of Loneliness
Politics: Why Putin is right again, and why he might lose again
Presentation: Class on Cognitive Science (Mind, Brain, A.I., etc)
Art video: "The Dancer at the Beach"
Essay: The Age of Marketing
Teaching: "Thinking About Thought"
Politics: The anti-immigration referendum in Switzerland
Art: W Robert Moore's 1938 Kodachromes
Music: Recommended classical recordings
Essay: A Defense of Inequality (The Age of Social Justice; the Generation of the Rule Enforcers)
Videos: Mark Applebaum (Stanford CCRMA), Kim Anno (California College of the Arts), Eric Paulos (UC Berkeley), Katherine Sherwood (UC Berkeley), Bernie Lubell (Kinetic Artist), Dave Deamer (UC Santa Cruz/ Biomolecular Engineering), Curt Frank (Stanford Univ), John Cumbers (SynBioBeta & NASA), Paula Birnbaum (USF Art History), Danielle Siembieda (Visual Artist and Curator), Kiri Rong (Curator)
Cinema stills: Ozu, Jean-Luc Godard and Glauber Rocha
History: A history of sound technology
Politics: Israel's promised land
Events: Berkeley: Bernie Lubell, Katherine Sherwood, Curt Frank, Eric Paulos , Stanford: Dave Deamer, Mark Applebaum, Margot Gerritsen, Kim Anno
Politics: Why Snowden and the Target hackers are important for society
Technology: A brief history of bionic humans
Essay: A Theory of the Evolution of Art from Prehistory to Abstraction
Essay: The Mind's Immune System
Rock music: Revised/expanded bios: DJ Hidden, Angelic Process, Sunroof, Burning Star Core, Daniel Higgs, Tarentel, Double Leopards, Daniel Higgs, Rosetta
Essay: A Cosmic Battle: Technology for Liberation vs Technology for Control
Rock music: Revised/expanded bios: Pelt, Wold , Venetian Snares , Make A Change Kill Yourself , White Hills, David Thomas Broughton, Half Makeshift, Shitmat, Baby Dee
Essay: The Price of Free Services
Politics: Saudi Arabia's dirty wars
Currents: The year 2013 in review
Politics: Iran's realists
Rock music: Revised/expanded bios: Yakuza, Hella, Oxbow, Oren Ambarchi, Blitzen Trapper, Colleen, Boredoms, Nadja, Frog Eyes, Earthless, Castanets , Me'Shell NdegeOcello
Poetry/Meditation: Towards a Theory of Ambiguity
Essay: A Brief History of Morality in the Post-Industrial Age
Art: Petre Velicu, Pavel Tchelitchew
Politics: The age of inequality
Essay: The Natural, the Unnatural and Life's Destiny
Music: Best rock musicians of 2013
Politics: The Coming World Order and the China-Saudi-Pakistan Alliance
Essay: What Creates Reality
Politics: Demystifying India
Travel: India, China, Tajikstan
Politics: The Chinese Dream
Art: Nek Chand's Rock Garden
Music: A selection of modern music
Politics: The Silent Judicial Revolution
Videos: Marcy Darnovsky (Center for Genetics and Society), David Salesin (Adobe), Chris McKay (NASA), Javier Ideami (Filmmaker) , Uwe Bergmann (Stanford Linear Accelerator), Ellen Fullman (Musician), Alison Gopnik (UC Berkeley Psychologist), David Stork (Rambus Labs)
Art: Tim Noble and Sue Webster
Essay: The End of Childhood
Art: JR
Videos: USF: Paul Skokowski (Stanford Philosopher), Tania Lombrozo (UC Berkeley Psychologist), Sita Bhaumik (Visual Artist)
Art: Daniel Arsham
History: "A Timeline of Iran"
Art: Tomoko Konoike
History: "A Timeline of the Turks"
Art: Leonardo Ulian
Essay: History of Advertising
Rock: Best albums of 2012 (finally!)
Essay: Post-neuroscience Religion
Art: Gyorgy Kepes
Book review: Roger Penrose's "The Road to Reality"
Album reviews: Bob Ostertag, Pharmakon, Roly Porter, Rangda, Seirom, Shackleton, Slaves, etc
Essay: The Psychology of Road Rage
LASER videos: visual artist Allison Holt, anthropologist Helene Mialet, kinetic artist Jennifer Parker, antarctic composer Cheryl Leonard, gamelan composer Wayne Vitale, nano artist Kate Nichols, choreographer Katharine Hawthorne, interactive kinetic artist Bernie Lubell, computer musician Sasha Leitman
Politics: Putin's Russia
Poetry/Meditation: "Our nameless moon..."
Politics: Has the Arab Spring failed?
Essay: Race and Gender in Cyberspace
Politics: Israel, Palestine and Truth
Politics: 400 and counting
History: "A Timeline of India/III"
Science: "The Transactional Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics"
Hiking: Best hikes of 2013
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