Posted in Blog Archive

Posted by abeodbart July 31, 2009 at 5:35 pm

Stendhal syndrome, Stendhal’s syndrome, Hyperkulturemia, or Florence syndrome, is a psychosomatic illness that causes rapid heartbeat, dizziness,confusion and even hallucinations when an individual is exposed to art, usually when the art is particularly beautiful or a large amount of art is in a single place. The term can also be used to describe a similar reaction to a surfeit of choice in other circumstances, e.g. when confronted with immense beauty in the natural world.

Wikipedia (Via Best of wikipedia <<great site)


Posted in Derren Brown News

Posted by Derren Brown News July 31, 2009 at 4:53 pm

Kyle is 16 years old and comes from Hyde, Cheshire. He is living with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia (ALL).
Rays of Sunshine granted his greatest wish to meet Derren Brown and go to see his Enigma Show.

Rays of Sunshine


Posted in Blog Archive

Posted by abeodbart July 31, 2009 at 10:21 am

UK hacker Gary McKinnon has lost his latest High Court bid to avoid extradition to the United States. US authorities want to try the 43-year-old, from Wood Green, north London, for breaking into US military and Nasa computers in 2001 and 2002. Mr McKinnon admits hacking, but denies it was malicious or that he caused damage costing $800,000.(yeh right! – PD)

He had challenged refusals by the home secretary and director of public prosecutions to try him in the UK. Glasgow-born Mr McKinnon had asked the court to rule on whether the CPS was right to say he could not be prosecuted in the UK, and and also whether his Asperger’s Syndrome meant he could not be extradited to the US.

He faces up to 70 years in prison if convicted in the US of what prosecutors have called “the biggest military computer hack of all time”. Ahead of the decision, his mother, Janis Sharp, told BBC Radio 4′s Today programme they were “fighting for Gary’s life”.In total, Mr McKinnon accessed 97 government computers belonging to organisations including the US Navy and Nasa.

He has always insisted he was looking for classified documents on UFOs which he believed the US authorities had suppressed. In February the Crown Prosecution Service refused to bring charges against Mr McKinnon in the UK. The decision followed a ruling last October by then Home Secretary Jacqui Smith to allow his extradition.

Mr McKinnon has already appealed unsuccessfully to the House of Lords and the European Court of Human Rights and his latest judicial reviews in the High Court are likely to be his last chance. His lawyers say the authorities have not given proper consideration to his Asperger’s Syndrome, which could have “disastrous consequences,” including suicide, if he was to be extradited. They argued he was “eccentric” rather than malicious and should be tried on lesser charges in the UK to protect his mental health.



Posted in Derren Brown News

Posted by Derren Brown News July 31, 2009 at 9:07 am


An amusing website, stick your photo in, pick the effect and download.
No sign up necessary. Enjoy :)



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Posted by abeodbart July 31, 2009 at 9:06 am

The Neurocritic has a fascinating summary of a recent paper investigating different types of memory in marathon runners. Why marathoners? Because completing a 26.2 mile race is an insanely arduous exercise, and leads to the massive release of stress hormones such as cortisol. Here are the scientists:

Indeed, cortisol levels recorded 30 min after completion of a marathon rival those reported in military training and interrogation, rape victims being treated acutely, severe burn injury patients, and first-time parachute jumpers.

Full article at The Frontal Cortex a great blog by Jonah Lehrer who is a contributing editor at Wired and who wrote the rather fascinating Proust was a Neuroscientist and  How We Decide – go check them out.


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