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Immersive Languages
03/19/2019
It’s a misuse of terms to say that we have a natural language; languages are arbitrary and conventions of peoples by institution. – François Rabelais Constructed languages, or conlangs, are popular features of many science fiction and fantasy tales. Examples include Barsoomian (Edgar Rice Burrough’s John Carter series), Elvish and Khuzdul (Tolkien’s Lord of the … Continue reading "Immersive Languages"
Neuroscience, Mini Brains, and Your Health
03/14/2019
“All the best models are the ones that you can improve in complexity to get closer and closer to the reality.” The idea of a brain in a dish may sound like science fiction to some but scientists are becoming more and more adept at creating cortical organoids in the lab. The organoids are models … Continue reading "Neuroscience, Mini Brains, and Your Health"
Past, Present and Future
03/13/2019
For the La Jolla Symphony’s 2018/19 season, Music Director Steven Schick chose the title and theme of “Lineage.” Among other things this word suggests a continuum, an unbroken linkage between past, present and future, and this concept is central to both the season and the “Deep Roots” concert. The past is invoked by Anton Bruckner’s … Continue reading "Past, Present and Future"
Americans’ Views on Healthcare
03/13/2019
At the root, healthcare is a pocketbook issue. An increasing share of insured Americans report difficulty affording healthcare. Deductibles are rising – growing more than four times faster than wages – and causing worry, especially over unexpected medical bills that ripple families and their budgets. Drew Altman, President and CEO of the Henry J. Kaiser … Continue reading "Americans’ Views on Healthcare"
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