World Wide Web: 10 Best Sites of the Week
Pro, Ash, The Independent (London, England)
America can sometimes seem to be more or less one vast road, its permanently car-bound citizens searching through the windscreen for something outside extraordinary enough to break up the turgid tedium of the turnpikes. Roadsideamerica.com has just such a collection of far-out monuments and wacky architecture, including the world's largest fireside chair, a huge shoe made out of lots of smaller shoes, and an upside-down building. Only in America, quite literally.
No less a lunatic than Salvador Dali was a friend and admirer of Robert Venosa, images of whose work are archived at venosa.com. As well as a substantial catalogue section featuring the man's previous work (highly spiritual interpretations of light and space), there's a good biography section containing some very moody shots of Venosa and Dali together at their retreat in Spain.
This is a very comprehensive and rewarding site, cataloguing both personal testimonies of, and reportings on, near-death experiences (or NDEs). As well as providing accounts from a wide range of people who have had a NDE (spiritual, atheist, even children's accounts are covered), there is also a science section offering some possible rational explanations for these decidedly irrational events. All in all, this site provides a usefully balanced view of an oft- dismissed phenomenon.
"MkzdK" apparently means "Consciousness is universal and fractal. The universe is fractal and conscious. The fractal is the means by which consciousness universalises." Pretty heavy stuff. Artist Stephen Miller hopes to realise this model by deploying Photoshop to create ethereal landscapes from patterns in nature and the art of ancient peoples, combined with cosmological conjecture.
In the search for Artificial Intelligence, one approach is to feed into a computer all the "common sense" basic knowledge that underpins human sentience. Such a search for Generic Artificial Consciousness (GAC) is going on at Mindpixel.com where you can ask and answer questions of a computer program, thereby assisting in the creation of an all-powerful machine intelligence that will one day control humanity. …