The Computer Between My Ears and other random science writing


Getting it right by getting it wrong
A look at how our understanding of senses can be improved by considering a re-reading of information theory. It's some of the same ideas from What Is Context For?, but applied to sense data instead of communication.
What is Context For?
A discussion of why "syntax" isn't what people say it is, and why this causes problems for linguists. Published in the March 2005 issue of the Journal of Logic, Language and Information. TOC
Figure and Ground
Why you shouldn't believe genetic milleniarists. (A pdf version.) (A short version.) Some random notes from a talk on the subject (given at the University of Rhode Island) are here.
How DNA makes stuff
A simple explanation of some details of DNA transcription.