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Dr Alistair Brown | Associate lecturer in English Literature; researching video games and literature

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Through exploring the psychopathology of Capgras syndrome, in which a patient mistakes a loved one for an imposter, The Echo Maker offers a sustained meditation on the ways in which we project our own problems onto other people. As a reflection on the mysteries of consciousness, the novel offers some interesting if not especially new insights into the fuzzy boundaries between scientific and literary interpretations of the mind. Read more

God's Bananas

Monday, April 02, 2007

I just had to share this, because watching it bleary-eyed first thing this morning, I was unable to fathom whether these guys were serious, or glorious April fool's day jokers (with that ambiguity, I hope you appreciate the pun in the title!).

Of course, if they were genuine Creationists, did they notice the irony that the handy tab at the top, and the circular design, adapt it equally well to the hands and mouths of apes? Or that the friendly, curved and edible banana is actually a sterile mutant version of inedible, wild varieties of the fruit? Or that the majority of the world's bananas are pollinated by bats, and not eaten by man? Wonderful!

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