Monday, April 18, 2011

A Monocle for Leibowitz

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Subject: CVNet - Frontiers Special Topic: "Binocular rivalry: a gateway to consciousness"
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Frontiers Special Topic: “Binocular rivalry: a gateway to consciousness”

We are pleased to announce an upcoming Special Issue on Binocular Rivalry and related Multistable Perceptual Phenomena in “Frontiers in Human Neuroscience”, for which we are now accepting submissions.

Hosting Journal: Frontiers in Human Neuroscience
Topic Title: Binocular rivalry: a gateway to consciousness

Description: Brain-mind problems like consciousness have been stimulating the interest of philosophers and scientists since the ancient times. In the last decades, the dramatic development of neuroscience has allowed studying such phenomena at several different levels – from single neurons to behavior. Binocular rivalry, a paradigm dissociating the sensory input from the conscious perception during dichoptic viewing of incongruent images, has been a celebrated example of such a tool. During the last century, empirical research on binocular rivalry contributed the first important insights into the neuronal mechanisms of subjective visual perception. Recent advances in brain imaging and electrophysiological recording/stimulating techniques as well as novel theoretical concepts and analytical methods could be exploited to expand our knowledge on this fascinating phenomenon of visual perception and elucidate the neural processes underlying visual consciousness. This special topic aims to bring together contributions that could expand the current frontiers of knowledge in binocular rivalry. In particular we would like to focus on reviews, hypothesis & theory or original research articles that specifically combine novel concepts, analytical tools and neurophysiological techniques with binocular rivalry. We expect that these contributions will a) integrate the vast knowledge already existing in the field b) formulate and, when possible, address questions under the light of recent methodological advances in neuroscience and c) provide a benchmark that will stimulate future cutting edge research.

Submissions of articles on related topics such as multi-stable perception and other families of interocular suppression phenomena are also welcome and will be considered with equal weight.

I have nothing to say on binocular rivalry that's not already on the Intertuber, so here's an artist's impression of trinocular trivalry instead.

Due to "rivalry" not rhyming with "chivalry", I am unable to provide the Special Issue with a rude limerick. My submission will deal with the little-known history of Renaissance experiments in 3D movies, and will involve a certain amount of Explaining Voice.

One factor for the commercial failure of the trials was the absence of red and green lenses, due to anaglyph magic-lantern displays not being invented until 1858. Not everyone was prepared to undergo injections into the eyeballs to dye one green and the other red.

Instead, the images for the left and right eyes were screened side-by-side.

Early experiments with stereoscopes to help fuse the two images were promising. Before the mirror apparatus could be brought down to a reasonable size, however, the research was terminated when Brother Bartholomew fell downstairs during a loss-of-depth-perception episode.

The history of Renaissance animated movies has already been documented in a series of Riddled publications. The technology never really took off. Partly this was because the directors were forced by funding constraints to farm the work out to multiple studios to ensure buy-in from all the monasteries, and monks at each scriptorium had different graphic styles, which didn't always mesh when the gels were assembled. The other problem was that they could not help themselves from adorning each image with extraneous foliage, illuminated capitals in gold leaf and whelk purple, and random devils running riot in the margins, pooping and farting sulphur on account of being unable to distinguish between scatology and eschatology.


tigris said...

I have Steiner 7x50s with a compass.

Substance McGravitas said...

Binocular rivalry

I rate for left. FOOLS RATE FOR RIGHT!

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

...and random devils running riot in the margins, pooping and farting sulphur on account of being unable to distinguish between scatology and eschatology.

I, meself, have trouble distinguishing between Eschaton and Saskatchewan.

Smut Clyde said...

New title!!

Big Bad Bald Bastard said...

Brain-mind problems like consciousness

I solve this problem by drinking heavily.

Substance McGravitas said...

New title!!


Jennifer said...

Needs more nuthatch...

ckc (not kc) said... roof needs some nuthatch

ckc (not kc) said...

(...if Brother Bartholomew had made it to the two-holer, the results would have been even more unfortunate... in 3D!)

wv diablerr - and yet I've never diabled

mikey said...

Those three weird doods with the heads and scales and umbilical cord are highly disturbing.

I shan't be back until there's a new post.

Meanwhile, W/V wants to make money off that Sheen dude: adwining