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Test your internet router’s vulnerability to a UPnP exploit

On This Week in Tech episode 391 the panel mentioned a security vulnerability in some internet routers having to do with UPnP (Universal Plug n Play).

To see if you are vulnerable go to the link below.  If you think that this account was hacked and I am not David Morrison, then you can type into your browser and click on "Services" in the site navigation menu.  Then click on Shields Up!  Read the disclaimer and then click proceed.

You'll see a big button in the middle of the page that says, "GRC's Instant UPnP Exposure Test.

If you still don't trust me, then you are free to go about your business.

Reading about internet security makes me paranoid.

GRC | ShieldsUP! — Internet Vulnerability Profiling
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Is your mind the puppeteer that is controlling your body?

Is your mind the puppeteer that is controlling your body? What is it that causes you to act?

At Stewart Goetz quotes the neuroscientist Wilder Penfield,

"'When I have caused a conscious patient to move his hand by applying an electrode to the motor cortex of one hemisphere, I have often asked him about it. Invariably his response was: ‘I didn’t do that. You did.’"

“There is no place in the cerebral cortex where electrical stimulation will cause a patient . . . to decide”. This is consistent with my point that choices are undetermined events with a teleological explanation. In light of his work as a neuroscientist, Penfield concludes the following: “For my own part, after years of striving to explain the mind on the basis of brain-action alone, I have come to the conclusion that it is simpler (and far easier and logical) if one adopts the hypothesis that our being does consist of two fundamental elements.”'

I disagree wtih Goetz and Penfield. I think the intellectually responsible position to take is to continue to conduct research. We can't reproduce the act of deciding by applying an electrode to the motor cortex of one hemisphere. Maybe because that is not where decisions are made. I think the evidence we have gathered so far about how the brain works is at best inconclusive. We are only beginning to learn how the brain works.

Our current brain imaging technology is still relatively rudimentary.

The Human Connectome Project is still working on mapping all of the connections in a human brain. Even when it is complete it will only tell us about the geometric structure of the brain at a very detailed level. The connectome will be a static map. To understand the brain completely will require a way to observe the connectome in action, to trace all of the neurotransmitters and nerve pulses in real time. We still have a long way to go.

Here is a progress report:


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God and Mind/Body Dualism | Reasonable Faith
God and Mind/Body Dualism | Reasonable Faith