March 29, 2004

The mind

The reason that no computer program can ever be a mind is simply that a computer program is only syntactical, and minds are more than syntactical. Minds are semantical, in the sense that they have more than a formal structure, they have a content.

John Searle
--Minds, Brains and Science

Posted at 09:18 AM

March 11, 2004

Fargo, ND

Visiting Fargo, North Dakota

Out of morbid curiosity I decided to ask whats there to do in Fargo. The number 1 attraction is the Mall!

Posted at 11:38 AM

March 08, 2004

Knee stuff

The main areas you can injure in your knee are the ligaments and cartilages. The common types of meniscal (cartilage) tears are:

bucket handle
anterior horn
posterior horn

If you've injured a ligament then you're unlikely to continue your task. A meniscal injury is more forgiving. One test for determining the meniscal tear is the McMurray test. This test results in a "click" or "pop" during the process. This confirms a meniscal tear. Another symptom is that your knee may lock (you can't extend the leg fully). The downside of performing a McMurray test is that this might result in an effusion (blood filling a cavity and thus causing pain).

For further analysis the doctor will perform an MRI to determine the nature of the tear. Then the doctor will consider an arthoscopy to remove the torn cartilage and remove the symptoms.

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Posted at 01:57 PM
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