I randomly found this video while looking for Egyptian music and fell in love with it. It was made back in 2014 by Nina Paley, the writer and animator behind Sita Sings the Blues, and the song is “Spider Suite” by the Duke of Uke and his Novelty Orchestra.

I hope you all enjoyed and were creeped out by it, because now I can’t get the song out of my head.

In other news:

Here is an interesting article about why the brain hallucinates:

We don’t always perceive the world as we see—or hear—it. In an experiment devised at Yale University in the 1890s, for example, researchers repeatedly showed volunteers an image paired with a tone. When the scientists stopped playing the tone, participants still “heard” it when the image appeared. A similar auditory hallucination occurs in daily life: when you think you hear your cellphone ring or buzz, only to find it’s turned off. “People come to expect the sound so much that the brain hears it for them,” says Albert Powers, a psychiatrist at Yale University and an author of the new study.

These examples suggest hallucinations arise when the brain gives more weight to its expectations and beliefs about the world than to the sensory evidence it receives, says study author and Yale psychiatrist Philip Corlett. To test that idea, he, Powers, and colleagues decided to apply a version of the 1890s experiment to four different groups: healthy people, people with psychosis who don’t hear voices, people with schizophrenia (a subtype of psychosis) who do, and people—such as self-described psychics—who regularly hear voices but don’t find them disturbing.

And here is a really good article about how a need to feel special is what drives conspiracy theorists:

“An intriguing feature in the rhetoric of people who believe in conspiracy theories is that to justify their beliefs, they frequently refer to secret or difficult-to-get information they would have found,” explained Anthony Lantian of Grenoble Alps University, a researcher involved in one of the studies.

“This fascination for what is hidden, emerging from conspiracy narratives, led us to the concept of need for uniqueness,” he added. “It is a fundamental motivation that drives people to feel unique and different. People with high need for uniqueness actively search for things (e.g., material possessions, clothing, bodily modifications, ideas, etc.) that could highlight their difference. In this sense, thinking to know things that others are not supposed to know (e.g., information about the situations explained by the conspiracy theories) is a way to demonstrate uniqueness.”

Have a nice Friday!