October 11th, 2007

Term "zombie" in study of consciousness

There's a term I came across while reading a book about the study of human consciousness that I need to be able to reference in a paper for school. The term is "zombie," so you can imagine how much luck I had with that one, even using Google's advanced search tool. It refers to the "autopilot" part of the human mind, and is the part of the mind that does all kinds of automatic things we learned and now do without focusing our consciousness on it (like riding a bike, driving a car, typing, that sort of thing. We don't think about how to do them while we do them, we just do them.)

Any help would be appreciated.

EDIT: Thanks!

weird unofficial holidays

I'm looking for humorous internet holidays, things like International Talk Like A Pirate Day. I checked Wikipedia under unofficial holiday, unofficial observance, and geek holiday, but different people might have heard of different ones. Any suggestions would be appreciated.
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Iraq teens

Blah, this is getting annoying! I'm trying to figure out what life is like for the average teenage boy, 16-17, in Iraq, present day. Specifically, I'd like to know how their school systems are, how long they're in class, how classes work, and what they do after school. I need to know which days are school days, and if kids have to have a job, what sort of jobs there are.

I know this is sort of broad, but even a site that might help would be great.


I've googled "schools in Iraq" "teen life in Iraq" "Life for young people in Iraq" "high school in Iraq" and "young males in Iraq".

Nothing has been helpful so far! Thanks for any help you can give.


ETA: I'm sorry if I wasn't very clear, but I'm specifically looking for life in general. I included questions about school assuming some sort of schooling was occurring, but for the most part I'm looking for the typical life of a 16 to 17 year old boy. What does he do for fun? How much time does he have to do what he wants?

Thank you for the info about the school days, though, to everyone that commented!
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