Information as substrate
In a recent article (“Enriched with
information,” SN: 3/10/12, p. 22), you
point out that some researchers consider consciousness to be a form of
information. In another (“Bits of reality,” SN: 4/7/12, p. 26), you mention that
increasing numbers of physicists are
coming to regard information as the
basic “stuff” from which our universe
is made. Information as the substrate
of consciousness, information as the
substrate of the material universe. An
interesting connection, to say the least.
Ed Subitzky, New York, N. Y.
Still learning from Science News
Although it took me (as usual) three
hours to digest your complete array of
articles in the April 21 issue, I wouldn’t
miss that brain stimulation for anything in the world. It’s a little like a
mini–college course. You certainly
know how to get a 75-year-old to pay
attention, stay mentally alert and feel
40 years old again. Congratulations and
thanks for another superb job done.
Keep it up.
Pete Grumbach, Clearlake Oaks, Calif.
One cough cured
I read your April 21 issue with special
interest in Laura Beil’s “Throat therapy” article (SN: 4/21/12, p. 22). However, one “cough cause” was left out
that most doctors miss. A very important one. I had a chronic cough that
steadily worsened to the point that I
was unable to sleep without medicine. I
casually mentioned the problem to my
cardiologist and he immediately said,
“You take Altace, an ACE inhibitor, I’ll
bet that is the problem.” My general
practitioner agreed that it’s a common
problem. I promptly stopped my Altace
(generic ramipril) and in three days my
problem was totally gone. I now take
another high blood pressure medicine
that works well in its place.
Don Todd, via e-mail
Dark side of statins
While I can respect statins for the
miracles they seem to produce in the
health of others, I didn’t see the dark
side of these drugs mentioned in the
article (“Another side to statins,” SN:
5/5/12, p. 30). Six weeks into statin
therapy I was awakened multiple
times every night with intensely sharp
cramps in my thighs, calves and feet.
Another statin was tried, with worse
results. True, few patients suffer such
extreme and painful effects from
statins, but for those of us who do,
they are anything but miracle drugs. It
seems as though statins can cure, or at
least treat, a host of horrible maladies,
but I would like to see an article examining the other side of this wonderful
P.J. Neuschwanger, Platteville, Colo.
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