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Call for NeuroDataViz!

Daniel Margulies of the NeuroBureau, an open neuroscience community, shared this opportunity: The Brain-Art Competition 2011 Submission Deadline: 11:59PM CDT, Sunday, June 5th, 2011 Award Notification: June 28th, 9PM at the Cirque du Cerveau Gala (OHBM Annual Meeting), Musée National des Beaux-Arts du Québec. In order to recognize the beauty and creativity of artistic renderings…

Stop torturing me, MIT!

Now this is just cruel: yesterday the Cambridge Science Festival kicked off – a week of science, sciart, sci-journalism and sci-education activities at MIT, Harvard, the Museum of Science, and surrounds. Am I going to be hanging out all day with my fellow-geeks in the sun (which finally came out a few days ago, right…

“Reasoning was not designed to pursue the truth. Reasoning was designed by evolution to help us win arguments.” – Jonathan Haidt, “The New Science of Morality”, invoking the work of H. Mercier and D. Sperber. (the whole talk is really interesting).

Artists who invent (and patent)

I’ve been remiss in not recommending my temporary Scienceblogs scibling “Art and Science Learning” to those of you who are, like me, interested in the sciart intersection. However, I have to say I am not 100% behind its latest (and quite popular post), by Robert Root-Bernstein. It starts, Most people are at a loss to…

Wow – my post about unhappy bio grad students is getting massive traffic. (Hi SlashDotters and StumbleUpon-ers!) Mike the Mad Biologist, my original inspiration, has responded here and here to all the buzz. I pretty much said everything I wanted to say in the original post, and I don’t pretend to have an explanation or…

NIDA acts out addiction

The federal government, including NIH, isn’t exactly seen as a hotbed of artsy drama types. (“Faceless gray mega-bureaucracy” might be a more typical descriptor.) So I was tickled to learn that the National Institute on Drug Abuse is framing a series of continuing medical education (CME) courses about addiction around dramatic readings of Eugene O’Neill’s…

I guess it’s not surprising, my dopamine is rising And my glutamate receptors are all shot I’d surely be bemoaning all the extra serotonin But my judgement is impaired and my confidence is not Allosteric modulation No Long Term Potentiation Hastens my inebriation Give me a beer. . . Physiology professors, I trust you know…

 The Cyclotrope from tim Wheatley on Vimeo. The cyclotrope is a cycle of 18 images that is spun at a certain speed so that the frame rate of the camera filming it gives the illusion of animation. A humble suggestion to high school art/science/media teachers: if your curriculum is not already too constrained by…

Psychologist Robert Kurzban’s new book promises to explain Why Everyone (Else) Is a Hypocrite. It’s a bold promise, and I was skeptical when first invited to review it. But Kurzban delivered – hilariously, entertainingly so. Although since I agree with almost everything he writes, I may not be the most objective of critics. (FYI: this…

How to make a brain freeze cocktail

Caption for non-PhDs: aren’t these