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Brain, Symmetry and Sleep

Hmm, I did not know this – apparently the left hemisphere of the human brain falls asleep first, and the right one a little bit later in most people. I wonder if that has any connection with the reason we tend to focus on the right side of the face when someone is talking to…

Have you hugged your horse today?

The other day, Kate wrote an interesting post about inter-species relationships, in particular the cases of inter-species adoption and parenting. In her post, she mentioned a paper that immediately drew my attention – Influence of various early human-foal interferences on subsequent human-foal relationship. by Henry S, Richard-Yris MA and Hausberger M. (Dev Psychobiol. 2006 Dec;48(8):712-8.).…

Waistland…

..that is adolescence. And the research on what adolescents find attractive. For a few years. Until they gain the gift of speech and hearing, look up, and find beauty in the mind. Unfortunately, some never do.

How to talk about Health Care

Rockridge Institute published a set of articles (and a video ad) that I found quite interesting about the way to frame health care. See for yourself: Introduction to Rockridge’s Health Care Campaign: Framing for Rockridge is about the honest expression of the progressive moral view based upon empathy and responsibility for oneself and others. It…

No Girrafes On Unicycles Beyond This Point

As last week’s Journal Club on PLoS ONE has been a success (and no, that does not mean it’s over – feel free to add your commentary there), we are introducing a new one this week! Members of the Potsdam Eye-Movement Group have now posted their comments and annotations on the article Parts, Wholes, and…

There is no Soul. Deal with it.

Galilei kicked us out of the Center of the Universe. Darwin kicked us off the Pinnacle of Creation Freud kicked the Soul out of our Brains. Few remain adherents of Geocentrism. The opponents of evolution are legion and very vocal (in this country, and a couple of Middle Eastern ones), but they have been defeated…

Unfortunately, due to the Murphy’s Law of conference dates, I will have to miss this fantastic meeting, because I will at the time be at another fantastic meeting, but if you can come, please do – registration will be open online in a few days. Autonomy, Singularity, Creativity The conference theme is about bringing scientists…

Train your Brain

Over the past several months, Alvaro of SharpBrains blog interviewed eleven neuroscientists on the topic of the ability to use various techniques to affect the way our brains function – brain training. He has now put together a collection of key quotes from the eleven interviews, each quote linking to the interview itself. Interesting reading…

It is certainly possible. Compared to some people I know, I am definitely not. I have read each of the books once (more than halfway through the 7th – so do not give me spoilers yet!) and I have seen each of the movies once. I enjoy them, but do nothing on top of it:…