Cognitive Daily

Archives for August, 2007

Last week we asked our readers about where they got their news. I haven’t watched local news for years, and I was wondering if anyone else in the blogosphere did. As several respondents pointed out, our results aren’t going to be exactly a cross-section of society at large, but it may be useful to see…

When Greta and I were married, we had to go through a series of interviews with the pastor. For the most part, these were benign, but there was a bit of a moment of tension when he asked these questions: Pastor: Who’s more intelligent? Greta and Dave: We’re the same. [So far, so good] Pastor:…

Apropos of the Chess/AI discussion that’s going on on the front page of ScienceBlogs today (and here at CogDaily), I noticed this little gem in a book I’m currently reading for a review (Sandra and Michael Blakeslee’s The Body Has a Mind of Its Own): Meaning is rooted in agency (the ability to act and…

We can recognize the faces of our friends very quickly from just a snapshot. Within 150 milliseconds of being flashed a photo, brain signals respond differently to photos containing animals than photos with no animals. We can categorize scenes as “beach,” “forest,” or “city” when they are flashed for even shorter periods. But we also…

When I was in school, teachers often implored us to not put off studying to the last minute. Sometimes they even suggested that we spread out our studying over a period of weeks. But who has time for that? Most of us just studied the night before the test — with varying results, of course.…

The blogosphere is abuzz with reports about a new initiative by commercial scholarly publishers to discredit the open access movement. Prism describes itself as an organization to “protect the quality of scientific research”, which it hopes to do by opposing policies “that threaten to introduce undue government intervention in science and scholarly publishing.” What policies…

It’s been a decade since world chess champion Garry Kasparov was first defeated by a computer. Since then, even after humans retooled their games to match computers, computers have managed draws against the world’s greatest players. It seems only a matter of time before computers will win every time — if humans are willing to…

The other day I got a phone call from a marketing research firm. I’m a sucker for these things, so I agreed to answer the questions, even though the caller said it might take up to 20 minutes. CALLER: Can you tell me which local news shows you watch on TV from 5 a.m. to…

Bloggers for Peer-Reviewed Research Reporting has announced a contest to design an icon to identify serious blog posts discussing peer-reviewed research. Anyone will be able to use the icon on their blog posts whenever the post is a serious commentary about a paper published in a peer-reviewed journal, and not just a link to a…