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Archives for February, 2007

The Early Years

Note: this post involves a very small amount of self-disclosure.  That is a bit unusual. My father is also a psychiatrist.  He told me once about his education in psychopharmacology.  A guy got up to lecture, identified himself as the “drug doctor,” and gave a lecture on psychopharmacology.  In fact, he gave a series of…

Prolactin and Multiple Sclerosis

Scientific American makes note of a new finding regarding multiple sclerosis, first reported in The Journal of Neuroscience.   One of the big shifts in our understanding of brain structure and function, over the past decade or so, has been our improved understanding of the process of neurogenesis in adults.  It is more more common…

Should Have Gotten…

From UChiBLOGo: It’ a nice car, but wouldn’t you rather have a Subaru?

The Mind and Evolution

There is a whole field of evolutionary psychology.  Let me get this out of the way: I remain skeptical of the entire endeavor, even though there is now a Center for Evolutionary Psychology. But when it makes it into the mass media, it deserves some comment.  The LA Times reported a few days ago on…

ScienceBlogs Select

I know that the SB site can be overwhelming; there is a lot here, and it can take a lot of time to go through it all.  Now, for those of you who like to use feeds, e.g. Google Reader, you can get a “Select” view of what might be the best posts.  The method…

Looking For Good News

Sometimes I go to sites such as Yes! or Ode, looking for a positive spin on current events.  Another is the McClatchy site, where they have an entire section devoted to good news. But then, there is this: U.S. economy leaving record numbers in severe poverty By Tony Pugh McClatchy Newspapers Thu, Feb. 22, 2007

Ideological Reasoning

I won’t rehash the distinction between faith-based and reality-based reasoning, figuring that most blog readers — at least the progressive ones — know the meaning and context. However, I would like to make one point.  Reasoning that is not reality-based can come in different flavors; not all are linking specifically to faith.  Some are linked…

Selection of Antidepressants, Pt. 4

Joltvolta (great name, by the way), asked a good question after I posted part 3. When you say proceed methodically, employ good data collection, etc. How does the individual do that for themselves? If they don’t have the availability to see a specialist multiple times a week, or even in a month, what options do…

Desktop Coolness

I am still trying to figure out what this means: “Available under the GPL Licence and in exclusivity for Mandriva Linux, Metisse differs from a classic 3D desktop …”  Usually you don’t see the terms “GPL” and “exclusivity” in the same sentence.  Anyway, Mandriva appears to be on the verge of some innovative ways of…

An Oldie

I am taking my time with the next big post, and happen to be on call, so I’m not getting enough sleep this week.  I know this is old, but it still amuses me.