The Corpus Callosum

Archives for October, 2007

Vindication

When I was in junior high, I used to do this.  I don’t know why.  Probably I was bored with something that is inherently boring.  It does not spice things up very much.  But some spice is better than none. This article shows 15 idiosyncratic ways to ties one’s shoelaces.  I did not do all…

Flickr Pic(kr) 4

This is a storm over Chaco Canyon.  Photo by swirling miasma, on Flickr.  It shows an effective use of a wide-angle lens.  

Perpetual Zoom Illusion

This one is good for several seconds of enjoyment. Source: Mighty Optical Illusions.

One of the first things I wrote about on Corpus Callosum was the tense and ambivalent relationship the current Administration has with the scientific community.   Note that the ambivalence is one-sided: it occurs entirely on the side of the Administration.  The scientific community is decided univalent on the subject.   Now, the Center for…

Despots and Money

Sometimes we hear the allegation that the war in Iraq is about oil.  That is only an approximation of the truth.  Really, it is about money.  Oil at this point is merely a proxy for money. Certain corporations that are in Iraq stand to make a fortune regardless of whether the oil ever is exploited.…

Brain Links

BMC Psychiatry, an open-access journal, has an article on Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD): Altered oscillatory brain dynamics after repeated traumatic stress.  This is yet another indication that PTSD has an enduring physiological basis.   The insula, as a site of multimodal convergence, could play a key role in understanding the pathophysiology of PTSD, possibly accounting…

The End of Propaganda?

The FCC is doing something unusual.  Instead of acting like footsoldiers for corporate America, they are imposing fines on a broadcaster for pushing State-paid propaganda.   FCC Pushes Ahead with ‘No Child Left Behind’ Fines Sonshine, Sinclair Broadcast Group Fined for Airing The Right Side with Armstrong Williams, America’s Black Forum, Respectively By John Eggerton…

Sell ScienceBlogs To Microsoft?

Steve Ballmer tells reporters that Microsoft will buy 20 companies a year for the next 5 years, paying “between 50 or 100 million to a couple hundred million each.”  He also gave his email address, for anyone to use if they have something to sell. So, I went out to my garage to see if…

Quick Update on Peak Oil

Traditionally, the oil industry has tried to paint a rosy picture when it comes to Peak Oil.  That is changing, according to industry insiders: New findings on peak oil timing and impacts to be presented at Houston Conference by: OilOnline Tuesday, October 16, 2007 SPO-USA World Oil Conference, Oct. 17-20, in Houston, Texas. HOUSTON, TX…

The Treatment for Adolescents with Depression Study (TADS) is a major NIH-sponsored study of the treatment of adolescents with depression, in which fluoxetine-only, cognitive-behavioral therapy only, combination treatment, and placebo are compared.  The study is expected to generate a number of papers.  One was published a few days ago in the Archives of General Psychiatry.…