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Archives for February, 2010

Evolution Messed Up?

James Gunn, the director for the movie Slither, seems to be enthralled by creepy crawly things.  He also has a blog-like website, on which he posted Evolution Fucked Your Shit Up: The World’s 50 Freakiest Animals. (HT: Interesting Pile.) The creature pictured above, by the way, is an ajolote.  The term ajolote can refer to…

Zen and the Art of Dracaena Growing

Sometimes I see sad-looking plants on clearance, buy them, and try to heal them.  This activity provides me with a gratification that is similar to that which comes from healing sad-looking people, but without the tribulations that occur if it does not work as well as we had hoped. I even have some of these…

Proposed Diagnostic Criteria Revisions

The American Psychiatric Association has gone public with the details of their proposed revisions to their Diagnostic and Statistical Manual.  As expected, most of this is bland and not worthy of attention from the general public.  Unfortunately, as Benedict Carey points out, the book often is used for purposes other than those for which it…

Objective diagnosis is in some ways the holy grail of medicine.  It has been maddeningly elusive in psychiatry.  Now comes a paper in which the authors suggest that they may have found this treasure. The paper details a method of using magnetoencephalography to assess human brain function.  They claim that, in a select population, it…