The Frontal Cortex

Archives for April, 2008

Taking Notes

Sorry for the light posting – I’ve been flitting about, spending way too much time in airports. (My carbon footprint is a constant source of guilt.) I’ve recently spent a lot of time hanging around various universities, which always reminds me of just how good undergraduates have it. They manage to live a purely intellectual…

A History of Objectivity

I’ve been remiss in not linking to Benjamin Cohen’s incredibly interesting series of posts on scientific objectivity. The mere fact that objectivity *has* a history is revealing. It’s more typical that the timeless, ahuman connotation of “objectivity” renders it the precise sort of thing that does not change throughout history. Subjectivity certainly does, since people…

Head Cases

There’s no shortage of books on neurological patients with brain injuries, but Head Cases, the new book by Michael Paul Mason, is one of my recent favorites. (See here for the Times review.) Mason brings a unique perspective to the tragic tales, as he’s not a neurologist or a neuroscientist. Instead, he’s a brain injury…