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Fall

As seen in the White Mountains of New Hampshire this weekend: If you want to read a wonderful book about this expansive Northern Forest, read this one by our very own David Dobbs.

Mutants

Sorry for the absence. I was giving a talk in NYC, where I had the pleasure of meeting PZ, Chris Mooney and Lisa Randall. (I was talking about how Walt Whitman anticipated the neuroscience of today.) I also had the pleasure of spending time with my beautiful new niece (aka my sister’s Mexican hairless):

Breakfast is Bad For You

Is nothing sacred? I’m starting to wonder if nutrionists are the scientific version of fashion designers, and make sure to contradict their claims every few years or so, just to stay cutting edge. Anyways, I like breakfast. Noting gets me going like a nice bowl of sugary Cinnamon Life. Whatever you do, don’t skip breakfast.…

9/11

I have had the tragic privilege of living in New York during 9/11 and London during 7/7. The two events are, of course, incomparable, if only because the falling skyscrapers puncutated our lives without warning. I still vividly remember the first night of 9/11, when the stench of melted plastic seeped uptown, and the thousands…

Watch The Wire

Bill Simmons is right: I’d put Season 1 of “The Wire” against anything. The first three seasons of “The Sopranos.” Seasons 1 or 2 of “24.” The first seasons of “NYPD Blue,” “ER” or “Miami Vice.” You name it. I have never seen a show like it. Season 2 wasn’t as good (if Season 1…

Everybody Cheats

It was the final exam of my freshman year. I was taking Intro to Psych, and I had just pulled an all-nighter. After a few minutes, I began to notice some odd paper shuffling off to my left. The kid next to me was carelessly using a small cheat sheet, dense with definitions written in…

Vacation

I’ll be on vacation for the next ten days, and probably won’t have much time to blog. In the meantime, I thought I’d leave everyone with a few random quotes. Even though these jingles have embedded themselves in my brain, I don’t really pretend to understand any of them. Your thoughts, as always, are much…

On My Bookshelf

There are books, but also sleepy birds:

Scienceblogs is abuzz with discussion over the difficulty of melding family life and an academic career in science. Having worked for several years as a tech in an ambitious neuroscience lab, I’m amazed that post-docs even contemplate a family life. Most post-docs and grad-students I knew worked 60 hours a week (or more) for piss-poor…

Prions and Future Epidemics

Considering that I’ve eaten my fair share of British beef (I lived in England for a few years, and had a soft spot for the hamburgers at my local gastropub), this study was not welcome news. Here is the NY Times nut graf: The long lives that some former cannibals enjoy before succumbing to a…