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Archives for March, 2008

A Satisfied Customer

My talk last week at Carleton University in Ottawa went well–here’s an interview with the university’s magazine, and here’s a report from someone in the audience. More talks are coming up– Next week: The evolution of whales at Mote Marine Laboratory in Sarasota, Florida. Next month: Soul Made Flesh at the University of Denver. And…

The Mind of the Hyena

Hyenas are fascinating in many ways, such as the way female spotted hyenas are equipped with a penis of sorts (pdf). In tomorrow’s New York Times, I look at a new kind of fascination: hyena brains. Hyenas have a remarkably complex social life, and it appears to have altered the shape and size of their…

When one of the founders of cognitive neuroscience is helping you plumb the mysteries of consciousness, the self, free will, and the two minds that coexist in our skulls, it helps every now and then to touch your nose. To understand why touching your nose is such a profound experience, check out my talk today…