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Archives for October, 2006

NoteI get a lot of questions in email about linguistic relativity, or the influence of language on thought. So instead of writing something new, I thought I’d repost two posts I wrote on the topic back on the old blog. Here’s the first, originally posted on August 10, 2005. The second will be up tomorrow…

Italian Soccer Players Rock

This is just funny. In case you don’t remember, in this year’s World Cup finals, French star Zinedine Zidane, who was playing in his last World Cup game, headbutted Italian defender Marco Materazzi in extra time. He was promptly red carded, and thus removed from the game. There was a lot of speculation about what…

200,000

Sometime yesterday, the 200,000th unique visitor dropped by Mixing Memory (combining the old and new incarnations). That’s a hell of a lot of people. Hopefuly, somebody got something out of it. Thanks for visiting everyone. As always, if you have any comments, suggestions, or requests, feel free to email them to me.

Pinker v. Lakoff

George Lakoff has published two new political books, Whose Freedom?: The Battle Over America’s Most Important Idea, and Thinking Points: Communicating Our American Values and Vision, as follow ups to his Moral Politics and Don’t Think of an Elephant. I haven’t read either of the new books (my New Year’s resolution this year was to…

Links to Stuff

OK, time for a few links. First up, there’s a very good new blog by cognitive anthropologists called Alpha Psy. I disagreed pretty strongly with some of the points in their post on terror management theory, but overall I’ve really enjoyed the blog so far. I strongly recommend the post on majority rule, “Long Live…

Over at the Experimental Philosophy blog, Joshua Knobe has a post about a series of experiments that he has run with Jesse Prinz on people’s intuitions about consciousness, and he includes a link to a draft of the paper they’re writing on the experiments. The experiments were motivated by two hypotheses. The first says that…

The Nietzsche Family Circus

Is it wrong that I like this? I’d like to see the Nietzschean Dilbert, too. And I had to include a second one, because this is one of my favorite quotes from Zarathustra:

Auditory Mirror Neurons

Of all the mirror neurons discovered in monkeys, auditory mirror neurons may be the coolest. These cells respond when a monkey performs an action, and when that monkey hears the sounds of that action being performed by another. Until recently, there was limited evidence of a corresponding auditory mirror neuron system in humans. In one…

Blogging and Education

We interrupt this weekend of mirror neurons (I know, I’m slow getting the posts out — the weekend may extend into the week) to bring you this public service announcement. Well, not so much an announcement as a begging for advice and discussion. Since I started writing about cognitive science almost exclusively on this blog,…