Mixing Memory

Archives for April, 2007

Fair Use

In case you haven’t heard about it already, fellow ScienceBlogger and neuroblogger Shelley has been threatened by lawyers for using images from a journal article in her blog posts. Now, I do this all the time (check two posts back), because the whole point of posting about research is so that people who probably aren’t…

Framing the Great Atheist Schism

As Trinifar says, we’re witnessing a great atheist schism. While there are actually several different types of atheists participating (I wonder if we’re just playing into the hands of anti-atheist rhetoric by pretending we are, or should be, a homogenous group), the tendency is to classify the participants into one of two groups. I’m not…

Have you ever read about a study, perhaps on this blog even, and thought to yourself, “Well those results are interesting in the lab, but they have absolutely no implications for life outside of the lab?” I remember quite clearly thinking exactly that when I was told about the name-letter effect several years ago. The…

Below is the text of a post I wrote for the old blog back in March of ’06. I’m putting it here now because, given the discussion of the new atheist-suffragist analogy, I think it will provide some much needed perspective. In the article below, you will see just what the women’s rights movement was…

You’re No Suffragist

This is the way it always works. I quit the nouveau atheist blogs cold turkey, and their nonsense starts popping up elsewhere so that I can’t escape it. That’s how I learned that some of them are now comparing their movement to the suffragists. The comparison seems to have been first made by Larry Moron…

The Science of Goalkeeping

OK, this research is pretty silly, and quite frankly, I can’t imagine what compelled the researchers to undertake it, but because it has to do with something I love, soccer, I feel compelled to blog about it. There this short report in the March issue of Psychological Science that I just got around to reading…

I have to admit that I’ve been avoiding the “framing science” discussion that’s been going on in the science blogosphere recently, mostly because I’d rather talk about what framing is and how it works than two author’s rather vague ideas about how to use framing in a particular area of discourse. And because the Science…

In the recent dust up over “framing science,” there’s been more hand waving than any actual discussion of, you know, framing. However, I was struck by one point that fellow ScienceBlogger Matt Nisbet, one of the authors of the Science article that sparked this whole mess, made in comments to my post on the discussion.…

What the…?!

I recently made my third attempt at Finnegan’s Wake, and as with the first two, failed miserably. At some point I’m going to decide, once and for all, that I will never be able to read that God forsaken book. It helps that I heard this the other day (via The Valve). I figure if…

Congrats to Richard

Everyone should stop by and tell Richard of Philosophy, etcetera congratulations. He was accepted by pretty much every top analytical philosophy program in the U.S., and after a whirlwind tour of the states, has chosen Princeton. Richard’s was one of the first blogs I read (and I think he was one of the first to…