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He’s Just a Frackin’ Adolescent Ass

Way, way back in September of 2005, a Danish newspaper published some cartoons depicting Muslims and their prophet, and in response, thousands of Muslim extremists responded with varying degrees of threatened and actual violence. As you all know, this resulted in a storm of media coverage around the world, including pretty extensive coverage in the…

The War and Peace Phenomenon

Here’s a little tidbit from my personal life that I thought I’d share, because I find it pretty amusing. I’ve always ridden the bus to work, because as anyone who’s spent time on a college campus knows, it’s impossible to get good parking spots unless you show up at about 4 am. On the bus,…

Best Mirror Neuron Comment Ever

Hahahahaha!!! From the comment section to this post: HULK SEE MOVIE, HULK LIKE SMASH THINGS, HULK F5 NEURONS EXHIBIT ABOVE-BASELINE BOLD ACTIVITY.

This Kid Rocks!

If you’re a depressed liberal and need to read something uplifting and inspiring, check out this profile of Adam Bender (pictured below), a great little league catcher who happens to have only one leg. Be sure to watch the video! It’s really impressive. And then there’s this: He suffered a mild concussion on one collision…

Metaphysics with Computers

More fluff while I grade papers… While you’re giving me your puns (see below), you should also give me your best (slightly) pejorative and (hopefully) funny descriptions of cognitive psychology/science. The two best I’ve heard, both from the same attention researcher, are: “Cognitive psychology is just metaphysics with computers.” and “Cognitive psychology is a bunch…

Puns

I’ll get back to substantive posting in a bit, but as the semester wraps up, I wanted to ask for your help. Over the years, punning has become a more and more integral part of our lab meetings. It’s reached the point, in fact, that our P.I. can barely utter a single non-pun sentence, even…

Insignificant vs. Non-significant

Like 99.8% of the people in psychology departments, I hate teaching statistics, in large part because it’s boring as hell, for both the instructors and the students, but also because students have a hell of a time grasping it, and that makes for some really painful interactions. Part of the problem, I think, is that…

Encounters With Behaviorists

Recently, I saw a famous learning theorist — perhaps one of the two most influential learning theorists in the last 40 or so years; if ΔV = αβ(λ – ΣV) means anything to you, you’ll have narrowed it down to the two — give a talk at the behavioral neuroscience area’s weekly colloqium here. The…

Discussion of a paper titled “Respect and Religion,” by Simon Blackburn, is making its way through the blogosphere, and sparking some interesting discussion (particularly over at Crooked Timber, but this is a good read too). The key quote from Blackburn’s article is this: We can respect, in the minimal sense of tolerating, those who hold…

The Evolutionary Psychology Gene

Belief in Evolutionary Psychology May Be Hardwired, Study Says. (Cartoon from here. And yes, French was spoken in the EEA.) In related news, a new study has determined that “cognitive linguistics” is just a metaphor for the way the mind actually works.