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I’m Sorry, But This Is All I Can Say

Oh Dear God! See the The Neurocritic, or Thomas at BRAINETHICS, or better still, look away and pretend this never happened.

Miscellaneous Stuff

First, Seed is hosting a 500,000th Comment Contest, with a trip to “the greatest science city in the world,” which you can vote on here. So be sure to vote and then comment a lot, preferably here at Mixing Memory. Second, via Advances in the History of Psychology, I learned of an article in Teaching…

Mirror Neurons, Animacy, and Gesture

So mirror neurons have been back in the news recently, as the result of a paper in the July 2007 issue of PLoS one titled, “Do you see what I mean? Corticospinal excitability during observation of culture-specific gestures”(1). Sounds interesting in a geeky sort of way, right? The paper starts with the observation that At…

I usually avoid linking to the continental philosophy blogs that I read because I’m well aware of the attitudes towards “pomo” stuff among many of the readers of this blog, but this post at Larval Subjects (a blog by a Deleuze scholar who, if I’m not mistaken, also practices some form of Lacanian psychoanalysis) got…

The Cognitive Psychology of Scrabble?

I kid you not: Halpern, D.F., & Wai, J. (2007). The world of competitive Scrabble: Novice and expert differences in visuospatial and verbal vbilities. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Applied, 13(2), 79-94. Competitive Scrabble players spend a mean of 4.5 hr a week memorizing words from the official Scrabble dictionary. When asked if they learn word…

More Little League Pics

From the proud papa. First, the league’s best right fielder: He hasn’t let a ball past him all year. Granted, no balls have been hit to him this year, but that’s neither here nor there. Next up, at the plate. Notice the bent knees, with the elbow up. That’s pretty good form for a beginner…

The Blues in Russian

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The story of research on linguistic relativity can be summarized thusly: early cognitive scientists, inspired by the work of Edward Sapir and Benjamin Whorf, were all-too eager to find that thought is influenced, if not determined, by language (either by its grammatical categories, ala Whorf, or by the words we use). Their enthusiasm caused them…

Implicit Racial Bias in NBA Referees

Even though study after study has shown that implicit race bias is pretty much ubiquitous in American society, I’m still occasionally surprised when a study comes out demonstrating it in an area I hadn’t previously thought about. That was the case when a friend emailed me a New York Times article on a study of…

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…