Neuron Culture

Archives for October, 2008

The good folks at Neuroanthropology drew my attention to a pair of videos showing how chimpanzees work together to corral, kill, and then eat colubus monkeys. Amazing stuff. The embedded video below shows a hunt from the rather chaotic point of view of cameramen chasing the chase at jungle-floor level. Impressive enough in itself: Even…

Somebody bought Einstein’s watch. Does this thing run fast, or slow? You have to love a guy who plays violin and sails. photo courtesy Antiquorum

In “The Gregarious Brain,” my NY Times Magazine story last year about Williams syndrome — in which a genetic accident causes an intriguing combination of cognitive deficits and hypersociability colored by a lack of social fear and (to some extent) savvy — I devoted some space to the “social brain” theory,” which holds that we…