Neuron Culture

Archives for February, 2009

A while back I tossed up some of Callie Shell’s photos of Obama, and the post turned out to be one of the more popular here at Neuron Culture. Recently Soulcatcher Studios, the site that is running an expanded version of that slide show, has a portfolio of the lovely, strange, and arresting 1928 master…

I drove up to Montreal yesterday, and amid visits with anthropologist and Somatosphere founder Eugene Raikhel, anthropologist Allan Young, and Suparna Choudhury, talked about (among other things) the emerging new area of study they’re calling “critical neuroscience.” What the heck is critical neuroscience? Well, one definition calls it the attempt to assess and inform neuroscientific…

Road trip, or In a hurry to see the city

Came down from Vermont (home) to Boston yesterday for a 3-day vaca with the 4 and 7 year-old. Much-anticipated trip, everyone eager to escape the snow and same four walls and indulge some big-city excitement (like science museums). The 7-year-old started a travel diary in a little 1.5×3-inch notebook. His first entry, written in the…

A roundup of wonderful stuff I won’t get to. Then again, many of these need no help: “Come tomorrow and sort this hell hole out. Dinner and drinks, 4 p.m. Bring wine and caviar only.”. Woman emails party invitations while asleep. Hat tip: BoingBoing Obviously, the drug and medical device industry is not looking forward…

The Amygdaloids at the 92d Y, 4/3/08. Music starts at about 3m. LeDoux’s the guitarist who is NOT singing. (Maybe it scares him?) A few months back I gave a heads-up that NYU neuroscientist Joe LeDoux and his band, t the Amygdaloids, were playing in NYC. Well, the virus has spread! At Rock-It Science, March…

In a wonderful post at Mind Hacks, Vaughn, writing on “The myth of the concentration oasis” makes an argument that rather challenges my resistance to it: The ‘modern technology is hurting our brain’ argument is widespread but it seems so short-sighted. It’s based on the idea that before digital communication technology came along, people spent…

Oh man. This is good. Via Kottke, who has other mixes as well. Soviet Army dance ensemble + Run DMC = the invention of breakdancing in the mid-1900s.

Cute deconstructivism meets cute YouTube

Dangerous concept; successful execution: From the mediea team at Small Mammal, a cute video story that deconstructs a cute YouTube video to look at the science of cuteness. Somebody run tell Liz Spikol!

Seriously. The Times and many more have the scoop. From the Times: For decades, space experts have warned of orbits around the planet growing so crowded that two satellites might one day slam into one another, producing swarms of treacherous debris. It happened Tuesday. My favorite hed is Knight Science Tracker’s: Smithereens spreading fast.

Despite the rain on my window, it’s a fine day indeed, with many wonderful celebrations of Darwin’s 200th ringing throughout the blogoshere. Most of these, naturally, focus on Darwin’s theory of evolution and its many implications and reverberations. I much admire that theory. But what I find most fascinating about Darwin is not his theory…