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David Dobbs

What glitters in the net today

I’m ‘posed to be writing, really writing (insert argument over what’s really writing in comments), but hit so many juicy bits in my morning read today I wanted to share. Here’s my eclectic mix for the day: A great rompy scary post from @susanorlean on how her book bounced around many publishers and editors. Keith…

Research Digest blog, the highly useful and content-rich site that tracks all things psych, just opened its “The Bloggers Behind the Blogs,” series, which will run ten interviews with bloggers of mind and brain. It’s with a nice interview of Jesse Bering, of Bering in Mind. It’s a dandy line-up (of which I’m happy to…

John Hawks, in his paleodreams. I mean that in the best way. John Hawks bumps into a prescient estimate of the total gene number in humans: While doing some other research, I ran across a remarkable short paper by James Spuhler, “On the number of genes in man,” printed in Science in 1948. We’ve been…

  Jonah Lehrer has a nice post elaborating on his Barnes & Noble review of Clay Shirky’s Cognitive Surplus. Like me, Lehrer finds alluring and valuable Shirky’s central point, which is that the net is harnessing in constructive form a lot of time and energy that we appear to have been wasting watching TV. Yet…

One path to the Nobel

At the age of 21, as a Moeid, I believed that behind every universal phenomenon there must be beauty and simplicity in its description via nobelprize.org Ahmed Zewail, who won a 1999 Nobel for his work chemistry, wrote a quite charming memoir for the Nobel site. Posted via web from David Dobbs’s Somatic Marker

Fungus amongus & other gleanings

    Fungis Danicis, a lovely collection at the beautiful Bibliodyysey Mind Hacks offers a reminder (we can’t get too many) that expressions of distress vary across culture and history. Separately he considers an interesting study showing that Tylenol reduces the pain of social rejection. Neurophilosophy has a post listing several fine New Neuroblogs NeuroDojo ponders…

Last week’s spat between Nicholas Carr and Steven Pinker generated a lot of attention — and, happily, delivered a couple of the more lucid framings yet of the debate over whether digital culture makes us shallow, as Carr argues in his new book, or simply represents yet another sometimes-distracting element that we can learn to deal with, as…

Ozzy Osbourne, preparing to grasp the meaning of his genome. There’s been much attention lately to the failure of genomics advances to create many medical advances. From rock’n’roll comes  hope. THE mystery of why Ozzy Osbourne is still alive after decades of drug and alcohol abuse may finally be solved. The 61-year-old former Black Sabbath…

The New York Review goes bloggy

A still from Visconti’s The Leopard, via NYRB This is not new, but seems to me overlooked (and underlinked) in the blogosphere: The New York Review of Books — a long, longtime favorite of mine — has a blog stable that offers a nice variety of goodies. The current line-up gives a sense of the range: a piece on…

    A clever fellow named Eric Fischer tapped Flickr geotag data to map where locals and tourists take photos in major cities. Above — the wiggly Thames declares it instantly to lovers of this city — is London, where I’m moving (for a time, anyway) in just a few weeks. Blue denotes photos taken…