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Archives for October, 2006

Sunday’s Silly Science Roundup

This just in from the great minds at the University of Central Florida: Laws of physics, math debunk Hollywood portrayals of ghosts, vampires. Using Isaac Newton’s Laws of Motion, [UCF researchers] demonstrated that ghosts would not be able to walk and pass through walls [and] basic math disproves the legend of humans turning into vampires…

The Art of Empathy

The Frontal Cortex has an interesting post about a recent study conducted by psychologists at the University of Toronto on the effects of reading fiction. (Full disclosure here: I haven’t read the entire study, which was published in the October issue of The Journal of Research in Personality. I just can’t bring myself to fork…

‘Trip’ for your health

Those who read “Psychedelic Pharmacology” may be interested to learn that Dr. Erika Dyck, a medical professor at the University of Alberta, is trumpeting the benefits of using LSD as a treatment for alcoholism. After surveying past research, Dyck found there was ample evidence to support the idea that “tripping” helps addicts achieve the level…

Musings

I find myself strangely obsessed with tracking the constant shuffle of Google Ads on the site lately. I worry a bit when Neurontic is papered with advertisements for suicide prevention hotlines, bargain-basement antidepressants, and therapy directories, as is the case when I spend too much time talking about depression treatments. I laugh when one posting…

Repliee: Live in the “flesh”

A quick note to let all interested parties know that Repliee Q1expo, the latest thing in android science, is on display at this week’s WIRED NEXTFEST in Manhattan. If anyone out there has time for a fieldtrip, Neurontic would love to hear your impressions. Preliminary reports suggest that she’s uncanny when sitting still, but bears…