Neurontic

Archives for January, 2007

Encephalon #15

I’m a day late to the party, but I wanted to draw your attention to the latest edition of Encephalon, which is being hosted by the folks at Sharp Brains. I was particularly intrigued by The Neurophilosopher’s review of Jonathan Moreno’s book Mind Wars, which apparently includes evidence that “the majority of psychological research carried…

Silly Science Sunday

This week in Silly Science: *Attractive young psychology professor is stunned to discover that “it sucks to be rejected based on how you look.” Three new studies spearheaded by University of Buffalo Assistant Professor Lora Park provide the “first known evidence that some people anxiously expect that they will be rejected by others because of…

The Future is Hands-on

I was so struck by Adam Penenberg’s recent article in Fast Company that I’m going to break my own rule and direct your attention to a totally non-brain related topic: The future of touch screens. I’m no technofetishist, but even I was blown away by the revolutionary touch screen technology being developed by NYU’s Jefferson…

Thanks to the herculean efforts of A Blog Around the Clock’s tireless Bora Zivkovic, the newly-minted Science Blogging Anthology, The Open Laboratory, is now available for purchase! Featuring 50 stellar science posts from 2006, The Open Laboratory’s contributors range from Carl Zimmer of The Loom and Jennifer Ouellette of Cocktail Party Physics to little ol’…

The Limits of Rational Thought

A couple of months ago a friend of mine recommended I pick up Richard Power’s new novel The Echo Maker. “It’s right up your alley,” he said, “It’s all about a man suffering from a bizarre brain condition.” I added it to my Amazon shopping cart within the hour. In The Echo Maker, Powers’ character…

(Information and statistics purloined from The Edge’s 2007 World Question ) Violence has declined precipitously over the course of recent human history, says Chris Anderson, curator of the TED Conference. According to the 2005 Human Security Report “the number of armed conflicts in the world [has] fallen by 40% in little over a decade,” as…