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Archives for February, 2007

A Futile Crusade

I’ve been holding off on commenting about the anti-religion campaign being spearheaded by Richard Dawkins and Daniel Dennett for a number of reasons. But I find myself growing increasingly frustrated with it and I finally feel compelled to put in my two cents.

Silly Science Sunday

There are two kinds of silly science, folks. There’s good silly science, exemplified this week by three high school kids who got together and decided the best way to fulfill their AP Psychology requirement was to rejigger a Britney Spears’ video so it looked like she was singing a ballad about the occipital lobe. And…

Dear Neurontic

Recently I discovered that my therapist is taking an anti-depressant for depression. I also suffer from chronic depression and understand that, if properly treated, depression doesn’t jeopardize the ability to do one’s job. (I, for one, am successful despite my condition.) But since my discovery, I am more reluctant to trust his judgment. Is this…

Dispatches

*Scientists inaugurate new mental health condition so vague it applies to everyone over the age of 12, Dysphoric Social Attention Consumption Deficit Anxiety Disorder. The hallmarks of the condition include “worrying about life, feeling tense, restless, or fatigued, being concerned about their weight, noticing signs of aging, feeling stress at work, home, or finding activities…

Syndrome X

My last semester at NYU, I had the opportunity to take a class with Steven Johnson. Just to set the record straight for those of you who’ve only encountered his name on Gawker, Johnson was a fabulous teacher and looks nothing at all like Steve Buscemi. (Having always had kind of a thing for Buscemi,…

Visual Acuity

I’m a big fan of YouTube. Any medium that facilitates the sharing of my favorite commercials (see Burger King Chicken Fries and Citreon C4 Transformer) and allows me to watch Michel Gondry solve a Rubik’s Cube with his feet is OK by me. That said, it’s rare to stumble on a YouTube offering that meets…