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Let’s raise a glass to Alex

Tonight, I’m holding my own private Irish wake for Alex, the extraordinary parrot. (Pass the Bushmill’s, folks. This is going to be a tearjerker.) Alex, an African Gray parrot, whose linguistic prowess put many-a-kindergartner to shame, is dead at the tender age of 31 of unknown causes. (In case you haven’t been studying up on…

My gut response after reading this question was: Well, duh–obviously, summer is more conducive to happiness. I mean, you can make a good case for the virtues of spring and fall, but they’re really less seasons than they are opening acts. And apart from Christmas and skiing, winter doesn’t have a whole lot to recommend…

I thought Neurontic readers might be interested in this profile I recently did of Radio Lab Host Jad Abumrad. If you don’t know about WNYC’s cult “science” show yet, you should take the time to listen to it. Why? Because as Jad says: “The people who listen to Radio Lab like that feeling of thinking…

SILLY SCIENCE THURSDAY

Late Breaking News *Orangutans Communicate As If They Were Playing Charades Hmmm, so let me get this straight. It looks like he’s saying: “Give me a banana.” But what he’s really saying is: “It’s Boogie Nights, you f%$#ing moron.” Okay, got it. *Also, you’ll be thrilled to know that researchers at the University of Austin…

“We saw that the group with high level of leisure activities presented 38% less risk of developing Alzheimer’s symptoms.” Dr. Yaakov Stern, Professor of Clinical Neuropsychology, at the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University, New York. Read this interview with Dr. Stern on Sharp Brains, to learn more about building up your “cognitive…

This week I think we could all use a brief reprieve from me and my opinions, so I’m running a review of Phillip Zimbardo’s book The Lucifer Effect, written by the wickedly smart (and just plain wicked) writer Carey Bertolet. Bio Kid-friendly version: Carey Bertolet is an avid reader because she enjoys challenging concepts and…

Domestic Goddesses

Having been raised in California – birthplace of est, vegan bacon, and aerobics – I grew up thinking of life less as an “adventure” than as a relentless self-improvement campaign. Oh, don’t get me wrong, I got more than my fair share of personal affirmation at home, but no matter how special my parents insisted…

New SciBling: Neurophilosophy

Check out the latest edition of Encephalon at Neurophilosophy and note his new home! Welcome to the fold, Mo. We’re happy to have you.

Baby Love

I’m a firm believer in the idea that the world can be broken up into two kinds of people: Those who purchase motivational posters festooned with baby animals and those who laugh at them. I’ve always placed myself firmly in the latter category. Does this make me a misanthropic killjoy? Maybe. But I’m willing to…

Bora tagged me–and, as we all know, saying no to Bora means courting bad karma. So, we’re gonna play a game. I will tell you 8 things about myself likely better left unsaid (see below) and then I will tag 8 other people and try to persuade them to do the same. Why? It’s about…