Neurophilosophy

Archives for December, 2007

Clothes for atheists

A Product of Evolution is an online store which “provide[s] intelligent designs for free thinking truth seekers.” The products, which include mens and women’s T-shirts, sweatshirts, hoodies, and mugs, are “inspired by…the natural beauty of evolution, science, truth and free inquiry.” On the right is one of the garments sold at the store. The cotton…

Online neuroscience encyclopaedia

I’ve just found this Encyclopaedia of Computational Neuroscience on Scholarpedia. Each entry is written by an expert in the field, and is very comprehensive. The project seems to have been started only recently, as many of the entries I’ve looked at are still empty. Although still incomplete, this is already a fantastic resource that’s well…

Weekend photo

The mosque of Muhammed Ali, with its slender and elegant twin minarets, is one of Cairo’s most prominent landmarks. It is visible in the two photographs of Cairo that I’ve already posted. Muhammed Ali was appointed as the Ottoman Viceroy of Egypt in 1805, by the Sublime Porte. He commissioned this mosque, which was built…

Neuron publishes online readers’ comments

The editors of the journal Neuron are now publishing readers’ comments on the journal’s website. Comments can be made online for any paper published in the journal, including all of those in the online back archive. Neuron is owned by Elsevier, and the decision to publish online readers’ comments is an interesting one. This is…

Animal experiments? No Sir

Professor Colin Blakemore (right), a neuroscientist at the University of Oxford who was formerly chief executive of the Medical Research Council (MRC), has been denied a knighthood “because of his outspoken support for animal research.” This is not the first time Blakemore has been overlooked in the annual honours list, and the fact that the…

Naughty Gloria

In this wonderful passage from King Solomon’s Ring, Konrad Lorenz, who, together with Nikolaas Tinbergen and Karl von Frisch founded the science of ethology, describes some of the behaviours of his pet capuchin monkey Gloria: She occupied a large, roomy cage in my study. When I was at home and able to look after her,…

Google Earth image of Moses parting the Red Sea

God’s Eye View, which depicts four biblical events as if captured by Google Earth, is the work of The Glue Society, a collective of writers, designers and art/ film directors based in Sydney, Australia. Says Glue Society member James Dive: We like to disorientate audiences a little with all our work. And with this piece…

Encephalon 38

Ed Yong has posted the 38th edition of Encephalon at Not Exactly Rocket Science. The carnival will return in a month, and the next host will be announced in due course.

Portraits of cannibals

Photograph courtesy of the Exploratorium  Jonah Lehrer* points out an exhibition of Paul Ekman‘s photographs at the Exploratorium in San Francisco. Ekman is a psychologist at UCSF who has spent time in Papua New Guinea studying the facial expressions of the people there, to try and determine whether or not such expressions are universal, as…

Weekend photo

Another view from the minaret.