Neurotopia

Archives for August, 2008

….by releasing them from a mink farm. This is what happens when you set animals free without regard to the consequences. Now whether you think raising and killing animals for their fur is immoral or not, it takes a special kind of mind to cogitate that an appropriate solution is to spontaneously decrease the mink…

First real day of class

I signed up to teach 3 courses at the community college this fall; Human Biology and 2 sections of a Basic Concepts in Biology course. The latter is “remedial” biology, designed to catch up people with little or no biology experience so that when they take Intro biology, they’re all on the same level. We…

Lots of attention has been paid to the capacity of great apes to use objects as tools. Well, here we have an example of a chimpanzee at the Honolulu Zoo using a toad as a “marital aide”. I feel bad for the poor toad, it certainly doesn’t deserve to be treated like an object. There’s…

Getting in over my head

So when does trying to advance one’s career become a Bad Idea? How about when you’re trying to recover from a nightmare postdoc so you take a part-time lab job while you regroup, then apply to a few teaching spots only to find out that you’re only missing one qualification– more teaching experience– else you’d…