Neurotopia

Evil Monkey

Visiting professorships

Life has an interesting symmetry to it. No I’m not talking about bilateral symmetry or any Endless Forms Most Beautiful. I’ve just completed my orientation for a 1 year position at my undergraduate alma mater, where I’ll be replacing the person who got me into lab work. In fact this is being typed on his…

There’s a slick new online Sci Fi rag called Lightspeed. I like this one because they also publish nonfiction pieces that are relevant to their fiction stories. Ok I’m a bit biased because they asked me to write a nonfiction piece for them. In the same issue there was a story called Manumission by Tobias…

I’m putting this post under “education” because I define a new term at the end of it. Which, of course, qualifies it to be educational. By now you’ve probably picked up on the Sexiest Female Scientist list being passed around by some atheist guy, so I won’t bother to link to it and drive up…

Even kids in jr high can figure out that we’ve been spoon-fed some misconceptions of how scientists look and act. I wonder where they get these ideas from. Certainly not the media. They would never create caricatures of real people.

Zombies get philosophical

You may not think of our flesh-eating diseased brethren as being the thoughtful types. Maybe they are, maybe they aren’t. As Sci mentioned, I’m gonna be holed up in the Costco for a while so I got time to think about it. They’re the slow-moving-undead zombies, not those ultra-quick “infected” (I hate those creepy bastards).…

Chris Mooney- a man with his heart in the right place and absolutely no idea what do do after that. Don’t get me wrong, I like the guy. He’s a force for good when dissecting a scientific issue for the public. But Mooney has been trucking out this same “communication” bullshit for a few years…

I was thinking about the difficulties that women have defending their reproductive rights, and the constant intrusion from a predominantly white-male-run government has slowly eroded women’s ability to control what happens to their own bodies. Ok, ok, maybe birth control and abortion are all too radically new for a country that just allowed women to…

Then quit jerking around with Harry Reid and force him to pass meaningful health care reform with a public option included. The House would back it. Make the Senate get off their asses. It isn’t rocket surgery. /rant

You attended 5 classes of your Brain and Behavior course out of an 8 week summer session that meets daily, and stop going after the first exam. Which you failed. Repeating the exact same pattern from the previous semester when you were in my class. And then…. your MOM shows up at my class to…

Interview of yours truly

Looks like I got cornered by Ava over at Paw Talk for an interview. Go check it out. We talked about animal intelligence, modeling diseases using animals, and my stupid cat’s antics. Good times!