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Archives for November, 2011

Friday Cephalopod: Kobayashi Maru

Somebody thought they could stump the squid by giving it a background it could never imitate — but look! It wins the unwinnable scenario by going transparent! There’s more on cephalopod camouflage at the BBC. (Also on FtB)

And now for something completely different

Or is it? I’ve just been introduced to the work of Tim Wise, and it’s fabulous stuff: all about how we view race through the distorting lenses of denial and privilege and class. He’s a terrific speaker, I guarantee you that it’s worth your time to take an hour and listen to this lecture. Oh,…

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Happy Carl Sagan Day!

It’s his birthday. If you were hoping to celebrate by making an apple pie from scratch, as is customary, I hope you remembered to start your universe preheating well ahead of time. It takes over 13 billion years, you know. If you forgot, that’s OK. Watch him on youtube or read one of his books,…

Fall has fallen

I’m afraid it’s mostly over: the trees around me are mostly skeletal, and we’ve just got boring piles of dead brown leaves on our lawn. But you can browse through photographic travelogue of Autumn in the US, at least, and pretend you got out to see the fall colors. (Also on FtB)

Kitties experience pain and suffering, which turns out to be a theological problem. If a god introduced pain and death into the world because wicked ol’ Eve was disobedient, why is god punishing innocent animals? It seems like a bit of a rotten move to afflict the obedient along with the disobedient — shouldn’t god…

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It’s another update on the bloggin’ students in my Neuroscience course, and what they’ve been thinking about. dorsal neural tube and mirror neurons ESP Asymmetry and genes and coffee Mind reading software MS and aneurysms Cell migration and the amygdala Delamination and more synesthesia Sleep Oxytocin Cocaine and cupcakes Rev. Frost will write something soon…

Awwww…

See? Sometimes cute things can cheer me up. Oooh, and I wanna give you all the souls you want, you adorable little slime-beast. (Also on FtB)

Anti-caturday post

There is actually a cat in this video. Notice, though, that it only appears briefly in the beginning, looks bored, and apathetically wanders off screen. Why? Because the rest of the video features something far more exciting and bizarre than a mere cat: it’s all about zombie fish, their brains infected with trematode parasites. The…