Pure Pedantry

Archives for January, 2008

Enzyte exec admits they were lying

Color me unsurprised. You have no doubt seen the commercials for the herbal penis-enlarging supplement Enzyte. They feature a guy with a weird smile and his grinning wife. The pills themselves come in suspiciously medicinal-looking packaging. (With a picture of a race car on the package, you begin to wonder who their target market is…)…

If you are in the NY area, you might want to consider coming to this talk that is being organized by Kate. The title is “DISCUSSION ON THE ROLES OF EMERGING MEDIA OUTLETS IN COMMUNICATING SCIENCE.” It is taking place tomorrow (Thursday) at 7 pm in the Mt. Sinai East Building Seminar Room. (The East…

When Readers Comment (1/30/08)

My Friday rant about intellectuals triggered lots of interesting comments, both positive and negative. Treb: I know it was a “rant”, but, wow, is it ever funny to hear someone rant that they are open-minded and someone else is not. Sounds like a high school column about trying to be cool. caynazzo: I think many…

I took the Jeopardy contestant search exam online last night on a whim, and quite frankly it kicked my ass. Did anyone else take it?

I was distressed to read this at Wired because usually I feel like they are more on top of things. This is by Thomas Hayden: Even worse, those same cortexes that invented science can’t really embrace it. Science describes the world with numbers (ratio of circumference to diameter: pi) and abstractions (particles! waves! particles!). But…

Does online match-making really work?

The NYTimes has an article today about the “science” of online match-making. I put that in quotes because there really isn’t any clear evidence about whether it works either way.

Intellectuals, I have had it with your crap. I have had it with your Laputan thinking and your Utopian fantasies. I have had it with the assumption that people who do not instantaneously agree with you are somehow mentally deficient. I have had it with being lectured by people who know nothing of the subject…

This review by Luiz Pessoa in Nature Neuroscience Reviews has to be the most intelligent things I have read in a long time. He argues that the notion that cognition and emotion are separable modules — a notion that permeates the popular impression of the brain in our society (and more than a few scientific…

It’s True.

Here I am. Just when I thought I was out, they pulled me back in. Honestly, I’m happy to be back in the blogosphere. The world is chock-full of great reproduction, sex, and parental research, and I’m thrilled to have a forum in which to talk about it. Jake was very sweet to take me…

I am pleased to announce that Pure Pedantry is being joined by another wonderful, erudite and articulate co-blogger: Kate Seip. Kate formerly ran a blog called Anterior Commissure that many of you have probably read. She is a PhD student at Rutgers, and she also co-organizes the Science Communication Consortium — a speaking and lecture…