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NYTimes Science section, why do you make me so mad? Gretchen Reynolds published an article in the Times on cognitive improvements associated with exercise, and I would like to use it to make a point about how science journalism often gets the facts right but the interpretation wrong. It begins with the following incorrect statement:…

There are no “social” neurons!

Grrrr. Tell me if this article bugs you as much as it does me: Social Dementia’ Decimates Special Neurons By Michael Balter Being human has its pluses and minuses. Our cognitive powers are superior to that of other animals, and we can act consciously to alter our destinies. On the other hand, our highly evolved…