Retrospectacle: A Neuroscience Blog

Archives for March, 2007

Thinking Blogger Awards

A few days ago I was tagged by Perfectly Reasonable Deviations as a “Thinking Blogger” which apparently comes with a nifty picture and the responsibility to tag five more bloggers for the award. The tough part is *just* nominating five blogs, I think I could easily rattle off 25 which deserve the title of Thinking…

The podcast I did with Nick (Neurocontrarian) is up now, here. Just a warning, its silly, but check it out anyway. Thanks Nick!

It is not uncommon for a small population of exotic parrot species to flourish in a new niche in the United States. My old home in Sarasota, Florida had a large population of lories and Amazons which lived wild, making their homes in holes in palm trees in my neighborhood. Legend was that an tourist…

I’ve never really talked about religion on this blog before, at least not directly. But there’s trouble a-brewin’ at ScienceBlogs which has worked more than a few of our ranks into tizzies of knotted panties and carpal tunnel blogging. I figure this is as good a time as any to tackle the topic, since I’ve…

Emotions have been running high on this thread, and the comments piling up and becoming unmanageable. So, if you’d like to continue the discussion, please do it here.

The Music Genome Project

I have weird music tastes, which sometimes makes it hard to find new artists that really knock my socks off. I’ve often wondered why no one creates a musical “family tree” of related bands and music, and I’ve found some passable attempts, but none so useful as Pandora. The point of the website is to…

Would you rather have a completely happy life, or a meaningful life? And are the two mutually exclusive? The topics, as well as recent neuroscience research, is addressed in a fascinating podcast over at Governomics. The podcast is here, with the transcript here. As mentioned in the podcast, Aristotle had certain ideas of what ideal…

How I Will Die…..

It could be a LOT worse. You’ll die from a Heart Attack during Sex. Your a lover not a fighter but sadly, in the act of making love your heart will stop. But what a way to go. ‘How will you die?’ at QuizGalaxy.com As seen on Sorting Out Science.

Happy Pi Day! (3.14.07)

Like most nerdlets, the concept of pi has always fascinated me: a number, yet undefinable, infinite. Of course, there was also the supurb movie Pi by Aronofsky, which only furthered its cult status. So rejoice pi-lovers, for today is Pi Approximation Day. This day is also Einstein’s birthday and according to Wikipedia, is the day…

So Mike over at The Questionable Authority posted an excellent critique/synthesis/etc of the comment thread going on in the Obama vs. pedophile case, which I thought deserved its own post. Check it out.