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As I mentioned in a previous thread, I’m responsible for inviting three speakers to the 2008 Neuroscience Spring Symposium. Its an incredible opportunity to meet scientists from around the US, and I’ve already had the pleasure of being turned down by both Daniel Dennett and Steven Pinker. However, one person whom I’m most excited to…

Like most scientists and nerds, the innovative and often science-fictiony work of Stanley Kubrick holds a spot of honor in my heart. However, the man himself was an sometimes seen as an enigma, a very private person. Jamie Stuart, cyber-friend and fellow admirirer of all things Kubrick, gave me the heads up to an exclusive…

RIP Kurt Vonnegut

Kurt Vonnegut, long-time smoker author of “Slaughterhouse Five” and “Cats Cradle,” died last night of brain injuries he suffered weeks ago during a fall. He was 84. “I will say anything to be funny, often in the most horrible situations,” Vonnegut, whose watery, heavy-lidded eyes and unruly hair made him seem to be in existential…

Of Pinker and Pandas…………

How did I ever miss Steven Pinker getting wasted with Dr. Steve Steve? C’mon people, you’re suppost to tell me about these things! Should I include a question for him regarding his favorite brew? I KNOW I’m going to have to ask him about his membership in the esteemed Luxuriant Flowing Hair Club For Scientists.…

How to Get Steven Pinker to Say Yes?

Every spring, the University of Michigan Neuroscience program has a symposium with invited speakers, usually eminent people in the field who have been influential in some regard. This year one of the speakers we’ve settled on is linguist/philosopher/famous guy Steven Pinker, and I’ve been charged with inviting him. Or, more likely begging him to come.…

I suppose he was 87, and had been looking 87 for the past 20 years. But still. He did one-armed push-ups on stage. At the Oscars.

This morning I received a one-in-a-million phone call from a friend: “Shelley, you’re going to hate me if you don’t get this. Your one and only love of your life is at Angelo’s right now.” Now, Angelo’s is a little cafe across the street from my lab. But, could it be? Could my one true…

Mel Plays the Martyr Once Again

Poor alcoholic Mel! I haven’t been able to find the police report from his fateful drunken driving incident, but I did find a humorous one that I’m sure is almost as crazy as the real thing! Some highlights? After attempting to flee the scene, Gibson shouted that “Jews are responsible for all the wars in…

So, my esteemed ScienceBloggers Grrrscientist and PZ Myers have weighed in on Stephen Hawking’s recent comments regarding the state of the planet and what we’re suppost to do about it. To paraphrase, he believes that humans should be actively cultivating colonies on the Moon or beyond, in the increasingly likely event that something disastous happens…