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In this post: the large version of the Brain & Behavior and Technology channel photos, comments from readers, and the best posts of the week.


Technology. From Flickr, by mugley


Brain & Behavior. From Flickr, by woodleywonderworks

Reader comments of the week:

In Lunch with Heather Perry, Neurophilosophy interviews a woman who underwent a voluntary trepanation—that is, she had a hole drilled in her head. Heather cites one of her reasons for undergoing the procedure as wanting “more mental energy and clarity.”

Reader Ian isn’t exactly compelled by that:

I think people need trepanation like they need a hole in their head….

Over on Sciencewomen, Alice asks How much should the president know about the Internet? The Republican presidential candidate recently told the New York Times that he doesn’t use email (nor does he see the need to), and is just now learning his way around online.

Reader decrepitoldfool thinks this is unacceptable

sorry; you can’t wrestle with information-age issues using steam-age technology. This is much more fundamental than what TV shows a person has watched, or if they know the current price of a gallon of milk.

How can you assess education policy if you’re thinking (but have learned not to say) “Well damn it, blackboards and chalk were good enough in my day!”? How to grasp the timeframe in which 300 companies around the world will snap up a bid request, if you have not shed the temporal assumptions of phone calls and envelopes with letters in them? I could go on but that’s my take.

Posted by: decrepitoldfool |

Some other Brain & Behavior posts we thought were cool this week were:

Our brains react differently to artificial vs human intelligence

When the color of your vehicle can mean life or death

The sound of dots moving: A new form of synaesthesia

Morality and Distractions

Global Warming is happening too slowly

And from the Technology channel:

Can Americans Cope With European Toilets?

Brief Interviews With Hideous Men

Does Your Browser History Reveal Your Gender

Rocket Science: Still Hard

Industrial Strength Art

Look for highlights from other channels coming up!