The Scientific Indian

Archives for March, 2007

Robert Sapolsky on Religion

Read the transcript of a speech Sapolsky gave on biology and religion [via PZ] The audio of the speech is here. In the last 30 years we’ve seen a whole new psychiatric disorder, of people whose rituals take over and destroy their lives. OCD: Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. These are people who don’t merely find themselves…

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Ethno-tourism

Voyeurismo by Roger Sandall. A long and highly readable essay that discusses Ethno-tourism and gives a close inspection of The Naked Tourist (a book, fortunately). [via Arts & Letters Daily] You’ve spent 10,000 years getting there. It’s not pretty but it’s yours–the swamp, the forest, the tree house where you live. Bigger and stronger tribes…

Morning Coffee

Does morning coffee fix help? Beebs chimes in with some coffee research news. I drink coffee in the early morning and it appears to nudge my brain to its proper place. “Really?”, you ask, “Your brain moves in the night? Where to?”. I suspect it moves down the body. There’s some circumstantial evidence. On the…

English Weather

This is a true story. It happened a few minutes ago. It happened when I watched. 8 :30 AM. Dark outside. Clouds looming overhead. Windy. 8:31 AM. It rains like a few hundred canine pranksters pissing over the house. 8:32 AM. The rain stops as abruptly as it started. 8:33 AM. Sunshine. Crisp day. Rain?…

Living in the Future

Bruce Sterling gives a rundown from Serbia. “Serbia may be the world’s single-greatest locale for a professional futurist. Awful things happen there faster than awful things happen anywhere else. The Balkans is a tragic region that denied stark reality, broke its economy, started multiple unnecessary wars, and basically finger-pointed and squabbled its way into a…

Lunar Eclipse pictures

Taken by yours truly using his wobbly hands and a Sony DSC H2 camera from the backyard between 8 PM and 10:30 PM. I thought I’d see a reddish hue as noted here. It was better. It was blue. A pebble in the sky. Magnificent.

If you spend a lot of time peering into a window that opens into the World Wide Web, you may like using Verdana font set at a comfortable font size. I personally have set Firefox to ignore all site specific fonts and just use Verdana size 18 for all western fonts. I’ve heard that Verdana…