The Thoughtful Animal

Archives for April, 2010

Sunday Night Jams

Didn’t mean to put post two CSN(Y) jams in a row, but apparently this has been a CSN weekend.

What is science? Fundamentally, science is a process of hypothesis-testing. Scientists observe phenomena, propose hypotheses to explain or account for some observed phenomenon, and design experiments to test those hypotheses. Then those or other scientists attempt to replicate the findings. In other words, science is performed in the following manner: 1. Define the question 2.…

Are E-Readers Value-Added?

A recent paper from the Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy came across my desktop yesterday called e-Reading and e-Responding: New Tools for the Next Generation of Readers. In it, Lotta C. Larson describes her observation of 10 fifth-grade students who were given access to an e-reader containing two recent award-winning books, both by Christopher…

Friday Afternoon Jams

Music for Brainvoyaging: Crosby, Stills, and Nash – Daylight Again. Filmed live in 1982 at L.A.’s Universal Amphitheater

Extra, Extra

Figure 1: The Borg isn’t so bad, after all. Blog News: What a fantastic first week in the Borg ScienceBlogs. Welcome, again, to all the new readers. Did you miss my Psychology and Neuroscience Editor’s Selections at ResearchBlogging.org? Here you go again. You can see what I’m writing on LAist by clicking the “Other Writing”…

Do animals create art? So far, this seems a uniquely human ability. But do animals have a sense of the aesthetically pleasing? What about the ability to judge and critique art? Can an animal decide if a given work of art is beautiful or ugly? What is beauty in the first place? All good questions.…

New Scibling

I have a new Scibling! I only got to retain the title of newest blog here for about 24 hours, because yesterday Alex Wild’s blog, Myrmecos, was assimilated into the Borg. You might remember Alex as the first photographer featured last year at the Photo Synthesis blog. He is ScienceBlogs’ new resident bug expert. Go…

Wednesday Morning Jams

Rarely does country music make me wish youtube had an auto-repeat function. “Need You Now” by Lady Antebellum. Live at the 2009 Country Music Awards.

What are the cognitive and neural systems that allow us to build buildings, play checkers, do multivariate statistics, receive DVDs by mail, follow Dr. Isis’s pesto recipe, or navigate the tangled LA freeways? You may ask: what can studying children and non-human animals tell us about the complexity of the human experience? Only educated human…

Photoshop Anyone?

Any artists out there? As my Photoshop skills leave something to be desired, I am opening up a contest for any reader who would like to send me ideas for banners, as well as a square logo, for the Thoughtful Animal. Details: The banner image must be 756 pixels wide by 93 pixels high. The…