The Thoughtful Animal

Jason G. Goldman

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Some Photos From My Travels

Hopefully this here blog will get back into the regular rhythm of posting in a few days. Until then, enjoy these photos from Oakland, Portland, and Seattle. These pictures, and the rest in the photo set are my first serious attempt at actual photography. Check it out!

Why write again what Bora has already written? The great science blog 3 Quarks Daily has announced the voting for it’s third annual prize for the best science writing on blogs. Last year, the judge was Richard Dawkins. This year, once the voting by the public narrows down the choices, the finalists will be judged…

Here are my Research Blogging Editor’s Selections for this week. Snacking on fertilized duck eggs features prominently in the first editor’s selection for this week. Food-related disgust and moral disgust: are they related? Find out at this Genealogy of Religion post, Foreign Ideas & Moral Indigestion Jon Brocks outlines a proposed change for the upcoming…

Your Lion Eyes

I was traveling last week, and I’m traveling again this week, so the posting is fairly sparse around here at least until after the weekend. In the meantime, enjoy this awesome video. It was shot at Tswalu Kalahari Game Reserve. The camera was left on the ground to record lion movements. A curious lioness found…

Here are my Research Blogging Editor’s Selections for this week. You’re running down a corridor in a castle that’s under attack by terrorists. Or are their neuroscientists, trying to figure out just how it is that people get involved in the narrative “flow” of a video game? Neuroskeptic explains how your brain gets in on…

Poking at the Universe

Is this a difference in kind or in degree? Image: The earth comes into view just below Endeavour, as it undocks from the International Space Station.

Earlier this month, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California had its annual two-day open house. For a laboratory complex that has the same acreage as Disneyland, it was just as crowded as the House of Mouse on a busy summer day. What a refreshing sight it was to see so many people – couples,…

The always-fantastic blog 3 Quarks Daily has opened up nominations for its third annual prize in science blogging. This year, the contest will be judged by Lisa Randall, and there will be three winners. Posts can be nominated by bloggers or readers, and if any of you wanted to nominate one of my posts I…

“Nearly 50 percent of Americans have been mentally ill at some point in their lives, and more than a quarter have suffered from mental illness in the past twelve months. Madness, it seems, is rampant in America.” This is how Richard J. McNally opens his new book, What Is Mental Illness? Earlier this year, David…