Category Archives: Neuroscience

Against Hope

I look at the apple tree in spring And see how the blossoms fade and fall. I look again in summer and see How the fruit of its early promise Now bend thin branches under their weight. And in autumn … Continue reading

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Baseball Research as Evolutionary Psychology and Cognitive Neuroscience

Nothing rigorous or particularly substantial here (except in the linked article), just a thought or two I had this morning while doing my regular rounds of baseball sites. This Baseball Prospectus article by Guy Molyneaux is fascinating and, I’d say, … Continue reading

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Pissing Contest

At the edge of the cape late in August, with thoughts of autumn and school just starting to curl about their ankles—as the first thin, dark tendrils of the incoming tide begin to lash around the rocks below— two boys … Continue reading

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Why

Because this and that sperm and egg happened to be reasonably compatible, and the gestation period passed without major complications, and our conditions at birth allowed each of us to continue breathing. Because of random mishaps avoided or not through … Continue reading

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Built of Bone (poems from old notebooks, November 2002)

Midnight takes a turn. Moonlight so white it might be Built of bone. Nothing moves But dreams also (of screaming). Consider: He is considering The house and its place in time, Its duration in space, its editions And additions. He … Continue reading

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Everyday Math

The ring-billed gulls descending over the low tide slant of shingle toward dark mudflats are a litter of dirty-white scrap paper scrawled with derivatives measuring the changes of functions in differential equations. Across the harbour the calculus continues; considers a … Continue reading

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The Winter Wings of Gulls—a Sestina in Progress: Day 6, Stanzas 1-7

And that’s that. Fought the sestina to a draw, all 7 stanzas done. Looking at it, I think I may see a way to make it a better poem by rearranging the order of some stanzas. Be perfectly happy to … Continue reading

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The Blueprints of Love (poems from old notebooks, October 1992)

I haven’t thought about this poem in years. I was pleased as hell to dig it up this afternoon. The Blueprints of Love do not exist— peel the skin from this body, let your fingers do the walking through a … Continue reading

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We and our homunculi

There’s no news in this post. I just never get tired of thinking about the brain, and how it thinks about us, nor of how cool it is that the way our bodies are mapped out on the cortex can … Continue reading

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Monkey Demands Equal Pay for Equal Work (fairness, compassion, morality)

Above is a look at an interesting and important experiment excerpted from Frans de Waal’s Ted Talk on Moral Behavior in Animals. It is obvious from this clip that animals have at the very least a contextual conception of what … Continue reading

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Charlie Rose: The Brain Series

Your time could be spent in far worse ways than watching every episode of Charlie Rose: The Brain Series, co-hosted by Rose and the bowtied, brilliant brain scientist Eric R. Kandel (one of the things I love about Kandel, especially in … Continue reading

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Steven Pinker on the language and neuroscience of swearing

I don’t like swearing—I fucking love it. All five fucking fine flavours of it (Jesus Christ, how could I not? It’s the shit—even when I fucking descend into the fucking use of the fucking fuck patois Pinker mentions, and others … Continue reading

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Neurons in Art

  Neurons ain’t just great to think with, and about, they can be pretty damn gorgeous to look at too. Go and check out these brain paintings by Greg Dunn over at WIRED .

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Willie Nelson’s Guitar or, If It Ain’t Accessible and Quantifiable It Ain’t Art.

This article by Eric Kandel, Your Brain on Klimt, and this interview with him got me interested in attempting to articulate some thoughts about art and the perspective from which I approach it both in making and partaking. I am … Continue reading

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“right basal ganglia of nude mouse brain”

is a search term that brought someone to my blog today.

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Neuroplasticity and OCD

More good brain stuff from Duke University. This time it’s neuroscientist Nicole Calakos studying the effects of diminished neuroplasticity capability in the basal ganglia of mice and finding that it might have some bearing on obsessive compulsive disorders. One of the … Continue reading

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A Little More Rat Cyborg, Please

Scientific American has a more indepth look at the wonderful, “light-touching” rat cyborgs of Miguel Nicolelis and his research team at Duke University Medical Center that I touched upon in the post Rat Cyborgs And You And Me And The Real Great Wide … Continue reading

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Originally posted on tankawanka:
While other people are being snatched away from us, we are being filched away surreptitiously from ourselves. –Seneca, Letters from a Stoic, Letter CIV When Seneca wrote these words, he was trying to convince us that…

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I see you see me: Mirror Neurons

“Here’s a lump of flesh about three pounds that you can hold in the palm of your hand but it can contemplate the vastness of interstellar space, it can contemplate the meaning of infinity…” says V. S. Ramachandran at the beginning … Continue reading

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Sleep, Memory, Dreams and the lazy Myth of Inspiration

This article* on the Tetris Effect led me to find this talk, by sleep researcher Robert Stickgold, on Sleep, Memory and Dreams. *Warning: the article has a self-help focus. If that bothers you, just try to ignore that aspect and … Continue reading

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