Category Archives: Things to think about

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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The Stompin’ Tom Syndrome: Parochialism

Stompin’ Tom Connors died yesterday (March 6, 2013) and the world lost a great voice and a great songwriter, one whose body of work is at least equal to most of his contemporaries in any musical genre. And that brings … 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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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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