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Adam Kirsch’s “Rocket and Lightship: Meditations on life and letters”

December 3, 2012


“To become memorable or brilliant, language needs to be fertilized by egotism.”  Adam Kirsch’s long but worth reading collection of meditations/prose epigrams on the position of writers WRT past writers, future readers, and the present tense; on the respective roles of literature and science; and the role of culture in a technologically evolving civilization (among […]

NY Times Science: From Hitler to Mother Teresa: 6 Degrees of Empathy

June 14, 2011


Dr. Baron-Cohen, a professor of developmental psychology at the University of Cambridge and director of the university’s Autism Research Center, proposes that evil is more scientifically defined as an absence of empathy, exacerbated by negative environmental factors (usually parental, sometimes societal) and a genetic component. When these three exist in tandem they result in what […]

The Unleashed Mind: Why Creative People Are Eccentric

April 16, 2011


via …a combination of lower cognitive inhibition and higher IQ is associated with higher scores on a variety of creativity measures.

God did not create the universe, says Hawking – Yahoo! News

September 2, 2010


In “The Grand Design,” co-authored with U.S. physicist Leonard Mlodinow, Hawking says a new series of theories made a creator of the universe redundant, according to the Times newspaper which published extracts on Thursday. “Because there is a law such as gravity, the universe can and will create itself from nothing. Spontaneous creation is the […]

NewsDaily: Drugs protect monkeys from Ebola, U.S. study finds (tx, novapsyche)

August 23, 2010


Read the article on U.S. government researchers working to find ways to treat the highly deadly Ebola virus said on Sunday a new approach from AVI BioPharma Inc saved monkeys after they were infected.

BBC News – Alien hunters should look for artificial intelligence

August 23, 2010


Read the article on A senior astronomer has said that the hunt for alien life should take into account alien “sentient machines”. Seti, the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence, has until now sought radio signals from worlds like Earth. But Seti astronomer Seth Shostak argues that the time between aliens developing radio technology and artificial […]

It’s all relative: You say Einstein is “Jewish science,” I say “liberal conspiracy” | JTA – Jewish & Israel News

August 18, 2010


Conservative blogger Andrew Schlafly, emulating Nazi attempts to discredit Einstein and his theory of relativity, says Albert Einstein’s scientific theories are bad science and part of a “liberal conspiracy.” Read the article on

Sex Boosts Brain Growth, Study Suggests | Rat Sex | LiveScience (tx, novapsyche)

July 30, 2010


Culture Sex Boosts Brain Growth, Study Suggests By Charles Q. Choi, LiveScience Contributor posted: 28 July 2010 09:21 am ET Read the article on

Eye Imaging Could Detect Alzheimer’s Disease Earlier – Yahoo! News

July 6, 2010


The same plaques that build up in the brains of people with Alzheimer’s disease also accumulate in the retinas of their eyes, new research suggests. And this retinal plaque shows up earlier than the cell-damaging stuff in the brain, meaning images of the eyes could lead to earlier diagnosis of the disease, the researchers say. […]

Female orgasms and a ‘rule of thumb’

June 18, 2010


Female orgasms and a ‘rule of thumb’ ‘C-V distance’ may be a factor in how easily a woman has an orgasm. Science of the orgasm By Regina Nuzzo Special to The Times February 11, 2008 During intercourse, the female orgasm can be elusive. What frustrated woman hasn’t wondered: Am I simply, um, put together differently […]