All posts tagged with mind

The thrifty brainotype

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Andy Clark, a philosopher of the mind, has entered a useful essay in the NY Times online commentary section: “Do thrifty brains make better minds?”

Philosophy of mind, abbreviated

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If there could be such a thing as a 2000-word highlights version of Philosophy of Mind, Laura Weed has written it for Philosophy Now.. I find myself teaching...

Adapting evolutionary psychology

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I’ve been reading the new paper, “Darwin in Mind: New Opportunities for Evolutionary Psychology”, in PLoS Biology. The paper, by Johan Bolhuis and colleagues...

Mental mismatches

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A Primate of Modern Aspect (“The sexuality wars, featuring apes”) writes about some of the reactions to the new book, Sex at Dawn: The Prehistoric Origins of...

Evo-devo-robo

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The May issue of Discover has a transcript of a roundtable between the editor in chief, Corey Powell, and four researchers in robotics. It’s an interesting c...

Levi-Strauss, RIP

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Claude Lévi-Strauss has died, and the obituary tells me this:

Dog psych

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Time magazine has a nice article by Carl Zimmer, which profiles anthropologist Brian Hare, who’s been busy studying dogs:

Whorfed

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I found an interesting essay by Lera Boroditsky on Edge, titled, “How does our language shape the way we think?” She describes cross-cultural psychology expe...

IQ, brain size and genetics in children

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Dienekes points to a study by Marieke van Leeuwen and colleagues, in which they assess the phenotypic correlation between IQ and brain volume in a sample of ...

Terry Pratchett describes his Alzheimer's

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I know many readers are fans of Terry Pratchett, as I am. He has a long, heartfelt article about his experiences with PCA, a type of early-onset Alzheimer’s....

Darwin, emotion, and WALL-E

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Jonah Lehrer went in to WALL-E (an enormously entertaining movie) and came out thinking of Darwin’s Expression of Emotion in Man and Animals:

Communication not language in the brain

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Wired’s Brandon Keim covers a new study by Susan Goldin-Meadow, which shows a conflict between linguistic and gestural communication strategies:

Mind control

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We've been watching this show on the SciFi channel, Mind Control, in which British "psychological illusionist" Derren Brown. Brown is sort of like a much le...

Same as it ever was

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A couple of months ago, Seed magazine ran a conversation between singer/songwriter David Byrne (of the Talking Heads) and cognitive music researcher Daniel ...

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The Sunday NY Times is carrying a very long article about Williams syndrome by David Dobbs. I think it's a nice article, beginning with some anecdotes relat...

Octopus minds

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I like this post on octopus intelligence by Chris Chatham. He reviews an article by Jennifer Mather that claims that cephalopods have primary consciousness....

Primate origins of morality

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Nicholas Wade writes about primate behavior as a model for human morality. The article is mostly a profile of Frans de Waal's work.

Repressed memories in fact and fiction

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The NY Times writer Benedict Carey has an interesting short article about research into repressed memories. There is a group of researchers who claim that t...

Greetings, meat machines, it's a New Year

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I was going to make it a quote of the day, but this column by NYT writer Dennis Overbye is worth reading in full. It's about the march of science against fr...

Sherlock Holmes on the brain

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I often refer to the "Sherlock Holmes" theory of the mind in my classes; in honor of finals week, I thought I would post the relevant passage from A Study i...

Risk assessment, part 1

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Time has a short article describing the work of risk assessment expert John Adams.

Searle on Humphrey

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Philosopher of mind John Searle has written a review of Nick Humphrey's new book, "Seeing Red: A Study in Consciousness."

A quick primer on bioaesthetics

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It's not here, but at Brainethics, where Martin Skov has written up a short intro to the evolution of aesthetics with a booklist from the recent literature....

Sixteen hours of pi

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Earlier this week, a Japanese man recited the first 100,000 decimal digits of pi:

Voodoo memories

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For a little entertainment, and an interesting perspective on the nature of cognition and scientific reasoning, I suggest this clever essay by Jonah Lehrer ...

Hoffmeyer on language as adaptation

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Chapter 8 of Hoffmeyer's Signs of Meaning in the Universe is about the evolution of language. I really like the opening paragraph, which is worth rememberin...

Oyama taboo ontogeny

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On the subject of taboos, Susan Oyama has a discussion of taboo in The Ontogeny of Information.

Prestige hierarchies

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I wrote earlier about a paper by Eduardo Ottoni and colleagues examining social learning and expertise in nutcracking capuchins. That paper referenced anoth...

A view on animal consciousness

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This could be a very long post, but isn't -- surely a few other short ones and a longer one will follow this summer. If you've been following, you will reme...

Contexts shape relationships

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One of the important insights in Bateson's Mind and Nature is that interactions between individuals are of a different logical type than the individuals the...

Icons without the eyes

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I've been keeping a few articles on my desktop that seem to follow a theme -- the notion of using technology to communicate visual signs through other sense...

The mental interferometer

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Chapter 3 of Gregory Bateson's Mind and Nature: A Necessary Unity presents several ways that two sources of information can be combined to form a pattern --...

Evidence-based medicine and education

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I've been reading the very interesting Brainethics blog. Yesterday they pointed to an article in Nature Reviews Neuroscience by Usha Goswami about interact...

Mirror neurons in video gaming

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For those interested in the sociological side of neuroscience, GameSpot has a quick review of mirror neurons and their relevance to video games.