Samir’s Selection 12/08/2012 (a.m.)
Neuroskeptic: Best. Experiment. Ever.
“Men’s testosterone levels increase after sexual stimulation. However, other research shows that merely briefly chatting to a woman also causes testosterone release, making it unclear whether sex, per se, is associated with testosterone changes.”
Neuroskeptic: The Onion Makes Mental Illness Ridiculous
“The Onion’s approach is to satirize the beliefs and perceptions that characterize psychiatric illness. The result is hilarious, but also insightful and, in a weird way, empathetic.”
Mind Theorist Finds the Keys to Conflict Resolution in Neuroscience: Scientific American
“theory of mind. Saxe established that there is a single location in the brain, the right temporoparietal junction, where this thinking is centered. The finding surprised neuroscientists because theory of mind is an abstract and involved ability, the kind they would have expected to involve large swaths of the cortex. Yet, according to Saxe, this little section of brain, just behind the right ear, drives much of what we associate with humanity—conversation, friendship, love, empathy, morality. And art: theory of mind is why humans write novels and why they read them.”
It’s Official: Austerity Economics Doesn’t Work : The New Yorker
“Having adopted the policies of Keynes in response to a calamitous recession, the United States has grown more than twice as fast during the past three years as Britain, which adopted the economics of Hoover (and Paul Ryan). Meanwhile, the gaping hole in the two countries’ budgets has declined at roughly the same rate, and next year the U.S. will be in better fiscal shape than its old ally.”
Noam Chomsky’s Legacy : The New Yorker
On Noam Chomsky’s contribution to the study of language.
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