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The Real Link Between Creativity and Mental Illness

“There is only one difference between a madman and me. I am not mad.”          —Salvador Dali The romantic notion that mental illness and creativity are linked is so prominent in the public consciousness that it is rarely challenged. So before I continue, let me nip this in the bud: Mental illness is neither necessary nor sufficient for creativity...

October 3, 2013 — Scott Barry Kaufman

Video: The Scientific Power of Music

ASAP Science has a ton of fun, interesting, and well done shorts on Youtube that tackle different scientific questions. Here’s their simple, quick, and fun take on the science of music...

October 2, 2013 — Princess Ojiaku

What makes music pleasurable?

If you’d like to see a quick video of a few experts discussing the pleasurable aspects of music, check out the video below from the New York Academy of Science’s presentation of “Music & the Mind: The Magical Power of Sound.” You’ll get a quick bite of people such as neuroscientist Jamshed Bharucha and jazz [...]..

September 29, 2013 — Princess Ojiaku

Climate Change Is Not All Disaster and Uncertainty

How does newspaper coverage affect how we view climate change? A new report has estimated that 82% of articles about climate change are framed in the context of “disaster” and “uncertainty”...

September 26, 2013 — Stephan Lewandowsky, James Risbey and Naomi Oreskes

How Could We Recognize Pain in an Octopus? Part 2

A few days ago I posted a discussion here of the problem of determining whether an animal such as an octopus has genuine pain. I claimed that the most common way of thinking about pain—the idea that we attribute pain to other species to the extent that they resemble ourselves—does not really account for the [...]..

September 26, 2013 — William Skaggs

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