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The Internet Can Show You A Lot, But Not This

I never noticed how hard it was to get around with wheels until I had a stroller to push. Stairs and curbs are everywhere, and taking the most direct route is never an option - retrofitted buildings either tuck handicapped entrances around the sides of buildings or require you to zig and zag before you approach the entrance you would otherwise have waltzed up to...

November 15, 2011 — Kalliopi Monoyios

Lessons from Sherlock Holmes: Don’t Try to Make Bricks without Clay

If this week’s lesson sounds a bit repetitive, it is meant to, not only because it touches on so many of the poor thought habits that Holmes singles out in his attempts to craft Watson into an abler logician, but also because it is the last–for now, at least–of the "Lessons from Sherlock Holmes" series, [...]..

November 15, 2011 — Maria Konnikova

Lessons from Sherlock Holmes: Don't Try to Make Bricks without Clay

If this week's lesson sounds a bit repetitive, it is meant to, not only because it touches on so many of the poor thought habits that Holmes singles out in his attempts to craft Watson into an abler logician, but also because it is the last--for now, at least--of the “Lessons from Sherlock Holmes” series, and as such, is aimed at capturing one of our most common (and most commonly ignored) errors of thought: that of skipping over the details and jumping straight into the conclusions.Not to worry...

November 15, 2011 — Maria Konnikova

"Occupy Wall Street" Passes Near Scientific American`s Office in New York City

I heard on the news this morning that the Occupy Wall Street encampment at Zuccotti Park in Lower Manhattan was broken up by police overnight and that protesters were set to march north today to the intersection of Sixth Avenue and Canal Street--one block from Scientific American 's office in New York.Indeed, when various SA employees and I independently surfaced from our subway commutes between 8 and 10 am, several hundred protesters and accompanying media, police and lookers-on were assembled off the intersection at Duarte Square (marked by a statue of Juan Pablo Duarte, a leader who helped establish the Dominican Republican's independence in the 19th century).Public health was one of the grounds for the protesters' dismissal (they might return to their original site later today)...

November 15, 2011 — Robin Lloyd

SfN Neuroblogging: I see what you read there.

What do you think happens when you read these words? (And did that thought blow your mind?)Lobier et al. "The first 250ms in visual word recognition: who is talking to whom?" University of York, 509.18, XX35.So how does reading work?...

November 15, 2011 — Scicurious

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