They think it makes them look weak, and avoiding that is evidently more important to them than demonstrating responsible behavior
Phil Anderson’s article “More Is Different” describes how different levels of complexity require new ways of thinking. And as the virus multiplies and spreads, that’s just what the human race desperately needs...
The pandemic is no excuse to abandon chronic disease management and prevention
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I think my umbilical hernia is getting bigger. I’ve had it since my pregnancy over five years ago, the result of diastasis, a situation where the abdominal muscles pull apart from the baby taking up so much darn room...
If an intelligent alien species landed on the small bit of galactic rock that we call home, they might get out of their spaceships, have a look around, and decide that we—that is, our species—are the master builders on our planet...
Memories are story shaped. As are understandings. To remember, or make sense of, a thing is to have a story about it. Colonoscopies and correcting cathartic errors can probe the inner workings of these stored stories...
JZ, In your last post you talk about the political divide in morality in terms of the groundbreaking Moral Foundations Theory, which demonstrates that political liberals place greater emphasis on the values of fairness and harm avoidance whereas political conservatives place greater emphasis on purity, respect for authority, and loyalty...
Yes. You read that correctly. Someone did this. And I've written about it! Why? How? Wherefore? Head over to Neurotic Physiology to check it out!
Is Nature Unnatural? by Natalie Wolchover: On an overcast afternoon in late April, physics professors and students crowded into a wood-paneled lecture hall at Columbia University for a talk by Nima Arkani-Hamed, a high-profile theorist visiting from the Institute for Advanced Study in nearby Princeton, N.J...
#SciAmBlogs Thursday - GMOs and allergies, first exoplanet (non)discovery, mammoth blood, condors and turbines, and more.
- Kevin Bonham - Allergic to Science–Proteins and Allergens in Our Genetically Engineered Food - Frank Ferrone - Dangerous Braids That Tangle in Brains and Veins - John R.
Unraveling the mystery of consciousness remains perhaps the biggest challenge in all neuroscience, so big and amorphous that most brain scientists won't go near the topic, leaving philosophers to speculate about the a prioris ...
Alzheimer’s disease is a neurodegenerative condition of the brain that is assuming epidemic proportions as the population ages, since it can strike almost anyone.Sickle Cell Disease is a strictly genetic disorder of African origins that rigidifies red blood cells.These would seem to be worlds apart in more ways than one.Yet I was reminded this week that one of the delights of science is the discovery of the connections between things that seem totally unrelated: A recent breakthrough in understanding Alzheimer’s, described in the current Early Edition issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences is based on advances my colleagues and I made some 30 years ago in understanding sickle cell.What these maladies have in common is the association of molecules that were never intended to come together in healthy processes...
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