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The Cognitive Science of Star Trek

Star Trek needs more advanced cognitive science. The work of Kahneman can augment one of its central philosophical themes. We now have less warped models of intuition, logic, and morality...

May 24, 2013 — Jag Bhalla

Khalil's Picks (24 May 2013)

The Oklahoma tornado disaster was chilling in terms of sheer power and devastation caused. In this week’s picks, I highlight two articles about tornadoes.

STAFFMay 24, 2013 — Khalil A. Cassimally

What is chemical intuition?

Recently I read a comment by a leading chemist in which he said that in chemistry, intuition is much more important than in physics . This is a curious comment since intuition is one of those things which is hard to define but which most people who play the game appreciate when they see it...

May 24, 2013 — Ashutosh Jogalekar

To sleep perchance to learn

From the Sleights of Mind archives. When I was 11 or 12, my geography teacher in Spain announced that every student needed to learn the capital of each country in the world, in addition to all the major geographical features of every continent: rivers, mountain ranges, capes, gulfs, and archipelagos...

May 23, 2013 — Susana Martinez-Conde

#SciAmBlogs Thursday - science diagrams, mental illness art, beavers are fish, amphibian decline, cicadas, and more.

 Check out the new Video of the Week.- Clarissa Ai Ling Lee - The Art and Science of the Diagram: Communicating the Knowledge of the Heavens, the Earth and the Arcane, Final Part - Donald Stedman - A new way has been found to make truck emissions testing more accurate and less costly - Rachel Roenfeldt - Marine Protected Areas and Catalina Island: Conserve, Maintain and Enrich - Jason G...

STAFFMay 23, 2013 — Bora Zivkovic

A Brief History of Mental Illness in Art

"Historically, many cases of demonic possession have masked major psychiatric disorder[s]."-Kazuhiro Tajima-Pozo et. al. BMJ Case Reports 2009"Juana (also known as Joanna and Joan) of Castile was born in Toledo, Spain on 6 November 1479, the third child of Queen Isabella of Castile and King Ferdinand II of Aragon...

STAFFMay 23, 2013 — Ferris Jabr

Illusion of the week: It Kind Of Looks Like a Building

The New York Daily News sums up this story better than I can: Apparently, after thinking long and hard, the mouthpiece for China's Communist Party was cocksure that the erection of a new headquarters would be warmly received — but they blew it.  Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/world/chinese-newspaper-headquarters-stuns-article-1.1339284#ixzz2U5CcJMVJ...

May 22, 2013 — Stephen L. Macknik

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