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Thinking With the Body

_____________________ Emodied Cognition Art Glenberg
Arizona State University It has become commonplace in neuroscience - and even in everyday conversation - to compare human cognition to that of computers.

March 3, 2008 — Mind Matters

Are Chimps More Rational than Humans?

Before we get to this week's post, allow me to introduce myself. My name is Jonah Lehrer and I'm the new editor/curator of Mind Matters, taking over from David Dobbs, who did such a wonderful job developing this site and getting it off the ground.

February 26, 2008 — Mind Matters

For the Pentagon, it's easy being green

The U.S. Navy has successfully shot down NROL 21 (aka USA 193), the crippled and covert National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) satellite. (See SciAm's slide show here.) Whereas skepticism was voiced by some, the mainstream media outside of the science and technology press largely went along with the U.S.

February 21, 2008 — Michael J. Battaglia

Lunar eclipse: tonight!

It's not quite the worldwide phenomenon of last March, but a partial eclipse hits the U.S. east coast at 8:43 PM tonight and proceeds to totality at 10:01 PM.

February 20, 2008 — David Biello

The Stress of Poverty Changes the Brain

_____________________ A Neural Correlate for Social Class Mauricio Delgado
Rutgers University Membership in a high social class is thought to contribute to good mental well-being and physical health.

February 19, 2008 — Mind Matters

Ben Stein Wins Intelligent Design Money

Ben Stein was the goofball host of the cable show “Win Ben Stein’s Money.” A Christian University in southern California has just announced that it is honoring Stein for his upcoming movie that makes the case for taking intelligent design seriously.

February 15, 2008 — Gary Stix

Monitor climate change in your backyard

Have the sneaking suspicion that the daffodils (or fritillaria) are cropping up earlier in your yard? Prove it. Project BudBurst--a joint effort of several national science organizations, including the USGS and UCAR as well as institutions like the Chicago Botanic Garden--aims to enlist "citizen-scientists" to monitor blooming, or to give the activity its scientific name, phenology.

February 15, 2008 — David Biello

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