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This post is part of a collaborative narrative series composed of my writing and Chris Arnade's photos exploring issues of addiction, poverty and prostitution in Hunts Point, Bronx.
I don’t remember if I had any problems paying attention to Jane Austen’s Mansfield Park when I first read it. I doubt it, though. I devoured all of my Austen in one big gulp, book after book, line after line, sometime around the eighth grade...
Last week the man whom The New Yorker called "the most influential living philosopher" came to my school, Stevens Institute, to talk about "Ethics and the Election." Peter Singer, who was raised in Australia and now teaches at Princeton and the University of Melbourne, espouses utilitarianism, an ethics that seeks to minimize suffering and maximize wellbeing.Singer's work is challenging, not because his writing is difficult to understand but because it is all too clear...
Picture this: the prince has won his way past the dragon, past the huge walls of briars. He paces slowly through the sleeping castle, toward the tower where the princess lies, in a deep, deep sleep...
Smell is notoriously subjective and hard to define. Odors can be perceived differently by different people depending on genetics, culture, past experience, the environment, and whether they've had a really bad sinus infection or not...
#SciAmBlogs Friday - power of music, biology of homosexuality, medicine in media, Temple Grandin's brain, Flexagon, mail-in vote, and more.
- R. Douglas Fields - The Power of Music: Mind Control by Rhythmic Sound - Marcia Malory - Is Homosexuality a Choice? - Judy Stone - Medicine in the Media: Debunking journal reports and news at #NIHMiM12 - Gary Stix - A Little Hard Science from the Big Easy: Temple Grandin’s Brain and Transgenic Sniffer Mice - Janet D...
Prospecting for Quasicrystals by Nadia Drake: The rock came in a box labeled “khatyrkite.” It didn’t look like much, just a chunk less than a centimeter long with a whitish rind and studded with several dark metals...
New Orleans, October 16, 2012 - You walk into a bar and music is thumping. All heads are bobbing and feet tapping in synchrony. Somehow the rhythmic sound grabs control of the brains of everyone in the room forcing them to operate simultaneously and perform the same behaviors in synchrony...
A few random personal picks from the Society for Neuroscience's annual meeting in New Orleans, which ended Oct. 17:Inside Temple Grandin's HeadOliver Sacks, HBO and others have chronicled the life of autistic savant Temple Grandin...
Sci is finally BACK from the Society for Neuroscience meeting in New Orleans! It was a fantastic time and there was SO much science! But it's nice to be home and back on the internet where I belong...
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