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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Ethicist Peter Singer Critiques Roe v. Wade, Obamacare, Romney
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...
Sleeping Beauty: magic or hypocretin?
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...
Our Smell Universe
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...
Bora's Picks (October 19th, 2012)
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...
The Power of Music: Mind Control by Rhythmic Sound
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 Little Hard Science from the Big Easy: Temple Grandin's Brain and Transgenic Sniffer Mice
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...
Of Tornadoes and Trailer homes, why makes students take chemistry, and Poster presentation fashion
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...
Is Homosexuality a Choice?
Ask this question, and you will probably receive one of two responses: Yes. People choose to be gay. They are making an immoral choice, which government should discourage.
#SciAmBlogs Thursday - countertransference, rhino poaching, dangerous optimism, cancer angst, UV sterilization, T.rex proteins, and more.
We have a new Video of the Week today!- Hilda Bastian - #NIHMiM12 – The spreading shadow of cancer angst: 3 things you need to know to meet it rationally - Kyle Hill - Dangerous Optimism: Risk, Bias and Smoking - Ilana Yurkiewicz - When a patient encounter hits too close to home - Dana Hunter - The Cataclysm: “One of the Most Dramatic Mass-Movement Events of Historic Time” - John R...
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