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Fat Tuesday: Insidious Weight Bias

Fat Tuesday: Insidious Weight Bias

http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Obesidade.jpg Ed. note: This blog originally appeared on http://sleightsofmind.com/blog. I just want to thank you all for being so even-minded and fair when it comes to your attitudes about fat people.

April 2, 2013 — Stephen L. Macknik
An interview with Neal Stephenson

An interview with Neal Stephenson

http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Neal_Stephenson_2008_crop.jpg Neal Stephenson is the author of numerous books of speculative, historical, and science fiction, including Anathem , which we will review this Friday.

April 1, 2013 — Stephen L. Macknik
Neuroscience in Fiction: Slaughterhouse 5 , by Kurt Vonnegut

Neuroscience in Fiction: Slaughterhouse 5 , by Kurt Vonnegut

“All moments, past, present, and future, always have existed, always will exist. The Tralfamadorians can look at all the different moments just the way we can look at a stretch of the Rocky Mountains, for instance.

March 29, 2013 — Susana Martinez-Conde
Guinness World Records holder will perform during the Best Illusion of the Year Contest

Guinness World Records holder will perform during the Best Illusion of the Year Contest

Thomas Blacke, magician, escape artist, and Guinness World Records holder, will perform during the vote counting at the 9 th Annual Best Illusion of the Year Contest on May 13, 2013, in Naples, Florida.  Thomas Blacke Blacke holds 11 world records, including the Guinness World Record for the Fastest Handcuff Escape Blindfolded and the Guinness World Record for the Fastest Escape from Handcuffs Underwater.According to the Guinness World Records: “The fastest handcuff escape blindfolded is 3.45 seconds, achieved by Thomas Blacke (USA), in South Yarmouth, Massachusetts, USA, on 10 April 2012.

March 28, 2013 — Susana Martinez-Conde
Illusion of the Week: The Coffer Illusion

Illusion of the Week: The Coffer Illusion

The Coffer Illusion, by vision scientist Anthony Norcia of the Smith-Kettlewell Eye Research Institute, was a Top 10 finalist in the 2006 edition of the Best Illusion of the Year Contest.

March 27, 2013 — Susana Martinez-Conde
Fat Tuesday: Was I addicted to food?

Fat Tuesday: Was I addicted to food?

http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Obesity-waist_circumference.PNG#file Ed. Note: Every Fat Tuesday we discuss the neuroscience of hunger, satiety, and weight control.

March 26, 2013 — Stephen L. Macknik
Neuroscience in Fiction: Nexus (Mankind Gets an Upgrade)

Neuroscience in Fiction: Nexus (Mankind Gets an Upgrade)

Naam, Ramez (2012-12-18). Nexus (Kindle Locations 5434-5437). Osprey Publishing. Kindle Edition. “Nexus's ability to satisfy widespread human desires, combined with its innocuous perception, suggests that were the technology to ever enter the mainstream, the genie would prove very difficult to put back into the bottle.

March 22, 2013 — Stephen L. Macknik
There goes the neighborhood

There goes the neighborhood

(Ed. note: This post previously appeared on our Sleights of Mind Blog) Change blindness, our failure to detect changes in a scene that should have been (but weren't) obvious, is a common occurrence not only on the magic stage, but it in real life, too.The San Francisco Exploratorium has now produced a spectacular demonstration of cumulative change blindness.

March 21, 2013 — Susana Martinez-Conde
Illusion of the Week: The Look-Alike Project

Illusion of the Week: The Look-Alike Project

Courtesy of Francisco Costela When I learned about photographer François Brunelle’s “Look-Alike” project, I thought immediately of my graduate student Francisco Costela and his buddy Josh Corrigan.

March 20, 2013 — Susana Martinez-Conde

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