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The Thoughtful Animal

Exploring the evolution and architecture of the mind

Who’s Afraid of the Boss? Culture in the Global Workplace

“At home, a young man should be dutiful towards his parents; going outside, he should be respectful towards his elders.” -Confucius (Chinese philosopher, 551-479 BCE) “Your real boss is the one who walks under your hat.” -Napoleon Hill (American author, 1883-1970) Those two quotations reflect a cultural difference in how people construct their own conceptions [...]

February 16, 2011 — Jason G. Goldman

This Photo Needs A Caption

This photo, titled “Zookeeper Ernie Bowman and Hippopotamus, Joan, London, 1934″ comes to us via The Guardian. Comment with your best photo caption – as many as you want.

February 15, 2011 — Jason G. Goldman

Science Blogging 101: Part 2 – The Audience

Part 2 of the n00b Science Blogging 101 series concerns the big questions of blogging: audience, purpose, and so on. You can find part 1 here, in which I discussed my own experiences with blogging to provide adequate context for this and the remaining posts in the series.

February 14, 2011 — Jason G. Goldman

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Painstaking scientific research has identified seven dating tips that could boost your chances on Valentine’s Day … including shouting in his right ear and scaring him witless.

February 14, 2011 — Jason G. Goldman

Science Blogging 101: Part 1

Earlier today, I had the pleasure of speaking via Skype with Dan Simons‘s graduate-level science writing class. We talked about the ins and outs of academic blogging, and the nature and ecosystem of science communication online, and the students asked some terrific questions.

February 10, 2011 — Jason G. Goldman

Editor’s Selections: Death and Sex, Death and Football, Death and Chimpanzees

Here are my Research Blogging Editor’s Selections for this week: Let’s start out with something particularly morbid (though potentially the best lede ever): “What effect do thoughts of death have on a typical person’s desire for sex?” This fascinating post by Christian Jarrett of BPS Research Digest asks, when is death an aphrodisiac?

February 8, 2011 — Jason G. Goldman

From the Annals of the Strange: Dog Telepathy

Most dog owners think that their dogs can tell what they’re thinking. Or at least, in some sense, they will insist that their pet pooches can sense their emotions, and respond accordingly.

February 7, 2011 — Jason G. Goldman

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