Wednesday Round Up #28

This week it’s anthropology, the brain, HIV/AIDS, and some integrative interactions. Enjoy!

Anthropology

Paul Mason, Passion for Research and Music Combined
Our own Paul writes in the Macquarie Globe about his interdisciplinary interests. Includes this photo if you want to get a look at the man!

The Evolving Mind, Gaps in the Brain and Jack of Many Trades
Plasticity meets the Swiss army knife metaphor: ‘Any blade currently manifest, endowed in us by “nature,” is one nurture has extended.” For more, see a follow-up post on the creative confines of nature.

Mark Liberman, David Brooks, Social Psychologist
Language Log takes down Brooks’ facile “collectivist mentality” op-ed

Mark Liberman, One Question, Two Answers, Three Interpretations
Language Log turns from Brooks to David Nisbett’s research on US/East Asian differences, as well as James Flynn’s work on the social rise in IQ test scores

Science Daily, New Evidence Debunks ‘Stupid’ Neanderthal Myth
Recreating stone tools—were Neanderthal tools simpler to make? Not to modern hands at least

NPR, The Science of Getting a ‘Yes’
Social psychology and persuasion

Wray Herbert, Brrr, It’s Lonely Out There
Metaphor, meaning and basic perceptions

Clive Thompson, Brave New World of Digital Intimacy
NY Times Magazine on social networking and our changing forms of intimacy. Mind Hacks discusses the article here.

Brains

Neuronism, Dendritic Plasticity and ‘Input Feature Storage’
Synaptic plasticity meets computational neuroscience

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