This week we have some favs, then anthropology, the brain, diet and a dash of philosophy. Enjoy.
Top of the List
Bioephemera, And Another One Sucks Our Blood…
Vampire moths. And you thought it was safe to sleep at night.
Edge, The Problem of Consciousness: A Talk with Alva Noe
Video with the noted philosopher. “Life is the way the animal is in the world.”
Sasha Aslanian/Weekend America, Kids and Stress
Chronic adversity and stress responsivity – the latest from some good research
Third Tone Devil, Pictures from a Cellphone
Budapest, the beautiful brutal city, as explored by an anthropologist and his snapshots
Stephanie Lloyd, Field Notes from Paris: Social Pathology and the Globalization of Sentiments
Why such social anxiety now in France? The world-wide expansion of psychiatric models of self and pathology
Allison Aubrey, Many Patients On Cholesterol Meds Stop Treatment
NPR show on getting at the reasons why people discontinue drug use based on some new research. “People stop statins for two reasons: They lack a clear understanding of how the medicines work, and they don’t trust their health care providers.
John Noble Wilford, Found: An Ancient Monument to the Soul
The concept of the soul as found through archaeology 2,800 years ago
Manfred Ertel, Greenland Braces for Independence and Wealth
Bleeding to death amidst a modern-day boom
Lisa Belkin, Moms and Motrin
A very different sort of brave new world. Online moms take down a bad ad campaign – don’t mess with babies in slings!
NPR, Goodall Reflects on a Lifetime of Chimp Research
Jane Goodall “discusses her career and what lies ahead in the field of evolutionary science”
Michael Shermer, Five Ways Brain Scans Mislead Us
End result: images don’t really show us a modular machine
NPR, ‘Alex & Me’: The Hidden World Of Animal Minds
Alex the verbose grey parrot recently passed away – NPR profiles Alex and explores animal cognition
Scicurious, GOD: Do I Have Your Attention?
Religion and visual attention – how belief makes you see the world differently
Neurochannels, Model Systems in Systems Neuroscience?
Trying to understand complexity through models, or two varieties of simplicity to get insight
NeuroNarrative, Kluge on the Brain: An Interview with Author Gary Marcus
We are patched together things, our brains included
Laura Freberg, Two Years on Jenny Craig
The psychologist reflects on how she lost 77 pounds. Congratulations, Laura, for the sustained weight loss! Includes a before and after shot.
If you want to know more, here’s our own post on successful weight loss from a more academic/anthropological view.
Tara Parker-Pope, Are Schools Really to Blame for Poor Eating?
Probably not, at least according to a new study that compared schools that cut back on soda and schools that did not. There was no meaningful change in soda consumption.
Patti Neighmond, Study Offers Another Incentive For Flat Abs
NPR on why we need to tone down on excess belly fat
Gary Rosen, Body of Knowledge
NY Times review of the new book Descartes’ Bones, on the philosopher, the mind-body problem and “cogito ergo sum”
Rodrigo Neely, Beware Secular Humanism!
An argument for secular humanism as faith
Eric Schwitzgebel, Consciousness without Attention?
Thin versus thick views on the nature of consciousness