This week it’s back to normal – some favorites, then brain and anthropology, rounded out with sports.
Top of the List
Pink Tentacle, Edo-Period Kappa Sketches
The Japanese creature of legend seen in fantastical illustrations
BrainHood Project – Neurocultures
The intersection of neuroscience and artistic production – a collaborative endeavor
Doomsday Lab, The Enteric Nervous System, Our Gastrointestinal Overlord
One billion neurons at work! Brings new light to the old adage, The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach
Sean Mallin, If Bailed-Out Bankers Were Treated Like Welfare Recipients…
One of the funniest and most apt cartoons I’ve seen about the financial crisis
Pam Beluck, In New Procedure, Artificial Arm Listens to Brain
It’s all about connections, connections, connections
Becoming Human: Brain, Mind and Emergence
Videos from the Stanford conference with some heavy hitters
PhysOrg, Readers Build Vivid Mental Simulations of Narrative Situations, Brain Scans Suggest
Lots of other fields have already told us this – but it’s nice to see those brain areas light up anyway
Chris Chatham, Towards a Post-Newtonian Era in Psychology: SIMPLE
An algorithm for memory that takes on some interesting considerations of time scale, discrimination, and retrieval
Jonah Lehrer, In Your Brain, A Tug of War with Every Purchase
Jonah brings us a slice of the insights from his latest book, How We Decide
Dave Munger, Exposure to the Natural Environment Can Make Us Better at Menial Tasks
Our modern life needs better screen savers
Neurophilosophy, Single Neurons have RAM-like Activity
Glutamate, short-term storage, and some excellent research – quite a read (if you can remember it)
PhysOrg, New Study May Revolutionize Language Learning
Exposure matters – your brain still processes the sound even if you don’t understand, and that makes a long-term difference
Andy Clark & David Chalmers, The Extended Mind
Their essay online – the mind doesn’t stop where the world begins…
The Wikipedia entry.
G. Thomas Couser, The Cases of Oliver Sacks: The Ethics of Neuroanthropology
Is it moral, what Oliver Sacks does?
Jonah Lehrer, More Voodoo
An interview with Ed Vul – and plenty of response – to the accusations of voodoo statistics with neuroimaging
Remi Sussan, Le Cerveau, Objet Technologique : De nouvelles façons de parler… et de penser
Sapir-Whorf meets brain research in France
Helen Phillips, The Outer Limits of the Human Brain
New Scientist on what we’re learning about intelligence
O. Carter Snead’s Scholarly Papers
The professor and lawyer who examines the intersections of law and neuroscience
Anthropology Theory Timeline
Your online visual guide to the history of anthropology
Prof. Marranci, Understanding Muslim Identity, Rethinking Fundamentalism
An anthropologists argues for us getting beyond dichotomies to understand fundamentalism
Jeff Sommer, When Humans Need a Nudge Toward Rationality
Can we think of cultural nudges?
Michael Austin, A Trumpet with an Uncertain (but Compelling) Sound
Review of the book Literature, Science and the New Humanities – will evolution lead to a new type of literary criticism?
Reverend, On the Death of Ideology
Ideas vs. memes – which is a better approach?
Brandon Keim, DNA Could Illuminate Origins of Medieval Manuscripts
Animal skins were used for parchment – and now manuscripts can be compared and tracked
Open Anthropology, “In Complete World” at the International Ethnographic Film Festival of Quebec, 2009
The new documentary – ethnographic style – and Max’s reflections and correspondence with the film maker
John Hawks, Gene-Culture Models and Reductionism
The need to consider different patterns of gene-culture interaction, not just one model
Thinking Meat, Religion and Visual Perception
Culture makes a difference
Maggie’s Farm, It’s Thomas Merton’s Birthday
I like Merton too!
David Sloan Wilson, Review of Christian Smith’s “Moral Believing Animals”
Evolutionary social constructivism – it’s a start
AHRC Culture and the Mind Project
Website for this major British project to “investigate the philosophical consequences of the impact of culture on the mind and the cognitive and evolutionary foundations of culture.”
Nicholas Kristof, Mistresses of the Universe
The NY Times columnist tries to work the whole testosterone-risk taking angle, in arguing for incorporating women into the upper echelons of investment banking. He probably should have first read Greg’s piece, Testosterone and cortisol explain market behaviour?
Mari Yamaguchi, In Japan, You Are What Your Blood Type Is
And best selling books prove it!
Gatochy’s Blog, The Superstitious, Addictive Nature of the News Media
“If journalists really believed that news have the power to make a difference by spurring the public to action, they would invariably provide suggestions for what you can do to change things for the better. That hardly ever happens. Those truly caring, compassionate individuals who would like to act are left feeling helpless and impotent.”
Jhangora, Moon in Different Cultures
India, Japan and more – plus a wonderful lullaby in video
Dan Peterson, Kids Who Exercise Get Better Grades
The real cross-training!
BPS Research Digest, Olympic Athletes Reveal Their Mental Strategies
Damn, I thought it just stopped at “no pain no gain,” like my coach told me in eighth grade
Alan Schwarz, Roethlisberger’s Injury Highlights Nerve Center for Head Trauma
Nice piece on the work of the Pittsburgh program to deal with head injuries while playing American football, and the testing and tensions of sports therein. For more, see the recent sixth confirmed case of chronic traumatic encephalopathy in NFL football players.
Gina Kolata, Fitness Isn’t an Overnight Sensation
And here I thought getting in shape was like a TV ad
Mo Costandi, You Cannot Be Serious! Perceptual Errors by Professional Tennis Referees
The brain of a tennis ref, it’s not infallible
Colleen Iudice, Rock Steady Boxing
Parkinson’s and boxing!
Dan Peterson, Rotate It Like Ronaldo?
Gauging spin and trajectory of the free kick
Jonah Lehrer, Football and the Unconscious
How do quarterbacks make a decision? Not in the same way as on the Wonderlic IQ exam
Karen Crouse, Paralyzed, Jaguars’ Collier Is Still Smiling
A touching story about Richard Collier and his recovery, despite being paralyzed from the waist down after getting shot
Christopher Percy Collier, It Hurts, but Is It Worth It?
Sports massage – amateur athletes are finding the benefits too
Tara Parker-Pope, With the Right Motivation, That Home Gym Makes Sense
Buying a home gym can help you get started, but it’s believing that you can use it to make a difference that matters more in the long run