Monthly Archives: September 2010

A Good Idea for a Vid Promo for Good Ideas

I rather like this little promo video for Stephen Johnson’s new book, Where Good Ideas Come From. As he notes in his own little blog post about it, there’s not a lot to it. It’s just Johnson talking, or possibly reading from his intro, and an artist drawing a sketch about how ideas form. But…

As Tom Friedman Notes, We’re Missing Our Train

Thomas Friedman, whom I sometimes find grating*, is spot-on today in underlining America’s paralysis in responding to tomorrow’s challenges. China is doing moon shots. Yes, that’s plural. When I say “moon shots” I mean big, multibillion-dollar, 25-year-horizon, game-changing investments. China has at least four going now: one is building a network of ultramodern airports; another…

The Consciousness Meter: Sure You Want That?

Where does consciousness come from? And when it ramps up or down, at what point does it move from consciousness to not-consciousness? Carl Zimmer published both a blog post and a story in the New York Times yesterday looking at the work of Guilioi Tononi, a University of Wisconsin neuroscientist who looks at these questions.…

Harvard opens the (exit) door a crack for Hauser

Be easy to miss this. In an interview about several things (mainly the prospect of the ROTC returning to Harvard), Harvard president Drew Gilpin Faust gave the first hint today that Harvard may be considering squeezing Hauser out: Faust also called into question the future of psychology professor Marc Hauser, whom the university has found…