Monthly Archives: November 2010

Your Librarian is Really Huey Lewis

You take an LP album cover and hold it up in front of someone so it looks like your buddy is, say, Huey Lewis. Has to be in a library. Voila: You have a site called Library Sleevefacing, hatched by librarians at Bowling Green State University, god bless ‘em. I know it’s extremely nerdy. But…

Why Do Moms Kill Their Kids?

 Why do mothers kill their children? Over at Scientific American, guest blogger Eric Michael Johnson, of Primate Diaries fame, has fashioned a nicely turned essay considering one answer  to this question— or at least a partial answer — offered by researcher Dario Maestripieri: When mothers kill their children, they are reacting to a particularly…

Alison Bass, Your Facts on Helen Mayberg Are Wrong, Wrong, and Wrong

31 Aug 2013: The public memo below, asking jouranlist Alison Bass to correct serious errors she published in a November 2010 post at her site, was originally published at my Posterous site in late 2010, soon after her post. I wrote it because a) Bass had failed to correct her original post with the false accusations,…

The Bright Side of the “Depression-Risk Gene”

The reclamation of the “depression gene” proceeds apace: In a paper titled “Looking on the Bright Side of Serotonin Transporter Gene Variation,” two researchers who helped establish the “depression risk-gene” view of depression assert quite strongly that people with the gene variant in question — the s-allele of the serotonin transporter gene, HTTLPR  — possess…