Monthly Archives: February 2011

Is Cognitive Science Full of Crap?

 Is cognitive science full of crap? A biophyics researcher recently asked this of a cognitive science researcher. The latter answered with spirit. My own answer is that of course cog sci is full of crap — except when it’s not. Which makes it like most science, only more so. It started when Cambridge University memory…

Placebo Power Explained, Really Really Fast

If you take your meds regularly, your chance of survival will be higher — even if the med is a placebo. This is one of many placebo wonders delivered in this ace video by TheProfessorFunk. Only 3 minutes long, but so enthralling it seems about 30 seconds long. Take as needed. H/t the incomparable Vaughn…

Steve Jobs Stole My Books. I Want ‘Em Back.

Late yesterday, Tom Levenson pointed me to a MacRumors post that said the latest update of Apple’s iBooks app would disable itself — refuse to show you the books you had bought — if your phone happened to be one that was once “jailbroken.” This made me sit up quick, because a) I have bought a…

How to Make a Subway Make Music

I should just set up a direct feed from Biophemera, where I found this. Conductor: www.mta.me from Alexander Chen on Vimeo. Alexander Chen’s Conductor turns the New York subway system into a string instrument. Using the MTA’s actual subway schedule, the program tracks and models actual train departures, accelerating the whole business so that a…

A-glitter in the Net (13 Feb 2011)

One of the big pleasures of the last few days: Steve Silberman, who lately is writing one wonderful thing after another about autism, posted a beautiful piece about a profoundly autistic man who speaks with his photography. “They managed to achieve what we could not do out of fear.” via Nature Middle East scientists react…