Monthly Archives: February 2007

That sounds like something I would do

I had a senior weird moment whilst setting up the experiments for this afternoon’s baby. I needed to get some soothing music to play in the background to keep the little beggar happy when I showed it stuff. Having just … Continue reading

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Psycho? Social?

The last two emails in my inbox are very similar and yet very different. See if you can spot the difference between psychosocial studies and social cognitive neuroscience!! Subject: CBCD external seminar TOMORROW (TUESDAY) 1pm Date: 26 February 2007 17:58:50 … Continue reading

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it’s okay if god does it

Thinking Meat’s review of Dawkins’ The God Delusion pointed me to a great psychological study showing how the Bible doesn’t provide very good moral guidance. Dawkins reported on a study done about 40 years ago by Israeli psychologist George Tamarin … Continue reading

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Sapolsky on stress

Robert Sapolsky is a great science communicator. If you read any of the titles some of his scientific papers you might scratch your head about “Biphasic cytochrome c release after transient global ischemia and its inhibition by hypothermia.” But when … Continue reading

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how to do science and religion

Wellington Grey provides these helpful flowcharts. [embedded image removed at request of author..]

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technically illegal

GLORIFYING TERRORISM (Rackstraw Press) is, technically, illegal – because every SF/F story in this anthology breaks the current UK law that bans the glorification of terrorism. Whatever that is, of course. – Karen Travis Technically illegal is practically my middle … Continue reading

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twins unparadoxed?

Apparently the twin paradox has been resolved and by a compsci professor no less. See here His solution is pretty much the same as for Newton’s Bucket paradox.. take the whole universe as some kind of frame of reference. But … Continue reading

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New Humanist Editor

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Atom smasher may give birth to ‘Black Saturns’ If we ever make black holes on Earth, they might be much stranger objects than the star-swallowing monsters known to exist in space. According to a new theory, any black hole that … Continue reading

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Seeed – Ding

a lot of my nights in Berlin were like this [youtube]MNRNGesJGcc[/youtube] mostly thanks to the dirtyraggasquad and their friends.

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the sweet smell of putrefaction

Oh, you skeptics and naysayers, you timorous, trembling deniers of controversy, you lovers of the status quo.. How you mocked my bold theories about the The Cognitive Neuropsychology of Zombies. You couldn’t accept my perhaps unpalatable conclusions about the zombie … Continue reading

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I do this too

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Nick Gisburne

Nick Gisburne had been happily posting anti-Christian videos to youtube with no real problem. He then made film that featured quotes from the Quran and his accounts were very quickly deleted. The video did not carry any overt commentary. It … Continue reading

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They’ll crucify him

Meanwhile closer to home: A CAMBRIDGE University student is at the centre of a race-hate probe after printing anti-Islamic material in a magazine. The 19-year-old second year student at Clare College was in hiding today (Friday, 09 February) after printing … Continue reading

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super computer

I am now the proud owner of one eightieth(-ish) of a supercomputer. Using the built-in XGrid clustering/distributed computing gee-whizzery in my PowerBook. It took half a minute to offer up all my spare CPU-cycles to the MacResearch OpenMacGrid. A grid … Continue reading

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