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Sherlock Holmes And The Case Of Robert Rauschenberg

Just as Sherlock Holmes needs Dr. Watson to function, perhaps Maria Konnikova could use a dash of Robert Rauschenberg to temper her mental discipline. [...]

I Didn't Choose Door Number 2, Monty; Now Let Me Tell You Why I Did.

A scientific coda to my unscientific pondering of human irrationality: At New Scientist, Lars Hall and Petter Johansson describe their program of research into explanations of choices after the fact. Hall and Johannson ask subjects to look at two faces and choose the one that is most attractive. Later on, Hall and Johannson ask subjects [...]

Body Manipulating Mind Manipulating Body and Mind

I was not a good professor. This was not because I could not think well; it was because I did not think well. I had been an excellent student from Grade 1 up through the last year of my PhD program, earning good grades and accolades. The years of my assistant professorship were, from start [...]

Happy Isaac Newton Eve!

Writing for the New York Times, Olivia Judson observed yesterday that more than one luminary’s birth has been pegged to the day of December 25: Isaac Newton was also born on that day, at least under the older Julian calendar. That makes today Isaac Newton Eve.

Judson somewhat jeeringly suggests that supporters of science [...]

Former Clinton Followers for McCain MiniMovement Shows Further Irrationality on FISA

The more that the movement of former Clinton followers calling itself Women for Fair Politics speaks, the less convinced I am of the movement’s intellectual coherence. The movement of dubious size is no longer focused on following Hillary Clinton, considering that today Hillary Clinton appeared in full-fledged rally mode for Barack Obama. If not a [...]