Woo-woo neo-pseudoBuddhism. But it’s got “Neuro” in the title!
Monday, June 13, 2016
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Thursday, April 28, 2016
As he has risen in the polls, more attention is being paid to Texas Sen. Ted Cruz’s overall electability as a man who looks, as one fellow Princeton classmate described him: “about as telegenic as an undertaker.”
The answer as to why so many people dislike the Texas Republican instinctively is one that intrigued Dr. Richard E. Cytowic, a professor of neurology at George Washington University.
Writing in Psychology Today, Cytowic noted that Cruz’s “atypical expressions” left him “uneasy,” and that he was not alone among people who have watched Cruz up-close and from afar.
“Note how many colleagues and former associates ‘loathe’ him. A Bush alumnus told the New York Times’ Frank Bruni, ‘Why do people take such an instant dislike to Ted Cruz? It just saves time.’ Former Senate Majority leader Bob Dole says, ‘Nobody likes him,’ while Rep. Peter King sees ‘malice.’” Cytowic wrote. “According to The Washington Post, screenwriter Craig Mazin, Cruz’s former Princeton roommate, has called him a ‘huge asshole,’ and ‘creepy.’ He’s Tweeted, ‘Getting emails blaming me for not smothering Ted Cruz in his sleep in 1988.’ The distaste for Cruz even extends beyond the US: Germans say Backpfeifengesicht, meaning a face in need of a good punch.”
According to Cytowic, the distaste for Cruz’s face starts with his smile.
Wednesday, April 6, 2016
Thursday, January 28, 2016
An international team of neuroscientists claims to have successfully carried out a head transplant on a monkey, along with other related experiments. But because the details haven’t been published, experts remain skeptical.
Monday, January 18, 2016
I am an advocate of “choice” but @neuromooc explains that “choice” and “appreciation” ain’t necessarily the same thing.
I have tried, repeatedly, to get my mother to stop driving. She just celebrated her 88th birthday. Every time I raise this issue, she emphatically insists that she is not giving up driving. I reason that the cost of taxis would easily be less than what she spends on gas, car maintenance, and insurance. She tells me that she absolutely needs the car in case there is an emergency and ____ (fill in the child or grandchild) is stranded (something that happened once roughly 15 years ago).
This parent-driving-problem is not mine alone. For a long time, I would discuss parent-driving with my friend Greg Karczmar. Greg’s father, who is also my friend, Alex Karczmar, was born in 1915. He is proud of the fact that he…
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Tuesday, January 5, 2016
A lovely and moving comic by William Doan originally published in the Annals of Internal Medicine.
Sunday, January 3, 2016
S. S. Post writes about “The Death of Normalcy.” here, Prof. Peggy Mason @neuromooc slaps around the idea of “average”.
As many of you know, I love to hear your stories of your encounters with your brains. Through a circuitous route (no other type appears to exist in my world) that involves a marvelous final MOOC project by Luiz Meier (more on that another time), I was privileged to receive the following description of a subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH) from Paul Van Uytrecht, a mutual Facebook friend to Luiz and me. The account below is unedited except for the insertion of a few paragraphs to make it easier to read. Please read it and then stay with me for some comments on the average SAH experience followed by comments on the concept of average more generally.
Paul Van Uytrecht’s subarachnoid bleed
“On Sunday 3rd August 2014, at around lunchtime, I developed what I now know are the classic signs of an SAH – sudden-onset severe headache, neck stiffness, nausea and some loss of balance. I…
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