Poison in Your Aquariums →
barthel: gospelofmoll: Palytoxin is shrouded in legend. Hawaiian islanders tell of a cursed village in Maui, whose members defied a shark god that had been eating their fellow villagers. They dismembered and burned the god, before scattering his ashes in a tide pool near the town of Hana. Shortly after, a mysterious type of seaweed started growing in the pool. It became known as...
Why a lack of empathy is the root of all evil →
youmightfindyourself: Most people would probably agree with Judge Oliver’s description of Adeniji as evil, but Simon Baron-Cohen, professor of developmental psychopathology at the University of Cambridge, would not be one of them. In his latest book, Zero Degrees of Empathy: A new theory of human cruelty, Baron-Cohen, argues that the term evil is unscientific and unhelpful. “Sometimes the term...
Just stayed up till 1:15 answering last minute exam questions via facebook.
The Sad, Beautiful Fact That We're All Going To... →
youmightfindyourself: The vast majority of the world’s books, music, films, television and art, you will never see. It’s just numbers. Consider books alone. Let’s say you read two a week, and sometimes you take on a long one that takes you a whole week. That’s quite a brisk pace for the average person. That lets you finish, let’s say, 100 books a year. If we assume you start now, and you’re...
Where does good come from? →
youmightfindyourself: On a recent Monday afternoon, the distinguished Harvard biologist Edward O. Wilson was at his home in Lexington, talking on the phone about the knocks he’s been taking lately from the scientific community, and paraphrasing Arthur Schopenhauer to explain his current standing in his field. “All new ideas go through three phases,” Wilson said, with some happy mischief in his...
How DNA changes: identification of factors... →
stephiebeans: tktktktktk: Key information missing from this article: methylated DNA usually indicates that a gene has been turned “off.” Seriously considering starting a new tumblr in which I just point out errors in Science Daily articles. I could be missing something - and, knowing me i probably am - but this article seems to make sense to me. Tumour suppressor genes are silenced through...
How DNA changes: identification of factors... →
Key information missing from this article: methylated DNA usually indicates that a gene has been turned “off.” Seriously considering starting a new tumblr in which I just point out errors in Science Daily articles.
Neuron-level imaging for schizophrenia →
Gray wolves removed from endangered species list... →
No meaningful consulation with biologists, clear disregard for easy-to-interpret data showing otherwise. How in the fuck? Maybe I’ve had too much coffee, but I’m really angry about this. I realize that there are many other causes to champion more relevant to human rights, environmentalism, AND conservation, but I’m still fuckin’ mad.
Somebody posted the first page of Infinite Jest to... →
barthel: You can pretty much guess where this goes. People’s feedback is killing me.
Music Journalism & The Weeknd
Read multiple reviews that cite/drop the names of artists with comparable sonic palette, yet haven’t read “basically sounds like Portishead” yet. Why? Provide supporting quotations from the text.
Natural History of the Soul →
youmightfindyourself: In his new book Soul Dust: The Magic of Consciousness, Nicholas Humphrey, a distinguished evolutionary psychologist and philosopher, claims to have solved two fairly large intellectual conundrums. One is something of a technical matter, about which you may have thought little or not at all, unless you happen to be a philosopher. This is the so-called “hard problem” of...
I think I can summarize just why I don’t give a shit about James Murphy’s...– We Didn’t Care: A Decade of Not Giving a Shit About LCD Soundsystem | Daily Ops @ Cokemachineglow.com I think this is dumb. This is the worst-case-scenario of LCD fandom. The better one is that, as somebody who has listened to a broad range of music, you can recognize a fellow traveler in James...
Music correlated with teen depression, literacy... →
From a sample size of 106!? Who the hell is looking at these studies and being like “let’s draw some conclusive results!” ????
Google gettin' probed →
KD For Breakfast: There is going to be a federal... →
lexolex: lesdrugs:kdforbreakfast: For the love of God, please be aware of this. Our demographic has so much to gain by voting, so at the very least be aware of the fact that you have to opportunity to vote. If Libya, Tunisia, Egypt and all the conflict in the middle east has taught us anything it is that democracy is truly a gift…. i don’t think it’s really as easy as, ‘you have democracy,...
Underage binge drinking during adolescence causes... →
This article really illustrates just how much information is lost in converting a scientific paper to a news release - methods and materials are completely ingnored, and only the purported findings are reported. In this case, we have the authors taking a sensational issue, teen drinking, and inflating the damage it can potentially cause with some pretty sketchy science. The researchers gave the...
Putin comic slays me →
Inconvenient Truth About Food Subsidies →