Archive for the ‘Neuroscience’ Category

Obit watch: February 19, 2015.

Thursday, February 19th, 2015

Dr. John P. Craven, a hugely important figure in Navy history.

From 1959 to 1969, as chief scientist of the Special Projects Office, Dr. Craven led the Navy’s drive to expand its presence into the crushing depths of the sea. Among other things, he turned submarines into spy machines that could reach down miles to inspect and retrieve lost enemy matériel, including nuclear arms.

Dr. Craven shows up frequently in the many recently published histories of the US Navy during the Cold War. His own book, The Silent War: The Cold War Battle Beneath the Sea is well worth reading.

Oliver Sacks is dying. I don’t want to write this obituary now; I plan to wait until I have to.

TMQ Watch: February 2, 2015.

Thursday, February 5th, 2015

The ultimate TMQ! (At least, for this season.) Plus, we almost, but not quite, apologize to Gregg Easterbrook. After the jump, this week’s TMQ


TMQ Watch: October 21, 2014.

Thursday, October 23rd, 2014

Pete and Repeat walk into bar in this week’s TMQ, after the jump…


All we want to do is photograph your brains.

Wednesday, October 1st, 2014

A brief consumer note for my readers. Many of you know of my interests in neurology, books, and photography.

Please do not purchase this book for me.

Thank you.

TMQ Watch: January 28, 2014 (part 1).

Wednesday, January 29th, 2014

We were wrong, wrong, wrongity wrong! This is appropriate, as part of TMQ’s column this week is the “bad predictions review”.

Why were we wrong? We predicted last week that TMQ would use this week’s column for lots of gratuitous TV bashing. Instead, there’s pretty much…none.

So how does TMQ fill column space in this, the most boring week in football? After the jump, this week’s TMQ


TMQ Watch: January 21, 2014.

Friday, January 24th, 2014

It is official. It is now impossible for us to care any less about the Super Bowl (or, as some are calling it, “The Pot Bowl”) than we do now.

But we still have this week’s TMQ to get through after the jump…


You know, for kids.

Wednesday, December 11th, 2013

I missed the original entry on the Publisher’s Weekly blog; otherwise I would be bellowing “Why was I not informed?” at the top of my lungs.

What am I on about? The Antarctic Express. Think The Polar Express but with shoggoths.

And I’ve had this in the back of my mind as blog fodder for a bit now: “Experiments to Do With Your Baby“, based on the book Experimenting with Babies: 50 Amazing Science Projects You Can Perform on Your Kid. Hmmmm hmmm hmmm. Somebody might get this for Christmas. (Hey, $8 for the Kindle edition?!)

TMQ Watch: October 1, 2013.

Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013

We apologize for the delay in this week’s TMQ Watch. Allergies or a cold or something are still kicking our butts. It is our profound hope that, when science perfects the uploading of consciousness to machines, they choose not to emulate the human sinuses.


(On the other hand, are the sinuses necessary to fully emulate human consciousness? Is consciousness itself a chaotic system, with a sensitive dependance on initial conditions? Would leaving the sinuses out of the emulation change the nature of the emulation?)

(They’re made out of meat!)

But we digress. After the jump, this week’s TMQ

(Worth noting before the jump: this week’s TMQ, and by implication, this week’s TMQ Watch, may contain possible spoilers for “Breaking Bad”, “Under the Dome”, and “The Bridge”.)


Onion headline, or New York Times headline?

Tuesday, September 17th, 2013

The Rational Choices of Crack Addicts

Answer after the jump.


TMQ Watch: September 10, 2013.

Tuesday, September 10th, 2013

Football season again. Soon, the air will chill. Soon, the Christmas decorations will start appearing in stores. Soon, Gregg Easterbrook will be writing about TV shows and the blur offense.

Oh, wait. Did we say “soon”? We mean “now”. After El Jumpo…


TMQ Watch: September 3, 2013.

Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013

There are some things you can always count on as the seasons change:

Now that we’ve nodded in the general direction of the eternal verities of the universe, let’s get started after the jump…


Shhhhhsh. The baby’s observing.

Saturday, April 20th, 2013

A team of French neuroscientists who compared brain waves of adults and babies has come up with a tentative answer: At 5 months, infants appear to have the internal architecture in place to perceive objects in adult-like ways, even though they can’t tell us.

This is…interesting. (And the photo of the wired-up baby is a little creepy.) I’ve been spending a fair amount of time recently around a baby (and a toddler), and I’m not 100% sure I agree with their police work there, Lou. What does “perceive objects in an adult-like way” mean, exactly? Because the baby I’ve been hanging with doesn’t seem to understand adult-like concepts like “you can’t go through a solid object”.

(Not that there’s anything wrong with that. She is, after all, a baby. At least we haven’t had to have the conversation about how riding the dog like it’s a small horse is FROWNED UPON IN THIS ESTABLISHMENT.)

Charles Nelson, director of developmental medicine at Boston Children’s Hospital, cautioned that the French scientists may be over-interpreting data…
Brain wave data and brain activity measured by functional MRI scans alone cannot imply a behavioral state, Nelson warned.
“If that were true, I should be able to look at your [electroencephalogram and MRI] response and know what you’re thinking or feeling, and we know that is not the case,” he said.