Posts Tagged: Scientific American

The Rumpus Interview with Alice Dreger

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Alice Dreger discusses her latest book, Galileo’s Middle Finger, the relationship between science and social justice, and the state of modern academia.

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Word of the Day: Woofits

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(n.); an unwell feeling, particularly in the head; a moody depression; c. 1918, from Nevil Shute’s The Rose and the Rainbow The archetype of the mad genius dates back to at least classical times, when Aristotle noted, “Those who have been eminent in philosophy, politics, poetry, and the arts have all had tendencies toward melancholia.” […]

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The Biological Challenges of E-Readers

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Traditionalists agree: There’s just something about good old-fashioned paper-and-glue books that e-readers can’t recreate. According to this Scientific American article, that “something” may be the way our brain processes written words as physical objects in “a kind of physical landscape.” Although e-readers like the Kindle and tablets like the iPad re-create pagination—sometimes complete with page numbers, […]

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Lessons from the Psych Ward

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“‘I see he hasn’t killed you, then,’ he says casually. ‘You going soft in your old age, Larry?’” Scientific American has posted an excerpt of The Wisdom of Psychopaths: What Saints, Spies, and Serial Killers Can Teach Us About Success by Kevin Dutton. However surprising, they actually have some good ideas: “A psychopath’s rapacious proclivity to […]

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A Scientific Pronoun Revelation

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“Men and women use language differently because they negotiate their worlds differently. Across dozens and dozens of studies, women tend to talk more about other human beings. Men, on the other hand, are more interested in concrete objects and things.” An article in Scientific American is towing the line between linguistics and psychology, deconstructing the […]

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