Monthly Archives: September 2012

Failure is not an option, it’s an inevitability.

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Failure is normal

I was on a rooftop at an OHBM party, chatting with Niko Kriegeskorte about the ineluctable cruelty and arbitrariness of nature when my partner texted from back in NYC to say she had just seen Werner Herzog on the subway. As an enthusiast of Hebbian … Read More

Science and capitalism: the Roaring Twenties and now

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  One consequence of being on sabbatical is never having to say TL;DR, and feeling free to read things that would normally accumulate in my pile of things to get around to one day. Another, less unambiguously positive consequence is a mild disorientation with respect … Read More

Are cognitive psychology experiments just bad video games?

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the most boring video game ever?

¬†When I describe the experiments we ask people to participate in for our research, I sometimes just say that we ask people to “play very boring video games.” In the “lexical decision” game, for example, you watch the center of the screen, and when a … Read More

The twelve million dollar shark, the shoddy Science paper, and what it would mean if this analogy by Mark Carrigan were literally correct.

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Jeffrey Deitch deals with some labor issues

In this interesting post, Mark Carrigan points out some parallels between blue-chip art galleries and high-impact science journals. Here what I found to be the crux of it: In both cases the task of filtering, sorting a range of cultural products in terms of their … Read More


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