Are There Emotional No-Go Areas Where Logic Dare Not Show Its Face?

“Nothing should be off limits to discussion. No, let me amend that. If you think some things should be off limits, let’s sit down together and discuss that proposition itself. Let’s not just insult each other and cut off all discussion because we rationalists have somehow wandered into a land where emotion is king.” … Read more

Scientists are beginning to figure out why conservatives are…conservative

Something I’ve written a little bit about before. From the article: “There is by now evidence from a variety of laboratories around the world using a variety of methodological techniques leading to the virtually inescapable conclusion that the cognitive-motivational styles of leftists and rightists are quite different. This research consistently finds that conservatism is positively … Read more

Probabilistic Models of Cognition

Excellent web-based e-book discussing modelling cognition probabilistically and generatively. With live code samples to mess around with to illustrate what they’re talking about. Extremely interesting stuff, and not too dense. If you’re interested in making or learning about intelligent software, this should keep you busy for a little while. In this book, we explore the … Read more

New Tissue Synthesis Platform Promises Living Tissue on Demand

(Note: This article originally appeared on on July 31, 2012.  It’s republished here for my own archives.) Scientists in Canada have invented a device they claim can print large patches of living tissue. In an article which appears this month in the journal Advanced Materials, Axel Guenther of the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, and … Read more

GestureTek Turns You into the Controller

(Note – This article was first published by h+ Magazine, on May 12, 2010.  It’s republished here for my own archives.) Chances are, you’re not using the same computer you were twenty years ago. But chances are, you’re still using the same basic user interface — a mouse for pointing, a keyboard for typing. While … Read more