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Friday, December 18, 2015
I love my battered old copy of The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Current English. I've rarely needed to look up a word that I can't find in there.
Take, for example, the word "word." Its primary definition, according to the Concise Oxford, is:
"Any sound or combination of sounds ...
Friday, December 11, 2015
Do you remember being bored as a kid? I do.
I remember long stretches of unstructured time with nothing to do. Time reduced to a kind of metronome, second after second, or sensation after sensation. I remember being confronted by the irritating sense that I was trapped, caught, in unending ...
Thursday, December 10, 2015
Sunday, December 06, 2015
On PBS's Newshour last week, Jon Schull, a research scientist at the Rochester Institute of Technology, made some points about disability.
He said that in a world with lots of small print, the inability to see fine detail is a disability (though some might consider it minor in the ...
Friday, November 20, 2015
My plane touched down in Chicago some time after 5 p.m. local time last Friday. I had almost two hours to spare before making my connection. But the plane was late and others on board were anxious.
The couple behind me had less than an hour to catch a flight ...
Friday, November 13, 2015
For some time now, I've been skeptical about the neuroscience of consciousness. Not so much because I doubt that consciousness is affected by neural states and processes, but because of the persistent tendency on the part of some neuroscientists to think of consciousness itself as a neural phenomenon.
Nothing epitomizes ...
Friday, November 06, 2015
The Struma was sunk by a Soviet torpedo in February 1942 as it sought to carry its cargo of Romanian Jews to safe harbor in what was then called Palestine by way of the Black Sea.
This terrible event isn't very well remembered today, but it marked the lives ...
Sunday, November 01, 2015
If you watch the World Series tonight, you'll notice that if Matt Harvey, the Mets pitcher, reaches a two strike count against one of the Royals batters, the whole stadium — as if with a single mind — will rise to its feet and roar with excitement and encouragement.
Friday, October 23, 2015
I had a chance to see the Andy Warhol exhibition that just closed at New York's MOMA this past weekend. The high point of the show, indeed — one of art's high points — is Warhol's series of Campbell's soup cans. They were painted and first shown in Los Angeles ...
Friday, October 16, 2015
I've always been a little skeptical about the scientific method.
Science isn't one thing, after all. Just as sports isn't one thing. There isn't one way to win, or one way to get the gold. And, so, there isn't one way to conduct research in fields as different as chemistry, ...
Saturday, October 10, 2015
When baseball fans think back on memorable events from the season that just ended, there's no doubt that the Matt Harvey Affair is one of the things they'll remember.
Matt Harvey is a star pitcher for the New York Mets. He's in his first season back from Tommy John ...
Friday, September 25, 2015
Diesels are more expensive than gasoline powered cars. But they drive better; they've got better torque. And they're way more fuel efficient.
The downside is that they're dirty. They spew deadly particulate matter and nitrogen oxides (NOx) that make it hard to breathe.
In Europe, diesels have been an economical ...
Friday, September 18, 2015
The demands of communication put constraints on how everyone talks, regardless of what language they are using.
These pragmatic linguistic universals are the subject of a new study published this week.
Imagine a race of beings who use language just like we do, but who never misunderstand each other; ...
Friday, September 11, 2015
Carl Safina, in his new book on animal minds — Beyond Words: What Animals Think and Feel — makes a strong case for the claim that animals, such as wolves, elephants — and maybe also crayfish — have rich mental lives.
The tendency to talk about "humans and ...
Friday, September 04, 2015
Monday, August 31, 2015
Friday, August 21, 2015
The headline of a Washington Post article from Aug. 11 reads: "It turns out parenthood is worse than divorce, unemployment — even the death of a partner."
It's a grabby headline, if ever there was one. The study in question, conducted by Rachel Margolis of the University of Western ...
Friday, August 14, 2015
Woody Allen's lovely new movie, Irrational Man, tells the story of an alcoholic philosophy professor, played by Joaquin Phoenix, who arrives one summer to take up a teaching gig at an idyllic, elite liberal arts college.
I'm not sure what is more far-fetched, the proposition that the entire campus is ...
Friday, August 07, 2015
When I was a kid, I noticed that sometimes fear and anticipation felt the same way.
I'd get butterflies, a kind of queasiness in the stomach. To figure out what I was feeling, I came to realize, what was needed was not introspection, but attention to the context.
According to ...
Friday, July 31, 2015
No need to be a baseball fan to get caught up in the drama that unfolded before our eyes during the television broadcast of the Mets-Padres game at Citi Field in New York on Wednesday evening.
It wasn't a baseball drama, but a life drama that puts all of ...