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Wednesday, March 04, 2009

Sunspots 201

Things I have recently spotted that may be of interest to someone else:

Wired reports that men and women perceive beauty differently (the researchers did not use images of people in their experiments).

Slate tells us that chimpanzees aren't that much stronger than humans , contrary to what you may have heard.

Wired reports that scientists are "Rewiring the Brain" (of mice, so far, but the report also discusses how it is possible to influence your brain from outside your head without surgery). Part 1 is here, and Part 2 is here . Says one of the scientists: "Not only do we not have a model for how our brains do complex tasks, we can't even imagine one." Refreshing humility!

(Or maybe Christianity) In Sports Illustrated, an article about Tanner Smith, freshman Clemson men's basketball player, who dreamed of starting a charity "to make kids with cancer laugh," at age 9, and, with the help of his parents (his dad has had cancer, or some bad results from having it, for 15 years) have made it a reality.

Turn yourself into a Superhero.

Happy birthday, Vivaldi!

Henry starts out by giving advice on what to do if you have trouble with the music at your church, and, somehow, ends up with the relationship between the Christian life and sexual activity. Really.

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Henry Neufeld said...

Hey! I don't know how it happened myself!

Martin LaBar said...

Well, that's writing for you.

Thanks for the comment.