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The Brain's Constructions and Deconstructions of "Reality"

Illusions, ambiguous figures, and impossible figures:
informed guessing and beyond
Paul Grobstein's picture

Put a Little Science in Your Life, Extended

Brian Greene in the June 1, 2008 NYTimes makes some very important points about science education. Those in turn have some important implications for thinking about science and how scientists present it to the world, some of which Greene makes explicit and others of which warrant some amplification.

Creativity, Brain, Indeterminacy

Creativity, the Mind, and the Brain:
From Van Gogh to Indeterminacy and Beyond
Geetanjali Vaidya
December 2007 
This paper was prepared as a senior thesis in biology at Bryn Mawr College, and is made available to encourage continuing explorations of the nature and significance of of creativity.   Comments and continuing discussion are welcome in the on-line forum at the end of this paper.  
Ian Morton's picture

The Brain, Observations, and Skepticism: Grobstein's Case for Pragmatic Multiplism

The Brain, Observations, and Skepticism:
Grobstein’s Case for Pragmatic Multiplism

I. Introduction

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I'm in UR Internetz, Revolutionizin' UR Genres

I'm in UR Internetz, Revolutionizin' UR Genres


How many telegrams did you send when you had to dictate them over the phone to a  

   Western Union operator? How many emails do you send now that you can clatter them      

heather's picture

Primates and Philosophers: How Morality Evolved – A Book Review

Frans de Waal’s Primates and Philosophers is an intriguing exploration of animal and human behavior, and a fierce attempt to link them intrinsically and inseparably.  De Waal attacks the notion that morality is a uniquely human trait – opposing those who believe that homo sapiens is a loner in ethics, and that our species rose magnificent out of the barbaric and uncomplicated ashes of our ancestors.

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The Implications of a Theory of Mind-Body Unity for Doctor-Patient Relations in Medicine

As the science of neurobiology progresses and our knowledge of the nervous system and its functions becomes more complete, it grows increasingly less justifiable to segregate a patient’s mind and body as two separate entities. Continually medical journals are publishing are a growing number of articles documenting a correlation between patients’ psychiatric, emotional wellness and the health of their physical persons. With such amassing evidence, it seems necessary for there to be a change in the way medicine is practiced. As science comes to more fully grasp the role that a person’s psyche plays in the healing process, medical professionals must adjust the way they practice medicine, as patients

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The Blogging Genre: Identity, Anonymity, and Consistency—Why We Blog

Recently, a new genre has been receiving the attention of internet users: the weblog. Using blogs, we can filter out the facts of our offline world and develop a new online external identity. This paper will discuss the nature, use-value, and appeal of this online external identity, discuss the importance of the consistency of the external self-both online and offline, review the relevance of the unverified information in blogs, and talk about how anonymity affects the way we perceive our own identity. Additionally, I hope to shed some light on the blog as an emerging genre and talk about what the blog's worldwide success reveals about human nature and psychology (and vice versa).


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Biology 202 2008 - Book Commentaries

Biology 202, Fall 2008, Bryn Mawr College

Book Commentaries


Students in Biology 202 write commentaries on books relevant to brain and behavior. These are made available to encourage continuing exploration by others with similar or related interests.


Allison ZLanguage and the human mind
Angel DesaiBrain and Culture: The Crossroads Between Humanity and Biology
Anna G.Book Commentary of Proust was a Neuroscientist
anonstudent01A Brief Tour of Human Consciousness
asavannahDo Neurological Differences between Women and Men Exist?
Caitlin JeschkeA Book Review--Synesthesia: A Union of the Senses by Richard E. Cytowic, M.D.
Caroline FeldmanBook Commentary: Animals in Translation: Using the Mysteries of Autism to Decode Animal Behavior
cheffernanThis is your Brain on Music Book Commentary
eambashComputing The Creative Mind: How Margaret Boden Sails, then Scales, the Psyche
EB Ver HoeveThe Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat: Book Review
Emily AlspectorThe Diving Bell and the Butterfly
evanstiegelBook Commentary: Freud for Beginners
gflahertyOn Intelligence
heatherPrimates and Philosophers: How Morality Evolved – A Book Review
I.W.The Melding of Senses
Jackie MaranoBook Commentary: Levitin's 'This is Your Brain on Music'
jchung01@brynmawr.eduA Girl's Experience
Jen BensonThe Adaptive Unconscious: Commentary on Malcolm Gladwell's "Blink"
Jessica KruegerThe Tangled Wing and Bio 202: Cause for Wonder in Understanding
Jessica VarneyThe Synaptic Self: A Book Commentary
jriedersAn Anthropologist on Mars
jwongThe Geography of Thought: Asian and Western Minds at Work
KendraThe Accidental Mind
Lyndsey CKnocking on New Doors :A Review of Mind Wide Open
maggie_simonThe Developing Mind: How Relationships and the Brain Interact to Shape Who We Are
Mahvish QureshiEast vs. West: A book commentary on "The Geography of Thought"
Margaux KearneyBaboon Metaphysics
MarieSagerBauby's Story
mcrepeauThe Diving Bell and the Butterfly and the Oceans of the Mind: A Book Commentary of Jean-Dominique Bauby’s The Diving Bell and th
merry2eBook Commentary on Head Cases: Stories of Brain Injury and Its Aftermath
Mimi N.Little Things Make A Big Difference
mkhiljiThe Drama of the Gifted Child: The Search for the True Self
Molly PieriBook Report: "Blink" and the Role of the Unconscious in Thought
nasabereExplorations in Neuroscience, Pyschology, and Religion – A Commentary
Paul BManic Depression and Creativity – A Book Review
PS2007The Language Instinct
ptongPlugged In
Rica Dela CruzThe Geography of Thought- Book Commentary
Simone ShaneMean Genes Book Commentary
Skye HarmonyA Self-Help Guide to the Female Brain
Sophie FThe Cure Within: A Book Commentary
Zoe Fuller-YoungThe Tipping Point: telling us what we want to hear, or changing the way we see the world?


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What Your Nose Knows: Smelling is Believing...or Deceiving?

When asked to define ‘reality’ or to consider the ways by which one concludes that a particular physical reality ‘exists,’ the average human will tend to reference their visual, tactile, and auditory abilities, and probably in that order too. These modes through which the majority of humans assess and process their surroundings are three major and essential contributors to how we, as humans, define the existence of a physical reality. However, a fourth mode of perception that is also extensively used and trusted, but whose scientific, historical, and practical significance is severely underestimated is our

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