Making its comeback appearance after a week off, I present, especially for you the reader, the very best of the internet to have crossed my path in the last week.
Regarding the mind-
Psy-Blog has a nice piece that gets at some annoying pet peeves of mine that come with knowing too much about the mind, as they debunk the Top Ten myths about the mind.
The New York Times examines new data supporting the hypothesis that Language is central to learning, detailing an experiment in the power of simply giving a name.
At Mind Hacks, Vaughan reports on an article in the British Journal of Psychiatry, describing in 100 words the perplexing issue of what war can do to the mind.
Regarding the soul-
Adam Greenwood, at Times & Seasons has a profound post on Evolution, Mormonism and Christianity followed by a very thought provoking conversation. As one who lives in both the world of Science and the World of Spirituality, this is food for my soul. Thanks.
Steve at Mormon Organon, has a excellent post that also falls in the category of science for the soul all about a jar of bees and the launching of a scientific career.
At Mormon Folklore, in an actual serious reflection, something likely never to be seen here again, Stephen Erastus Knudsen gives a very thoughtful look at the spiritual value of his satire.
Regarding the body-
At Brain Stimulant, a report about a very exciting emerging technology that allows us to stimulate areas of the brain selectively without medicines or opening the head, Deep Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation. This will be a powerful research tool for unlocking the secrets of the brain, and likely a great treatment tool as well.
At Sharp Brains, a piece by Dr. Bill Klemm describes concisely and understandably the science behind how we generate new neurons and what we can do to keep them working, or how to keep your brain healthy.
For anyone who ever took pleasure in an episode of Quincy or Crossing Jordan, Mind Hacks has a Forensic Pathology report trying to explain how a coin got into a patients head, full of delicious “morbid, deadpan geekiness”
Or All the Above-
Laurie Edwards, at a chronic dose shares the incredible therapeutic experience that summer camp can be to those with chronic conditions and disabilities.
At Cognitive Daily, a fascinating, if worrisome report on how belief in free will is actually critical to our morality, with direct evidence that belief in determinism increases cheating. This leads to all kinds of questions for me about the mind, the soul, biology, and of course bolsters my argument about man as machine with real data.
At Change Therapy, Isabella Mori has collected some profoundly moving poetry on the subject of Cancer. Words fail me, Poetry is healing stuff.
Many thanks to John Dehlin, at Mormon Matters for making available this video, The Prayer of the Children, containing a song written by a coreligionist of mine, Kurt Bestor, with an especially timely message in light of the current world food crisis. Warning- This will likely warm and touch your heart, but be prepared for it to bleed, which I am told is a bad thing only liberals do.
and Just because I Liked it-
On a much lighter note, my favorite new Blog of the week is What Mormons Like, a dry, witty look at the oddities of the Napolean Dynamite type of Mormon culture I grew up in. This is largely insider humor, but I LIked it, dangit.
At Musings of a Distractable mind, Dr. Rob has been awarded a guest post at Kevin, MD the 800 pound gorilla of internet doctor blogs. He talks about the importance of humor in doctoring. What I thought far more entertaining however, was his response on his own blog. He has a short, hysterical post on what it means to be famous. Loved the pics.
That is it for this week. I am thinking I will thin out these surfing posts. As much good stuff as there is on the internet, I need to enjoy the good stuff in my own home. Never fear, I will not totally abandon you, the reader. After all, that is what this is all about. Enjoy the surf, and come back next week, or the week after, or, well I’m sure I’ll get to it at some point. Have I ever let you down?