This correlation impresses me: The researchers found that those individuals who scored highly on psychopathic traits were more likely to struggle to both identify smells and tell the difference between smells, even though they knew they were smelling something. These results show that brain areas controlling olfactory processes are less efficient in individuals with psychopathic [...]
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I spent several days hiking the Devil’s Path this weekend, and when I got back I needed to attend to some internet matters and go to the supermarket. So I spent the greater part of a day in Liberty, where it was raining very impressively. I drove back not terribly worried. I didn’t realize that [...]
I returned home in the late afternoon yesterday, feeling a bit tired from a pair of days in the city. The cabin looked fine, but as I came up to the front door I paused – there was a beer can by the front door. I had guests last weekend, and we drank more than [...]
Something I have never seen before, an easy-chair whose cover is stitched with quotations from Horace’s Ars Poetica. ”There is more in heaven and earth than is dreamt of in your philosophy, Horatio.” Unfortunately the shop, in Delhi, New York, where this was seen, was closed. ”It is not enough that poems should be beautiful; [...]
This is undoubtedly one of the great stories I have come upon recently: Haber, the inventor of fertilizer and hence one of the great benefactors of mankind, also the inventor of chemical weapons. A thorough tragedy and utterly Faustlike and amazing. I heard the Radiolab story; other resources are here.
Two fifth grade students finished their tests later than the rest of the class and as a result their tests ended up in a different pile from everyone else’s, and when I got to grading them I figured I would skip the scantron – it was only two tests – and grade them by hand. [...]
A good read. The next thing we need is someone to analyze the budgets of these colleges to figure out just what is meant by the political phrase “the rising cost of college.” It’s not getting more expensive to hire teachers.
This woman sounds astonishingly promising for a contemporary professional writer. She has a shot at being interesting. I’ll find a way for a copy of something she’s written to get into my hands.
I’ve found that when I have the blues like I’ve had, there are three things I want to do: 1) work more, as a relief from thought 2) drive around looking at things 3) buy stuff. One possible explanation for American culture is that most people are actually as depressed as I have been recently. [...]
I woke up the next morning and headed north along the river. I saw the Parker Dam, visually uninspiring though an important piece of American infrastructure: the dam was built by the notorious William Mulholland to supply water for Los Angeles. I had recently read Marc Reisner’s Cadillac Desert and found myself generally unsympathetic; the [...]