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Culinary Masochism: The Pain of Peppers

My contribution for the Guardian’s Science Blogging Festival has been posted! Healthy, sane humans do not stab themselves in the thighs, or bathe their eyes in lemon juice.

September 14, 2010 — Jason G. Goldman

Extra, Extra

There was A LOT of stuff this week. Was this week particularly good for blogging or am I just aware of more blogs and blog posts in recent weeks?

September 12, 2010 — Jason G. Goldman

Origins of Mind 101

If I had to describe the mission, the point, the raison d’etre of the entire field of psychology in just one sentence, I would say: Psychology aims to determine the relative extents to which biology and experience determine cognition and behavior.” And, as you might expect, there are widely differing schools of thought...

September 10, 2010 — Jason G. Goldman

Monday Midnight Movie – Baby Pandas!

New-born twin giant pandas made their media debut at a zoo in Japan on Friday. The twins, one male and one female, were born on August 11 to mother Rauhin and father Eimei, by artificial insemination...

September 6, 2010 — Jason G. Goldman

Monday Pets on Scientific American!

For today’s dose of monday pet blogging, head on over to a piece that I wrote for Scientific American that went up today. I used the invitation as an opportunity to a dig a little deeper into the story of Belyaev and his domesticated silver foxes (I previously wrote about them, here and here)...

September 6, 2010 — Jason G. Goldman

Extra, Extra

Links, links, and more links. Lots of good stuff this week. Science Brains and Beauty: a three-movement concerto was written inspired by a poem written by neuroscientist Antonio Damasio, and set to images culled from the research of Hanna Damasio...

September 5, 2010 — Jason G. Goldman

7 Questions with… Eric M. Johnson

Here at The Thoughtful Animal, we are conducting series of seven-question interviews with people who are doing or have done animal research of all kinds – biomedical, behavioral, cognitive, and so forth...

September 3, 2010 — Jason G. Goldman

Carnival of Evolution #27

The 27th edition of the Carnival of Evolution is being served up at 360 Degree Skeptic. Lots of great posts included as usual, including my two part series on social dynamics in hyena groups: Silver Spoon Hyenas?...

September 2, 2010 — Jason G. Goldman

The Expanding Sciblogosphere: Musical Blogs and New Networks

The universe is expanding, and so is the science blogosphere. Directly on the heels of the announcement last week of the big daddy meta-aggregator to end all aggregators,, there are not-one-but-two new science blogging networks that have launched in the last forty-eight hours...

September 1, 2010 — Jason G. Goldman

Wolves Are Smart, but Dogs Look Back

Dogs are pretty smart. They can have huge vocabularies, they can infer meaning in the growls of other dogs, and they can effortlessly figure out if other dogs want to play or fight with them...

August 31, 2010 — Jason G. Goldman

Editor’s Selections: Psychedelic Drugs, Narcissism, Cephalopods, and Friendship

Here are my Research Blogging Editor’s Selections for this week: “Distorted perceptions and an altered state of mind: two reasons why psychedelics have always attracted not only fascination, but also controversy for decades.” Noah Gray at Nature Blogs has curated a mini-carnival of sorts centering around a new paper called “The neurobiology of psychedelic drugs: [...]..

August 31, 2010 — Jason G. Goldman

Extra, Extra

Welcome to the weekly linkfest, August 28 edition. Science Brian Switek writes about one of the fastest mammals on earth, the pronghorn, and the complex ecology it lives in.

August 28, 2010 — Jason G. Goldman

Silver Spoon Hyenas?

A fascinating new paper just came out in Nature Communications and I intend to blog it in the usual manner, but I thought I’d try something new first.

August 26, 2010 — Jason G. Goldman
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