Monthly Archives: May 2013

Where do zombies come from? Part 1

From movies, mostly. The seminal movie in the genre was George Romero’s Night of the Living Dead. Released in 1968, the low budget film made about $30 million worldwide – comparable to about $192 million today – making it among … Continue reading

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What is the deal with anorexia? Part 1

Given the popular image of anorexia – as a disease primarily affecting young women, driven by a social and media environment that makes them excessively concerned about their appearance – it is a bit of a jolt to read that 78% of anorexia fatalities … Continue reading

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I thought this was settled: Washoe – the chimpanzee who used sign language

The characters Washoe, chimpanzee taught to use sign language Allen and Beatrix Gardner, the psychologists who taught Washoe sign language Robert and Deborah Fouts, co-director of the Central Washington University Chimpanzee and Human Communication Institute, who took over the care of Washoe when … Continue reading

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I thought this was settled: The Stanford Prison Experiments

This is the first in a mini-series of posts on bits of scientific knowledge – seemingly settled in the popular imagination – that are in fact sharply questioned by some practitioners. The famous Stanford Prison Experiments, conducted by Stanford University … Continue reading

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The Cannons of Alcatraz

On a recent trip to Alcatraz with my family, we heard from the park ranger that the island used to be a military installation (before it was a federal prison). Alcatraz -as a fort – was developed in the 1850s, … Continue reading

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