Monthly Archives: September 2012

Grab the Red Pencil

When I was a newswriter my editor threatened us with bodily harm if we made an error. You’d get fired for misspelling someone’s name. Seems today we are much more cavalier about accuracy and precision. Advertisements

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You are Your Brain

Our brains serve us well, remembering that tigers are fierce and blue-black berries are poisonous. But our brains fool us. We lock down on stereotypes: all tigers are fierce. All blue-black berries are poisonous. And we do that with people, … Continue reading

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Science of Lies

There are lies others tell us and there are lies we tell ourselves. What is the science of lies? Recently journalists have invoked neuroscience to explain everything from women’s orgasms to the Republican brain. An article I read this week … Continue reading

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Vagina, Male Style?

The Economist carried a review of Naomi Wolf’s new book, Vagina: A New Biography, and I remarked to my honey that the British news magazine has a male voice. How can you tell, he asked? You can just tell, I … Continue reading

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Amuse Yourself

I was fortunate to meet Ira Glass at a question-and-answer session for journalism and communication students before his public talk in Portland Sunday. The students’ questions were, in a word, wonderful, and Glass nimbly answered with unrehearsed charm. His advice … Continue reading

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Organic vs. Conventional Food: No Difference

Media folks are buzzing this week over a Stanford study about the nutritional differences between organic and conventional foods. The study found almost no differences.

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Jumping Frenchmen and Science

I live with a fellow scientist and we share a gallows sense of humor. Gallows as in scaffold for the hangman. This comes in handy as we prepare for autumn’s arrival and a spooky Halloween. The prankster in me allows … Continue reading

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