A Clever Control Supporting Claims that Exercise Improve Cognition

Many studies over the years have found that aerobic exercise improves cognitive performance. The following are just a sample of those published in the last 12 months: “Mind racing: The influence of exercise on long-term memory consolidation“, published in Memory, found that aerobic exercise improved the learning of procedures or written text whether the subjects …

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JFK Against Ideology

I just came across what has become one of my favorite “JFK” quotes, a paragraph likely written by Ten Sorenson, Kennedy’s chief speech writer. The greatest enemy of truth is very often not the lie, deliberate, contrived and dishonest, but the myth — persistent, pervasive and unrealistic. Too often we hold fast to the cliches …

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Evangelicals and Gay Marriage

PEW study of Christian Attitudes toward Gay Marriage There is an article in Politico today about changing views on gay marriage among Evangelicals. Evangelicals are often seen as monolithic by those who do not share their religious views (such as myself) but, like nearly all groups, this view is inaccurate. Evangelicals vary in their attitudes …

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Ideology and Homophily

The Phenomenon Homophily (“love of similar”), the tendency to bond with others who are similar to oneself, has been in the news lately.  Clarity Campaigns, a Democratic analytics firm, created an ideological dashboard for the Washington Post. Type in the answer to 7 simple questions, and it will give you the zip code where you can …

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Nibbling at the Edge of Speech

It is always difficult to gauge whether you are in the midst a cultural movement from media reports, but there appears to be a trend on college campus involving Left groups calling for limitations on freedom of speech or regulations that are likely to reduce students’ exposure to alternative points of view. This trend has …

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Mitochondrial Replacement Therapies: between Abortion and Genetic Engineering?

Today a panel of experts approved the use of Mitochondrial Replacement Therapies (MRTs) in the UK as treatments to prevent the transmission of mitochondrial diseases (MDs) and to increase the fertility of older women in the UK. According to the Daily Mail the panel described MRTs as potentially useful for a specific and defined group of patients: those wishing …

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The Left and the Donald Sterling Affair

In the first post on this subject we examined the right side of this diagram, the Right wing coverage that focused on the issues surrounding Sterling’s racist remarks, deemphasizing the remarks themselves.  Now we look at Left, which focuses squarely on those remarks. Two dimensions on which the Right and the Left differ in the US these days are …

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Why Philosophy Matters

There is a lot of debate these days about the value of the Philosophy. Many people doubt it is relevant. A few years ago Stephen Hawking made headlines by telling the audience at a Google conference that Philosophy is dead.Most of us don’t worry about these questions most of the time. But almost all of us must …

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Reserve and Resiliancy

Indemnity by Cognitive and Physical Activity I remember reading about Bird Flu about a decade ago when an unusual case came to light. The most pathogenic form was sweeping through Asia, and fourteen people came down with the disease that winter in Vietnam. The only person to survive was Nguyen Thanh Hung. Doctors believed that he may …

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Cable News and Climate Science

This week the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) released a report, “Science or Spin?” on the accuracy of reporting on climate change by the three major cable news networks. It found a lot of error. The study categorized the coverage of climate science as ‘accurate’ or ‘inaccurate’, depending on whether it was or was not …

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