Archive for December, 2008

Undergraduate Science Research Symposium 2009

By • Dec 16th, 2008 • Category: Presentations

The 2009 Science Symposium will be held on Friday, February 27th. The Symposium consists of both poster and oral presentations on research conducted in various fields, including Biology, Geology, Physics, Kinesiology, Environmental Science, Computer Science, Mathematics, Psychology, Chemistry, Applied Science, and Neuroscience. Click on this link for a schedule and list of the presenters.



Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead (film)

By • Dec 13th, 2008 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Almost 25 years after Stoppard exploded into the theatre world with Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, he rewrote his own masterpiece and directed the 1990 film adaptation. The fact that Stoppard himself wrote the screenplay and directed, rather than another writer reworking the original play, makes all of the changes and contrasts between the play […]

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Nocturne in E flat major

By • Dec 13th, 2008 • Category: communication, Honors Thesis, popular science, Research, William and Mary

It’s three in the morning (not exactly 4 am, but the metaphor holds true here). I should be working on graduate applications (due in two days), but I can’t focus.  I passed out this afternoon before I could make a second pot of coffee and ended up napping for about 8 hours (my roommate must […]



I can only express surprise that borders on alarm

By • Dec 12th, 2008 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

As this just came out, I feel it appropriate that the first science discussion we will have after my exams are done should be Susan Hurley’s shared circuits model.  I actually derived this independently while doing background reading in cortical processing for my perceptual research with Jeanine, and only discovered Hurley’s work a few months […]



There are lies, damn lies, and statistics

By • Dec 12th, 2008 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

And then there is journalism.  Novella is referring to news organizations like Reuters and the Washington Post, but I’ve been seeing a lot of this in New Scientist lately as well.  Now that I think about it, This American Life is guilty too (I’ve only caught them once, but that’s only because that particular act […]



Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, cont. – Theatre and stagecraft

By • Dec 11th, 2008 • Category: Honors Thesis, reading, Research

Although I’ve been trying to tackle the question of metatheatricality in R&G are Dead, thus far I’ve really only looked at it in terms of theatrical self-awareness bridging the gap between Stoppard’s play and the audience; I’ve yet to even touch on the abundant material provided by the plays-within-a-play or on the stagecraft of Stoppard’s […]

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Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, cont. – Free will, death, and theatre

By • Dec 10th, 2008 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

R&G are Deadcontains such a wealth of material that I could do an entire independent study just on this play alone. I’m not sure I expressed myself as well as I would’ve liked in my last post, so I’d like to try and clarify those thoughts as best I can (easier said then done, though – […]

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Entre les examens

By • Dec 9th, 2008 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

We’ve been having a lot of people not show up for the study after they’ve signed up.  It doesn’t bother me, because I’m still going to get all the subjects that I need, but it kinda makes me wonder about the participants themselves.  Their grades get docked every time they do it.  And to risk […]



Oh no…

By • Dec 5th, 2008 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

This is why molecular neurobiologists should take evolutionary psychology (as should psychologists).
Neo-Freudianism spawned by anthropocentrism will do nothing but retard progress in neuroscience.



Surely you’re joking, Mr. Egnor!

By • Dec 4th, 2008 • Category: dualism, Honors Thesis, Research

It has come to my attention that, not satisfied with biology, the discovery institute is now attacking neuroscience.  Yes, I have a lot to say about this, this, this, and this, and none of it pleasant, but it is high time for finals so any debunking will have to wait.
When I do get around to […]