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I love this research baby but I can’t think straight anymore

By • May 3rd, 2009 • Category: Charles Center, Honors Thesis, Research

So I’ve been gone for a lot longer than I meant to.  I finished the thesis and defended it, I’ve taken my last class here, and now all that’s left is finals.  And graduation.  And finding a job.  And a new apartment.
As this blog is hosted by the Charles Center, I suppose I should give […]



No longer unrequited

By • Apr 11th, 2009 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research, results

Steven Novella loves me back:
The brain processes sensory information so that it is a useful, and not necessarily accurate, depiction of the world. This sensory input is also highly selective, giving us that slice of reality that proved to be most evolutionarily adaptive. That part of our brain that pays attention then attends to a […]



So that’s what I’ve been doing wrong II

By • Apr 6th, 2009 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Courtesy of Jorge Cham
I have been told twice today that it’s time to schedule my thesis defense.
Ugh.
I went to our old lab today.  All that’s left is the furniture, and it makes me kind of sad to think that my first real contribution to the world of empirical research occured in this lonely cinderblock box […]



I’ve been scooped

By • Apr 1st, 2009 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Donald Hoffman, Ph.D.
University of California, Irvine
April 3, 2009 (Friday), 4 PM
The User-Interface Theory of Perception
A goal of perception is to estimate true properties of the world. A goal of
categorization is to classify its structure. Aeons of evolution have shaped
our senses to this end. These three assumptions motivate much work on human
perception. In this talk I […]



Surely you’re joking, Mr. Collins!

By • Mar 31st, 2009 • Category: Honors Thesis, nature, Research

[Alternate title: In which I tactlessly destroy an article in Nature]
 Except that I am not laughing.  I’m really not.  This I would have expected from New Scientist, but from Nature?
 As a skeptic, my very first issue is with the title of the article (in full here):
  We cannot live by scepticism alone
But Collins doesn’t mean […]



Maybe tomorrow I’ll be a little late

By • Mar 24th, 2009 • Category: conference, Honors Thesis, Research

I feel like I’ve gotten enough sleep to put something up here about the presentation at UNCW.  We actually got lost on the way down there due to bad directions (figures the one time Google decides to fail me) and ended up driving through the North Carolina back country woods for an hour or so.  […]



What is behind that statement?

By • Mar 17th, 2009 • Category: dualism, Honors Thesis, Research

I want you to tell me what is wrong with this video.  The only part I’m going to address here is at the end, but the rest is also interesting and it’s only 14 min long, so you may want to watch the whole thing.

Did you catch it?  Benjamin Wallace talks about a study where […]



I ghosted this town

By • Mar 12th, 2009 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

But now I’m back.  Writing the big honors thesis, which means hours in front of the laptop and then falling asleep with my face in the keyboard, etc.
In other news, DJ Vadim is my new lord and master. This is my new background music (so if you see me before I change it, put this […]



So that’s what I’ve been doing wrong

By • Feb 26th, 2009 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research


My advisor is in the news

By • Feb 25th, 2009 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn16658-fear-of-heights-linked-to-vertical-perception.html?DCMP=OTC-rss&nsref=online-news