Epic Fail

The most inflated reputation in literary history came about as the result of genuine literary merit crossed with a transnational empire and language. Many people would assume I speak of Shakespeare, but “bardolatry” has nothing on the near-sainting of the…

In Praise of Agnosis

Entertain, for a moment, the possibility that reason evolved to facilitate the use of tools. If you take this point as a given—and I cannot “prove” to you that this idea is true; I can only ask you to entertain…

Do Animals Suffer?

Do animals experience pain? Do animals suffer? With human neuroscience still in its infancy as a discipline, animal neuroscience is even farther behind. I am usually reluctant to loudthink about either subject, because I assume that what I say will be…

The Brains of Animals

The radiologist in me had his interest piqued recently by a documentary that flashed an orca’s brain MRI (Blackfish). I started looking at every image and article Google Scholar could find me about veterinary neuroradiology. I confess I am astonished…

To Review or not to Review

Should reviewers write negative reviews, or pass over books they don’t like in silence? Should they make a point only to write positive reviews? Should they review writers they know? Should they disclose this at the outset, or at some…

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