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…

The Future of an Identity

Even the bitterest hater of religion would concede it is exceedingly unlikely to vanish–not least because antireligious ideologues end up behaving like a religious community, with group-forming behavior (and group hates), preachers and wise men (Sam Harris, Richard Dawkins, the…

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