Jonathan Lehrer on Oliver Sacks and Lullabies:
As a doctor, Sacks is exquisitely attentive, not just to the symptoms, but also to the person. He treats each patient like a piece of music, a complex creation that must be felt to be understood.
- Jeremy Dean offers another post in his series on the hidden workings of the mind.
- Vaughan at Mindhacks gives us a thoughtful discussion of the problems that arise when we attempt to investigate the neuropsychology of belief.
- Selfish gene theory has thoroughly penetrated the cultural imagination, but I've noticed some people can't seem to wrap their minds around the role of group selection in evolution. I don't think the idea is all that challenging. Maybe resistance to understanding group selection arises with some people, particularly creationsists, because they don't really want to understand it. They want to believe that evolution is "disproven" by the presence of altruism and cooperative behavior. Babel's Dawn explains how group selection can favor cooperative behavior and why "selfish gene" theory is not enough.