Once again, a few articles and posts I've enjoyed recently:
- The combination of complexity and comprehensibility adds up to genuine interest, and genuine interest cannot exist without both -- From Wray Herbert who has a interesting piece on interest. Read it here.
- Mo at Neruophilosophy writes about extreme body distortion syndromes.
- Jeremy Dean discusses the persistence of memory as a double-edged sword aiding survival, yet sometimes "weigh[ing] heavily on our minds; thoughts, like ants, scurrying: endlessly searching for who knows what." But as Jeremy points out, the double-edged quality isn't so mysterious when we give it a little thought. An experience of mine illustrates this well. When I was a child my hand was badly injured in a closing garage door. It's fine now, but thinking of the accident still induces a physical cringe decades later. It's rare that I can close a certain type of garage door without momentarily thinking about it. I will never injure myself that way again.
- Dave Munger has an amazing visual illusion that demonstrates what Arthur Shapiro calls the Contrast Asynchrony illusion.
- ClinkShrink with a psychiatrist's "sobering thoughts" on addiction.
And last, graduate student Steve Higgins posted this cartoon at Omni Brain. He says that it demonstrates exactly the difficulty he is having with finishing up a research paper he should be working on.