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Autism and the average
Stephen Jay Gould. Source:  Makify.com Around this time every year, my almost -namesake, John Brockman, publishes on his website, the Edge , a selection of answers to an Annual Question. What have you changed your mind about? What is your favourite deep or ...
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Reciprocity in autism research, and why it matters
Imagine a game of catch between a toddler and a professional baseball player.  In a reciprocal game, the ball will pass steadily back and forth between the players.  That doesn't necessarily mean that both players are performing the same movements or doing ...
Imagine a game of catch between a toddler and a professional baseball player.  In a reciprocal game, the ball will pass steadily back and forth between the players.  That doesn't necessarily mean that both players are perform...
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Great post - even if it almost certainly is preaching to the choir
 
Building public support for research funding is important. And you can't build public support with science communication. My latest on +SciLogs.com.
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Science in action. Or "This is the plant I yelled at"
As Jacob Bronowski once said, "The hand is the cutting edge of the mind". We learn not so much by detached thinking but by acting and then observing the consequences of our actions. Science can be thought of as a formalisation of this process: act, observe,...
As Jacob Bronowski once said, "The hand is the cutting edge of the mind". We learn not so much by detached thinking but by acting and then observing the consequences of our actions. Science can be thought of as a formalisation of this process: act, observe, and update your ideas accordingly.
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Your thesis in three minutes
Last month I had the pleasure of attending the Trans-Tasman finals of the 3-minute thesis competition, where students representing 42 universities from across Australia and New Zealand each gave a 3-minute presentation on the topic of their PhD thesis. Repr...
Representing Macquarie University was my student, Shu Yau. Having got through three rounds of competition (department, faculty, and then whole university) to win the Macquarie nomination, Shu made it all the way to the last eight of the finals. Shu's presentation focused on a small part of her ...
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The woman is Dr. Marthe Gautier, now 88 years old. In 1956 she was a young physician, returning to Paris from a year's study of pediatric cardiology at Harvard. She was given a clinical/teaching position at a local hospital, with no funds for research. The Head of the Pediatric Unit, ...
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The evolution of "autism": Comparing DSM-III and DSM-5
It is of course common knowledge that autism rates have steadily increased over the years. The rise in diagnoses is often framed as an "epidemic" or "tidal wave". However, most researchers will tell you that in fact it's hard to know whether there is a real...
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Thomas Huxley wrote to his sister in 1852,

“You have no idea of the intrigues that
go on in this blessed world of science.
Science is, I fear, no purer than any other region
of human activity; though it should be … So I
must manoeuvre a little to get my poor memoir
kept out of his [a competing scientist’s] hands”

(Huxley, 1852). Via James C. Coyne
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Autistic brains: Under- or over-connected?
Source For a while now, the prevailing view has been that the brains of people with autism are "underconnected" and that this lack of communication between different parts of the brain causes at least some of the features of autism. It's an intuitively plau...
For a while now, the prevailing view has been that the brains of people with autism are "underconnected" and that this lack of communication between different parts of the brain causes at least some of the features of autism. It's an intuitively plausible idea but it was always likely to be an ...
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"no one would claim that drinking four pints sharpens your reflexes."
No. But it does make you better at pool.
A few months ago I wrote a piece for the BBC on the foc.us do-it-yourself, consumer-based brain stimulator. Here's the article in full; full text follows: For centuries people have sought quick fixes and miracle cures to enha...
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Does a baby's eye gaze really predict future autism?
Baby's gaze may signal autism, study finds . That was the headline in the New York Times. The BBC declared that  Autism signs present in first months of life . Turning the hype up to 11, a Canadian website boldly announced that Researchers prove that autism...
Certainly, being able to identify infants who were likely to develop autism would be a ground breaking advance, opening up the possibility of very early diagnosis and intervention. It would also allow researchers to study the very earliest stages of autism development.
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