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Massimo Pigliucci sums up his a Skeptical Inquirer column on science and skepticism nicely with a discussion of the fallacy hunting problem, the need for skeptics to understand some philosophical ideas, and the problem of "just the facts."
 
Science and skepticism: the big picture, my last (for now) column at Skeptical Inquirer. https://sites.google.com/site/platofootnote/outreach/skeptical-inquirer
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This is a great analysis and very well written article on a very important general question - why do we have such specific developmental outcomes that result from so many different genetic variations?
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Beautiful "live" version of Adelson's famous shadow-lightness illusion (HT to Richard Wiseman)

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You can now read excerpts from my upcoming book, HARNESSED, in Scientific American!
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A BRILLIANT piece about the pernicious "operatic theorizing" of Big Idea Books (think Gladwell). I would quote something, but virtually every sentence is golden and it's very hard to pick. Just read it, okay?
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My review of Scott Barry Kaufman's new book, Ungifted.  It's a very big deal if you care about education, intelligence, and creativity. 
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Scott's work is a treasure trove of great information about intelligence, creativity, and expertise. Many of his academic chapters and articles are available free online from his web site.
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What to do about all the crazy-ridiculous research?
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The evolution of evolutionary psychology.
In the century and a half since Charles Darwin's publication of The Origin of Species, evolutionary theory has become the bedrock of modern biology, yet its application to the understanding of the
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Do you get a pleasant satisfied feeling after a hard day at work?
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Jeremy is one of my favorite sources for social psychology and applied decision science.
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One of those fundamental concepts that overlaps math, physical sciences, and human sciences. The feedback loop even appears sometimes in simple causal analysis in problem solving. I'd call it part of basic "causal literacy."
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Just got around to reading +Thomas Goetz 's interesting piece on feedback loops in Wired. http://www.wired.com/magazine/2011/06/ff_feedbackloop/

Thomas focuses on psychological loops, but as he mentions, loops are everywhere in nature. They do seem like a pretty universal solution to life in a complicated world. Reading the piece, I was reminded of the hideously complicated feedback loops that E. coli (and all other cells) use to stay stable in an unstable world, which I learned about while writing Microcosm. One of the scientists who did a lot of E. coli work, John Doyle at Caltech, started out doing control theory for airplanes, got into biology in a big way, and then started applying the same feedback loops to controlling the Internet. (I wrote about him here in Discover a few years ago: http://discovermagazine.com/2007/nov/this-man-wants-to-control-the-internet )
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Interesting. Thanks for posting this Todd.

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