Monthly Archives: February 2013

Being Intelligent About Intelligence

Chimps once again triumph. Tetsuro Matsuzawa, a researcher at Kyoto University, showed that a chimpanzee named Ayumu clearly out-performed humans on some working memory tests, a category of short-term recall. What is surprising is that anybody finds this surprising. We … Continue reading »

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Science and Religion: Never the Twain Shall Meet

A recent HuffPost blog authored by Max Tegmark claims that religion and science are “closer than you think.” The statistic provided as support to the claim is an MIT survey that shows only 11 percent of Americans belong to religions … Continue reading »

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Telling God, “Ciao, I’m Out of Here”

How does one resign from a divine appointment? We just learned that Pope Benedict XVI is resigning his position as the voice of the Catholic Church, the Bishop of Rome, the leader of the Holy See, and the head of … Continue reading »

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The Dangerous Myth of ‘Fat but Fit’

In a recent public spat, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie told former White House physician Connie Mariano to “shut up” about his weight when she expressed concern that he might die in office if he were elected president. Christie openly … Continue reading »

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Tool Use, Culture and Human Hubris

Chimpanzees, our closest relatives, demonstrate something awfully close to culture, once considered uniquely human. Chimps toy with cultural evolution through tool use, also once regarded as exclusive to our species. A study published on January 30, 2013, in the journal … Continue reading »

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