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  • Minding Mistakes: How the Brain Monitors Errors and Learns from Goofs: Scientific American
    The brain contains neural machinery for recognizing errors, correcting them, and optimizing behavior.

    The neurotransmitter dopamine plays a major role in our ability to learn from our mistakes. Genetic variants that affect dopamine signaling may partly explain differences between people in the extent to which they learn from errors or negative consequences.

    Certain patterns of cerebral activity often foreshadow errors, opening up the possibility of preventing blunders with portable devices that can detect error-prone brain states.


  • Bad Science » You are hereby sentenced eternally to wander the newspapers, fruitlessly mocking nutriwoo
    The newspapers are so profoundly overrun with pseudoscience about food that there’s no point in documenting it any longer. They will continue with their Sisyphean task of dividing all the inanimate objects in the world into the ones that either cause or cure cancer, and I will sit at the sidelines, making that joke over and over again.

  • Solar Collector Could Change Asphalt Roads Into Renewable Energy Source
    Anyone who has walked barefoot across a parking lot on a hot summer day knows that blacktop is exceptionally good at soaking up the sun’s warmth. Now, a research team at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) has found a way to use that heat-soaking property for an alternative energy source.

    Through asphalt, the researchers are developing a solar collector that could turn roads and parking lots into ubiquitous—and inexpensive–sources of electricity and hot water.


  • Respectful Insolence: Just what John McCain and Barack Obama need: Better "chi" through feng shui

  • George Bush Saves the World (Again) | Indecision2008 | Comedy Central

  • Free copyright license upheld Fed Circuit Court of Appeals - Boing Boing

  • Wood v. Updike v. Baker - Paper Cuts - Books - New York Times Blog

  • Some Olympians Dissatisfied With Religious Center - washingtonpost.com

  • Obamacans And Elders

  • MyDD :: Republicans for Obama: Add Colin Powell to the List?

  • Psychology Today: Plight of the Little Emperors
    Coddled from infancy and raised to be academic machines, China's only children expect the world. Now they're buckling under the pressure of their parents' deferred dreams.


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    Re: Obamacans and Elders

    Norm, it’s a shame your site is no longer fair and balanced. You get excited to post any negative clip about Obama you can find and you whistle past the positive ones. With regard to Obamacans, check this out from The Nation:

    http://www.thenation.com/blogs/campaignmatters/344382/republicansforobamaandagainst_mccain

    Norm, it’s a shame your site is no longer fair and balanced

    It never has been balanced. If not being balanced makes it not fair so be it. The site simply reflects what I find interesting.

    http://slatev.com/player.html?id=1726720502

    Obama's New Strategy: "I Know You Are, but What Am I?"

    Re: CC licsense upheld in appeal

    In non-technical terms, the Court has held that free licenses such as the CC licenses set conditions (rather than covenants) on the use of copyrighted work. When you violate the condition, the license disappears, meaning you're simply a copyright infringer.

    This is some excellent news. Creative commons has proven itself a viable alternative to the "old IP" paradigm yet again. Good news for content creators, and fellow web-junkies such as myself.

    Also, for those who need some McCain bashin' with their coffee, this list ought keep you busy for awhile:

    http://www.ontheissues.org/2008/JohnMcCainCivil_Rights.htm

    Some personal favs:

    • Voted against MLK holiday in 1983; now calls that a mistake

    • Ten Commandments would bring virtue to our schools

    • Supports Amendment against flag-burning

    In summary:

    • Rated 0% by the ACLU, indicating an anti-civil rights voting record.

    Too bad we live in a country where ~50% of registered voters are openly hostile to the ACLU and their own civil rights

    Norm, I’ve always admired your opinions. That’s why I’ve been coming to this site for years. When I hear people, who vehemently do not want to see McCain win, nit picking over the minutia of Obama’s attributes, I’m reminded of the adage: don’t argue about which fabric to reupholster the sofa with while the house is on fire.

    This is such an important election and I’m hoping a good and influential man like yourself will come around to extolling Obama’s virtues and together we can achieve representative leadership that is much more in line with our progressive values. (I say that as a fellow Atheist). I think you would agree that a McCain victory would be catastrophic. So, as Obama has said, we need all good hands on deck.

    nit picking over the minutia of Obama’s attributes

    I don't quite understand, the Digby piece I believe you're referring to is simply an analysis of how older voters currently view Obama. It doesn't really make any statements about his many charms, or lack there of. It is simply stating the fact that he is doing poorly with senior voters.

    Are you saying that we shouldn't discuss Obama or his campaign unless it is cheerleading?

    I think you overestimate the influence of this blog. But if someone reading onegoodmove is influenced by what I post and the comments I make they will vote for Obama. If they are, as some are, simply looking to confirm their biases they will do that with or without me.

    Norm, did you happen to see that scumbag Swift Boat author Jerome Corsi (who has a new Obama bashing book out) get his ass handed to him on Larry King Live by Paul Waldman of Media Matters? It’s interesting to say the least!

    http://www.observer.com/2008/media/video-corsi-versus-media-matters-larry-king-live-last-night

    But if someone reading onegoodmove is influenced by what I post and the comments I make they will vote for Obama

    I think that if someone was influenced by the posts here, they wouldn't vote for either Obama or McCain. They might figure that be it McCain or Obama, there's not that much difference, and if it is McCain, they would just wait out four more years of McCain in order to vote for Hillary Clinton in 2012.

    Joe Conason is also concerned about Hillary and her ardent supporters.

    Do you remember who Joe Conasn is? Well, he is a huge supporter of the Clintons and wrote the book, "The Hunting of the President: The 10 Year Campaign to destroy Bill and Hillary Clinton"

    What does he have to say now?

    A pre-convention memo to Hillary Clinton

    As a candidate in the primaries, you received a lot of truly useless advice from your high-priced helpers -- a situation highlighted this week by the embarrassing release of some of their confidential memorandums in the Atlantic magazine. From the beginning, your campaign seems to have been impervious to wise counsel -- even your own.

    First your team of advisors positioned you as the "inevitable nominee," boasting inanely that you would steamroll any aspiring rivals with money and celebrity. Then they failed to understand how vulnerable you would be in the caucus system. Throughout the campaign they misunderstood how Democratic politics has changed over the past decade, ignoring the effect of Bush's presidency and the rise of the netroots.

    Bad advice persists when good advice is falling on deaf ears, however. Your advisors and consultants cannot be held responsible for your decision to hire them. Were you to listen to a smart advisor, however, this is what she would tell you:

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