Myth of the Gendered Brain

Meet the neuroscientist shattering the myth of the gendered brain | Science | The Guardian
When she is not in the lab using state-of-the-art brain imaging techniques to study developmental disorders such as autism, she is out in the world, debunking the “pernicious” sex differences myth: the idea that you can “sex” a brain or that there is such a thing as a male brain and a female brain.

Fantastic article. Pair with the writing of Oliver Sacks about neural plasticity. Then look at all of education in a whole new light. Then realize that it also puts our self view in a whole different light. Excellent.

Atlas Pilates Santa Fe

Stefan’s web site isn’t finished, but is shaping up nicely!

About Stefan Liebert | Atlas Pilates Santa Fe
In 1995, following a motorcycle accident in which I sustained various injuries including three broken ribs, a broken collarbone and a dislocated thumb, I was unable to follow my regular exercise program of lifting weights and riding my mountain bicycle. A friend of mine mentioned to me that after my ribs had healed I should try Pilates.

Identifying People By Odor

Identifying People By Odor As Effective As Fingerprinting
A study has found that everybody has a unique body odor, like their fingerprints, that could be used as an unique identifier. The study showed that a persons unique odor stayed the same even if they varied their diet with strong smelling foods such as garlic and spices. “These findings indicate that biologically-based odorprints, like fingerprints, could be a reliable way to identify individuals,” said Monell chemist Jae Kwak.
(Via Slashdot)

And while finger-print ID requires touch and a retina-scan requires a person to stand still, scent-ID would require neither – assuming that each person carries a cloud of odor with them. I wonder how much info is contained in the scent. Weight, health, sex?

What I Talk About When I Talk About Running

I love that title!

Here is another example of the theme I keep circling back on – balancing body and mind… no, let me re-phrase that: Balancing Body and Brain – for I believe that Mind happens somewhere at the juncture of Body and Brain. Where body and brain meet, mind happens. That would make a fine bumper sticker. Check out this story:

‘What I Talk About When I Talk About Running’ by Haruki Murakami – Los Angeles Times
The Japanese novelist Haruki Murakami has run nearly every day for the last 23 years and participates in at least one marathon a year. In his slim memoir, “What I Talk About When I Talk About Running” — the title is a nod to Raymond Carver, one of the many American writers that Murakami has translated — he narrates his origin story as a novelist and as a runner. In his 20s, he owned and operated a jazz club. While watching a baseball game, he decided, “out of the blue,” that he could write a novel. “Something flew down from the sky at that instant, and whatever it was, I accepted it.” After writing two books, he sold the club to devote himself to fiction — his first novel to be translated into English, “A Wild Sheep Chase,” followed. As his writing career took off, his health began to decline — the result of all that sitting and smoking. Murakami decided to take up running.

And Murakami does not not just jog… he runs marathons, ultramarathons (62 miles) and triathlons…