Tag: brains

Who’s brain is bigger?

Interesting but not terribly useful information. From Salon.com: A study to be published next year at University College London suggests that conservative brains are structured differently than the brains of other people. The investigation, led by Geraint Rees, focused on 92 individuals in the U.K. — 90 students and two members of Parliament. Specifically, the research shows that people with conservative tendencies have a larger amygdala and a smaller anterior cingulate than other people. The amygdala — typically thought of as the “primitive brain” — is responsible for reflexive impulses, like fear. The anterior cingulate is thought to be responsible for

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Is Terry Bradshaw a genius?

This is a very interesting article. The premise is – are great athletes geniuses? From Discover: The qualities that set a great athlete apart from the rest of us lie not just in the muscles and the lungs but also between the ears. That’s because athletes need to make complicated decisions in a flash. One of the most spectacular examples of the athletic brain operating at top speed came in 2001, when the Yankees were in an American League playoff game with the Oakland Athletics. Shortstop Derek Jeter managed to grab an errant throw coming in from right field and then

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Pundit RoundUp

From DemFromCT: The pundits are noticing that thought, facts and brains matter. Where have they been? Frank Rich: The festive scenes of liberation that Dick Cheney had once imagined for Iraq were finally taking place — in cities all over America. Jonathan Chait: What part of “overwhelming electoral defeat” does the GOP not understand? In any case, Palin is so like Bush it’s astounding the conservatives want anything to do with her. Hugh Bailey: If we’re a center-right country, how is Indiana a blue state? …The only age range that supported McCain was 65 and older. For obvious reasons, that’s a

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Errington C. Thompson, MD

Dr. Thompson is a surgeon, scholar, full-time sports fan and part-time political activist. He is active in a number of community projects and initiatives. Through medicine, he strives to improve the physical health of all he treats.


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