False-positive neuroimaging

Here’s a piece courtesy of Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory’s biology preprint server bioRxiv.

Undisclosed flexibility in testing spatial hypotheses allows presenting anything as a replicated finding

coverJill2fMRI image of my own nut, 2001: Wellcome Trust Centre for Neuroimaging Institute of Neurology, UCL

Bowie’s Piano Man and Guitar Man

I had the pleasure of seeing maestros Mike Garson and Earl Slick in a relatively intimate hall (less than a thousand capacity) from two yards away. What a treat to see up close the skill of the original musicians of two of the most challenging and memorable of instrumental pieces. Needless to say, one of the highlights was Slick’s guitar work on Station to Station — aware of my delight he handed me his plectrum. The other highlight was Garson laying into Aladdin Sane, Sweet Thing/Candidate (more on this below) and Young Americans. Instead of going into the rabbinate, the young Garson chose music instead, forging his chops on the Borscht Belt and NYC jazz joints. Unbeknownst to him (and the rest of the band), he appeared as the sole person on stage for what was to be “the Naz'” last outing. One can’t really add anything to what has already said and compiled in this book about Mike. Below are some salient extracts but first, in the beginning  . . . 

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Shapiro’s Embodied Cognition

Larry Shapiro’s Embodied Cognition is about to be published as a second edition.


The Consolation of Philosophy

Melvyn Bragg discusses the Consolation of Philosophy with A. C. Grayling, Melissa Lane, and Roger Scruton.


Taleb the Philosopher

Since I’m deeply in Boëthius mode for my forthcoming edited book of essays on A Confederacy of Dunces, this invocation of Boëthius and Taleb grabbed me. Here is Joshua Hochschild’s review of Taleb’s collected works.

Boethius the patron saint of bullshit detectors.

Taleb displays familiarity with many expected theorists of epistemological humility: Montaigne and Hume, Hayek and Oakeshott, John Gray and Michael Polanyi. But as a theorist of practical reasoning and virtue—especially justice—Taleb is closest to a philosopher not cited in any of his books: Alasdair MacIntyre.


Cognitive Opening and Closing: Toward an Exploration of the Mental World of Entrepreneurship

Thierry Aimar’s chapter.