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The Empathic Brain Part II

The Empathic Brain Part II

03/13/2013  |  No Comments

More key points from Christian Keysers' The Empathic Brain: Mirror neurons are selective: "The 'selectivity' of a neuron reflects how much... more..

Sigmund On Groups

Sigmund On Groups

03/12/2013  |  No Comments

More from Freud's Group Psychology and the Analysis of the Ego. Bringing together the latest from Le Bon, William McDougall and others, Freud's... more..

Answering Freud

Answering Freud

03/05/2013  |  No Comments

In Group Psychology and the Analysis of the Ego (1922), Sigmund Freud put a question to Gustave Le Bon. Actually, three of... more..

Gustave Le Bon

Gustave Le Bon

03/05/2013  |  No Comments

Gustave Le Bon's The Crowd (1895) set the standard for crowd psychology. Now 118 years old, the French writer's bestseller... more..

Godfather of DIY

Godfather of DIY

02/25/2013  |  No Comments

Before there was DIY, there was apprenticeship. French historian Hippolyte Taine sang the praises of apprenticeship in The Modern Regime, 1894: Ideas... more..

Meme Faces

Meme Faces

02/03/2013  |  No Comments

Lest anyone take this blog too seriously, we present...rage comics. Pictured from left to right: LOL Guy, Poker Face, Cereal Guy,... more..

Synthesis

Synthesis

02/02/2013  |  No Comments

It's clear now that the view of "memes in the brain" put forward by Richard Dawkins, Susan Blackmore and others... more..

Do Your Ultras Make You Smarter?

Do Your Ultras Make You Smarter?

02/01/2013  |  No Comments

How much do those we surround ourselves with affect our intelligence? That's what Ap Dijksterhuis and Ad van Knippenberg, professors at... more..

Canonical Neurons: The Main Idea

Canonical Neurons: The Main Idea

01/28/2013  |  No Comments

A class of neurons—called canonical neurons—fires when we reach for an apple. Canonical neurons also fire at the mere sight of an... more..