A Tale of Monogamy and Dopamine
Did You Know? / Sensation and Perception

A Tale of Monogamy and Dopamine

In a recent hack, private information from nearly 30 million users was leaked from Ashley Madison, a “dating” website intended to facilitate extramarital affairs.  The sheer number of Ashley Madison users on this website raises some age-old questions of monogamy: is it instinctual, or even healthy?  What is it about our brains that cause some … Continue reading

Double Book Review: The Emperor’s New Mind and Godel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid
Brain Books

Double Book Review: The Emperor’s New Mind and Godel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid

“A barber (who is a man) shaves all and only those men who do not shave themselves. Does he shave himself?” If you can’t solve the above riddle, don’t worry — nobody can.  The above riddle is an example of a self-referential paradox.  Self-reference is problematic in logic because it allows for many such paradoxes. … Continue reading