Blobologist-approved reads: Colours in your brain, genes in your ‘hood, open access for all

My ScienceSeeker editor’s picks for this week: the can’t-blog-must-work edition

  • Did you like last week’s pick at Empirical Zeal about the ‘crayola-fication of the world’? You didn’t read it? Come on now, click the damn link! And then you should read part II, which is just as good:

The crayola-fication of the world: How we gave colors names, and it messed with our brains (part II)

  • For those of you still stuck in that archaic old ‘nature vs. nurture’ debate, you should a) move on, and b) check out this post and the study it links to (there’s a nice video summary if you click through). Also, if you live in the UK, you can find out how ‘genetic’ certain human traits are in your town (no, it’s not the same in everyone’s town).

Gene environment interaction of your neighbourhood

  • For those of you not sure who stands to benefit from all this recent fever for Open Access to the scientific literature, Speaking of Medicine (a PLoS Medicine blog), has a guest post that reminds us that:

Open Access is Not for Scientists. It’s for Patients.

Yes, you can still sign the White House petition.


2 thoughts on “Blobologist-approved reads: Colours in your brain, genes in your ‘hood, open access for all

  1. Cristy, just stumbled upon your website and went to look at the two books that started you on your journey. Well, I had to sit down because they are my favourite two science writers and I wasn’t expecting that at all. I’m just reading SJ Gould’s last book – I have landed and I’m in raptures. Looking forward to S. Rose’s new book due out this year.
    In fact your factoid about these two may be more relevant than recognised. Both writers are brilliant at dissecting the limits, oversimplification and dangers of reductionism. Both are exponents of what I call a science of interactionism and going beyond either- or ism ( e.g nature or nurture ), otherwise known as dialectics or more precisley dialectical materialism. This was the founding philosophy for Marx and Engels.

    Anyway, all of which to say, brilliant book choice and great site.


    • Thanks for the kind words, Neil. Unfortunately I haven’t got around to reading ‘I have landed’ yet, but I’m glad to hear you’re enjoying it – it’s high on my list! And yes, Gould and Rose have a lot more in common than I mentioned – politically and philosophically.

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