According to research by psychologists at UC Santa Barbara and the University of British Columbia, exposure to the surrealism in, say, Kafka’s “The Country Doctor” or Lynch’s “Blue Velvet” enhances the cognitive mechanisms that oversee implicit learning functions. The researchers’ findings appear in an article published in the September issue of the journal Psychological Science.

Read the full article here.

Humans vs Animals

May 24th, 2009

Pretty interesting stuff:


History of the Internet

January 15th, 2009

History of the Internet from PICOL on Vimeo.


The Ancestor’s Tale

October 17th, 2008

A six minute movie depicting “A Summary of Life, the Universe, and Everything”.

Inspired by Richard Dawkin’s best-selling book, The Ancestor’s Tale cinematically documents the evolution of life and the origiens of humans. Through selecting key events in the past, this film displays a passion for the scientific principles of evolution and optimism at human innovation.
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A Moment of Science

August 19th, 2008

A podcast service consisting of 2 minute programs which tackles all sorts of scientific subjects presented as questions and answers like “How big a stick would you need to measure the planet?” or “Problems with turning yourself invisible”.

You can listen to their podcasts here or download their audio files here. You can also read their transcripts here.

They allow the listener to add to the list of subjects by sending questions to amos [at] which makes this service very beneficial.

Produced by Indiana University, Bloomington, in cooperation with IU’s scientific community, and scientists around the world.

A former NASA astronaut who has walked on the moon has said aliens are not only real but have visited Earth several times

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One of the most common sleazy tricks used by various sorts of denialists comes back to statistics – invalid and deceptive sampling methods. In fact, the very first real post on the original version of this blog was a shredding of a paper by Mark and David Geier that did this.

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CutYour Footprint

May 12th, 2008

A website related to fighting global warming and helping you reduce your carbon footprint.

They have tips for you ranging from the easy and simple, like using energy saving light bulbs, to home improvements that require a bit more time and effort.

Physics Video Lectures

April 28th, 2008

Free video lectures on Modern Physics, Quantum Physics, Relativity & Cosmology.

You’ll need RealPlayer to see these.