How Stupid Do I Think I Am?

johnskylar:

The other night, I went for drinks with a new friend, the chemical engineer and science writer Boonsri Dickinson.  Boonsri and I both know what a PhD program looks like on the inside, and it didn’t take much for me to get her to echo a thought I have all the time: science is about feeling stupid.

Read More

Hey, this will make you feel ok temporarily! 

True, much more is known about the criminal, his habits and his history, than ever before; but we are still confronted by the problem of an ever-increasing criminal population -if statistics on incarcerated men are to be believed. Much time has been spent in trying to understand the man, and rightly so; but comparatively little has been done about his rehabilitation. You may study the man, diagnose him, type him, catalogue him, and punish him; yet, you still have the man before you
If there’s a better place to work…….. there’s not.

If there’s a better place to work…….. there’s not.

thirteenny:

nycgov:

Manhattan progress, by the numbers:
Since 2001, Manhattan has grown by more than 56,755 people, bringing its population to 1,619,090.
Manhattan has become a safer place to live, work and visit than ever before, with overall crime down by 36.8 percent since 2001.

Very interesting! 

I clipped most of the bullet points that don’t apply to my comment, so pls see the OP for those interesting bits, but my lab will be able to explain NYCgov and its Mayor, very detailed data, that’s never been analyzed before about WHY the city (and its boroughs) has become safer, in what ways specifically, and how to potentially anticipate other changes in crime, crime types, effects of legislature on DUIs over time, effects of convictions based on police hires vs civilian staff hires… which would shed light on finance issues and how to guide policy to continue the safer city streak. Mr. Mayor, we should talk.

thirteenny:

nycgov:

Manhattan progress, by the numbers:

  • Since 2001, Manhattan has grown by more than 56,755 people, bringing its population to 1,619,090.
  • Manhattan has become a safer place to live, work and visit than ever before, with overall crime down by 36.8 percent since 2001.

Very interesting! 

I clipped most of the bullet points that don’t apply to my comment, so pls see the OP for those interesting bits, but my lab will be able to explain NYCgov and its Mayor, very detailed data, that’s never been analyzed before about WHY the city (and its boroughs) has become safer, in what ways specifically, and how to potentially anticipate other changes in crime, crime types, effects of legislature on DUIs over time, effects of convictions based on police hires vs civilian staff hires… which would shed light on finance issues and how to guide policy to continue the safer city streak. Mr. Mayor, we should talk.

To my mind,” he said, “it’s not clear whether the evidence of these brain abnormalities should be considered mitigating or exacerbating.”

In other words, let’s say you’re in charge of sentencing a criminal. Looking at the evidence, you’re convinced that this man is unable to control his impulses—that’s just the way he’s wired. Unfortunately, those impulses lead him to do violent, unspeakable things. And since we don’t have the tools (so far) to fix his faulty wiring, he’s likely to act the same way next time an impulse strikes.

Does that mean he should get a lighter sentence because his wiring isn’t his fault? Or does it mean he should get a harsher one, to prevent the future crimes he seems bound to commit?

My lab director on Radiolab today, chatting about the John McCluskey case. I’d love to hear your thoughts on this one…
Lab update: asked to read & help out a teeny-tiny bit with a 16 chapter textbook on cognitive neuroscience. Gonna go ahead and file this under ‘good ass opportunity none of us saw coming’.

Lab update: asked to read & help out a teeny-tiny bit with a 16 chapter textbook on cognitive neuroscience. Gonna go ahead and file this under ‘good ass opportunity none of us saw coming’.

Hang in there.

Hang in there.

Neuroscience Is Getting Its Day in Court, Whether It's Ready or Not - Wired Science

Decent article quickly hitting a few main points and also mentioning the more well executed ‘fmri in court’ studies (i.e., The Seductive allure of the “Seductive Allure”). Worth a read, I’ll be in lab.

Wake up scientists.

I like to say laBORatory, but that’s me. Glam science lifecasting. 

I’m here. Sleeping on a floor. But dammit Janet, I’m here.

I’m here. Sleeping on a floor. But dammit Janet, I’m here.