Brain Blog Reviews
I have a brain and I’m not too afraid of hacking into it….metaphorically speaking. I do so by reading about it. Below are some of the blogs I follow with a quick review on what I like about each of them.
Postcards from the Id is written by a “forensic psychologist who examines the lighter side of clinical and forensic psychology, with pop culture and other personal interests thrown in for good measure.” Id as defined by dictionary.com is: “noun, the part of the psyche, residing in the unconscious, that is the source of instinctive impulses that seek satisfaction in accordance with the pleasure principle and are modified by the ego and the superego before they are given overt expression.” This blog is mostly about articles written by other professionals and he explains them in more detail or critiques them. It’s organized well with a variety of topics listed. I laughed out loud when I looked closely at the baby picture he’s got on his blog – now that is a thinking baby!
The Blog: Sam Harris – Sam Harris is today’s patriarch of secular thinking and pretty hard core with his Atheism. I’ve heard some describe him as an “Evangelical Atheist” which I think Sam would like. He’s very direct and makes some valid points….but I also think he goes overboard. The title of his most recent blog is a good example of overboard….”Science On the Brink of Death.” Really? Science is dying? The post is about a recently released and popular Near Death Experience book written by a neurosurgeon who had the experience. Sam is concerned that the book and the author, a man of science, gives NDE undue credibility. Sam Harris is very smart. He writes and speaks well on topics like free will, meditation, religion, right vs. wrong, and the brain. So I read his blogs, but do so knowing his agenda is to promote secular thinking.
Brain Blogger in a word is….professional! They review news and research as it relates to neuroscience, psychology, psychiatry and all other fields dealing with the brain. It’s very interesting and an award winning blog. This part from the Editor’s page is worth sharing: “Nowadays, we all too often encounter blogs that have taken the path of greed that ultimately compromise their editorial content — most damaging (and revolting), paid reviews. However, with several hundred original articles and thousands of comments from our readers, we can proudly say that Brain Blogger adheres to ethical principles and journalistic integrity.” They take a very analytical and conservative approach to what they post about and it’s written somewhere between the understanding levels of laymen and professional.
I like science….and all that we know in the various fields of science comes from ambitious blessed brains so I read the science section at HuffPost. As I write this, people are commenting on their post that NASA found water on Mercury. Water! You know, from learning in your basic science classes, that’s a key ingredient for life!
eSkeptic is put out by Michael Shermer, who is critical thinker extraordinaire! On this blog, they explore, examine, and quite frankly, slam dunk extraordinary claims. They solicit for donations and sell stuff, but if your patient enough to navigate around that you’ll find interesting articles. Lately, there’s been discussion about Steve Jobs choosing alternative cancer treatments over traditional ones. Jobs did a biography book just before dying and his author wrote about his “magical thinking” and how it was a key element in his Apple success. Shermer’s blog questions magical thinking gone astray when it came to Jobs decision of alternative medicine rather than surgery.