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Book review – Deep Thinkers: An Exploration of Intelligence in Whales, Dolphins, and Porpoises

Cetacean intelligence remains a topic of intense interest, and has been the subject of several excellent books in recent years, such as Are Dolphins Really Smart? 681 more words

Book Review

The Adventures of Doc Moreau and I, 16: Good Dog Patented Nose Brain Grafts

Doc Moreau has been working on a nose/brain graft that will enable us and/or dogs to smell bad ideas.


‘Dogs with human brains or humans with dog’s noses?’ he said at a recent press conference. 138 more words

Bill Herbert

The social and cultural roots of whale and dolphin brains

Encephalization, or brain expansion, underpins humans’ sophisticated social cognition, including language, joint attention, shared goals, teaching, consensus decision-making and empathy. These abilities promote and stabilize cooperative social inter-actions, and have allowed us to create a ‘cognitive’ or ‘cultural’ niche and colonize almost every terrestrial ecosystem. 152 more words


Pigeons better at multitasking than Humans

Pigeons are capable of switching between two tasks as quickly as humans — and even more quickly in certain situations. These are the findings of biopsychologists who had performed the same behavioral experiments to test birds and humans. 117 more words



Psilocybin  a hallucinogenic compound found in magic mushrooms, may help re-set the activity of neural circuits in the brain that are involved in depression. Magic mushroom enthusiasts have long believed that the drug’s ability to induce  168 more words

Science Technology

Living Near a Forest Keeps Your Brain Healthier

A neuroimaging study reveals city dwellers who live closer to forests were more likely to have healthier amygdala structure and were better able to deal with stressful situations. 38 more words