Day: July 6, 2010
You listen like a chicken, man!
For more than a century, neuroscientists believed that the brains of humans and other mammals differed from the brains of other animals, such as birds (and so were presumably better). This belief was based, in part, upon the readily evident physical structure of the neocortex, the region of the brain responsible for complex cognitive behaviors. … Read more
What happened to the page-turner novel?
Too much modern fiction is dreary, slow-moving and downright boring, argues Harry Mount. People have been declaring the death of the novel ever since the first novelist, Petronius, held the first launch party 2,000 years ago, in Rome. The latest doom-monger is Lee Siegel, a witty columnist on the New York Observer – one of … Read more