If Kitty Genovese’s Story Is Not True, My Whole Undergrad Degree Is Built on Sand

Back when dinosaurs roamed the Earth, I studied Sociology at the University of Michigan. As a young 20-something woman, I was unsure what career field I should choose and so, like many young people still today, I spun the wheel. I was interested in why people did the things they did--so Sociology and, at U-M, its counterpart Social Psychology seemed the perfect field of study.Under the tutelage of some great profs and their sometimes-great laboratory assistants, I learned about people and … [Read more...]

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Why UC-Davis’ New Study of Free Will Is Horse Patootie

Free will, scientists at UC-Davis claim, may be nothing more than the result of background noise in the brain.  A study published in April in the Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience purports to show that humans' decisions can be predicted based on patterns of brain activity in the minutes before the choice is placed before them.According to The Independent, The brain has a normal level of so-called background noise; the researchers found that the pattern of activity in the brain in the … [Read more...]

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