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Cognitions on cognition (and other science) from a psychology PhD student.
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#YoManuscript is the best hashtag on Twitter since #OverlyHonestMethods.

For those of you on Twitter — @NYTminuscontext is one of the best accounts out there. And this is obviously from John McWhorter’s NY Times piece I wrote about the other day.

For those of you on Twitter — @NYTminuscontext is one of the best accounts out there. And this is obviously from John McWhorter’s NY Times piece I wrote about the other day.

wuglife:

Heads up, tumblinguists who are also redditors! Famous sociolinguist Walt Wolfram will be giving an AMA (“ask me anything”) next Wednesday! Spread the word!

(via lesserjoke)

shychemist:

My big list of science blogs is now updated. You can view them at the links below (two posts because the original got too big)

Part 1

Part 2

Now for the new blogs!

THIS LIST HAS BEEN UPDATED AS OF APRIL 1ST, 2014.

Please Reblog this to give the new blogs exposure. Thank you.

New Blogs added:

Anthropology:

beautifulbonesstuff

iowaarchaeology

spooky-samhain

valdanderthal

westerndigs

Astronomy + Other:

astrogeologist

planetscience

snow-space-sorrow

Biology:

ecologybiology

kirstyjaneb

littlecaptainflux

Botany:

indefenseofplants

ubcbotany

Chemistry:

kcd-elements

moleculestore

General Science:

3ducation

astroslothlabs

celestial-music

crispysmartcookie

ecophys

justsomescience

le-science

melioravit

science-the-language-of-life

scienceinparticular

scigan

scigrrrl

smarterplanet

thescientificunicorn

wedoscience

General Science + Other:

anusmoses

bowtietoobomb

chasesciencetech

chemistrynerd11

dormeistergrey

dragonium119

losttomyownself

sando-calrissian

sinkhership

smithsonianmag

there-is-science

Geology:

jnminerals

rdoworld

rockorstone

weloveminerals

Mathematics:

yes-mathsiscool

Mathematics + Other:

edu-kate

sambolic

Paleontology:

a-pterosaur-a-day

Psychology:

metacogs

Zoology:

nerdrvt

Thanks for the shoutout, shychemist! If y’all ever wanted to follow more science blogs, here’s a cornucopia of them.

John McWhorter argues that our use of “like”, “totally”, and “lol” are signs that American English is becoming more polite. Not sure I believe that, but I’m always behind anyone who makes an argument that changing language does not mean regression or bastardization of the language. Due to politeness or not, our language is constantly changing, and what we say on a daily basis helps shape it.

My favorite example of a linguistic change that has happened in my lifetime is the meaning of the word ‘literally’. There’s a faction of dedicated folks who HATE that ‘literally’ has come to mean ‘figuratively’. To see an example of this, look no further than your Tumblr dash; people often post comments like “literally dead” in response to some meme (75% of the time this is a post where someone compares Benedict Cumberbatch to an alien/trash can/lizard/whatever). Obviously they aren’t actually dead, or else I’d be impressed they were posting.

Who are we to judge what literally should mean? In any case, it’s too late - people are already using it in a hyperbolic way. We all understand what the speaker means, and isn’t communication, not arbitrary rules, the point of language?

wired:

The Missouri University of Science and Technology just won April Fool’s Day.

wow much fools, very april

My new favorite thing: a summary of the Perlstein Lab's research as a rap. Read about the motivation for this video in Katie Fleeman's interview with Ethan Perlstein in the PLOS Student Blog.

I just read an interview with Neil deGrasse Tyson where he said he thought that the gap between scientists and non-scientists is cultural. He explained that the average person watches 30 hours of TV a week, whereas many scientists don’t even own a TV.

This is why I’m a fan of pieces that couch scientific concepts in pop culture. I’m not a clinical psychologist so I don’t know much about psychiatric disorders, and I found this post entertaining and informative. Best of both worlds!

Although, WARNING: There are Season 2 spoilers.

The always-fantastic Jorge Cham of PhD Comics explains the biggest science finding of the year (so far, anyway!)