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Bloody computers: “what is cognitive science?” redux

Appropriately close to Halloween, IBM announced plans to develop super computers that run on what they’re calling “electronic blood” (see the BBC article about it here). The project is motivated by a desire to make computers more like the brain, which can use much less energy than traditional computers need to perform complex tasks. Researchers think … Continue reading

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Science confirms: reading useful

Do you like books? If so, you’ve just been validated! That’s one conclusion journalists have drawn from a paper published  in Science this month. In “Reading Literary Fiction Improves Theory of Mind,” social psychologists David Comer Kidd and Emanuele Castano describe five studies showing that reading literary fiction can improve our understanding of other people’s mental states. You can read The … Continue reading