Puzzle: Hoped to Learn What? Teens & Music

Today’s Puzzle of the Day concerns a newly published study. The question is: What, if anything, did the researchers hope to learn by doing this research? The study is: “Using Ecological Momentary Assessment to Determine Media Use by Individuals With and Without Major Depressive Disorder,” Brian A. Primack, MD, EdM, MS [pictured here], et al., […]

Ig Nobel winner reviews a peer’s book

One Ig Nobel Prize winner (Chris McManus, biology prize 2002, for his study “Scrotal Asymmetry in Man and Ancient Sculpture“) reviewed a new book written by another Ig Nobel Prize winner (Daniel Lieberman, physics prize 2009, for analytically determining why pregnant women don’t tip over), in the February 17, 2011 issue of The Times Higher […]

Do ethicists steal more books (and stuff)?

“One might suppose that ethicists would behave with particular moral scruple,” begins the little monograph, looking you straight in the eye while snorting and grinning, textily. The two co-authors, philosophy professors who specialise in ethics, thus embark on what they call a “preliminary investigation” of their fellow ethics experts. Eric Schwitzgebel of the University of […]