How Long Does It Take to Get to Tatooine? [The New Yorker]
"We use much more brainpower on subjects that interest us."
The Thoreau Poison
- Caleb Crain of The New Yorker
takes a closer look at the ideas explored in
"Brain training games don't actually make you smarter.
" Looking at recent meta-analyses and replication attempts of studies showing increased cognitive abilities gained from brain-training games, the New Yorker article comes to the conclusion that the results are suspect and these games haven't been shown to improve cognitive abilities broadly. Currently, brain training is a multi-million-dollar business.
Has something gone wrong with the scientific method? That's the big question Jonah Lehrer (pr
) raises in his new New Yorker piece
on the Decline Effect. (Sub required; check the summary here
, or pdf here
Dave Bry at The Awl
uses Lehrer's revelations to start and extended riff on how much science one really needs
; Lehrer himself goes into more detail about why he wrote the article in a lengthy blog post at Wired
, and as for me --- well, I think I'm just going to spend a few days being a little less certain that we can prove very much about how a few extra X chromosomes affect corporate bottom lines
, whether you can tell dick about the nature of liberalism or conservatism by where and how people glance at things
, or even what the hell is going on with that damn burger
The Invasion From Outer Space:
Steven Millhauser gives The New Yorker
a short, unsettling sci-fi story.