Mental Illness as a Language

Read this article in the Indiana Daily Student here....Mental health is an increasingly important issue. The World Health Organization estimates mental disorders will have become the world’s largest cause of death and disability by 2020. [3] Alongside this, we've put forth tremendous effort to understand our mental health from a scientific point-of-view. Our post-Enlightenment positivist … Continue reading Mental Illness as a Language

How Much Do We Know About the Brain?

Read this article in the Indiana Daily Student here....Neuroscience is sexy - don't believe the hype.Neuroscience, the scientific study of the nervous system, has allowed us to understand how our brains work.In addition, with our ever-increasing knowledge of social and behavioral sciences, we have gained a lot of insight into human behavior. And neuroscience gives … Continue reading How Much Do We Know About the Brain?

A Modern Look at Science’s Anglophonia

Don't cross the streams: Mark Twain messing around in Nikola Tesla's laboratory in 1894. Twain's fascination with technology lead him to engage in many amazing conversations with the physicist-engineer. The literature and writing covering Tesla's work (from the oscillator, the lightbulb, and the alternating current), much like the rest of science, wouldn't be the same without … Continue reading A Modern Look at Science’s Anglophonia

A Philosophy of Life at IU: On Volunteering, Leadership, and Well-roundedness

“The really important kind of freedom involves attention and awareness and discipline, and being able truly to care about other people and to sacrifice for them over and over in myriad petty, unsexy ways every day. That is real freedom. That is being educated, and understanding how to think." - David Foster WallaceWhen David Foster … Continue reading A Philosophy of Life at IU: On Volunteering, Leadership, and Well-roundedness

Douglas Hofstadter’s perpetual search for beauty

"Hofstadter's butterfly, showing the energy levels, E, of Bloch electrons in a magnetic field.In the limit of weak modulation, shown here, the inverse magnetic flux ratio Φ0/Φ determines the internal structure of a Landau band. For example, at Φo/Φ = 1/3, a Landau band splits into three sub-bands." Rarely do you find people so influential across … Continue reading Douglas Hofstadter’s perpetual search for beauty

Are You a Bromide? Find out with These Three Easy Questions!

1. Which of the following would you most likely want to form a bond with?a.) Aluminumb.) A Texas Carbonc.) Texasd.) Probably someone who is both reliable and interesting2. Do you care about culture or the arts?a.) Nah.b.) Yeah!3. Have you ever wanted to attack a primary carbon attached to an ideal leaving group?a.) Of course.b.) … Continue reading Are You a Bromide? Find out with These Three Easy Questions!