Quick links from the past week in mind and brain news:
Psychedelic chemist, godfather of Ecstasy, and lover of phenethylamines, Alexander Shulgin, has left the building. PhysOrg has an obituary.
New Republic looks back at 50 years of the landmark account of psychosis ‘I Never Promised You a Rose Garden’.
The US Secret Service wants a sarcasm detection tool for Twitter reports The Telegraph. Their irony detection tool is apparently still switched off.
Aeon Magazine has a piece on how artificial intelligence is being used to develop the first generation of sex robots. Voight-Kampff plugin for Tinder coming soon.
Mosaic has an extensive article on the US Military’s interest in boosting the brain by passing small electrical currents through it.
Go check out this excellent piece on ‘mirror neurons’ and what they’re likely to be actually doing from Nautilus magazine.
Advances in the History of Psychology blog has an interesting piece on how Little Albert may not have been correctly identified after all.
How to Criticize with Kindness: Philosopher of Mind Daniel Dennett brings some wisdom and describes the four steps to arguing intelligently over at Brain Pickings.
The Economist has a great interview with risk psychologist Gerd Gigerenzer.