Spike activity 10-04-2015

Quick links from the past week in mind and brain news:

A new series of BBC Radio 4’s mind and brain magazine programme All in the Mind has just kicked off.

The New York Times has an excellent piece on America’s mental illness fuelled, jail and treatment revolving door: For Mentally Ill Inmates, a Cycle of Jail and Hospitals.

One of the few good, balanced pieces on the recent ‘genetics of sex offending’ study appeared in The Independent. Full open-access paper here if you want the original source.

MIT Tech Review reports an example of how the newly cloudified IBM AI system Watson will likely be applied more widely: focussed but free-form information provision at the human level. In this case, a museum tour guide that answers any question thrown at it.

A special documentary on Artificial Intelligence and Cinema was broadcast on BBC Radio 4. You can listen online, streamed only, because the BBC know that mp3s can kill.

New Scientist reports that a baboon bone has been found in the famous Lucy skeleton.

The pseudonymous and excellent neuroscience blogger Neuroskeptic is interviewed at Blogginheads.tv and we finally get to see his real face.

2 thoughts on “Spike activity 10-04-2015”

  1. What the heck is a “Neuroskeptic” anyway, and what are they so afraid of, that they seem to have such an ’emotional investment’ in continually picking quarrels with Neuroscientists?

  2. The New York Times has an excellent piece on America’s mental illness fuelled, jail and treatment revolving door: For Mentally Ill Inmates, a Cycle of Jail and Hospitals….” <—
    from the article above….

    Here in America, the private, for-profit "prison-industrial complex", and the "schools-to-prison pipeline" are in full-profit swing. google: "Corrections Corporations of America". Private, for-profit prisons are the leading driver of the gross over-diagnosis of so-called "mental illness". And, why are MOST "mentally ill" prison inmates kept in 23-hour a day lockdown/isolation?

    My God, the pseudo-science of psychiatry and Pharma are *EVIL*…..

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