January in review

We resumed meetings early in 2011 and have done quite a bit before the first semester at the UoA has started.

Our first meeting was on the 10th of January, where we discussed mental disorders. We watched a video from MIT about recent research on schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, which you can find here.

At our second meetup we talked about aesthetics. We watched a video of Denis Dutton discussing evolutionary aesthetics at TED (link). For a longer talk by Dutton, see this Authors@Google talk.

For our first social event, we went to see The King’s Speech at the movies. Most seem to think it was a great film (but see Christopher Hitchens’ article “Churchill Didn’t Say That“).

We discussed placebos and the placebo effect the same week, starting with a podcast from Skeptoid on the subject, which details some interesting research. We mainly focused on the ethics of using placebos, and the relationship with alternative medicine.

Posted on February 26, 2011, in Links, Meetings, Videos. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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