Oct 24 2011

What have my students been thinking about lately?

I gave them an exam, that’s what. That and long boring lecturings at 8am on pattern formation in the nervous system. But otherwise, I’ve had them blogging, so we can take a peek into the brain of a typical college student and see what actually engages them.

I understand these are all the things all college students everywhere are contemplating.

(Also on Sb)


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  1. 1
    Glen Davidson

    I understand these are all the things all college students everywhere are contemplating.

    Facebook and porn, yes. Aquaporn isn’t something with which I am familiar.

    Oh…never mind.

    Glen Davidson

  2. 2
    Monado, FCD

    Wot no pizza?

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    (No boobs; didn’t read)

  4. 4
    Spanish Inquisitor

    The Porn blog post (which I naturally gravitated to first, as per the explanation) has a link that is not right.

    Here is the correct link.

  5. 5

    PZ, methinks Ruth should get some extra points if she were to bring in some brain cupcakes. Yes? Yes.

  6. 6

    Wow… not sure what’s up with your posting time. It’s not 6:50 pm here, nor where you are either. It’s 12:53 pm now….

  7. 7
    The Sailor

    IRT Visual hallucinations…in blind people

    I would be curious if it was experienced in any way by people blind from birth.

    We don’t actually see much, we pattern match, and for people have had sight the patterns are still there if they weren’t blinded by a neuro problem.

  8. 8
    The Sailor

    Gliewmeden, it’s UTC/GMT.

  9. 9
    'Tis Himself

    I read all of the blogs and discovered yet again how ignorant I am on certain subjects.

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    Nib deer? Nibble deer? Noob deer? Must maintain memeage.

  11. 11

    @ Therrin,

    Possibly the ultimate abbreviation will turn out to be an empty subset.

  12. 12


    Do you require your students to proofread?

  13. 13
    Greg P

    The blog about porn includes the following sentence: “Our programmed brains want us to have sex with as many people as possible, especially men.”

    Tee hee. And yes, I know what the author MEANS…

  14. 14

    Oh, hey! Porn! I know about that!

  15. 15
    Andy Groves

    Did you enjoy David’s visit? He’s a terrific speaker and very, very smart.

  16. 16

    I thought there was some doubt as to whether mirror neurons exist in humans.

    “Do mirror neurons exist in humans? A new study says `no.’”

    The Proceedings of the National Academy of Science isn’t generally a journal I regard as fringe-y.

  17. 17
    Evader, the parasite-infested branch on the evolutionary tree

    Maybe because Porn was already in the list, but I scanned the 3rd bullet as Aquaporn before seeing the rest of the list.

    Dirty mind.

  18. 18

    I know a lot of the college students *I* knew spent most of their time thinking about visual hallucinations, porn, Facebook, and synesthesia.

  19. 19

    Actually, this is what some students think about.

    Don’t knock synesthesia. How would you like it if your chicken tasted too pointy?

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