Hiatus

Some of you might have noticed that I haven’t posted in the last couple of weeks.

A lot of stuff is happening at the moment, as I’m in the final run up to final exams, writing my dissertation and expecting the birth of my son.

As a result I’m putting this little project on hiatus for a couple months so I can get everything else finished. When I come back I’m going to try and do a complete restructuring of the site to make past posts more accessible.

Hopefully it’ll mean that this blog can actually be used as an easily navigable resource, rather than a blog that might on occassion make interesting reading.

I have a post or two already half drafted so I might put them out when I have the time, otherwise if anyone wants to throw a guest post this way to keep the site mildly active I would greatly appreciate it.

 

Thanks everyone for following so far, I’ll see you in a couple months!

Believing is Not Seeing: Visual Science and Reality part 2

Let’s get this straight from the off. You don’t see nearly as much as you think you do. In fact you barely see anything. You may think this is an exaggeration but I’m being serious. And I’ll explain why.

Before we start you should read the first post in this series.

Firstly you don’t see smooth motions in the world around you. The neurons in your eyes can’t work that fast (more…)

Believing is Not Seeing: Visual Science and Reality part 1

I’ve had to break this post down into two posts as it got a bit long.

So before I start on this bit I want everyone reading to take part in a very small experiment:

Put a hand over your left eye so you can’t see anything with it. Now lean back from the computer screen and stare at the cross on the left in the image below.

As you stare at the cross, move closer to the image (you can get pretty close).

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Versatile Blogger Award

I’m tempted to copy and paste EvoAnth‘s post (or just reblog it) to make my life easier, but no I might as well do this properly!

I’ve never been completely sure how much worth these awards seem to hold, although I have seen a couple floating around in the blogosphere. Chain blogging isn’t the most attractive of things to do… and I’m sure it doesn’t take a huge amount of work to win one, but people have put effort into sharing, and it’s nice to be recognised by a fellow blogger, so I might as well do the same.

So these are the guidelines:

• Nominate 15 other bloggers
• Inform your nominees
• Share 7 random facts about myself
• Thank the one who nominated you
• Add a picture of the award to this post

Let’s see how well I stick to them. I don’t know if I’m allowed to nominate people that the person who nominated me nominated (lots of nominates…). But I happen to agree with a few of his choices so I might add them if I run out of ideas!

I’ll just quickly add the photo:

Next I would like to thank EvoAnth who, like me, is also a versatile blogger. The recognition is greatly appreciated. And I am also thankful for the posting of my blog URL twice on his award post. If you didn’t mean to do it, you can keep it up there. I don’t mind :).

OK my nominees are:

Two bloggers who have interesting philosophies on how the world works, or should work. Well worth a read:

A couple of science bloggers who give an amusing, but accurate, outlook into the life of a scientist:
Some more science based blogs:

Science and Religion:

And I’m going to steal two from my nominators nominees:

  • Eye on the ICR – Creationist angst, which many will sympathise with, many will disagree with
  • Simian rivalry – two bloggers who hold completely different perspectives over science and religion battling it out over wordpress.

There! 15 blogs nominated. Sorry if some of it comes out in a weirdly small font, WordPress is acting up a bit today for me.

Now the 7 random facts:

  1. I play the piano.
  2. I was in Turkey when this earthquake hit.
  3. I have a slight fascination with all things developmental (especially neuro and psycho).
  4. I have eaten coco pops all my life and still have it almost every day.
  5. I am a lifetime member of the Beano (despite my parents begging me not to make such a commitment as a child).
  6. I’ve been reading a series of Sci-Fi fantasy books by Robert Jordan (the wheel of time) since I was 13. It’s over 10,000 pages long and the guy died before finishing it. so 8 years later I’m still waiting for the final book to come out…
  7. Final random point, and probably the most awesome/scary/crazy thing in my opinion: I’m going to have a son in a few months!

Complicatedly Colourful: Vision Science

The picture I’ve put up is one of a mouse retina. The green dots are cells that have been stained with a fluorescent dye. I’m showing you this partly to show you how many cells there are in a retina (only some of the cells are stained, and humans have even more than mice). It’s also partly to (more…)

Sight: The Science of Vision

Before I start I’m going to give you a couple of references to some relevant posts I have already made/reblogged:

The basics of sensory science

The causes of sensation – very relevant to this post

A reblogged think on colours and some other issues

If anyone still wants to they can vote in the poll on the sidebar!

OK let’s get started. (more…)