Well, for this bloggist there was no shortage of subject matter. Where to start?
1. Psychopath brain wiring. The implications for neuro-law are either huge, or none at all.
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Shamay-Tsoory SG, Harari H, Aharon-Peretz J, Levkovitz Y., “The role of the orbitofrontal cortex in affective theory of mind deficits in criminal offenders with psychopathic tendencies., ” Cortex. 2009 May 18. [Epub ahead of print]doi:10.1016/j.cortex.2009.04.008
2. Fringe blogger Goldman Sachs conspiracy theories turn out to be largely factually correct, much to the horror of fringe bloggers — pointing to a larger trend of public pent up demand for exposure and explanation of wonky academic studies. Originally, I blogged about why Iraq had like an $80B surplus and linked it to the commodity futures trading commission exemption for GS oil futures index. With most of the details wrong, and in the context of a “ginormous power grab” the basic premise is looking — horrifically – correct: the financial services industry manipulates regulations to manipulate markets world wide as their own power grab.
3. Obesity ain’t a river in Egypt, but the river may cause obesity. Finally, the US Environmental Protection Agency is auditing the nation’s drinking water. My guess: we’re all drinking feminizing, toxic, roiling mixtures of endocrine disruptors. The nation’s water system is part of the infrastructure, and, like energy, needs a re-do. Probably we’ll be able to pin point some of the more egregious sources of endocrine-disrupters/obesity causing agents.
4. The Biology of Affiliate Fraud. Mr. Madoff targeted the Jewish society members and fake Rockefeller targeted the upper crust WASPS – are they amateur neurosociologists? Humans are herding animals at heart, and so this kind of affiliative fraud probably has a biological basis. More on that in 2010.
5. In Utero Epigenetics. This is where the nature/nurture rubber meets the road.