April 27, 1991
It is just like Dodger fans to be more concerned with food service than play on the field. It takes great brains to stand in line five innings for a hot dog. MICHAEL McADAMS Upland
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 22, 1985
For years I've wondered why it's a dirty word to be a do-gooder, a bleeding heart or an intellectual. Is it better to be a do-badder? Wasn't Christ a bleeding heart? Doesn't intellectual imply brains? CORINNE C. WICKS Downey
March 13, 1993
So KMPC has brought back good old Bob Starr, who is even more sophomoric and redundant than the last time he was on Angel radio. Then, those pea brains team him with a guy (Billy Sample) who has absolutely no past connection with the club. Is it any wonder this team never wins? PETE GARDNER Sherman Oaks
May 5, 2002
Besides vampires and Hells Angels, rats may be the most public relations-challenged species of all time. Think about it. What are these pointy-nosed, pointy-tailed creatures good for? Chewing walls and wires, gnawing attic treasures, housing fleas and spreading the plague. So, how surprising to learn the other day that doctors in New York (not the surprising part) have wired rats to obey human commands. No, not to walk into rat traps. The doctors stuck three little wires into rat brains.
April 2, 2012 |
Jonah Lehrer is the Los Angeles guy who writes about brains, and he has them aplenty too. He wonders how our noggins make us individually distinct, and yet how the basic factory model means that so many of our brains are wired the same. In books such as "Proust Was a Neuroscientist," Lehrer metaphorically pokes at our gray matter, and in his latest, "Imagine, How Creativity Works," considers the neuroscience of the divine spark. For my "Patt Morrison Asks" column , I questioned him about the trope that depression can stimulate creativity, which invariably leads to the hypothetical, "If we'd been able to prescribe antidepressants for the dispirited geniuses of the past, would we be deprived of their music and their art?"
December 30, 2011 |
For typical city folk, there may be no creature more pedestrian than the pigeon, that ubiquitous gray denizen of the sidewalks. But the bird's reputation got a boost this month when psychologists at the University of Otago in Dunedin, New Zealand, announced that pigeons can count — a skill previously presumed to be unique to primates. The finding, which was published in the journal Science, is forcing experts to reconsider the evolution of mathematical ability. Postdoctoral fellow and study leader Damian Scarf explained why in a conversation with The Times.
February 18, 1990
It is ironic to me that here in Pasadena a young lady with an IQ of 70 was recently sent to the slammer for tossing her newborn out the window, killing the child, while some bozo in L.A. can suck the brains out of a baby a few weeks younger, get paid up to $8,000 and then state that the abortion procedure is his "passion." There is a terrible sickness here somewhere. KATHY ANDREWS Pasadena