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Liberal Interpretations

Making sense of Justin Trudeau and his party

Clock Watching

The nuclear threat lingers still

Spending Power

Can compassion and efficiency be combined in the use of public funds?

Rebecca Saxe

Rebecca Saxe researches the cognitive neuroscience of social cognition—how we think about other minds—in the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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Your Brain: Flexible or Hard-Wired?

A new book’s claims about brain plasticity may be overstated January–February 2008
On the back surface of each of your eyes, there is a scrawny, upside-down image with a hole in it, containing about two thirds of the scene in front of you. Over the first fraction of a second after light from the world reaches your eyes, this image is transformed by your brain into a single stable and richly detailed perception of the three-dimensional…