reading babies’ minds

August 7, 2006 at 10:35 pm | | crazy figure contest, literature

This PNAS paper just freaked me out: Baby with wires coming out of the brain!

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If that’s not a “Worst Figure,” then what is?

The point of the paper was to test the theory that extended staring means that the baby didn’t anticipate what it saw, a common method used to test the world view of babies and monkeys. But I didn’t actually read the paper, because the figure scared me too much.

Thanks, Andrew, for bringing this paper to my attention. Thanks also for the nightmares. Very H.R. Geiger.

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  1. I think what makes that figure particularly freaky is the swastika carefully positioned just to the right of the left-most picture of the baby.

    Comment by jordan — August 8, 2006 #

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