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David Rioch (1900-1985)[edit]

One of the most significant developments in biology in the past half century was the emergence, in the late 1950s and early 1960s, of neuroscience as a distinct discipline. We review here factors that led to the convergence into a common discipline of the traditional fields of neurophysiology, neuroanatomy, neurochemistry, and behavior, and we emphasize the seminal roles played by David McKenzie Rioch, Francis O Schmitt, and especially Stephen W Kuffler in creating neuroscience as we now know it.[1]

Note: we still have no article on David Rioch. Viriditas (talk) 10:28, 10 November 2014 (UTC)

Thanks for letting me know. I'm embarrassed to say that I don't recognize the name! As it happens, I'm about to be away from Wikipedia while, ironically, attending a neuroscience conference, but I'll look into turning it from red to blue when I get back (although any of my talk page watchers should feel free to beat me to it). --Tryptofish (talk) 20:41, 10 November 2014 (UTC)
Maybe someone at the conference could address the problem. Viriditas (talk) 01:16, 11 November 2014 (UTC)
  • I don't suppose it even occurred to you to have me invited to give my wildly popular PG talk. Harrumph. EEng (talk) 06:55, 12 November 2014 (UTC)
OK, you're invited. But I will be at another session. (I didn't know you were an expert on Procter and Gamble.) --Tryptofish (talk) 20:24, 12 November 2014 (UTC)
This film is Pretty Good
There seems to be some confusion... EEng (talk) 23:34, 12 November 2014 (UTC)
If discretion is required, I'll be very discreet. And, all joking aside, I want to very sincerely express my appreciation to you over the fact that we genuinely are making progress on that PG page. I'm happy that we are finding ways to make things work, and I thank you for your cooperation in achieving that. --Tryptofish (talk) 23:38, 12 November 2014 (UTC)

Still a red link! Viriditas (talk) 21:17, 15 December 2014 (UTC)

Yeah, and I feel guilty about that. I've been busy in real life, and there's a content dispute that has been eating up way too much of my time on-Wiki. There's also a page about a public aquarium that I promised to help with, and I haven't gotten around to that either. Mea culpa. --Tryptofish (talk) 21:20, 15 December 2014 (UTC)
I just started User:Viriditas/David Rioch. Viriditas (talk) 04:03, 19 December 2014 (UTC)
Thanks so much! I've just put it on my watchlist, and I'll try to help with it as soon as I can. --Tryptofish (talk) 00:00, 20 December 2014 (UTC)
If you can provide copies of the sources listed in the further reading section, that would go a long way to helping. Thanks. Viriditas (talk) 00:11, 20 December 2014 (UTC)

Good job on the article! You're welcome to move it to mainspace at any time and nominate it for DYK. Viriditas (talk) 02:57, 26 December 2014 (UTC)

Thanks! And thank you for getting it started and for making me aware of a subject I did not previously even know about. Yes, at this point I don't think we need to do more before taking it live, and I cannot think of anything more I want to add. If you'd like, I'll go ahead with those things soon, and then I'll add some categories and some links from other pages to it. --Tryptofish (talk) 14:52, 26 December 2014 (UTC)
There are several non-free images floating around; if you like, I can upload one. I also notice that many of the sources discussed the importance of selected publications. Perhaps a section highlighting these citations would help? Finally, the further reading section has important sources that can help fill in the biography and complete it. I can make a request on the resource board, if that will help. Viriditas (talk) 21:01, 26 December 2014 (UTC)
I'm about to start the DYK next. Personally, I prefer to stay away from non-free images, and only use genuinely free ones, but of course it's subjective. It might be best not to get involved with those kinds of files until after the DYK has run; no point in inviting a reason for a reviewer to argue. I looked for those further readings, and didn't have access to them, so that request would be a good idea. Likewise, the selected publications would be a good idea too, and I was thinking that if I got around to looking at them, I could expand some on the specific areas where he advanced the field. --Tryptofish (talk) 21:14, 26 December 2014 (UTC)
PS: I added some related content at Neuroscience and History of neuroscience that I feel quite happy about. --Tryptofish (talk) 21:16, 26 December 2014 (UTC)

Yes check.svg Done Template:Did you know nominations/David Rioch. --Tryptofish (talk) 22:56, 26 December 2014 (UTC)

Thanks. I opened a resource request for the Psychiatry article. If you have access to university library stacks, maybe you could send me a copy? Viriditas (talk) 07:05, 27 December 2014 (UTC)
NQ was kind enough to send it to me. I've got a bunch of articles that I need to send you. Since you don't do email, I'll put them on a temporary dropbox and you can access them from there. Let me know if that's OK. Viriditas (talk) 08:10, 27 December 2014 (UTC)
Yes, that's very helpful, thanks. I'm afraid that I no longer have access to university libraries. --Tryptofish (talk) 15:02, 27 December 2014 (UTC)
I'll link to the Dropbox account here when I have the documents uploaded. Viriditas (talk) 00:41, 28 December 2014 (UTC)
Dropbox. Please let me know when you are done downloading so I can delete the folder. Viriditas (talk) 02:32, 28 December 2014 (UTC)
I've got all the files downloaded now. Thanks! --Tryptofish (talk) 15:15, 28 December 2014 (UTC)

RfA: 'Some data that I would like to see'[edit]

Hi. See the most recent threads at WT:RfA and a current RfA in that context. Cheers, Kudpung กุดผึ้ง (talk) 22:58, 11 November 2014 (UTC)

Hi, Kudpung. I looked where you suggested, and I'm going to try to write my thoughts about the "data" section that I started, although I'm painfully busy with off-Wiki things right now. Was there something specific you wanted me to notice, other than the unexplained oppose and the "opposes" in the support section? --Tryptofish (talk) 00:24, 12 November 2014 (UTC)

Copyright checks when performing AfC reviews[edit]

Hello Tryptofish. This message is part of a mass mailing to people who appear active in reviewing articles for creation submissions. First of all, thank you for taking part in this important work! I'm sorry this message is a form letter – it really was the only way I could think of to covey the issue economically. Of course, this also means that I have not looked to see whether the matter is applicable to you in particular.

The issue is in rather large numbers of copyright violations ("copyvios") making their way through AfC reviews without being detected (even when easy to check, and even when hallmarks of copyvios in the text that should have invited a check, were glaring). A second issue is the correct method of dealing with them when discovered.

If you don't do so already, I'd like to ask for your to help with this problem by taking on the practice of performing a copyvio check as the first step in any AfC review. The most basic method is to simply copy a unique but small portion of text from the draft body and run it through a search engine in quotation marks. Trying this from two different paragraphs is recommended. (If you have any question about whether the text was copied from the draft, rather than the other way around (a "backwards copyvio"), the Wayback Machine is very useful for sussing that out.)

If you do find a copyright violation, please do not decline the draft on that basis. Copyright violations need to be dealt with immediately as they may harm those whose content is being used and expose Wikipedia to potential legal liability. If the draft is substantially a copyvio, and there's no non-infringing version to revert to, please mark the page for speedy deletion right away using {{db-g12|url=URL of source}}. If there is an assertion of permission, please replace the draft article's content with {{subst:copyvio|url=URL of source}}.

Some of the more obvious indicia of a copyvio are use of the first person ("we/our/us..."), phrases like "this site", or apparent artifacts of content written for somewhere else ("top", "go to top", "next page", "click here", use of smartquotes, etc.); inappropriate tone of voice, such as an overly informal tone or a very slanted marketing voice with weasel words; including intellectual property symbols (™,®); and blocks of text being added all at once in a finished form with no misspellings or other errors.

I hope this message finds you well and thanks again you for your efforts in this area. Best regards--Fuhghettaboutit (talk) 02:20, 18 November 2014 (UTC).

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welcome back![edit]

hope SfN was great this year! i heard some good things. Jytdog (talk) 21:41, 20 November 2014 (UTC)

Thanks, that was fast! Yes, I always find it a very worthwhile meeting. Now, I have to dig my way out of all the things I'm behind on here. --Tryptofish (talk) 21:43, 20 November 2014 (UTC)
Can you talk a little bit about the neurogenesis poster presentations you saw? I'm particularly interested in growing a second brain. Viriditas (talk) 23:38, 20 November 2014 (UTC)
Myself, I have enough trouble with the one brain that I have! There were over 31,000 people at the meeting, so obviously I could not even come close to seeing everything that was presented, and neurogenesis is not something I follow closely. But what I do know is that a lot of progress is happening in neurogenesis at the cellular level, whereas we are many years away from being able to grow entire brains, and still some years away from being able to get small parts of brains to regrow. Here are some sessions that dealt with that topic: [2] and [3]. (Note: not peer-reviewed.) --Tryptofish (talk) 23:55, 20 November 2014 (UTC)
Yeah, I saw them, which is why I asked. I've talked to a few people with TBIs who are in clinical trials, and I assumed (possibly erroneously) that they may have been involved in some kind of neurogenesis trial. I'm curious, what do you think what happen if we had widely available smart drugs (beyond provagil, phenibut, and the widely abused ADHD drugs). I mean, we already have "stupid" drugs, legal and illegal, that people can get a hold of, and that may contribute to the high levels of crime, violence, road fatalities and other public health issues. We all know about how much damage alcohol and tobacco do to a society, yet they are everywhere. Caffeine doesn't necessarily make people smarter but more alert, and my pet theory at this time is that caffeine increases aggression in people genetically predisposed to it. In any event, what would happen if smart drugs were available on every street corner? Can you envision how that would help or hurt society? Viriditas (talk) 00:04, 21 November 2014 (UTC)
Personally, I'm very skeptical that there really will be such a thing as a smart drug (as opposed to drugs that simply increase alertness and so forth, and make people think incorrectly that they are smarter). For one thing, the route of administration would matter (maybe intranasal, but not likely by mouth). For another, it's a question of increasing function in very specific parts of the brain without affecting function elsewhere. Drugs for improving cognition in Alzheimer's disease have been very disappointing. As for society, my best guess is that such a thing would first find its way to the very wealthy or powerful, before getting to the street. I think that something that truly makes people smarter would create terrible inequality unless it were provided to everyone equally. --Tryptofish (talk) 00:19, 21 November 2014 (UTC)
What do you make of the evidence that this is already happening? Take, for example, the offlabel use of ADHD drugs as nonmedical prescription stimulants by students in the United States. There are estimates showing that as many as 500,000 students are using the drug in college (on and offlabel), out of the five million prescriptions on file. It is also alleged that the "great Adderall shortage" of the last few years is due to offlabel use by students. Granted, this isn't necessarily a "smart drug", but it is being used this way and may be contributing to an "arms race" of sorts amongst students. In other words, students who don't need them might be pressured into using them to "keep up" with their classmates. I also know of a number of scientists in highly respected research institutions who use them offlabel to perform their work. Of course, the term "offlabel" is used very loosely here, as they can easily get a prescription by mimicking the symptoms and requesting the drug. Viriditas (talk) 01:59, 21 November 2014 (UTC)
I probably don't know anything about it that you didn't just say. I think the "arms race" is a very sad phenomenon. This is the first I've heard of it in the context of academic science, but I'm regrettably not surprised, having worked in the field myself for many years. I left the field, professionally, several years ago, for a variety of reasons, but one part of it was my growing disgust with what does indeed seem like an over-competitiveness over diminishing research funding and other resources. Academia, at least in the US, has become a rather ugly place to do serious basic science. Talking to friends of mine who are still in it, at the meeting I just got back from, makes me glad that I found a way to move on. --Tryptofish (talk) 21:35, 21 November 2014 (UTC)
Do you see any potential in the brain-computer interface (BCI) sector, with products like NeuroSky? Viriditas (talk) 00:23, 23 November 2014 (UTC)
I don't know about products that are already starting to come into commercial production, but I think the basic research in that area looks splendid in the long run. Not for "smartness", but for neurological conditions that are neuranatomically localized, such as Parkinson's disease, where there has already been spectacular progress. I've seen some very promising preliminary work on applications even to major depression, although it's still very much in the early stages. --Tryptofish (talk) 00:30, 23 November 2014 (UTC)

Shameless advertising[edit]

Whatever you do, don't read User:Tryptofish/ACE2014! --Tryptofish (talk) 23:05, 23 November 2014 (UTC)

ACE2014 question[edit]

Hey, I answered the question you asked me. Sorry it took me a while to get to it. Ks0stm (TCGE) 21:50, 24 November 2014 (UTC)

Thanks, and good luck! --Tryptofish (talk) 22:11, 24 November 2014 (UTC)

Opioid dependence[edit]

I see you are working on improving opioid dependence. Do you have any insight into the efficacy of ibogaine treatment centers in Mexico and Canada, and the rationale for the United States to make it more difficult for addicts to get help? It almost looks like the US wants addicts to remain sick or die off. Viriditas (talk) 21:06, 30 November 2014 (UTC)

Ah, opioid dependence is something where I have a deep and longtime interest in the source material! I don't have much research experience specifically with ibogaine, but I've seen documentary coverage of it (maybe it was on VICE?). Anecdotally, it sure looks like it works, at least for some people. Hard to be sure why, and possibly it's like electroconvulsive shock. The tricky thing with opioid dependence (and in my opinion with all kinds of substance dependencies) is that individual people differ from one another, a lot. So there's really no way of knowing whether or not ibogaine works consistently or for most opioid addicts, without a controlled trial. And that leads to the second part of your question. There is absolutely no doubt (per me) that the long history of drug prudishness in the US gets in the way of drug research, as well as the fact that drug laws finance the for-profit prison industry. I don't think that there are any scientists or physicians who want to see addicts die off, but scientists have to get funding, and I know for a fact that the leadership of NIDA always have to look over their shoulders to see whether those genuises in Congress are going to dislike something they might fund. (By the way, it should be obvious, but I'm answering with my real life opinions, not as a Wikipedia editor.) --Tryptofish (talk) 21:26, 30 November 2014 (UTC)
Thanks. I'm more familiar with the social history, and I've listened to a lot of audio interviews with former addicts. My understanding is that in therapeutic sessions, the majority of addicts lose the craving and feel at peace with themselves for the first time. It's like the addiction has been surgically removed from their mind. Of course, they probably require major followup therapy to avoid relapse, but from listening to the addicts, it's like a huge burden has been lifted from their shoulders. One would think that in an evidence-based medical profession, these treatment centers would be available across the US. I am forced to conclude, however, that someone at a very high level is benefiting from keeping addicts addicted, and keeping the drugs flowing into the country. I've read elsewhere that if the flow of drugs into the country was stopped, the entire, global financial system would collapse, as it depends and runs on narco-profits. I don't know if that is true, of course. It is unusual, however, that prior to 9/11, the Taliban had virtually eliminated opium production. After 9/11, the US was and continues to be flooded with heroin, which is destroying communities and adding new blood to the prison industrial complex. Viriditas (talk) 21:40, 30 November 2014 (UTC)
As for relapse, that's a big deal, for people who are prone to it. And it's very possible that the addicts who make their ways to Canada or Mexico are different than the many more who don't. Some people can walk away from opioids, and other people cannot. No question about the benefits to someone in power, and it's the prisons who contribute money to Congressional candidates. All the evidence in the world won't shake loose the funding one needs to do the study to allow a treatment center to open, if the funders are afraid of getting fired if they give you the funding. (Added after edit conflict: What you added subsequently, about 9/11, I don't believe that.) --Tryptofish (talk) 21:47, 30 November 2014 (UTC)
What part don't you believe? Is it true that prior to 9/11, world opium production had fallen due to the Taliban? And is it true, after the subsequent invasion of Afghanistan, opium production resumed and reached its highest levels, with increasing imports into the US while the US was occupying the country? Have you been following the long, series of investigations into heroin availability in the US in the major media for the last 10 years? And what about the similarity to opium availability during the Vietnam war? Viriditas (talk) 21:52, 30 November 2014 (UTC)
Oh, I'm just thinking about 9/11 conspiracy theories, but maybe I misunderstood why you said it. I sure don't think anyone in the West made 9/11 happen so that heroin profits would increase! Prisons being big business in the US and big business funding politics in the US are phenomena that predate 9/11 and continue for reasons having nothing to do with 9/11. But Vietnam – there's a great example of something I said above. Many US troops used heroin over there. A small percentage came home addicted. But the large majority came back and never relapsed; they just walked away from heroin without having become addicted. And think of alcohol: most people can use it socially without becoming addicted, but a small percentage are alcoholics. Many people like me, who have looked closely at the science, believe that most addictive substances are only addictive to a subset of people, not to everyone who ever tries them. --Tryptofish (talk) 22:01, 30 November 2014 (UTC)
The Taliban banned opium production in early 2001.[4] Feel free to delete or archive this discussion. Viriditas (talk) 22:03, 30 November 2014 (UTC)


I felt I had to defend my intellect[5] ;-). Best, AGK [•] 23:11, 3 December 2014 (UTC)

Yeah, I actually realized that you intended it that way. But I sure don't have to tell you that it would have been just a matter of time before people would have found a reason to construe it the other way. Better to be inappropriate than to be incompetent, I guess. Face-smile.svg --Tryptofish (talk) 23:18, 3 December 2014 (UTC)

Some old discussion[edit]

[6], as you know that I didn't had enough time to contribute then, I was more concerned with few other issues and I couldn't describe better. I really meant to say "Except", I was saying that the section about non-creationism theory of Jains must not be removed because it has been criticized by numerous notable people, including Dayanand Saraswati.

I thought of removing that question from your comment, but then I thought of telling you about it. I hope that I have clarified. Bladesmulti (talk) 10:27, 7 December 2014 (UTC)

Hi! I had completely forgotten about that long-ago discussion, and currently, I actually do not care about it at all, so what you are telling me here is no problem at all. By the way, according to WP:TPO, you should never remove parts of what other editors have said (except for some special exceptions that do not apply here), but you can always add a new reply of your own. In this case, I'm perfectly happy if we both just forget about it. --Tryptofish (talk) 18:53, 7 December 2014 (UTC)
Of course I am aware of changing others comments, that's why I thought of informing you about the unanswered, instead of changing it. Anyways, having these articles on watchlist is good though as no one knows that when the material is being removed again, or it is nominated for deletion. Bladesmulti (talk) 19:16, 7 December 2014 (UTC)

Wealth and religion[edit]

Are you watching Wealth and religion anymore? I am having edit war with SPAs. Although I had explained my changes on talk(page), some weeks ago. Bladesmulti (talk) 15:45, 8 December 2014 (UTC)

It's still on my watchlist but I haven't been paying close attention due to other issues taking more of my time. I'll take a look now that you have asked me. --Tryptofish (talk) 21:33, 8 December 2014 (UTC)
OK, I've looked. I'm not seeing anything that is out of control, in that you have been able to revert the edits that you object to, and there isn't an active edit war. It does look like one or more other people come back from time to time, and reinstall the questioned material without really explaining why. Most of the material that was disputed is stuff where I don't have a strong opinion and I don't care very much. I do notice that the other editor said that some of the person names they tried to delete are not actually on lists of the richest people. It seems to me that is something that can be objectively checked in sources. So if there is good sourcing, add that to the page, and if there isn't, then you could agree to deleting the names. Also, I saw that you placed a rather strongly worded comment about sockpuppetry on that editor's talk page, and that leaves me with some concerns about WP:BITE. It's certainly possible that the IPs are the same person editing logged out, especially since they seem to have the same concerns, but they could also be different people who looked at the page and simply disagree with you. If you really are concerned, it is better to go directly to WP:SPI (partly because, if someone really is gaming the system, then telling them on their talk page actually gives them some clues about how to avoid detection). But I'm not seeing enough WP:Tag team behavior to make any of that necessary. --Tryptofish (talk) 22:18, 8 December 2014 (UTC)
The main article under that section is linked to List of the 100 wealthiest people. SPI is embarrassing to open if there is no abuse of multiple accounts. Not that I ever did that way, but I have seen that IP is not revealed by CU per privacy policy. If a user has frequently abused an account and an IP, a page protection or temporary block can be requested. Bladesmulti (talk) 22:38, 8 December 2014 (UTC)
I agree. It looks to me like things are under control, but if you have any further problems let me know. --Tryptofish (talk) 22:40, 8 December 2014 (UTC)


Could you expand upon what you said here? Who asked for these changes? How does WEF's latest announcement meet editor needs? Chris Troutman (talk) 03:25, 19 December 2014 (UTC)

I'm basing it on the discussion at the Education Noticeboard. You are free to disagree with me if you want. I'm not interested in having an argument about whether or not I should have complimented someone. --Tryptofish (talk) 00:02, 20 December 2014 (UTC)
I'm not looking to argue; I guess the text doesn't convey that. I'm honestly curious if you meant to take a swipe at WMF by pointing out WEF's action, or you were against the number of classes involved in Wikipedia. If you don't want to answer, that's fine. Chris Troutman (talk) 00:24, 20 December 2014 (UTC)
Oh, I completely misunderstood what you meant, sorry. I thought that you were objecting to my saying nice things about WEF, but it sounds now like you are asking about my implied criticism of WMF, which is a very reasonable question. I didn't mean it exactly as a swipe, in the sense that I wasn't trying to be snarky. My intention was to leave a positive message. But I was thinking about all the things like the media viewer and the visual editor, etc., where some editors have felt that the software developers rolled stuff out that made things more difficult for experienced editors and that experienced editors felt insufficiently consulted. I'm certainly not of the opinion that all WMF folks are doing a bad job, and quite a few of them strike me as doing excellent work, although I've had my differences with a smaller number of them. Wikipedia:Petition to the WMF on handling of interface changes is a good place to see what I was thinking of, and I even linked to some examples of what I like and what I dislike in my comments there. --Tryptofish (talk) 00:34, 20 December 2014 (UTC)
Oh, ok. Thanks for the clarification. Chris Troutman (talk) 00:55, 20 December 2014 (UTC)

Thanks for your refugium welcome![edit]

Fothergilla (talk) 17:15, 22 December 2014 (UTC) I will surely take you up on your offer of help. There is a lot to learn.

You are very welcome! --Tryptofish (talk) 17:20, 22 December 2014 (UTC)


I see you added <<

>> -- but that's the only time "Australia" appears on the page. Not sure what's intended. Thanks. -- Jo3sampl (talk) 22:26, 25 December 2014 (UTC)

Thanks for asking. I was influenced to do it by the IP's comment at Talk:Ag-gag#Australia. I don't know more about it than what the IP said. --Tryptofish (talk) 14:55, 26 December 2014 (UTC)
Yes this page must refer to Australia.[7]-[8] Bladesmulti (talk) 15:09, 26 December 2014 (UTC)
Thanks, so those are some references. --Tryptofish (talk) 15:11, 26 December 2014 (UTC)

Missing topics about Neurology[edit]

No hurry on this, but when you have some free time, could you pick one, maybe two articles from each category (section) on the missing topics page that you think are of top importance and make a list here? I'm thinking we can start knocking these out if we combine efforts. Perhaps others will join in as well. Viriditas (talk) 04:44, 27 December 2014 (UTC)

I'm very over-extended in the topics that I'm editing (too quickly attracted to the shiny thing over there), so I'm constantly failing to get around to things that I already said I would do. I also find that I see a greater need to improve existing pages than to start new ones. However, I think an excellent strategy would be for you to post about this exact idea at WT:WikiProject Neuroscience. There have been several new, younger editors who have been showing up there, and I bet you could get one or two very smart takers. --Tryptofish (talk) 15:07, 27 December 2014 (UTC)
Viriditas, are you talking about an existing list, or about creating a new one? If an existing list, could you give a pointer to it? Thanks, Looie496 (talk) 19:52, 27 December 2014 (UTC)
Looie, I'm guessing Viriditas was thinking about the link at the top of my talk page to User:Skysmith/Missing topics about Neurology. It occurs to me that the list there is actually very out-of-date by now. --Tryptofish (talk) 20:04, 27 December 2014 (UTC)
Ah thanks. It doesn't look out of date, but nothing there looks particularly important -- except neurobabbble. How could we not have an article about that? Looie496 (talk) 21:17, 27 December 2014 (UTC)
I meant that there are probably pages that were red links then, when the list was created, and are blue now. (It could be argued that we are neurobabbling right now. joke) Anyway, as I said earlier, I'm currently more interested in improving existing pages than in starting new ones, but if there's any place where you and Viriditas see an opportunity, by all means go for it. --Tryptofish (talk) 21:24, 27 December 2014 (UTC)

────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────Speaking of improving existing pages, can either of you look at cannabis and time perception, an article I created, and help expand it based on the sources? If not, can you make suggestions on the talk page? And Tryptofish, I left some notes for expansion on Talk:David Rioch. I wasn't sure if you saw it. Viriditas (talk) 00:38, 28 December 2014 (UTC)

Thanks. Yes, I'm aware of the talk page comments, but I haven't yet had time to give them careful attention. For the next day or two, almost 100% of my wiki-time is going to be devoted to a mediation discussion that I'm involved in. It's a very big task. After that, I promise to look carefully at the Rioch page and the other things. --Tryptofish (talk) 15:08, 28 December 2014 (UTC)

I started User:Viriditas/W. Maxwell Cowan per your recommendation. Viriditas (talk) 09:33, 3 January 2015 (UTC)

Great, thanks! That was fast! --Tryptofish (talk) 14:50, 3 January 2015 (UTC)
I'm awaiting further recommendations. Viriditas (talk) 10:22, 4 January 2015 (UTC)
  • Could you check on the accuracy of this statement: "W. Maxwell Cowan was a South African neuroscientist known for his early work on developmental plasticity." The sources don't say he was known for his work on developmental plasticity, I just felt, from reading several sources, that subject best generalized his work. However, I think specificity might be better than generalization here. Thanks. Viriditas (talk) 21:03, 4 January 2015 (UTC)
I did, and I made an edit to make it more specific, and I'll do more as I get around to it. As for suggesting more new pages, it occurs to me that every President of the Society for Neuroscience will have been someone who is highly notable. There is a list of all the past Presidents here. We have bio pages for most of them, but not all. If you could track down the ones we don't already have, and start adding them, that would be great. Thanks! --Tryptofish (talk) 22:51, 6 January 2015 (UTC)
I'm more interested in actual neuroscience topics than biographies. For example, articles like biological computation and computational neuroscience need serious work. If there's a really notable president that needs an article, find me the name and I'll help you with it. But first, I think we should focus on expanding W. Maxwell Cowan, when we both have time. Viriditas (talk) 02:27, 7 January 2015 (UTC)
OK, that's fine. By and large, my perception is that there is a greater need to improve existing pages on these topics than to create new pages. In some cases, I think there could actually be more of a need for merging pages that popped up separately and are really about the same things. --Tryptofish (talk) 18:37, 7 January 2015 (UTC)

I'm currently working on one GAN and two GARs, but at some point, I would like for us to finish up User:Viriditas/W. Maxwell Cowan and move it into mainspace for the DYK. Obviously, it's not there yet, but if you have any ideas for how we can split up the work, let me know. Have you run into any other interesting sources? Viriditas (talk) 00:12, 15 January 2015 (UTC)

Update: it just occurred to me, I'll start uploading whatever I find to dropbox and leave you a link when I'm done. Thanks. Viriditas (talk) 00:24, 15 January 2015 (UTC)
Good, thanks. --Tryptofish (talk) 00:26, 15 January 2015 (UTC)

Place cell[edit]

Hello! I can't find this information in the link Can I undo your edit? --Hungry Vampire (talk) 19:01, 3 January 2015 (UTC)

Thank you very much for discussing it with me here before making the revert! Actually, the information is correct, but I just added a second source that directly addresses the concern that you raised. Please let me know if that is not sufficient, and thanks again. --Tryptofish (talk) 19:41, 3 January 2015 (UTC)

DYK for David Rioch[edit]

Cas Liber (talk · contribs) 00:02, 6 January 2015 (UTC)

A cup of coffee for you![edit]

A small cup of coffee.JPG Thanks for your contribs to Wikipedia! Bananasoldier (talk) 01:41, 12 January 2015 (UTC)
Thank you! That was a great pick-me-up, and is much appreciated. --Tryptofish (talk) 18:51, 12 January 2015 (UTC)
Sounds like a good time for you to re-enGage. EEng (talk) 10:06, 13 January 2015 (UTC)
Hi EEng. I'd like to assure you that I haven't been ignoring you, but the truth is, I guess I have. I've been busy in real life, and on-Wiki, other things have been more pressing. Sorry. I am aware that you have repeatedly been "bump"ing me. On the plus side, I'm confident that you are back on the right track with that page, and that the beneficent tutelage of Mirokado has done you a world of good. I'd be more attentive to the Gage page if I thought there really were serious problems. So please accept my Wiki-apologies, and know that my thoughts are with poor Phineas, and that I will drop by again in due, or maybe undue, time. --Tryptofish (talk) 21:38, 13 January 2015 (UTC)
I never thought you'd lost interest. I just wanted to be sure you didn't think I had. I believe the current 3-4 bumps are all (or almost all) are just waiting for you to OK what Mirokado and I have come up with, so we can close those threads out. I don't think it would take much time at all, and if there's one you want to skip to comment on another time, that's fine too. EEng (talk) 02:09, 14 January 2015 (UTC)
Thanks. I appreciate your considerateness. Please bear with me. --Tryptofish (talk) 19:29, 14 January 2015 (UTC)
PS: I just saw your latest appearance at ANI. For goodness' sake, watch your tone with other editors. --Tryptofish (talk) 19:58, 14 January 2015 (UTC)

A kitten for you![edit]

Kitten (06) by Ron.jpg

Thanks for being patient with me on the education discussion. Now that I am seeing the new new course proposal requests I am getting a *bit* more context for the concerns.

HullIntegrity (talk) 01:47, 15 January 2015 (UTC)

Thanks! That's so nice of you. And I'm very happy to help. --Tryptofish (talk) 22:53, 15 January 2015 (UTC)

What do you think?[edit]

Did you ever see the interview Dawkins did with Wendy Wright? I was just watching it, and I thought her behavior was a bit unusual, as if she wasn't really "there". Other commentators have said that it seemed like she didn't hear what Dawkins was saying. So, I went back and watched it again and noticed several things. First, look at the right side of her face (her left), where the hair comes down over the ear. Unlike the left side (her right), the hair never moves, as if it is lightly glued down, to prevent us from seeing her left ear. On the other hand, the hair on the left (her right) moves often, and we see her right ear under it. I think she's wearing a wireless earpiece in her left ear, and her hair is set in place to prevent us from seeing it. The earpiece is feeding her creationist talking points to respond to Dawkins. Further, if you pay very close attention, several times throughout the interview, she cocks her head, as if she is listening to something being said in her left ear. Of course, none of it actually helps her case, but it does explain why she acts so strange throughout the video. What do you think? Viriditas (talk) 02:46, 16 January 2015 (UTC)

Well, I started to look at the video, and saw that it lasts over an hour, and I just don't have that kind of time to spend on it. There's certainly all kinds of oddball stuff that the talkerati pull, so nothing would particularly surprise me. As far as I can tell, this doesn't relate to any editing decisions here, so that's about all I'm going to put into it. --Tryptofish (talk) 23:47, 16 January 2015 (UTC)


Tryptofish, I disagree. For better or for worse admins are entrusted with certain things, like safeguarding BLP and removing/blocking for personal attacks, etc. So if an admin removes a personal attack, for instance, or a BLP violation, it should not be replaced and it is a good idea for the hypothetical reverted to check why and by whom a certain edit was reverted. Then again, we haven't really heard what the blocking admin thinks; still, this is what I think. Thanks, Drmies (talk) 03:11, 16 January 2015 (UTC)

Drmies, thanks for discussing that with me here. I think you know that I have great respect for you, and I value your opinion. I guess this is just a case where we happen to have differing opinions, at least to some extent. In the interest of common ground, I'll say that I have no quibble with the idea that, when an admin takes an action for the good of the project, it is indeed something where any editor should think twice before undoing it – so we don't really disagree that much. I was just pointing out that admins aren't any "better" than the rest of us, to the extent that a regular editor could also have hatted or reverted the incivility, and in that case, it would also have been a bad idea to revert. Anyway, I don't mind at all that you disagree with me, and I'm sure you don't mind that I disagree with you. Best wishes, --Tryptofish (talk) 22:22, 16 January 2015 (UTC)
I looked at my talk page after logging in before I looked anywhere else – so, now that I've looked elsewhere, I'll follow up with a few more thoughts. I see that you unblocked, and I think that was very kind of you, so kudos from me to you about that. I also saw your comment at ANI about how admins can feel unfairly criticized by non-admins, and I want you to know that I understand what you meant, and I am inclined to be friendly to your perspective there. There's something about Wikipedia that makes people edit angry too much of the time, and I wish there were a corrective: most of us really are here to do something good, and not to pick fights. Finally, I see that the blocking admin has now returned to that thread as well as to a newer one, and I've got to say that the responses were very disappointing. --Tryptofish (talk) 22:34, 16 January 2015 (UTC)


Hello again. Thank you for noticing this thread and the message you added there.

Do you know much about this kind of situation? I have a couple of questions as regards procedure (to which I haven't found or have missed the answers) and there are a number of observations I feel I could make about the thread's content, ranging from what appear to be mistakes and misinterpretations to queries as regards context and possible misunderstandings or misreadings – and, not least, the severity of what's being proposed. I don't have an idea, though, as to what's considered an efficient and effective way to proceed, so I'd appreciate advice and/or pointers to where good advice should be found. (It may be advisable, for instance, to communicate privately rather than via talk pages..?)

Thanks again for your post,
Sardanaphalus (talk) 19:20, 23 January 2015 (UTC)

You are very welcome, and I'm happy to try to help. I think it is best to reply publicly, on that thread, rather than trying to do it privately, unless there is something (such as personal information) that should not be divulged online. Then, the key things to do in your reply are to be very polite and non-adversarial, stick to the facts, and be concise. First, if you can think of anything that you can do better in the future, so as to avoid such conflicts going forward, own up to that and say what you will do. Second, provide any corrections of fact, in a straightforward and non-confrontational way, and avoid any negative comments about the other editors in the discussion. And feel free to ask for clarification of anything that you don't understand. The point is to be factual, and to come across as a friendly and well-meaning editor. By the way, User:Mr. Stradivarius, who opened the thread, is an editor I've worked with extensively in the past, and I know him to be a very reasonable person. I'll keep an eye on the discussion. --Tryptofish (talk) 20:51, 23 January 2015 (UTC)
  • Thank you for your reply, which I've already read again a couple of times. I should've been clearer in that parenthesis I added to the end of the initial message: it was only meant as regards this conversation...
...Since starting to draft this reply, I'm glad to report this (to which I've just responded). I'm more hopeful, therefore, that something (much) less draconian will result.
Thanks once again, Sardanaphalus (talk) 10:12, 26 January 2015 (UTC)
PS I've also worked previously with Mr. Stradivarius – more accurately, he generously and speedily created {{Generic template demo}} from the wikicode/HTML version I'd constructed – and have benefited from his know-how, finding the experience to be, as you describe, friendly, well-meant and reasonable – and so at odds with the way in which he acted here (cf context) and then issued his proposal.


Does this editor match your Lagoy SPI? Guettarda (talk) 20:17, 23 January 2015 (UTC)

Yes, unambiguously. --Tryptofish (talk) 21:10, 23 January 2015 (UTC)
And reported and blocked. Thanks. --Tryptofish (talk) 21:22, 23 January 2015 (UTC)
Thanks. It looked like it, but I didn't feel like I had a good enough sense of the whole case to block them myself. Guettarda (talk) 22:06, 23 January 2015 (UTC)
Thank you. It sure does feel like the snakes on Medusa's head, the way they keep popping up. --Tryptofish (talk) 22:12, 23 January 2015 (UTC)

Wikipedia:Sockpuppet investigations/Soapamalkanmaime[edit]

Sometimes there is a fine line between persistence and WP:IDHT. Even though you created a lot of work for me and for others, you fell easily on the side of persistence. What's more you were unfailingly civil. I'm glad you're satisfied now and I appreciated your efforts. Take care.--Bbb23 (talk) 00:15, 26 January 2015 (UTC)

When I had read as far as the first sentence of your message to me, I was worried that you were accusing me of IDHT, but I'm very happy to realize that you found my participation helpful. And I, in turn, thank you for your good work on the problem. I'm someone who has very little knowledge about the technical aspects of IP addresses and how people disguise where they are editing from, and I only come to SPI when I have a reason to, based on problems at a page I watchlist. In this case, there was a significant problem of a bunch of users, who turned out simply to be the socks, trying to overturn a well-established consensus, as well as some unhelpful speculation by some other users as to who was really doing the socking. Now, we know what we need to know, and we can get back to productive editing. --Tryptofish (talk) 19:39, 26 January 2015 (UTC)