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Dan Dennett on our consciousness. Science is showing how the brain's development affects free will. A baseball player, for example, "sees the ball and hits the ball" without waiting to think about it.

Science is showing how the brain's development affects free will

The batter has practiced recognizing the pitch and timing the swing until lower nerve centers govern the process. Similarly, a skilled pianist is able to perform complex compositions on the keys while carrying on a conversation or planning a dinner. The individual brain forms many such connections through thousands of hours of practice; other modules have developed in the brain of the species over millions of years of evolution. Therefore, we jump when something is slithering in the nearby grass, even those of us who have never seen a snake; moreover, we share this innate response with other primates on the same basis. Anesthesia as a consciousness scalpel. I’ve just written a piece for the Discover Magazine blog The Crux about a new study that used anaesthetics to “put people under” and test the limits of their conscious mind even after they’d stopped responding to the outside world.

Anesthesia as a consciousness scalpel

Doing psychology experiments on people undergoing anaesthesia is not a new idea but it has always been done on people who volunteered due to undergoing genuine surgery. But this was the first study to put volunteers under anaesthesia solely as part of an experiment. In this case, the experiment tested whether people had conscious experiences despite being unable to respond to outside stimuli – the medical definition of being unconscious. It turns out the conscious mind keeps working way past the point where people are medically defined as unconscious. In addition to the standard surgical way of checking unconsciousness, participants were also regularly asked to open their eyes to check when they stopped and started responding. Molecular and Cellular Neuroscience : A transcriptomic analysis of type I-III neurons in the bed nucleus of the stria terminalis. Abstract The activity of neurons in the anterolateral cell group of the bed nucleus of the stria terminalis (BNSTALG) plays a critical role in anxiety- and stress-related behaviors.

Molecular and Cellular Neuroscience : A transcriptomic analysis of type I-III neurons in the bed nucleus of the stria terminalis

Histochemical studies have suggested that multiple distinct neuronal phenotypes exist in the BNSTALG. Consistent with this observation, the physiological properties of BNSTALG neurons are also heterogeneous, and three distinct cell types can be defined (Types I–III) based primarily on their expression of four key membrane currents, namely Ih, IA, IT, and IK(IR). Significantly, all four channels are multimeric proteins and can comprise of more than one pore-forming α subunit. Hence, differential expression of α subunits may further diversify the neuronal population. People Will Virtually Kill One to Save Five. It’s a moral and ethical problem that has been studied before: you see a train heading towards five hikers and you have the power to save them.

People Will Virtually Kill One to Save Five

Just pull a switch to make the train swerve out of the way on another track. BUT you’ll kill another hiker who won’t see the train coming at all. Loi d'attraction - Argent, Abondance, Amour, réussite - Le Vortex. [FR] Une théorie de la conscience une vidéo High tech et Science. David Lynch: la conscience, la créativité et le cerveau. Watching 'Jersey Shore' might make you dumber, study suggests. Elisabetta Villa / Getty Images Watching these "Jersey Shore" goofballs might influence your smarts more than you realize, a new study suggests.

Watching 'Jersey Shore' might make you dumber, study suggests

Oh, dear. By Melissa Dahl, NBC News. MIT TechTV – Social Cognition and Collective Intelligence. Les virtuoses de la mémoire. Miracle en Prison - Vipassana, The Living Matrix. People will virtually kill one to save five. It’s a moral and ethical problem that has been studied before: you see a train heading towards five hikers and you have the power to save them.

People will virtually kill one to save five

Just pull a switch to make the train swerve out of the way on another track. BUT you’ll kill another hiker who won’t see the train coming at all. People Will Virtually Kill One to Save Five. Want to be happy? Don't live in the UK. Miserable weather, not enough holidays, and lower life expectancy ... why live in the UK?

Want to be happy? Don't live in the UK

Photograph: Gerry Penny/EPA The UK and Ireland have been named as the worst places to live in Europe for quality of life, according to research published today. The UK has the 4th highest age – 63.1 – at which people choose or can afford to take retirement, and one of the lowest holiday entitlements. Net household income in the UK is just £2,314 above the European average, compared with £10,000 above average last year, falling behind Ireland, the Netherlands and Denmark. The Blog : The Mystery of Consciousness. (Photo by AlicePopkorn) You are not aware of the electrochemical events occurring at each of the trillion synapses in your brain at this moment.

But you are aware, however dimly, of sights, sounds, sensations, thoughts, and moods. Powerful Facts About Visual Communication. Did you know that visuals are processed 60,000 times faster than text?

Powerful Facts About Visual Communication

Or how about the fact that they are processed simultaneously? I wanted to share some interesting facts about visuals with you today from an article by Mike Parkinson of Elvis in potato chip neuroscience. A new study just published in Cerebral Cortex on the neuroscience on how we see meaningful information in unpatterned visual scenes, seems a little fixated on Elvis.

Elvis in potato chip neuroscience

The study concludes: Future studies of the neural processing relevant to pareidolia and to meaning more generally may provide novel insights into how the organization of conceptual processing differs across individuals (see also Pizzagalli et al. 2001), thereby addressing the question of what neurocognitive architecture is necessary to see a potato chip not just as a tasty snack but as the embodiment of Elvis. Les médecines douces remboursées. New test for consciousness in 'comatose' patients. The Coma Science Group (CRCyclotron, University of Liège /Liège University Hospital), led by Dr Steven Laureys, has developed, along with its partners in London, Ontario, (Canada) and Cambridge (England), a portable test which will permit a simpler and less expensive diagnosis of 'vegetative' patients who still have consciousness, despite the fact that they do not have the means to express it.

New test for consciousness in 'comatose' patients

The researchers' conclusions are published this week in The Lancet. The desire to develop this simple test of consciousness, at the patient's bedside, follows on from previous research carried out by the Coma Science Group. Scientists Measure Dream Content For The First Time. Brain Scanner Records Dreams on Video. Just a few weeks ago, we posted about how brain patterns can reveal almost exactly what you're thinking. Now, researchers at UC Berkeley have figured out how to extract what you're picturing inside your head, and they can play it back on video. The way this works is very similar to the mind-reading technique that we covered earlier this month. A functional MRI (fMRI) machine watches the patterns that appear in people's brains as they watch a movie, and then correlates those patterns with the image on the screen.

Physics and Consciousness Body Energy Frequency by StarStuffs. "To know the mechanics of the wave is to know the entire secret of Nature. " Walter Russell The psychodynamics of the mind as an electromagnetic structure establishes the nature and reality of consciousness as an interdimensional energy process. The ethics of brain boosting. The idea of a simple, cheap and widely available device that could boost brain function sounds too good to be true. Yet promising results in the lab with emerging ‘brain stimulation’ techniques, though still very preliminary, have prompted Oxford neuroscientists to team up with leading ethicists at the University to consider the issues the new technology could raise. They spoke to Radio 4's Today programme this morning. The Blog : The Mystery of Consciousness II.

(Photo by h.koppdelaney) The universe is filled with physical phenomena that appear devoid of consciousness. From the birth of stars and planets, to the early stages of cell division in a human embryo, the structures and processes we find in Nature seem to lack an inner life. At some point in the development of certain complex organisms, however, consciousness emerges. This miracle does not depend on a change of materials—for you and I are built of the same atoms as a fern or a ham sandwich. Rather, it must be a matter of organization. Carlos Castaneda. Inbox (3399) - julianwalterinperu. Consciousness Drives The Universe‬‏ Neuroscience vs philosophy: Taking aim at free will. Towards Participatory Ecology : Positive Technology Journal. Injury Research and Prevention Literature Update - Abstract Details. How To Create Your Own Self-Hypnosis Audio. The Death Delusion « Kensho. Subliminal Motivation.

Weird Wired Science. Nikola Tesla unlimited free energy forever THEY dont want you to know about. Review of Galantamine: the Lucid Dreaming Pill. Sixthsense. The Roots of Consciousness: Theory, The Biological Perspective. Demonstrations of silencing, a visual illusion. Sleep Helps Us Remember What We Need To. Self Comes to Mind: Constructing the Conscious Brain by Antonio Damasio - review. BBC-Dangerous Knowledge (Part 1-10) The Magic of Matrix Energetics with Richard Bartlett. A mind of one's own. Think time flies? Well actually, you may be right - Technology & science - Tech and gadgets - Gizmodo.

Scientists fool people into thinking they're tiny or giant - Technology & science - Science - LiveScience. Sleepy brain waves predict dream recall : Neurophilosophy. Test measures spark of consciousness. Split brain with one half atheist and one half theist. BBC - Earth News - Monkeys 'display self-doubt' like humans.

Theta Wave Brain Synchronization. Human echolocation activates visual parts of the brain : Neurophilosophy. Religious Experiences Shrink Part of the Brain. Dreams: Night School. Brain waves can cut braking distances, researchers say. 5 Steps Toward Regaining Consciousness. Center for Consciousness Studies . Tucson . Arizona. iAwake. Quantum mind.

Wiki : The Noosphere and The Gaian Mind. Cosmic consciousness. Resonance and the Quantum-Mind-Reality Field Paradigm. Orch-OR. A New Marriage of Brain and Computer. Clarifying the Tubulin bit/qubit - Defending the Penrose-Hameroff Orch OR Model (Quantum Biology) ‪Stuart Hameroff about Quantum Consciousness 1‬‏

‪Stuart Hameroff about Quantum Consciousness 2‬‏ ‪Stuart Hameroff about Quantum Consciousness 3‬‏ Stuart Hameroff about Quantum Consciousness 4. Unconscious purchasing urges revealed by brain scans - life - 09. Healing the Body with Mindfulness of Breathing « Metta Refuge. Drugs World. Illusions of bodily awareness adapted for the pub : Neurophilosophy. More Than Meets the Mirror: Illusion Test Links Difficulty Sensing Internal Cues with Distorted Body-Image. The Best illusion ever ? Yes.

Frontline: the persuaders: neuromarketing. BBC Horizon - The Secret You. Ego death. Mind Hacks. Museumgoing in the Brain. How does anesthesia disturb self-perception? Alien Hand Syndrome sees woman attacked by her own hand. Oliver_Sacks_-_The_Man_Who_Mistook_His_Wife_For_A_ The period of the brain pretending to be the mind. Optical Neuromodulation. LSD Testing (British Troops) Consciousness of subjective time in the brain — PNAS. The Roots of Consciousness: Theory, The Biological Perspective. Consciousness: Mind Over Matter.

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