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Is it possible to explain the neuroscience of decision making in 30 seconds? I had a go as one of my contributions to a new book called 30-Second Brain that’s released in the USA today. Here’s what I wrote: From Plato’s charioteer controlling the horse of passion, to Freud’s instinctual id suppressed by the ego, there’s a long tradition of seeing reason and emotion as being in opposition to one another. The Neuroscience of Decision Making Explained in 30 Seconds - Wired Science
Yellow shows regions of increased sensation while blue areas represent decreased feeling in these composite images. Image courtesy of Lauri Nummenmaa, Enrico Glerean, Riitta Hari, and Jari Hietanen. Chests puffing up with pride — and happiness felt head to toe — are sensations as real as they are universal. And now we can make an atlas of them. Researchers have long known that emotions are connected to a range of physiological changes, from nervous job candidates’ sweaty palms to the racing pulse that results from hearing a strange noise at night. But new research reveals that emotional states are universally associated with certain bodily sensations, regardless of individuals’ culture or language. Body Atlas Reveals Where We Feel Happiness and Shame - D-brief | DiscoverMagazine.com
When Google engineer-turned-mindfulness expert Chade-Meng Tan gives a talk in front of a group of Silicon Valley developers and executives, he often starts with a simple exercise. “Imagine two human beings. Don’t say anything, don’t do anything, just wish for those two human beings to be happy. That’s all.” During one recent talk, he gave the group a homework assignment: Perform the exercise the next day at work, spending 10 seconds each hour randomly choosing two people and silently wishing for them to be happy. The following morning, Tan received an email from an employee who attended the workshop that read, “I hate my job. Google's 'Jolly Good Fellow' On The Power Of Emotional Intelligence
Conférence : La réincarnation existe-t-elle ? Découvrez en avant-première exclusive le documentaire « La réincarnation » de la Saison 2 d’Enquêtes Extraordinaires réalisée par Natacha Calestrémé, qui sera diffusée tout l’été sur M6.La réincarnation existe-t-elle ? Qui sont ces personnes qui se souviennent d’histoires ne leur appartenant pas ? Enquête sur ces mémoires d’autres vies. A l’issue de la projection, rencontre avec deux des intervenants présents en exclusivité. Au pire, c’est un thème de film fantastique, au mieux un sujet difficile à prendre au sérieux. Et pourtant, il existe des personnes qui se souviennent d’histoires ne leur appartenant pas.
Merci beaucoup à Stéphanie pour la traduction de cet article. Pour voir l’original en espagnol, cliquez ici. Le neuroscientifique canadien explique que les chercheurs se sont réunis pour signer un manifeste dans lequel est reconnue l’existence de la conscience de tous les mammifères, oiseaux et autres créatures telles que le poulpe, et de quelle manière cette découverte pourrait impacter la société. Le neuroscientifique canadien Philip Low, a gagné la proéminence dans la presse scientifique, après avoir présenté un projet avec le physicien Stephen Hawking, âgé de70 ans. Low veut aider Hawking, qui est complètement paramysé depuis 40 ans à cause d’une maladie dégénérative, et c’est pour cette raison qu’il ne peut communiquer que par l’esprit. Des neuroscientifiques reconnaissent la conscience des mammifères et des oiseaux
Encyclopedia Britannica lists Nikola Tesla as one of the top ten most fascinating people in history. Nikola Tesla was an electrical engineer who changed the world with the invention of the AC (alternating current) induction motor, making the universal transmission and distribution of electricity possible. So why is he virtually unknown to the general public? Today we pay for electricity as Tesla's free energy devices were destroyed by J.P. Morgan for not being able to earn profit from it. This rare film stars Orson Welles and features a dramatic recreation of a meeting between Nikola Tesla, Industrialist J.P.
Unraveling the mystery of consciousness Antonio Damasio asks: How do we become conscious of the things around us?In a TED Talk, he describes scientific findings about the nature of consciousnessOur minds make maps of all the things we see, hear and sense, he saysDamasio: We need more than the maps; it takes a sense of self to be fully conscious Editor's note: Antonio Damasio, author of "Self Comes to Mind", published by Pantheon/Vintage, is a professor of neuroscience and director of the Brain and Creativity Institute at the University of Southern California. He spoke at the TED2011 conference in Long Beach, California. TED is a nonprofit dedicated to "Ideas worth spreading," which it makes available through talks posted on its website.
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Qualia: The Inverted Spectrum G83.3010 Consciousness, Action and Attention Thursday 3:30-5:30, Philosophy 2nd floor Seminar Room, 5 Washington Place (Note the change to the 2nd floor) Attendance by those who are not PhD students in a philosophy department requires permission of Professor Block Requirements: A 10 page mid-term paper is due March 13th and a longer term paper is due May 1st. The term paper can be a revised version of the mid-term paper
The Intention Experiment: Using Your Thoughts to Change Your Life and the World (9780743276955): Lynne McTaggart "If you want to explore the latest science behind The Secret, look no further. Science and wisdom collide and make friends in this real-world adventure that is ultimately a guidebook for living." -- Drew Heriot, director of "The Secret" "Lynne McTaggart has zeroed in on a wonderful collection of experiments and events that shatters our normal materialistic assumptions of time, space, and everything in between (if there is an in-between). It's as mind-bending as it's meant to be." -- William Arntz, producer, writer, and director of "What the BLEEP Do We Know!?"
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Is Free Will an Illusion? - The Chronicle Review Free will has long been a fraught concept among philosophers and theologians. Now neuroscience is entering the fray. For centuries, the idea that we are the authors of our own actions, beliefs, and desires has remained central to our sense of self. We choose whom to love, what thoughts to think, which impulses to resist. Or do we?
Human beings are part of nature. They are made of flesh and blood, brain and bone; but for much of the time they are also conscious. The puzzling thing is how the intricate sequences of nerve cells and tissue that make up a person's brain and body can generate the special subjective feel of conscious experience. Consciousness (What is human consciousness?) creates, in each of us, an inner life where we think and feel; a realm where we experience the sights, sounds, feels, tastes and smells that inform us of the world around us. To many philosophers the central problem of consciousness is, how can the facts of conscious mental life be part of the world of facts described by the natural sciences? Neuroscience, Philosophy and Consciousness - Connecting Hypnotherapy...
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Wouldn't it be amazing if our bodies prepared us for future events that could be very important to us, even if there's no clue about what those events will be? Presentiment without any external clues may, in fact, exist, according to new Northwestern University research that analyzes the results of 26 studies published between 1978 and 2010. Researchers already know that our subconscious minds sometimes know more than our conscious minds. Physiological measures of subconscious arousal, for instance, tend to show up before conscious awareness that a deck of cards is stacked against us. "What hasn't been clear is whether humans have the ability to predict future important events even without any clues as to what might happen," said Julia Mossbridge, lead author of the study and research associate in the Visual Perception, Cognition and Neuroscience Laboratory at Northwestern. Can your body sense future events without any external clue?
Introduction In consciousness science, psychiatry, and virtual reality (VR), the concept of presence is used to refer to the subjective sense of reality of the world and of the self within the world (Metzinger, 2003; Sanchez-Vives and Slater, 2005). Presence is a characteristic of most normal healthy conscious experience. However, theoretical models of the neural mechanisms responsible for presence, and its disorders, are still lacking (Sanchez-Vives and Slater, 2005). An interoceptive predictive coding model of conscious presence | Frontiers in Consciousness Research
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A new review of published studies looking at the relationship between a gene and brain structure offers a sobering lesson in how science goes wrong. Dutch neuroscientists Marc Molendijk and colleagues took all of the studies that compared a particular variant, BDNF val66met, and the volume of the human hippocampus. It's a long story, but there are various biological reasons that these two things might be correlated. A Case Study in Voodoo Genetics