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VS Ramachandran: 3 clues to understanding your brain

VS Ramachandran: 3 clues to understanding your brain

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speakers who disagree with each other TED2013 kicks off in just 11 days. And, in the very first session, Robert J. Gordon and Erik Brynjolfsson will ascend the stage for a debate on the future of work. While Gordon will focus on how our current ecosystem of innovation is too focused on personal gadgetry, and thus isn’t setting us up to solve the big problems of the future, Brynjolfsson will express the view that the digital revolution is propelling us forward rapidly, giving us a good foundation for future prosperity. It’s shaping up to be a fascinating discussion — one that may well change your mind.

Our Conscious Mind Could Be An Electromagnetic Field Are our thoughts made of the distributed kind of electromagnetic field that permeates space and carries the broadcast signal to the TV or radio. Professor Johnjoe McFadden from the School of Biomedical and Life Sciences at the University of Surrey in the UK believes our conscious mind could be an electromagnetic field. “The theory solves many previously intractable problems of consciousness and could have profound implications for our concepts of mind, free will, spirituality, the design of artificial intelligence, and even life and death,” he said. The fine dopamine line between creativity and schizophrenia New research shows a possible explanation for the link between mental health and creativity. By studying receptors in the brain, researchers at the Swedish medical university Karolinska Institutet have managed to show that the dopamine system in healthy, highly creative people is similar in some respects to that seen in people with schizophrenia. High creative skills have been shown to be somewhat more common in people who have mental illness in the family. Creativity is also linked to a slightly higher risk of schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. Certain psychological traits, such as the ability to make unusual pr bizarre associations are also shared by schizophrenics and healthy, highly creative people. And now the correlation between creativity and mental health has scientific backing.

Brain Pickings 09 MAY, 2013By: Maria Popova “When the profit motive gets unmoored from the purpose motive, bad things happen.” The question of how to avoid meaningless labor and instead find fulfilling work brimming with a sense of purpose is an enduring but, for many, elusive cultural ideal. Daniel Pink tackles the conundrum in this wonderful animation by the RSA — who have previously sketch-noted such fascinating pieces of cultural psychology as the truth about dishonesty, the power of introverts, where good ideas come from, what’s wrong with the left-brain/right-brain dichotomy, the broken industrial model of education, and how choice limits social change — based on his book Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us (public library). Pink shares the counterintuitive results of two studies that reveal the inner workings of what influences our behavior — and the half-truth of why money can’t buy us satisfaction:

Chinese room The Chinese room is a thought experiment presented by John Searle to challenge the claim that it is possible for a digital computer running a program to have a "mind" and "consciousness" in the same sense that people do, simply by virtue of running the right program. According to Searle, when referring to a hypothetical computer program which can be told a story then answer questions about it: Partisans of strong AI claim that in this question and answer sequence the machine is not only simulating a human ability but also (1) that the machine can literally be said to understand the story and provide the answers to questions, and (2) that what the machine and its program do explains the human ability to understand the story and answer questions about it. To contest this view, Searle writes in his first description of the argument: "Suppose that I'm locked in a room and ... that I know no Chinese, either written or spoken". Chinese room thought experiment[edit]

Greenberg Educational Consulting Organization Education should be a process and time of unfettered learning and exploration, but all too often it is bogged down with too many rules, short-sighted narrow focus, and a lack of inspired leadership. Education defines our society and if we want a humane and egalitarian society, we need leaders and members who all strive for the depth of knowledge, skill, compassion and wisdom that is achievable through simple daily practice and regular critical review. Because daily efforts require time, energy, and motivation and there is a lot of noise in society I am building this site to help you find and use ideas worth using. To help us all upgrade our mentality, wisdom, skill (add your goals here), what I’m working to build here is a site that works like a college education should – providing Exposure to people you haven’t met yet, ideas you haven’t heard yet and ways of thinking, arguing, and behaving that you haven’t done yet.

Neuroscience For Kids The smell of a flower - The memory of a walk in the park - The pain of stepping on a nail. These experiences are made possible by the 3 pounds of tissue in our heads...the BRAIN!! Neuroscience for Kids has been created for all students and teachers who would like to learn about the nervous system. Discover the exciting world of the brain, spinal cord, neurons and the senses. Use the experiments, activities and games to help you learn about the nervous system. There are plenty of links to other web sites for you to explore. Intuition pump In the case of the Chinese Room argument, Dennett argues that the intuitive notion that a person manipulating symbols seems inadequate to constitute any form of consciousness ignores the requirements of memory, recall, emotion, world knowledge and rationality that the system would actually need to pass such a test. "Searle does not deny that programs can have all this structure, of course," Dennett says.[2] "He simply discourages us from attending to it. But if we are to do a good job imagining the case, we are not only entitled but obliged to imagine that the program Searle is hand-simulating has all this structure — and more, if only we can imagine it. But then it is no longer obvious, I trust, that there is no genuine understanding of the joke going on."

10 Strange Things About The Universe Space The universe can be a very strange place. While groundbreaking ideas such as quantum theory, relativity and even the Earth going around the Sun might be commonly accepted now, science still continues to show that the universe contains things you might find it difficult to believe, and even more difficult to get your head around. Theoretically, the lowest temperature that can be achieved is absolute zero, exactly ?273.15°C, where the motion of all particles stops completely.

Johns Hopkins Neurology and Neurosurgery Patient Stories Learn more about the Johns Hopkins Departments of Neurology and Neurosurgery through the eyes of our patients. back to top More Videos Dr Alfredo Quinones-Hinojosa: Neural correlates of consciousness Figure 1: The Neuronal Correlates of Consciousness (NCC) are the minimal set of neural events and structures – here synchronized action potentials in neocortical pyramidal neurons – sufficient for a specific conscious percept or a conscious (explicit) memory. From Koch (2004). The Neural Correlates of Consciousness (NCC) can be defined as the minimal neuronal mechanisms jointly sufficient for any one specific conscious percept (Crick & Koch 1990). The Neurobiological Approach to Consciousness

Kokoro Recearch Center, Kyoto University Funahashi, S. (2013) Thalamic mediodorsal nucleus and its participation in spatial working memory processes: comparison with the prefrontal cortex. Frontier in Neuroscience (in press) Funahashi, S. and Andreau, J.M. (2013) Prefrontal cortex and neural mechanisms of executive function.

Yes Janet, I am connected to your spirit and we share the same love. I am extremely luck to have found my home, Like that Blind Faith song "In the presence of The Lord". I was made a Christian through my family and I respect Jesus et al, with profound love but unfortunately I am opposed to organised religion, but I believe in one God. For me, I went looking for him, her, shim (she/him) and I found meher Baba our father, and Gaia our mother. So that's all I am saying about God and religion except I equally love Buddha, Zoroastrian, Rumi, Mohammed, Bahai, Moses, the whole crew. Meher Babas book God Speaks is a beautifully clear story about creation and the purpose of creation. I recommend that book. I need to jump off this soap-box right now. Namaste Greg :): by jeggsey Sep 17

Thank you for sharing jjeggsey. This is a very exciting time to be alive in! Several times I wrote and deleted here, I think you would know what I would have said anyway Greg! by janetmyers Sep 17

Thank you janetmyers, You know my father taught me the basics of meditation when I was just 17 and diagnosed with "viral encephalitis" - the sleeping sickness that I probably picked up from a mosquito. The sleeping sickness hit many people and many either died or became a "veggie". My respect and love goes to all who suffered this terrible infection. I was extremely lucky because I was a super-fit rugby league footy player, and through that I met many many friends. The power of working together as a team is an inspiration to the self, not just from the sports perspective of winning but it's equal element of loosing. I have been a looser, looser many times, but this is where the humanity reveals potential for someone like me to finally realize that I am a winner JUST because I am participating and sharing. I survived VE only to move onto something else to experience, some times something quite dramatic. I am sure there is more for me to share with you. I love you because you are me and I love me. Big steps are not impossible, and they do happen. Forgive others Forgive self. A chance to clear you karmic debt, ready to participate in this new era of creation. Be compassion practice kindness Until next time Wu wei, namaste, Greg by jeggsey Sep 16

You know, it is a real honour and a breath of fresh air reading these comments. Thankyou for your contributions to humanity. No man is less than another. We all have value. We all have something special and unique about us to contribute to the Universe. In the end, we realise, we are of the Universe, and of All. I believe, having also experienced an NDE that we are indeed connected and everything is relevant. The stuff that the stars and the universe is made of, also we are made of. This is my experience. But my experience also left me with many questions. I am sorry for the loss of your friend, but I believe it is only in this dimension you will feel the loss, for we go on in life, we do not cease to be. When this body stops functioning, we still continue in other form/density/dimension. This is my understanding. by janetmyers Sep 15

Thankyou missnikkiann, firstly, let me tell you that we can learn from others' and our own misfortunes and their ability to "bounce back" into life. I don't consider my profound life (& NDEs) as earth shattering, and others have been through far worse than I have. For example I have recently lost my best friend (I will keep his name private, out of respect of his family) "TopCat". He was the same age as me, and we went to school together, played footy, cricket, and snooker together. We were very very close. He broke his C4-C5 vertebrae, rendering him as a quadriplegic at the young age of 19. He said to me some years back that he was very very fortunate compared to others (Christopher Reeve) who needed full-time breathing apparatus for the rest of his life. Look at his work on stem-cell research. Look at the brilliance of Steven Hawking. People survive and contribute to humanity. My story does not compare and I am humbled to even suggest that my experiences matter one iota. But it is out of a pact I made with "TopCat" before he passed, that together we could give credence to the value of life, no matter what the cards you have been dealt in this life. That's an intro. That's my intro, an introduction to my good good friend. by jeggsey Aug 30

Rave all you want, especially if it's because you're sharing such profound life experiences. by missnikkiann Aug 30

Dear dr—oropeza, Sorry for the hyphen, can't find the underscore key!!! Thank you for your very kind expression of love towards, just another human, like me. I think that is the key to life with meaning. We are all, just another human. We need to acknowledge the love we have for each other, no matter what age, what color, what beliefs, what preferences, what Favs, what what-Evers. We are *ALL here right now, with each other, and in my mind with our own God whoever he / she, he&she or even a no-God, what-ever. The people matter, God doesn't matter, for that Devine entity can look after "it-self" Sorry for rambling on, Let me climb down off this soap box. I don't like soap box ramblers. But you have struck a chord within me. Thanks for that. God Bless and Namaste Greg by jeggsey Aug 26

Namaste Jeggsey. God bless you always. by dr_oropeza Aug 18

Thank you for your positive feedback. That's the only way I think now days. Nothing negative at all. Nothing upsets me anymore because there is something positive in every day and in every way. We get stronger all the time, weather we are young all old. ( inspiration song with powerful lyrics by Archie Roach). Boy, has he been through a lot in his life. Whew! I am diagnosed Bipolar but have really just ( not just, JUST ) been through a near death experience (NDE) and spiritual emergence. Man, it is so cool. I love life, and hope to build my own web-site real soon. I think you may like it. Peace to you and yours, Namaste, Jeggsey (Greg). PS I am the only Jeggsey there is - at least on our Internet I can rave on a bit - sorry by jeggsey Aug 17

Thanks for sharing. Fantastic! by dr_oropeza Jul 22

Wow! Thankyou for sharing Jeggsey, you have an amazing friend in your dog. Being creative is our natural state of being, a wonderful way to be. by janetmyers Jul 11

Brain Damage after falling 5 meters down a rocky cliff. Bleeding profusely from a scull fracture on the top of scull immediately above the right eye. Life saving action from my pet dog "Max" applying his big muscled chest to the wound site. Uncanny first-aid from Max who stayed with me for some eleven hours, until rescued & air-lifted to hospital. Emergency operations and care, then rehab in a brain damage hospital, then psyche hospital (biPolar). Also a heart operation to replace a broken Mitral Valve (unrelated to cliff fall). NOW - I feel extremely well and I am left with extreme creativity including writing, art paintings, system design, and Delta Society Therapy Dog volunteer to keep me busy. Life is very cool. Absolutely love music and researching the humanitarian aspects of the human life. I hope you have fun living the many fun things there are to do on this planet. N A M A S T E Greg (Jeggsey) Brain Damaged • • • "but yet to be pronounced DEAD" by jeggsey Jul 10

Vilayanur Ramachandran shows how studying brain damage to specific areas can give us insight in the brain's functions and the location of those functions. It connects to Suengs view of a connectome and provides an alternative method of discovering the neurons' connections. by kaspervandenberg Nov 5

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