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Connectome: A New Way To Think About What Makes You You

Connectome: A New Way To Think About What Makes You You
by Maria Popova “You are more than your genes. You are your connectome.” The nature vs. nurture debate pitted the hard and social sciences against each other for decades, if not centuries, stirred by a central concern with consciousness, what it means to be human, what makes a person, and, perhaps most interestingly to us egocentric beings, what constitutes character and personality. In Connectome: How the Brain’s Wiring Makes Us Who We Are, MIT Professor of Computational Neuroscience Sebastian Seung proposes a new model for understanding the totality of selfhood, one based the emerging science of connectomics — a kind of neuroscience of the future that seeks to map and understand the brain much like genomics has mapped the genome. A “connectome” denotes the sum total of connections between the neurons in a nervous system and, like “genome,” implies completeness. Neuroscientists have already identified the basic kinds of change. Sample Seung’s insights with his 2010 TEDGlobal talk: Related:  How the Brain Worksdocs à revoir

Exploring the inner workings of the healthy brain Scientists working under the aegis of the Max Planck Society are in an enviable position. With a budget of more than €1.5 billion to fund more than 80 institutes, the Society gives its researchers freedom to explore the basic science area of their choice without the expectation of a "micro-economic return on investment," said Dr. Peter Gruss, president of the Munich, Germany-based research organization. "No one tells us what research we should do. We have no programs. That said, it's not always easy to convey the importance and relevance of basic research to the general public or, indeed, to other scientists. Max Planck researchers from Germany and Florida gave science writers a glimpse of work that is transforming our understanding of the brain. Bert Sakmann, PhD The event, "Understanding the Brain: New Technologies for Exploring Brain Structure, Function, and Development," was held at The Pierre Hotel in New York City in September. Although Dr. Dr. Dr. Moritz Helmstaedter, PhD Dr. Dr.

DoingDoing es un conector entre diferentes mundos y personas. Una herramienta de comunicación difusión y divulgación de realidades y proyectos que persiguen, y consiguen, un cambio y/o transformación social. ¿Cómo se pueden establecer vínculos colaborativos entre el mundo artístico/creativo y el empresarial? Este miércoles en DoingDoing teníamos una sesión muy especial. Personas ligadas al campo del arte electrónico y los procesos creativos reflexionaron y debatieron entorno a la relación entre arte y empresa en este encuentro online enmarcado dentro de “Off Limits, Buenas Tácticas”. “Off Limits, Buenas Tácticas” es un proyecto de investigación que busca establecer nuevas líneas de trabajo colaborativo entre el mundo artístico/creador y el empresarial, al tiempo que diseñar y recopilar las herramientas y metodologías que lo hagan posible. Participaron en esta sesión: Pablo A. Buenas Tácticas es un proyecto de OffLimits en colaboración con Simbyosi y David Rodríguez. Ver Storytelling.

The Master and His Emissary The Master and His Emissary: The Divided Brain and the Making of the Western World is a 2009 book written by Iain McGilchrist that deals with the specialist hemispheric functioning of the brain. The differing world views of the right and left brain (the "Master" and "emissary" in the title, respectively) have, according to the author, shaped Western culture since the time of the ancient Greek philosopher Plato, and the growing conflict between these views has implications for the way the modern world is changing.[1] In part, McGilchrist's book, which is the product of twenty years of research,[2] reviews the evidence of previous related research and theories, and based on this and cultural evidence, the author arrives at his own conclusions. The Master and His Emissary received mostly favourable reviews upon its publication. Critics praised the book as being a landmark publication that could alter readers' perspective of how they viewed the world; A.C. Background and influences[edit]

Spatial et réalité augmentée médicale | Pour aider les astronautes à accomplir des échographies, l’Agence Spatiale Européenne a développé un procédé d’assistance par réalité augmentée qui pourra être utilisée sur Terre pour d’autres procédures médicales. Le système CAMDASS : en portant des lunettes de réalité augmentée, l’astronaute voit des instructions claires avec des schémas qui se superposent à son patient afin qu’il positionne au mieux la sonde échographique.Crédit : ESA/Space Applications Service NV/Enjoy Space À bord de la Station Spatiale Internationale, l’examen par échographie est souvent employé par les astronautes, soit pour le suivi d’expériences, soit pour établir un diagnostic en cas de maladie. Des lunettes qui donnent des instructionsLa réalité augmentée consiste à ajouter à ce que l’on voit, des informations diverses. Le CAMDASS a été testé à l’hôpital universitaire Saint-Pierre à Bruxelles en Belgique. Exemple d’une station d’échographie CAMDASS complète avec écrans de visualisation et commandes vocales.

How to Optimize Your Brain: Why Refining Emotional Recall is the Secret to Better Memory by Maria Popova “You are what you remember — your very identity depends on all of the events, people and places you can recall.” We’ve seen the many ways in which our memory can be our merciless traitor: it is not a recording device but a practitioner of creative plagiarism, a terrible timekeeper, and the bent backbone in the anatomy of lying. How, then, can this essential human faculty become our ally? In The Art of Doing: How Superachievers Do What They Do and How They Do It So Well (public library) — a compendium of pragmatic advice on such modern fixations and timeless aspirations as how to create a great company culture (courtesy of Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh) to how to be funny (courtesy of Alec Baldwin) to how to fight for justice (courtesy of Constance Rice) — neurologist, neuropsychiatrist, and prolific brain-book author Richard Restak offers some vital tips on how to optimize your brain, central to which is honing the capacity and performance of your memory: Donating = Loving

La réalité augmentée pour visualiser le contenu d’une boîte de LEGO L’industrie de la mode était l’une des premières à aborder le virage écologique en lançant des tissus biodégradables. Hyeona Yang et Joshua Noble vont encore plus loin en proposant un imperméable qui fait plus que protéger contre la pluie. En effet, cet imperméable dénommé Raincatch est capable de recycler l’eau de pluie. Doté d’un système composé de plusieurs tubes, le propriétaire de l’imperméable pourra alors étancher sa soif à tout moment. The Science of How Memory Works by Maria Popova What the four “slave” systems of the mind have to do with riding a bicycle. “Whatever becomes of [old memories], in the long intervals of consciousness?” Henry James wistfully pondered upon turning fifty. “They are like the lines of a letter written in sympathetic ink; hold the letter to the fire for a while and the grateful warmth brings out the invisible words.” James was not alone in seeking to understand the seemingly mysterious workings of human memory — something all the more urgently fascinating in our age of information overload, where we’re evolving a new kind of “transactive memory.” In The Guardian of All Things: The Epic Story of Human Memory (public library) technology writer Michael S. Illustration from 'Neurocomic,' a graphic novel about how the brain works. One popular theory holds that short-term memory consists of four “slave” systems. Chemically, we have a pretty good idea how memories are encoded and retained in brain neurons. Donating = Loving

Intent! It’s Fucking Magic! | Genderbitch: Musings of a Trans Chick Crossposted to Questioning Transphobia Warning: This post is sarcastic to such a point as you may actually slip in the pools of sarcasm that are dripping off of it. Please walk carefully. The caution cones are there for your protection. Also, we totally didn’t intend for you to slip so we’re not responsible if you do. Today, someone said a slur. So if you out a trans woman? See, the great thing about this thaumaturgy is that it protects anything a privileged asshole says! So say, if you make a bunch of racist jokes, instead of contributing to the systemic oppression of POC, the bewitching might of Intent (I’m capitalizing the I now, to give it proper respect as a primary element) spreads out, blocking every single person from fully hearing the awful racist shit you just said, further preventing them from internalizing it and using it to justify actions. But you see, it goes further than that. Intent is so unbelievably epic that it doesn’t just cover slurs. Isn’t that magical? Like this:

The Science of Smell: How the Most Direct of Our Senses Works by Maria Popova Why the 23,040 breaths we take each day are the most powerful yet perplexing route to our emotional memory. “Get a life in which you notice the smell of salt water pushing itself on a breeze over the dunes,” Anna Quindlen advised in her indispensable Short Guide to a Happy Life. Susan Sontag listed “linen” and “the smell of newly mown grass” among her favorite things. “A man may have lived all of his life in the gray,” John Steinbeck wrote in his beautiful meditation on the meaning of life, “and then — the glory — so that a cricket song sweetens his ears, the smell of the earth rises chanting to his nose.” Why is it that smell lends itself to such poetic metaphors, sings to us so sweetly, captures us so powerfully? That’s precisely what science historian Diane Ackerman explores in A Natural History of the Senses (public library), her 1990 prequel to the equally fantastic A Natural History of Love. Smell is the most direct of all our senses. Donating = Loving Share on Tumblr

ARToolKit ARToolKit is a software library for building Augmented Reality (AR) applications. These are applications that involve the overlay of virtual imagery on the real world. For example, in the image to the right a three-dimensional virtual character appears standing on a real card. It can be seen by the user in the head set display they are wearing. When the user moves the card, the virtual character moves with it and appears attached to the real object. This website contains a link to the ARToolKit software, projects that have used ARToolKit, sample ARToolKit applications, a discussion group and full documentation. ARToolKit was originally developed by Dr. For information on this page, contact Philip Lamb. Translations of this page available: Belarusian

Neurocomic: A Graphic Novel About How the Brain Works by Maria Popova From the caves of memory to the castles of deception, by way of naughty neurotransmitters and giddy ganglia. Scientists are only just beginning to understand how the brain works — from what transpires in it while we sleep to how to optimize its memory to what love does to it to how music affects it — and the rest of us fall somewhere on the spectrum between fascinated and confused when it comes to the intricate inner workings of our master-controller. From British indie press Nobrow — who also brought us Freud’s graphic biography, those lovely illustrated chronicles of the Space Race and aviation, as well as Blexbolex’s magnificent No Man’s Land — comes Neurocomic (public library), a graphic novel about how the brain works. This remarkable collaboration between Dr. We take a stroll through a forest of neurons, then learn about neuroplasticity. Images courtesy of Nobrow Donating = Loving Bringing you (ad-free) Brain Pickings takes hundreds of hours each month. Share on Tumblr

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