Brains: The mind as matter Thursday 29 March 2012 - Sunday 17 June 2012 Brains is now at MOSI in Manchester and runs unitl 4 Jan 2013. This major new free exhibition seeks to explore what humans have done to brains in the name of medical intervention, scientific enquiry, cultural meaning and technological change. Featuring over 150 artefacts including real brains, artworks, manuscripts, artefacts, videos and photography, 'Brains' follows the long quest to manipulate and decipher the most unique and mysterious of human organs, whose secrets continue to confound and inspire. 'Brains' asks not what brains do to us, but what we have done to brains, focusing on the bodily presence of the organ rather than investigating the neuroscience of the mind. Events A series of events are taking place to support the 'Brains' exhibition. 'Brains' image credit: Headache (2008) by Helen Pynor. <div>Browser does not support script.
Cryptophasia Cryptophasia is a phenomenon of a language developed by twins (identical or fraternal) that only the two children could understand. The word has its roots from crypto meaning secret and phasia meaning speech. Most linguists associate cryptophasia with idioglossia, which is any language used by only one, or very few, people. Cryptophasia also differs from idioglossia on including mirrored actions like twin-walk and identical mannerisms. While sources claim that twins and children from multiple births develop this ability perhaps because of more interpersonal communication between themselves than with the parents, there is inadequate scientific proof to verify these claims. Classification Causes A delay in the phonological development of one or both twins (or two siblings at similar age of language development) is said to be a main cause of cryptophasia. Social effects See also References
Neuroscience of free will Neuroscience of free will is the part of neurophilosophy that studies the interconnections between free will and neuroscience. As it has become possible to study the living brain, researchers have begun to watch decision making processes at work. Findings could carry implications for our sense of agency and for moral responsibility and the role of consciousness in general. Relevant findings include the pioneering study by Benjamin Libet and its subsequent redesigns; these studies were able to detect activity related to a decision to move, and the activity appears to begin briefly before people become conscious of it. Other studies try to predict activity before overt action occurs. Taken together, these various findings show that at least some actions - like moving a finger - are initiated unconsciously at first, and enter consciousness afterward. A monk meditates. Overview -Patrick Haggard discussing an in-depth experiment by Itzhak Fried Criticisms
Howtonotsuckatgamedesign.com | Anjin Anhut on game design, pop culture and art. Oliver Sacks, Author, Neurologist / Official Website / Hallucinations, Musicophilia, Awakenings, The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat Facebook va à l'encontre du cerveau humain Rubin Dunbar, de l’Université d’Oxford vient de rendre les conclusions de son étude sur les groupements sociaux à travers les siècles: il serait impossible, pour le cerveau humain, d’entretenir un lien social avec plus de 150 amis, quel que soit le niveau de sociabilité. Selon ce professeur d'anthropologie, le néocortex, zone du cerveau qui gère la pensée consciente et le langage, serait responsable de cette restriction. Les recherches de Dunbar révèlent que l'arrivée des réseaux sociaux sur internet ne change rien à ces capacités neurologiques. Il a ainsi examiné le fonctionnement de Facebook, Bebo et MySpace, et découvert que les internautes ayant beaucoup d'«amis» n'étaient en interaction avec un petit nombre d'entre eux. D’autre part, les femmes seraient plus douées pour les relations sociales sur Facebook que les hommes. [Lire sur l'article complet sur le Sunday Times] Vous souhaitez proposer un lien complémentaire sur ce sujet ou sur tout autre sujet d'actualité? publicité
Paris syndrome Paris syndrome (French: Syndrome de Paris, Japanese: パリ症候群, Pari shōkōgun) is a transient psychological disorder exhibited by some individuals visiting or vacationing in Paris or elsewhere in Western Europe. It is characterized by a number of psychiatric symptoms such as acute delusional states, hallucinations, feelings of persecution (perceptions of being a victim of prejudice, aggression, or hostility from others), derealization, depersonalization, anxiety, and also psychosomatic manifestations such as dizziness, tachycardia, sweating, and others. Similar syndromes include Jerusalem syndrome and Stendhal syndrome. The condition is commonly viewed as a severe form of culture shock. History Causes The authors of the article, in the 2012 French psychiatry journal Nervure, cite the following as contributory factors for Japanese people: Language barrier – few Japanese speak French and vice versa. Susceptibility Japanese tourists in Paris. See also Bibliography
8 Books For a Higher Existence Books are magical inventions. By carrying meaning, they gives us glimpses of experience and knowledge from a different world. Phonetic language, being cut-off from time and place, the Now, helps both to encapsulate the ego more, but also to offer guidance to make it poriferous, letting Eros free. If you’re done reading this list and want to level up more – check out part two! Thus Spoke Zarathustra – Friedrich Nietzsche Thus Spoke Zarathustra is Nietzsche’s most prophetic book in which he offers his teachings through the words of Zarathustra, based on the Persian prophet Zoroaster, who, after spending ten years on a mountain in meditation only accompanied by his Eagle and Serpent, comes down to offer his wisdom to the world. Becoming Animal – David Abram Abram’s first book The Spell of the Sensuous convincingly argued that being human is inseparably interconnected with everything that is not human. Cloud-Hidden, Whereabouts Unknown: A Mountain Journal – Alan Watts Original photo by June