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We Are Built To Be Kind

We Are Built To Be Kind

Scientists use brain imaging to reveal the movies in our mind BERKELEY — Imagine tapping into the mind of a coma patient, or watching one’s own dream on YouTube. With a cutting-edge blend of brain imaging and computer simulation, scientists at the University of California, Berkeley, are bringing these futuristic scenarios within reach. Using functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) and computational models, UC Berkeley researchers have succeeded in decoding and reconstructing people’s dynamic visual experiences – in this case, watching Hollywood movie trailers. As yet, the technology can only reconstruct movie clips people have already viewed. However, the breakthrough paves the way for reproducing the movies inside our heads that no one else sees, such as dreams and memories, according to researchers. The approximate reconstruction (right) of a movie clip (left) is achieved through brain imaging and computer simulation Brain activity evoked by the second set of clips was used to test the movie reconstruction algorithm.

Gandhi's 10 Rules for Changing the World, by Henrik Edberg “You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty.” “The difference between what we do and what we are capable of doing would suffice to solve most of the world’s problem.” “If I had no sense of humor, I would long ago have committed suicide.” Mahatma Gandhi needs no long introduction. So let’s just move on to some of my favourite tips from Mahatma Gandhi. 1. “You must be the change you want to see in the world.” “As human beings, our greatness lies not so much in being able to remake the world – that is the myth of the atomic age – as in being able to remake ourselves.” If you change yourself you will change your world. And the problem with changing your outer world without changing yourself is thatyou will still be you when you reach that change you have strived for. And so in this new situation you will still not find what you hoped for since your mind is still seeping with that negative stuff. 2. 3. 4. 5.

L’altruisme est-il de l’égoïsme caché ? La réalité de l'altruisme est souvent niée, sous prétexte qu'il dissimulerait l'égoïsme. Ainsi, le sociologue américain Peter Blau (1918-2002), qui définissait la théorie de l'échange social comme un échange où l'un des deux partenaires peut s'engager sans connaître exactement la contrepartie qui lui sera proposée, affirmait : « Un apparent altruisme imprègne la vie sociale ; les gens sont désireux de faire du bien et de rendre la pareille. Mais sous ce désintéressement apparent, on peut découvrir un égoïsme sous-jacent ; la tendance à aider les autres est souvent motivée par l'attente qu'agir ainsi procurera des bénéfices sociaux. » D'autres, et notamment divers psychanalystes, donnent également à ce comportement une connotation négative. Qu'en penser ?

How Trees Calm Us Down In 1984, a researcher named Roger Ulrich noticed a curious pattern among patients who were recovering from gallbladder surgery at a suburban hospital in Pennsylvania. Those who had been given rooms overlooking a small stand of deciduous trees were being discharged almost a day sooner, on average, than those in otherwise identical rooms whose windows faced a wall. The results seemed at once obvious—of course a leafy tableau is more therapeutic than a drab brick wall—and puzzling. Whatever curative property the trees possessed, how were they casting it through a pane of glass? That is the riddle that underlies a new study in the journal Scientific Reports by a team of researchers in the United States, Canada, and Australia, led by the University of Chicago psychology professor Marc Berman. Are such numbers fanciful? What is most interesting about this data, though, is one of its subtler details. It’s nice to think that research like this can affect public policy.

NSA-Spionage - Warum die Überwacher gebändigt gehören - Politik Anzeige Hilft exzessives Datensammeln beim Kampf gegen den Terror? Eine Studie belegt, wie fadenscheinig diese Rechtfertigung ist. Es war natürlich nur ein Zufall, aber über die Weihnachtstage ereignete sich in der Affäre um die NSA ein kurioser Zirkelschluss. An diesem Freitag nun wird der US-Präsident das Ergebnis seiner Überlegungen zur Reform der NSA präsentieren. Folgt man einer soeben erschienenen Studie der New America Foundation, einem liberalen Think Tank mit Sitz in Washington D.C., wäre aber genau das notwendig. Anteil der NSA verschwindend gering Die kleine aber präzise Untersuchung räumt kurzerhand mit fast allem auf, was NSA, US-Regierung aber auch das letzte Kabinett Merkel über die Arbeit des Geheimdienstes behauptet haben. Um die Frage beantworten zu können, wurden die Fälle von 225 Personen ausgewertet, die wegen ihrer vermuteten Verbindungen zu islamischen Terroristen seit dem 11. Groteskes Missverhältnis Mit dem Patriot Act, der nach dem 11.

untitled The real Lord of the Flies: what happened when six boys were shipwrecked for 15 months | Books For centuries western culture has been permeated by the idea that humans are selfish creatures. That cynical image of humanity has been proclaimed in films and novels, history books and scientific research. But in the last 20 years, something extraordinary has happened. Scientists from all over the world have switched to a more hopeful view of mankind. This development is still so young that researchers in different fields often don’t even know about each other. When I started writing a book about this more hopeful view, I knew there was one story I would have to address. On the very first day, the boys institute a democracy of sorts. By the time a British naval officer comes ashore, the island is a smouldering wasteland. This story never happened. I first read Lord of the Flies as a teenager. I began to wonder: had anyone ever studied what real children would do if they found themselves alone on a deserted island? The article did not provide any sources. I was bursting with questions.

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