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The Self Illusion: How the Social Brain Creates Identity

The Self Illusion: How the Social Brain Creates Identity
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Assumptions and Illusions “We look from our own single perspective and see what we want to see, what we expect to see and what we are used to seeing.” Behind this tiny quote from my TED Talk, lies an major subject. One that is big and important. For all of us. I think. This post is about assumptions and illusions. Our way to give meaning to situations is: judgement. The biggest danger: we can be totally wrong. Another danger. We don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are.” – Anais Nin Seeing things from assumptions, presumptions and prejudices can lead to arrogance, ignoring different opinions, frustration, misunderstanding and miscommunication. So, don’t believe everything you thinkDon’t believe everything you seeYour thoughts create your worldDo not assume Below, you’ll find some great examples of ‘Optical Illusions’. Seeing the world as it isn’t. Assumptions. Points of View Whodunnit? Spinning Dancer Illusion 10 Amazing Illusions Slideshow 10 Optical Illusions Share ♥ !

Heaven is for neuroscience: How the brain creates visions of God For most of recorded history, human beings situated the mind — and by extension the soul — not within the brain but within the heart. When preparing mummies for the afterlife, for instance, ancient Egyptian priests removed the heart in one piece and preserved it in a ceremonial jar; in contrast, they scraped out the brain through the nostrils with iron hooks, tossed it aside for animals, and filled the empty skull with sawdust or resin. (This wasn’t a snarky commentary on their politicians, either—they considered everyone’s brain useless.) Most Greek thinkers also elevated the heart to the body’s summa. Aristotle pointed out that the heart had thick vessels to shunt messages around, whereas the brain had wispy, effete wires. Meanwhile, though, some physicians had always had a different perspective on where the mind came from. One such explorer was Swedish philosopher Emanuel Swedenborg, one of the oddest ducks to ever waddle across the stage of history.

Did a Copying Mistake Build Man's Brain? A copying error appears to be responsible for critical features of the human brain that distinguish us from our closest primate kin, new research finds. When tested out in mice, researchers found this "error" caused the rodents' brain cells to move into place faster and enabled more connections between brain cells. When any cell divides, it first copies its entire genome. During this process, it can make errors. The cell usually fixes errors in the DNA. One type of error is duplication, when the DNA-copying machinery accidentally copies a section of the genome twice. The researchers scanned the human genome for these duplications, and found that many of them seem to play a role in the developing brain. [10 Fun Facts About the Brain] "There are approximately 30 genes that were selectively duplicated in humans," study researcher Franck Polleux, of The Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, Calif., said in a statement.

Why Australia's Collaborative Economy Is Worth $46 billion - B&T Unlocking the power of the collaborative crowd is a key solution to Australia’s productivity and innovation challenges according to new Deloitte research commissioned by Google Australia. In its Collaborative Economy report, Deloitte Access Economics has put a value on the benefit, and it is big: $46 billion per year – value of faster-growing, profitable businesses with collaboration at their core$9.3 billion per year – value if companies make the most of opportunities to collaborate more. In addition to the economic modelling and research of collaboration’s* place in Australian businesses, 1000 employees and business managers were surveyed – in established markets and new players and across industries and geographies. Other key research findings include: Deloitte Digital national leader Frank Farrall said: “What we have found is a strong correlation between collaboration and the performance of Australian companies.

Why We Cry: The Science of Sobbing and Emotional Tearing by Maria Popova Why it’s easier to prevent a crying spell than to stop one already underway. The human body is an extraordinary machine, and our behavior an incessant source of fascination. In Curious Behavior: Yawning, Laughing, Hiccupping, and Beyond (public library), psychology and neuroscience professor Robert R. Take, for instance, the science of what we call “crying,” a uniquely human capacity — a grab-bag term that consists of “vocal crying,” or sobbing, and “emotional tearing,” our quiet waterworks. As an adult, you cry much less than when young, and your crying is more often subdued, teary weeping than the demonstrative, vocal sobbing of childhood. . . To better illustrate the physiology of crying, Provine contrasts it with that of laughing, pointing out that the two are complementary behaviors and understanding one helps understand the other. Specialists may argue whether there is a typical cry or laugh, but enough is known about these vocalizations to provide vivid contrasts.

énaction - Valérie Buron, article Psychologie Cet encadré est issu de l'article « Penser en action » Le concept de l’énaction, proposé par Francisco Varela (1946-2001), biologiste, neurologue et philosophe, s’oppose à de nombreuses théories et remet l’humain au sein de son environnement. Le paradigme défend l’idée que la cognition est d’abord incarnée, c’est-à-dire qu’elle prend en compte le fait que chaque espèce a son propre « Umwelt » (ou milieu), évolue dans son propre monde, avec ses propres règles. Toute activité cognitive sensori-motrice s’inscrit dans une interaction physique avec l’environnement. Nos différentes capacités s’avèrent ainsi inséparables de notre corps, de notre langage et de notre histoire culturelle. Elles nous permettent de donner un sens à notre monde. (1) F.

The Woman who Changed Her Brain: Unlocking the Extraordinary Potential of the Human Mind: Amazon.co.uk: Barbara Arrowsmith-Young Book Description Publication Date: 24 May 2012 Barbara Arrowsmith-Young was born with severe learning disabilities that caused teachers to label her as slow, stubborn or worse. The idea that self-improvement can happen in the brain has now caught fire. The Woman Who Changed Her Brain powerfully demonstrates how the lives of children and adults struggling with learning disorders can be dramatically transformed. Frequently Bought Together Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought Product Description Review "If you have a son, a daughter, a parent, a spouse, or a brain, this is a must-read book. "By her own fierce determination and passionate desire to learn, this remarkable woman changed her own brain and has since helped countless others to change theirs. "Moving, insightful and empowering!" "A fascinating book that offers huge hope to people who are written off as not 'normal'" (Sally Morris Daily Mail) Book Description What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?

We’re wired to sing Poor Alfred Russel Wallace! Virtually unknown these days compared to Darwin, Wallace was one of the 19th century’s greatest biologists and perhaps the preeminent field naturalist of all time. Those who have heard of Wallace know him primarily as the codiscoverer, with Darwin, of natural selection. But whereas Darwin had laboriously worked out the details, with copious examples from the living world, over a period of decades, Wallace literally came upon the principle of natural selection in a kind of brainstorm, a moment of epiphany while he lay in a malarial fever at a remote island campsite in what is today Indonesia. The story has oft been told: Barely recovered from his illness, Wallace sent Darwin a brief manuscript setting out “his” theory, which in turn nudged Darwin to speed up publication of the much lengthier book — “On the Origin of Species” — that Darwin had been perfecting, more or less in private, over many years. One likely prospect involves the social role of the arts.

On transforming conversations around Indigenous health – #IHMayDay One of the clear themes from the recent #IHMayDay Twitter-fest was the value of changing the questions asked and the stories told about the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Arising out of some of those discussions, Mikaela Jade and Ruth Mirams, co-founders of the consultancy, Paramodic, write about four questions they have found to be transformative. Start really closing the gap with these four questions Mikaela Jade and Ruth Mirams write: In the day’s most unsurprising news, Indigenous people throughout Australia (and the world) face poorer health outcomes than non-Indigenous people. Health is defined the state of being free from illness or injury. This frames the conversation focusing on the gap, and not on closing it. If we let people define the health problems in our communities as ‘Indigenous problems’, we let them put us in a box, and we don’t hold them to account for the difference in health outcomes between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.

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