Tag: brain

The 20 Things I Learned in 2013

That sleep helps clean our brain. Or in the words of the journal Science, “Observations showed that when mice sleep, channels between neurons in their brains expand, allowing cerebrospinal fluid to flush out detritus, such as proteins that in human beings are associated with Alzheimer’s disease.” (Source) How truly symbiotic animals we are. “Researchers have ...

I Died On the Operating Table Last Night

I was being wheeled into the operating room. The hospital staff were running along side the gurney. I had sustained a massive injury to my head and I was unconscious, probably in a coma. Somehow I was still hyperaware of everything that was going on around me and I knew that I could heal myself ...

Living with Dislecksia

Just about every day at work I have to dial a ridiculously long string of numbers in order to join a conference call. Just about every day on the internet I have to fill out those mind-bending captua forms. For me, it takes intense concentration to complete those tasks. Maybe you can imagine what college ...

A Rosetta Stone For the Indus Script

Rajesh Rao is looking for the computational principles underlying the brain’s remarkable ability to learn, process and store information — hoping to apply this knowledge to the task of building adaptive robotic systems and artificially intelligent agents. Some of the questions that motivate his research include: How does the brain learn efficient representations of novel ...

The Consciousness Chronicles: Rupert Sheldrake

Is consciousness produced by a complex arrangement of billions of neurons, mind emerging from the matter of the brain? Or is it embedded at the deepest level of the universe, a quantum effect? Could machines eventually become conscious? Where does creativity come from? How do we transform our consciousness? The Consciousness Chronicles is an ongoing ...

Simulacra and Simulations

As an undergraduate, I helped run a psychology lab for a professor where we did cognitive experiments on Psychology 101 students. My major was Cognitive Science and I spent most of my free time reading anything I could get my hand on the subject. I would read an author’s paper in a journal and flip ...