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Henry Marsh’s “Do No Harm” - The New Yorker
The New Yorker looks at Henry Marsh, author of "Do No Harm".
books  surgery  medicine  brain  neurosurgery 
may 2015 by pw201
Goodnight. Sleep Clean. - NYTimes.com
Sleep is for your cerebral fluid to clear away the accumulated junk. Maybe.
sleep  insomnia  brain  neuroscience 
january 2014 by pw201
Can You Call a 9-Year-Old a Psychopath? - NYTimes.com
No, but you can note that some of them are Callous-Unemotional and may grow up to be psychopaths.
psychology  sociopath  children  brain  psychopath 
september 2013 by pw201
The Reason We Reason | Wired Science | Wired.com
"new theory of reasoning put forth by Hugo Mercier and Dan Sperber. In essence, they argue that human reason has nothing to do with finding the truth, or locating the best alternative. Instead, it’s all about being able to argue with others" And that's why we have confirmation bias. There's some dialogue in the comments about how it's not as hopeless as it may sound.
science  psychology  research  cognition  rationality  brain  bias 
may 2011 by pw201
Form Constants and the Visual Cortex | countyourculture
"There are common visual concepts which cut across boundaries of culture and time and reflect what it truly means to be human. Near death experiences are often associated with seeing a “light at the end of a tunnel”. In the Bible, God appeared to Ezekiel as a “wheel within a wheel”. Spirals and concentric circles are commonly found in petrogylphs carved by cultures long dead. Similar visual effects are reported during extreme psychological stress, fever delirium, psychotic episodes, sensory deprivation, and are reliably induced by psychedelic drugs."
science  consciousness  brain  religion 
march 2011 by pw201
Accept Defeat: The Neuroscience of Screwing Up | Magazine
"The fact is, we carefully edit our reality, searching for evidence that confirms what we already believe. Although we pretend we’re empiricists — our views dictated by nothing but the facts — we’re actually blinkered, especially when it comes to information that contradicts our theories. The problem with science, then, isn’t that most experiments fail — it’s that most failures are ignored."
science  psychology  neuroscience  brain  failure  research  kuhn 
december 2009 by pw201
Valerie Tarico: Christian Belief Through The Lens of Cognitive Science: Part 6 of 6
The final part of Tarico's series, which links to the others. "Despite its boundaries, cognitive science, does offer what is rapidly becoming a sufficient explanation for the supernaturalism that underlies organized religion."
christianity  science  religion  brain  psychology  cognitive-bias  cognition 
november 2009 by pw201
Out of LSD? Just 15 Minutes of Sensory Deprivation Triggers Hallucinations
Interesting stuff. Reminded me of Carl Sagan's "The Demon Haunted World", where he talks about how common hallucinations are.
psychology  science  hallucinations  wired  brain  neuroscience 
october 2009 by pw201
Religion: Bound to believe? : Article : Nature
Atheism will always be a harder sell than religion, Pascal Boyer explains, because a slew of cognitive traits predispose us to faith.
science  psychology  evolution  cognition  religion  anthropology  brain  cognitive-bias  pascal-boyer  boyer 
october 2008 by pw201
You can't argue with a Zombie -- Jaron Lanier
Lanier's article on zombies and the "qualia dial", which reminds me a bit of Greg Egan's idea in Permutation City.
brain  philosophy  consciousness  qualia  zombies  dennett  jaron-lanier 
june 2008 by pw201
Dan Gilbert: Why are we happy? Why aren't we happy?
Dan Gilbert on the psychology of happiness: how we synthesise happiness once we've made an irreversible choice.
brain  psychology  science  video  ted  happiness 
april 2008 by pw201
Portal: The Flash Version
This game ate my Sunday afternoon.
brain  flash  game  puzzle  portal  games 
october 2007 by pw201

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