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I think, therefore I am a human, a crow, a chimp, a bonobo — or a robot? – Medium
To learn more about the mental mechanisms at work in one species of corvid, the western scrub-jay, Clayton devised an experiment called ‘planning for breakfast’. For six days, the birds live in three interconnected rooms, and each evening were locked in one of the two end rooms. On waking each morning, they find that in one room breakfast is served, but in the other it’s not. ...On the final evening, after spending three nights in the breakfast room and three in the hungry room, the birds are given seeds which they can cache in trays in either of the end rooms.

“We find they spontaneously hide food in the hungry room. They don’t know which room they will sleep in, but plan ahead for the eventuality that if they end up in the hungry room, they won’t go hungry,”
bird  animalintelligence  planning  mind 
yesterday by patrickandrews
How I Got My Attention Back
"The more I thought about my attention the more I thought about the limits to human scale. How technologies inevitably amplify ourselves — the best and worst parts — in a way that is almost impossible for us to comprehend. How that scale is so easily co-opted to attenuate our attention with the worst possible diet of high-sugar, high-carb nothingness. I thought about Westworld. I thought about our loops."



"It’s become common to talk of the “weaponization” of attention. As in: The attention of Americans was weaponized to make facts out of falsities. I think this framing does a disservice to the crux of the problem. It’s not that our attention has been weaponized, a word that vanishes in hyperbole, but rather, mechanized. As in: Our attentions have been wrest from our control, like a flock of android starlings, or a million IP enabled toasters. We were reasonably autonomous things. Now we’re indifferently synchronous, easily manipulated."
humanity  focus  technology  mind  attention 
yesterday by colm.mcmullan
The Essence with No Substance – Medium
[cesar takes a big swing]
the mystery of the human experience hinges in a reality that is unsubstantial, yet more mysterious and profound. That reality is the duality between matter and information.
cesarhidalgo  scientism  atheism  religion  information  mind 
2 days ago by sampenrose
Anatomy of Melancholy
Andrew Solomon. "Suicide is a seductress, and those who have sailed near it stay alive only when they stop up their ears and flee from its Siren song"
words  mind 
2 days ago by footnote_my_mind
UCL Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience
The ICN is an interdisciplinary research institute, bringing together different disciplines (e.g. psychology, neurology, anatomy) with common interests in the human mind and brain, in both health and disease.
neuroscience  mind  academia  UCL  health  disease  brain 
5 days ago by illuminarything
Wikipedia - Brainstorm
"The film follows a research team's efforts to perfect a system that directly records the sensory and emotional feelings of a subject, and the efforts by the company's management to exploit the device for military ends."
1983  Wikipedia  Brainstorm  movie  ChristopherWalken  mind  Superbrown 
6 days ago by cosmic
Entangling Conscious Agents, Donald Hoffman - YouTube
even atoms are part of our interface
(like pixels are to a computer interface)
reality  consciousness  mind  physics 
9 days ago by patrickandrews
Guy Winch: Why we all need to practice emotional first aid | TED Talk | TED.com
"A hundred years ago, people began practicing personal hygiene, and life expectancy rates rose by over 50 percent in just a matter of decades. I believe our quality of life could rise just as dramatically if we all began practicing emotional hygiene.

Can you imagine what the world would be like if everyone was psychologically healthier? If there were less loneliness and less depression? If people knew how to overcome failure? If they felt better about themselves and more empowered? If they were happier and more fulfilled? I can, because that's the world I want to live in. And that's the world my brother wants to live in as well. And if you just become informed and change a few simple habits, well -- that's the world we can all live in."
mind  body  health  mental  emotion  people  habit 
9 days ago by colm.mcmullan
Vipassana meditation retreats: enjoy the silence | Life and style | The Guardian
"Vipassana means "to see things as they really are". It is a pre-Buddhist meditation technique that was revitalised and popularised by Gautama Buddha 2,500 years ago. The instructions, played out over the speakers, are straightforward: observe your breath for three days, then observe your body for seven. Simple, the way instructions for running a marathon can be made reductively simple: take a step or two; continue for 26.2 miles in a speedy fashion."
self  focus  development  buddhism  meditation  mind  body  simplicity 
12 days ago by colm.mcmullan

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