talles + biology   8

Consciousness Is Made of Atoms, Too
In every case, these environmental stimuli exist in analog form and are converted into digital form by the receptor cells and the neural circuits connected to them.
philosophy  biology 
april 2017 by talles
Self-organization
Self-organization is a process where some form of overall order or coordination arises out of the local interactions between smaller component parts of an initially disordered system. The process of self-organization can be spontaneous, and it is not necessarily controlled by any auxiliary agent outside of the system.
biology  wikipedia 
may 2016 by talles
How Do You Say “Life” in Physics?
What about life? We think we know life when we see it. Darwin’s theory even explains how one form of life evolves into another. But what is the difference between a robin and a rock, when both obey the same physical laws? In other words, how do you say “life” in physics? Some have argued that the word is untranslatable. But maybe it simply needed the right translator.
biology 
may 2016 by talles
What It’s Like Being a Sudden Savant
These individuals find that they abruptly have some kind of artistic or musical ability. It’s as if the person fell asleep and woke up the next morning with extraordinary talent.
psychology  biology 
may 2016 by talles
The empty brain
Your brain does not process information, retrieve knowledge or store memories. In short: your brain is not a computer.
biology 
may 2016 by talles
Goats on Acid
In their study of goats on LSD, Werner P. Koella, Roger F. Beaulieu, and John R. Bergen found that drugged goats walk in predictable geometric patterns, including squares, figure-Ls, and figure-8s. A goat repeatedly induced will always be inclined toward the same pattern.8 The figures reproduced here show the various geometric shapes of goat walking patterns in response to LSD.
drugs  biology 
april 2016 by talles
The dolphin who loved me: the Nasa-funded project that went wrong
"Every breath is a conscious effort. If life becomes too unbearable, the dolphins just take a breath and they sink to the bottom. They don't take the next breath."
drugs  biology 
april 2016 by talles
Can a Living Creature Be as Big as a Galaxy?
Why life is constrained to be about the sizes we see on Earth.
philosophy  biology 
april 2016 by talles

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