Browsing All Posts filed under »Mind«

Illusions: Which Order Tells the Story Best?

August 8, 2017


Which is the correct order for these life-like white animals by Amol Jadhav?  There is more here than meets the eye, of course. The genius behind it is that once you make a discovery, you aren’t done. Or are you? Is it your imagination, or did the artist create a story on purpose? How deep […]

Some Who Can’t See Believe They Can

July 23, 2017


A blind person with visual anosognosia is completely certain he can see, despite all evidence to the contrary. At first this sounds impossible, but it's a real syndrome. A person with it is blind but does not know it: As far as their self-awareness is concerned, they think they can see perfectly. [art link] Anton-Babinski […]

Survive the Top Human Threat: Artificial Super Intelligence

July 8, 2017


What most threatens humankind? The Centre for the Study of Existential Risk, you may be surprised to learn, puts Artificial Intelligence at the top of the list. (Sample video lecture) 10 THREATS TO MANKIND Artificial intelligence Bio-hacking Killer robots Nuclear war Climate change Asteroid impact Loss of reality Food shortage Particle accelerator Tyrannical ruler Link […]

Do All Raccoons Ride Alligators?

July 5, 2017


A common logic error many make is wrongly assuming that one example of something is proof that it is widespread and common. Generalizing is something we do naturally because it saves time and helps us understand the world. It is also at the root of some human problems such as prejudice and xenophobia, however. Richard […]

PTSD Treatment: Injection in Neck Resets Nervous System

June 12, 2017


Would you take a needle in the neck for 30 minutes to stop reliving trauma like a loved one’s violent death? I might. A ‘stellate ganglion block’ is an injection of anesthetic into a nerve cluster called the stellate ganglion, which connects the brain to the body This nerve cluster is key for controlling our […]

Strange Sliding Feet Kinesthetic Hallucination 

June 10, 2017


I have not been sleeping the last four days, and it’s getting harder to concentrate as a result. You may notice my writing gets more chaotic as I fight Lyme/mold/immune system dysfunction. Perhaps it will be amusing or of scientific value. Here’s something pretty strange that happened to me this morning: Today, fully awake, standing […]

FightBit? Device Predicts Fights Among Couples

April 24, 2017


This AI wearable device can predict arguments. It could be the precursor to eventual home couple’s therapy robots (CTRs).  Wearables have become typecast as fitness trackers, but projects like this one show that they could have an impact on many aspects of our health and well-being. The University of Southern California has published the results […]

Consciousness on-off switch discovered deep in brain

April 6, 2017


We don’t yet know how consciousness really works, but we can do some very interesting things with it by interacting with the brain. For example, we can reliably make people unconscious with drugs. One of the drugs anesthesiologists use to put people under during surgery, propofol, synchronizes parts of the brain, making different areas fire at […]

How to Know What’s True

April 1, 2017


An altruistic alien with atmospheric appendages appeared. It told me to save the world. It told me how:  “Give people reasonable criteria to use to tell if something is true,” it said, with great italics.  “That’s it?” I asked.  “Yes. Everything else will sort out,” it said. It then folded into inner space and vanished in […]

No consciousness in control: Self-driving car crash, no one hurt

March 26, 2017


A car in self-driving mode (the one on its side in the photo) was just involved in a crash in Tempe, Arizona. Having recently driven 18,000+ miles in 3 months through every lower US state, I am skeptical of self-driving cars. Also, beating my chess computer at the highest setting yesterday morning made me trust self-driving […]

Are quantum computers proof of multiple universes?

March 18, 2017


Quantum computers may be 100 million times more powerful than today’s computers and they may do that by computing results simultaneously in multiple universes. Really? Google and Nasa announced they were collaborating on the D-Wave X2 quantum computer, which they say is 100 million times faster than a conventional computer chip, in 2013. It can […]

Can you solve a chess puzzle that could prove quantum consciousness? 

March 14, 2017


The creator of this puzzle is brilliant. It might look like a simple chess problem, but this puzzle could finally help scientists uncover what makes the human mind so unique, and why it may never be matched by a computer. 75 years after Bletchley Park sought codebreakers in the Second World War by placing a […]

Lost time, the sleep of the dead

March 2, 2017


This morning before I started meditating, I looked at the clock, 8:03 am, then I set a timer for 1 hour. Five minutes later, the timer went off. An hour had passed, the clock said 9:02 am. Strange. Did we spring forwards? Not yet, not for 10 more days, and never at 8:08 am. What was […]

Google to elevate disagreement. Is your gut reaction valid?

February 23, 2017


Going with your gut instinct is quick. If your education included logical reasoning (test) and that became part of your natural process of discernment, you will consider facts along with their sources and merits and your choices will most often be correct. If, however, you learned to think in a way that takes any view […]

How to do APT: Automatic Positive Thinking

February 16, 2017


Here’s an amazing thing you can do to explore and improve your own mind. Sit comfortably in a relaxed position. With each in-breath say, “I take as given that…” and then during your relaxed out-breath, think of and say something positive to finish the sentence. Don’t judge it, just say it. After several of these, […]

Monkeys trained to pass self-awareness test. Can we be?

February 14, 2017


Imagine you grew up in the wild, in a jungle, never seeing your reflection until you were an adult. If you’ve ever been scared briefly by your own reflection in a mirror across a dark room, you might accept that even for a human, it might take a few seconds to learn to recognize yourself […]

Persistent grief? Try meditation.

February 10, 2017


It’s been 10 months since she died and I still cry every day. I feel broken, like I can’t do much without sadness wrecking me. I loved my fiancé so much. I’ve been trying, helping people where I can, but I still can’t stop the strong persistent grief. Getting lost in making music is the […]

Ultrasound restores memory in Alzheimer’s rats

January 24, 2017


Here is some research that could yield miraculous results in the area of anti-aging: A potential method of treating Alzheimer’s disease using ultrasound is being hailed as a “breakthrough”. A team of researchers at the University of Queensland’s Queensland Brain Institute Clem Jones Centre for Ageing Dementia Research have successfully restored memory function in mice […]

New hope for depression and anxiety

January 19, 2017


If you want to be calm and happy, make sure  JNK proteins are not suppressing newly generated nerve cells in your hippocampus. From the research below, I’d take an educated guess that learning new things in a happy environment would be a potent remedy for some types of anxiety and depression.  Researchers have made a […]