Category: Neuroscience

Materialist’s dream: Consciousness as a state of matter

Great physicists have seen mind as underlying matter but a new school of thought argues that consciousness is a form of matter, like solid, liquid, or gas. more

Self-organization model of the mind still actively researched

It’s the sort of “gotta have” theory that life never really matches but never tarnishes either. more

Is the brain a pasta maker or radio receiver, for thoughts?

The radio image accounts just as effectively for what we actually see. The reason for its unpopularity is that it is not materialist. more

Epigenetics and neuroplasticity: The case of the rewired ferrets

Ah yes, this was back in 2000, but genes still ruled. more

Do we have a reptilian brain? At last, a question we can easily answer.

No. “Forget all about the triune model of the brain.” more

Can Turing Oracles model processes of the mind?

A new methodology of cognitive modeling that can include non-material elements. more

The most followed psychologists and neuroscientists on Twitter

Sam Harris and Steve Pinker are top tweets. (2 and 5) more

Consciousness: Self-talk takes up one quarter of conscious experience, psychologists say

But can nature create human consciousness at all? more

Sat Nite Fun: Can’t sleep? Try mind over matter

Just tell yourself you slept well, and if you believe it, you’ll perform better. Or so this study suggests. more

On consciousness, Tegmark gets one thing right, says Rob Sheldon

So what did Tegmark just say when he said “Consciousness is a state of matter”? He just said, “Consciousness is something people are consciously conscious of.” As Dufflepuds would say, “So true, so true, Boss.” But this is not what Penrose was saying about his microtubules. more

Human evolution is a “privileged” process?

Lahn probably hadn’t got the memo yet about how loaded the concept of privileged is in this context. In any event, he attributed the rapidity of the process to the development of human society, which he says, made selection for intelligence work faster more

Will neuroscience drown in all the data from the brain?

Simply generating pointless data and spurious correlations is a real risk, science writer Philip Ball suggests more

Is free will becoming fashionable again in science? Despite the best efforts of top thinkers?

One problem is that few pop science media sources have any incentive in putting all this together. It takes years of following news stories to track a pattern. more

Say what? Another big project launched, to understand the human mind

Blastoff: ‘What’s so special about the human mind?’ more

Why Deepak Chopra is hated but Max Planck can’t be

Guys like Planck can somehow be ratcheted into the materialist camp or else the non-materialist aspects of their thinking could be discreetly ignored (passage of time, perhaps?). But Chopra cannot be processed in that way. He won’t let himself be. So he is the enemy. more

Re Jerry Coyne and buddy vs. Deepak Chopra: If rocks can be conscious, why can’t photons be?

Why pick on Chopra? Quite apart from the fact that great physicist have had some similarly forbidden thoughts about consciousness, where were Coyne and Salzberg when the latest new theory of consciousness whistled into town, announcing that humans, worms, and the Internet are all conscious? more

Neuroscientist discovers he is a “psychopath,” from brain scans, rethinks position on key theory

The skeptic (in some of us) notes that, statistically, we are probably all distantly related to some murderers. In bad or troubled times, their actions were not advertised, let alone punished. more

“Increasing disquiet” over crude determinism in neuroscience?

Recently, we’ve been noting the pushback against “neurobollocks”—the urge to apply random neuroscience findings to absolutely everything. more

What if you begin to believe, due to neuroscience, that there is no “me” left?

Begley argues, As brain-based explanations dominate, few will continue to believe in the “me” that decides how much attention to focus on which processes are occurring in the brain or how to respond. more

Global market research firm Nielsen has discovered neuro-advertising

And when Blink! starts to play out, let’s move to another reliable neuroscience concept, Nudge. more

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