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Our Newest Unit of Measure – 1 Human Intelligence Unit – and Why it will Never Happen

December 10th, 2014 at 5:44 pm » Comments Off

Futurist Thomas Frey: I’ve been closely watching the debate on artificial intelligence with people like Rodney Brooks saying it’s only a tool, and others like Elon Musk and Stephen Hawking giving bone chilling warnings of how it could lead to the destruction of all humanity.

Deep brain stimulation beats out caffeine for boosting mental agility

December 5th, 2014 at 3:12 pm » Comments Off

tDCS “Transcranial direct current stimulation” (tDCS) involves passing electricity through your head. The current is relatively weak, so it’s not like the electro-convulsive therapy (ECT) used to treat extreme depression in mental institutions; sometimes called “deep brain stimulation.”    

Why we need radical change in the disease-model of mental health

December 3rd, 2014 at 8:20 am » Comments Off

It is difficult reliably to distinguish different “disorders.” By Peter Kinderman: The idea that our more distressing emotions such as grief and anger can best be understood as symptoms of physical illnesses is pervasive and seductive. But in my view it is also a myth, and a harmful one. Our present approach to helping vulnerable […]

Exposure to environmental factor linked to huge rise in ADHD: Study

December 2nd, 2014 at 5:08 pm » Comments Off

Exposure to a component of air pollution increases the chances of children developing ADHD by five times. A link between rising air pollution in urban areas and the rapid increase in diagnosis in ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) has been discovered in a new study.    

Will robot brains catch up to human-level intelligence in 25 years?

November 25th, 2014 at 5:38 pm » Comments Off

Computers are improving at an exponential rate. Futurists started predicting that in just a few decades machines would be as smart as humans soon after computers evolved in the 1940′s. Every year, the prediction seems to get pushed back another year. The consensus now is that it’s going to happen in … you guessed it, […]

Good storytelling – why your brain loves it

November 13th, 2014 at 12:03 pm » Comments Off

Paul J. Zak: It is quiet and dark. The theater is hushed. James Bond skirts along the edge of a building as his enemy takes aim. Here in the audience, heart rates increase and palms sweat.  I know this to be true because instead of enjoying the movie myself, I am measuring the brain activity […]

Brainform will 3D print your brain

November 12th, 2014 at 12:54 pm » Comments Off

Brainform 3D printed brain. Brainform is New Zealand-based company that will print a high quality 3D model of your brain. The company’s mission is simply stated on its website: “We 3D print brains.”    

Genetically engineered humans could have IQ’s of 1,000

November 6th, 2014 at 2:39 pm » Comments Off

Tweaking our genomes we could make humans drastically smarter. Scientist Stephen Hsu’s theory is that genetically engineered human beings could have IQs of 1000 or higher. Hsu is something of a scientific polymath, who has done work pertaining to quantum physics, dark energy, finance, and information security, as well as genomics and bioinformatics, or the […]

Top 7 neuromyths that many teachers believe

November 2nd, 2014 at 8:53 am » Comments Off

About half of the educators surveyed believed that people only use 10% of their brains. Surveys of teachers in the UK, Turkey, Holland, Greece and China have revealed that many believe seven common myths about the brain, likely because the simple explanations are often attractive, even if totally wrong. The results of the surveys were […]

Neuroscientists discover on/off switch in the brain for deep sleep

October 20th, 2014 at 11:17 am » Comments Off

The parafacial zone (PZ) in the brain stem produces half of all the brain’s sleep-promoting activity. For the first time ever, neuroscientists have used an innovative new method to identify a circuit in the brain that promotes deep sleep, which reinvigorates the brain from its daily activities.    

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