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Brain drain | The Spectator

Brain drain | The Spectator | cognition | Scoop.it
Neuroscience wants to be the answer to everything.
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Alessandro Cerboni's comment, March 30, 2012 2:35 AM
The idea that neuroscience solve it all is the vision of those who have not understood and still faces problems with reductionist premises. If a second addresses the neuroscience perspective, we realize that these help a fruitful review of how far acquired, freeing it from the limitations and errors induced cognitive premises now manifestly fallacious.
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George Dyson: Von Neuman's Universe (a podcast on IT Conversations)

George Dyson: Von Neuman's Universe (a podcast on IT Conversations) | cognition | Scoop.it

George Dyson, technology historian, presents a talk on scientist John Von Neumann's life as he was developing the foundations of computing at Princeton University. (Audio).

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Creativity & Childhood

Creativity & Childhood | cognition | Scoop.it
Growing up has its benefits. As we age, our intellect sharpens and willpower strengthens. We come to control out thoughts and desires; we identify goals and hone our skills. However, growing up com...
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Authors@Google: Susan Barry, "Fixing My Gaze"

"According to this theory, Barry's brain had organized itself when she was a baby to avoid double vision -- and there was no way to rewire it as an adult. But Barry found an optometrist who prescribed a little-known program of vision therapy; after intensive training, Barry was ultimately able to accomplish what other scientists and even she herself had once considered impossible.

"A revelatory account of the brain's capacity for change, Fixing My Gaze describes Barry's remarkable journey and celebrates the joyous pleasure of our senses."

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Neuroskeptic: The Case of the Phantom Phantom Finger

Neuroskeptic: The Case of the Phantom Phantom Finger | cognition | Scoop.it

Anyway, a phantom limb is bad enough, but a paper just out reports on the case of a phantom finger that was never there in the first place.

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The Neuroscience of Your Brain On Fiction

The Neuroscience of Your Brain On Fiction | cognition | Scoop.it
Stories stimulate the brain. Metaphors like “He had leathery hands” rouse the sensory cortex.

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Recursion And Human Thought | Conversation | Edge

Recursion And Human Thought | Conversation | Edge | cognition | Scoop.it

Has a remote Amazonian tribe upended our understanding of language?

Dan Everett believes that Pirahã undermines Noam Chomsky’s idea of a universal grammar.

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The Cybernetics of Self: a logico-formal approach of experience

The Cybernetics of Self: a logico-formal approach of experience | cognition | Scoop.it
Gregory Bateson’s anthropology of communication provides a perspective of the experience from a systemic and formal approach. This approach is underlined mainly by the theory of deutero-learning ...

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RI Channel: Christmas Lectures 2011: Bruce Hood - Who's in charge here anyway?

RI Channel: Christmas Lectures 2011: Bruce Hood - Who's in charge here anyway? | cognition | Scoop.it

The second Christmas Lecture with Professor Bruce Hood. Not only for children.

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The Illusion of Understanding Success OR: So how can we work with narratives to affect a change?

The Illusion of Understanding Success OR: So how can we work with narratives to affect a change? | cognition | Scoop.it

"The takeaway is twofold: first, be suspicious of narratives, especially if they are charming; second, be humble about what you think it takes to be successful. There is good reason to believe that what you think it takes to make it is an illusion perpetuation by a warming narrative."...

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Peter Diamandis: Abundance is our future | Video on TED.com

Scarcity is contextual

 

"I'm not saying we don't have our set of problems — climate crisis, species extinction, water and energy shortage — we surely do. [But] ultimately we knock them down.” (Peter Diamandis)

 

TED Talks Onstage at TED2012, Peter Diamandis makes a case for optimism -- that we'll invent, innovate and create ways to solve the challenges that loom over us. "I’m not saying we don’t have our set of problems; we surely do.

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Gender assignment in French - Lingua Franca - ABC Radio National (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Gender assignment in French - Lingua Franca - ABC Radio National (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) | cognition | Scoop.it
An explanation for why words are assigned either masculine or feminine gender in the French language.
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Are People Getting Dumber? - Room for Debate

Are People Getting Dumber? - Room for Debate | cognition | Scoop.it
Sometimes when you turn on the TV, it's hard not to wonder: Is humanity devolving?

 

Debaters include: James r. Flynn, Steven Pinker, Ritch Juncan, and more.

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Peter Saul: Let’s talk about dying | Video on TED.com

Peter Saul: Let’s talk about dying | Video on TED.com | cognition | Scoop.it
TED Talks We can’t control if we’ll die, but we can “occupy death,” in the words of Dr. Peter Saul. At TEDxNewy he calls on us to make clear our preferences for end of life care -- and suggests two questions for starting the conversation.
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A Universe Of Self-replicating Code | Conversation | Edge

A Universe Of Self-replicating Code | Conversation | Edge | cognition | Scoop.it

What we're missing now, on another level, is not just biology, but cosmology. People treat the digital universe as some sort of metaphor, just a cute word for all these products. The universe of Apple, the universe of Google, the universe of Facebook, that these collectively constitute the digital universe, and we can only see it in human terms and what does this do for us?

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Authors at Google Presents George Dyson: Turing's Cathedral

Dyson's account of the origins of modern computing, both historic and prophetic, sheds important new light on how the digital universe exploded in the aftermath of World War II. The proliferation of both codes and machines was paralleled by two historic developments: the decoding of self-replicating sequences in biology and the invention of the hydrogen bomb. It's no coincidence that the most destructive and the most constructive of human inventions appeared at exactly the same time.

How did code take over the world? In retracing how Alan Turing's one-dimensional model became John von Neumann's two-dimensional implementation, Turing's Cathedral offers a series of provocative suggestions as to where the digital universe, now fully three-dimensional, may be heading next.

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Neuroskeptic: Free Will: A Dangerous Idea?

Neuroskeptic: Free Will: A Dangerous Idea? | cognition | Scoop.it

...Free will may just be the primary excuse many use to legitimize a contempt for the poor that would exist independent of their professed belief in free will, but free will assertion nonetheless provides the ethical fig leaf for such contempt that would be far harder to rationalize (and therefore tolerate) without the myth of free will.

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RSA - The Six Habits of Highly Empathic People

RSA - The Six Habits of Highly Empathic People | cognition | Scoop.it

Cultural historian Roman Krznaric reveals how the art of empathy can not only enrich one's own life but also help to create social change.

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From Information Attention, Abundance to Engagement

From Information Attention, Abundance to Engagement | cognition | Scoop.it
Here is Marty Kaplan’s presentation on From Attention to Engagement.  I would like to vote it as one of the best presentations on media, entertainment and technology I have ever watched.  T...

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Why I’m Optimistic About The Future

Why I’m Optimistic About The Future | cognition | Scoop.it

Whereas a famine could have easily wiped out the only community that knew how to harvest a certain crop, build a certain type of boat or make a certain type of tool – what anthropologist call random drift – the Internet not only ensues our collective knowledge, it makes it widely accessible, something the printing press wasn’t able to achieve to the same degree. This is why I’m optimistic about the future: the Internet will only accelerate our ability and desire to improve upon the ideas of others.

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Frontiers | Male or Female? Brains are Intersex | Frontiers in Integrative Neuroscience

Frontiers | Male or Female? Brains are Intersex | Frontiers in Integrative Neuroscience | cognition | Scoop.it

More specifically, here I argue that human brains are composed of an ever-changing heterogeneous mosaic of “male” and “female” brain characteristics (rather than being all “male” or all “female”) that cannot be aligned on a continuum between a “male brain” and a “female brain.

 

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RI Channel: Alok Jha - Consciousness: The hard problem? (Trailer)

RI Channel: Alok Jha - Consciousness: The hard problem? (Trailer) | cognition | Scoop.it
Will consciousness ever be explained?...
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Wired for Culture: How Language Enabled “Visual Theft,” Sparked Innovation, and Helped Us Evolve

Wired for Culture: How Language Enabled “Visual Theft,” Sparked Innovation, and Helped Us Evolve | cognition | Scoop.it

"Much has been said about what makes us human and what it means to be human. Language, which we’ve previously seen co-evolved with music to separate us from our primal ancestors, is not only one of the defining differentiators of our species, but also a key to our evolutionary success, responsible for the hallmarks of humanity, from art to technology to morality. So argues evolutionary biologist Mark Pagel in Wired for Culture: Origins of the Human Social Mind — a fascinating new addition to these 5 essential books on language, tracing 80,000 years of evolutionary history to explore how and why we developed a mind hard-wired for culture."


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Paulo Moekotte's comment, March 6, 2012 3:29 PM
Dear Howard,

You should watch Kirby Fergusons beautiful movie series on remixing and creativity (i.e. copying, transforming & combining): Everything is a Remix. Especially part 4 is great in my opinion when he tackles the origins of copyright and intellectual property and way these got twisted over time. (http://goo.gl/DrJP7)
Howard Rheingold's comment, March 7, 2012 12:41 PM
Thanks, Paolo! Will check it out.
danijel drnić's comment, March 2, 2013 1:12 PM
I would rather use Merge-Cognate-Last form because of much deeper sense of meaning. It's hard to tell if you can copy something there is not, or transform something if it is not viable nor combining if it can't last. Again typical mistake of human kind. We just have that sense we actually coping something, rather just combine something in newer context. That is not the same ! Transforming thing is pretty SF in real manner of it's meaning, like mid-evil transforming led to gold !?? Come on we are much deeper beings. This is childish view on on.
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The Future Of Religion

The Future Of Religion | cognition | Scoop.it

Whatever the reasons, a recent article by David Campbell and Robert Putnam suggests that Americans are catching up to their non-believing European counterparts. According to Campbell and Putnam, the number of “nones” – those who report no religious affiliation – has dramatically increased in the last two decades. “Historically,” Campbell and Putnam explain, “this category made up a constant 5-7 percent of the American population… in the early 1990s, however, just as the God gap widened in politics, the percentage of nones began to shoot up. By the mid-1990s, nones made up 12 percent of the population. By 2011, they were 19 percent. In demographic terms, this shift was huge.”

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Young Women Often Trendsetters in Vocal Patterns

Young Women Often Trendsetters in Vocal Patterns | cognition | Scoop.it
Researchers say young women deserve credit for pioneering vocal trends, including the latest, known as vocal fry.
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