When making a big decision, how aware are you of the underlying brain processes informing your choices? When you go with your gut instinct, are you aware of the bodily signals that have informed your actions?
Universities are foolish to focus on academic superstars at the expense of staff that expand the ‘long tail’ of research. David Glance argues that increasing the numbers of academics who can publish and encouraging collaboration are better fixes than increasing the number of superstars.
Introverts have been marked by society as shy, reclusive, removed and economical in conversation. Conversely, extroverts have been regarded as super-outgoing, loud, back-slapping friendly and talkative. The stereotype is that introverts are less successful in life and extroverts make the best salespeople. In reality, most of the descriptions do not apply to either personality.
My first reaction - "do we need yet another social network?"
After reading about the philosophy of Zurker, my answer was "yes" - because it is one that is owned by the network members and responsive to needs of the network members, rather than being a centralized, corporate, profit-oriented, juggernaut.
Zurker is literally a member-owned application. You actually get shares in the company and so can profit from its growth.
And Zurker is driven by democracy. It's new - and still developing. Instead of changes being introduced top-down (whether you wanted the change or not) Zurker seeks out your ideas and feedback, so that their development team can develop the social application most in tune with what users actually want.
"It’s been 25 years since the field of neuroeducation first reared its head in academia...To celebrate the progress of this monumental discipline, we have compiled a list of the 25 most significant findings in neuroscience education over the past 25 years."
MINNEAPOLIS Propelled by technological breakthroughs in neuroscience allowing researchers to monitor brain activity, the medical community is increasingly aware that meditation has beneficial physical effects on the brain.
In Professor Idan Segev’s outstanding neuroscience MOOC , Synapses, Neurons and Brains on Coursera, students learn how electrical activity in a single nerve cell link to more sophisticated brain functions.
Think you can spot an introvert in a crowd? Think again.
People are frequently unaware that they’re introverts -– especially if they’re not shy -- because they may not realize that being an introvert is about more than just cultivating time alone. Instead, it can be more instructive to pay attention to whether they're losing or gaining energy from being around others, even if the company of friends gives them pleasure.
To all appearances, Eleanor Longden was just like every other student, heading to college full of promise and without a care in the world. That was until the voices in her head started talking. Initially innocuous, these internal narrators became increasingly antagonistic and dictatorial, turning her life into a living nightmare. Diagnosed with schizophrenia, hospitalized, drugged, Longden was discarded by a system that didn't know how to help her. Longden tells the moving tale of her years-long journey back to mental health, and makes the case that it was through learning to listen to her voices that she was able to survive.
"In my opinion, the single most important idea in neuroscience is the Neuron Doctrine, which simply states that the nervous system consists of discrete units called cells. In retrospect, this may sound trivial, but the discovery of the neuron came only after decades of laborious research by some of the world's best scientists, not to mention a long and furious debate among them. ..."
"The reason I believe this to be most important idea in neuroscience is because neurons are invariably mentioned in explanations of virtually every aspect of brain function. On one level, for example, changes in the strength of connections within neuronal networks are widely thought to be critical for learning and memory. On another, distant brain regions are now thought to communicate with each other using brain wave oscillations of different frequencies, which are produced by the synchronous firing of large numbers of neurons in each area."
How we can ensure humans will be able to control AI once it achieves human-level intelligence? We have to start NOW.
In a report published by Human Right’s Watch and Harvard Law School’s International Human Rights Clinic, "Losing Humanity, The Case Against Killer Robots", the authors write: “In its Unmanned Systems Integrated Roadmap FY2011-2036, the U.S. Department of Defense wrote that it ‘envisions unmanned systems seamlessly operating with manned systems while gradually reducing the degree of human control and decision making required for the unmanned portion of the force structure.’”
The "unmanned systems" refer to fully autonomous weapons that can select and engage targets without human intervention.
Family type is not a predictor of a child’s psychological adjustment among early placed adopted children with lesbian, gay or heterosexual parents. An estimated 16,000 same-sex couples are raising more than 22,000 adopted children in the U.S., and these findings indicate that these children will likely fare no differently, as a result of their family type, than those being raised by heterosexual parents.
This study examines aspects of the pre- and post-adoptive contexts in relation to child adjustment in 120 two-parent adoptive families (i.e., 40 female same-sex, 35 male same-sex, and 45 different-sex couples who adopted their children). All 120 couples were adopting their first child, and in all cases it was a single child under the age of 1.5 years.
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