Liz Brown

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Should Artificial Intelligence Copy the Human Brain?

The biggest breakthrough in AI, deep learning, has hit a wall, and a debate is raging about how to get to the next level<p>Everything we’re injecting artificial intelligence into—self-driving vehicles, robot doctors, the social-credit scores of more than a billion Chinese citizens and more—hinges on a …

Artificial Intelligence

Feed Your Head: Foods That Target Depression and Anxiety - WSJ

By<p>Kathleen Squires<p>In 2015, Jessica Largey was living her dream. As the chef de cuisine at the Michelin-starred restaurant Manresa, in Los Gatos, Calif., she won the prestigious James Beard Foundation Rising Star Chef Award. Yet she was anxious and depressed, and she had no idea why. “It’s not to …

Depression

Scientists discover a new type of depression, paving the way for new treatments

Rising depression rates are at the forefront of mental-health-related discussions right now, particularly in light of Kate Spade and Anthony …

You May Want to Marry My Husband

I have been trying to write this for a while, but the morphine and lack of juicy cheeseburgers (what has it been now, five weeks without real food?) have drained my energy and interfered with whatever prose prowess remains. Additionally, the intermittent micronaps that keep whisking me away …

Relationships

AI Is Less Of A Threat Than Some Suggest

While robotics and artificial intelligence (AI) promise great advances in productivity, mostly they seem to worry people. Commentators talk and write endlessly about how these marvelous technologies will steal jobs from both workers and the managerial class, creating a large unemployed population. …

Employment

AI And Biotech Companies In The East And West Invest In Combating Aging

The longevity and biotechnology industries are focusing on aging in a big way, and it’s beginning to show.<p>The fields of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and regenerative medicine are putting their money on combating aging and age-related diseases, and the benefits are likely to be immense. While …

Nature and joy, the paradoxical psychology of why frustration is necessary for love, William James on the 4 qualities of transcendent consciousness

Hello, Liz! This is the weekly email digest of brainpickings.org by Maria Popova. If you missed last week's edition — Pythagoras on the purpose of …

From Chaos To Calm: A Life Changed By Ketamine

For six years now, life has been really good for James. He has a great job as the creative director of an advertising firm in New York City. He enjoys spending time with his wife and kids.<p>And it has all been possible, he says, because for the past six years he has been taking a drug called ketamine.<p>…

Psychiatry

CDC: U.S. Suicide Rates Have Climbed Dramatically

Suicide rates have increased in nearly every state over the past two decades, and half of the states have seen suicide rates go up more than 30 percent.<p>Suicide is a major public health issue, accounting for nearly 45,000 deaths in 2016 alone. That is why the Centers for Disease Control and …

Public Health

What are the best cannabis strains for chronic pain?

Medical marijuana is an increasingly popular alternative to traditional pain-relieving medications, including opioids. Marijuana may ease certain …

The Top 10 Regrets Of The Dying

<b>As children, we don’t really think much about the end of our lives.</b> We think mostly about what our parents will cook us for dinner, or what friends …

What is depression and why is it rising?

It’s an illness that fills our news pages on an almost daily basis. Juliette Jowit asks what causes depression, who is susceptible and what the best treatment is

Questioning Truth, Reality, and the Role of Scientific Progress

It’s an interesting time to be making a case for philosophy in science. On the one hand, some scientists working on ideas such as string theory or …

Human blood cells transformed into functional neurons

Fresh or frozen human blood samples can be directly transformed into patient-specific neurons to study disorders such as schizophrenia and autism, …

'My Research Shows If You Use Cannabis In Low Doses In Your 40s And 50s, You Probably Don’t Get Alzheimer’s': Dr. Gary Wenk

It may be time to talk to your parents about marijuana. Smoking it every day could save their lives, according to Dr. Gary Wenk - a researcher at …

Index

Biracial, American and now a Duchess: Meghan leaves mark on monarchy

<b>(CNN) —</b> When Prince William married Catherine Middleton in 2011, it was hard to ignore the fact that the occasion was largely white, male and entrenched in the sort of tradition the world associates with the British monarchy.<p>Fast-forward seven years and it's clear that something significant has …

Civil Rights

The New Science of Psychedelics

Recent studies are finding that drugs such as LSD and psilocybin can help to alleviate depression, anxiety and addiction—and may have profound things to teach us about how the mind works<p>To anyone who lived through the 1960s, the proposition that psychedelic drugs might have a positive contribution …

Consciousness

One Genius' Lonely Crusade to Teach a Computer Common Sense

Over July 4th weekend in 1981, several hundred game nerds gathered at a banquet hall in San Mateo, California. Personal computing was still in its …

An AI with 30 Years’ Worth of Knowledge Finally Goes to Work - MIT Technology Review

Having spent the past 31 years memorizing an astonishing collection of general knowledge, the artificial-intelligence engine created by Doug Lenat is …

Artificial Intelligence

Top Researchers Write 100-Page Report Warning About AI Threat to Humanity

26 researchers from 14 organizations compiled a sweeping report on the dangers posed by malicious superhuman artificial intelligence.<p>When we think about artificial intelligence, we tend to think of the humanized representations of machine learning like Siri or Alexa, but the truth is that AI is all …

Neuroscience Has a Lot To Learn from Buddhism

A scientist and a monk compare notes on meditation, therapy, and their effects on the brain<p>Can training the mind make us more attentive, altruistic, and serene? Can we learn to manage our disturbing emotions in an optimal way? What are the transformations that occur in the brain when we practice …

Meditation

Fritjof Capra on Science and Spirituality

by Cameron Gray<p>Sutra Journal is thrilled to publish an original essay by the legendary Fritjof Capra. Dr. Capra is a scientist, educator, activist, …

Consciousness

Why Don't America's Rich Give More to Charity?

They could certainly afford to donate bigger sums, but something seems to be holding them back.<p>The rising wealth of the top tier of earners seems to be inaugurating a new age of charitable giving. More than 150 billionaires from around the world have now signed Bill and Melinda Gates’ Giving …

Philanthropy

Different Types Of Meditation Change Different Areas Of The Brain, Study Finds

There’s been a lot of discussion about what kinds of mental activities are actually capable of changing the brain. Some promises of bolstered IQ and enhanced brain function via specially-designed “brain games” have fizzled out. Meanwhile, meditation and mindfulness training have accumulated some …

Meditation

A 32-Year-Old's Startup, Inspired By A Health Scare, Sells For $275 Million

Surbhi Sarna was 13 and working on a school assignment in her bedroom when she felt a pain in her side so severe she blacked out. It was a complex ovarian cyst, doctors told her. What they couldn’t tell her at first: whether or not it was cancer. (It wasn’t.)<p>A quest to detect ovarian cancer for …

Meet the ‘Lady Gaga of Mathematics’ helming France’s AI task force

A spider brooch-wearing mathematician<p>On a crisp Saturday morning in Orsay, a southwestern suburb of Paris with some 16,500 inhabitants, the rue de Paris was bustling. But while many residents were doing their usual weekend shopping at the fishmonger or the butcher shop, further up the street, in a …

Silicon Valley’s tech elites are adopting uncomfortable habits to condition their bodies

From athletics to business, learning to deal with stress is an essential key to improving performance. That's because stress can push people to perform at their best — or cause them to shut down.<p>So it's no surprise that in the metrics-obsessed world of Silicon Valley, tech elites are turning to the …

Silicon Valley

How 20 minutes of intense exercise can boost memory

A new study published in the <i>Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience</i> shows that vigorous exercise for a short period of time can boost the so-called …