Neurophilosophy

A delicate exercise

It must be tricky to critique <i>flat</i> Earth stories, which are risibly goofy and in defiance of the evidence, when you personally believe in <i>young</i> Earth …

Singularity

AI-Gaps-PTAI

<b>Huge but unnoticed gaps<br>between current AI and natural intelligence</b><p><b>Aaron Sloman <br>http://www.cs.bham.ac.uk/~axs/ <br>School of Computer Science, University</b> …

Consciousness

Are our dreams trying to tell us something – or should we sleep on it?

Night after night, elaborately crazy stories plant themselves in your mind through no choice of your own. Don’t tell me something intriguing isn’t going on<p>What are dreams for? It’s one of those bottomless questions where the answer tells you mainly about the person doing the answering. Those who …

American Philosophy

Neuroscience is helping us build a machine with consciousness

Machines with Consciousness<p>Conscious robots with the capabilities of human beings are one of the oldest sci-fi tropes; a threatening blend of human …

Consciousness

Are You a Genetics Whiz? Take Our Quiz & Find Out

All Quiz Questions<p>1) DNA is short for?<p>Deoxyribonucleic acid<p>Deoxyribonucleic amino acid<p>Deoxyribosome acid<p>Answer: DNA is short for deoxyribonucleic …

DNA

The original preprint system was scientists sharing photocopies

In the Lab<p>The original preprint system was scientists sharing photocopies. Then journal publishers screamed<p>T<p>he revolutionaries were too early.<p>The …

Research

Why We Should Double Down On Being Human

Virtual reality visionary Jaron Lanier recounts his unusual childhood and calls for a re-evaluation of our ties with the digital environment<p>Jaron …

American Philosophy

A Guide to Some of the Biggest Names in Genetics

Pioneers of Genetics is a handy guide to some of the biggest and most important names in the history of genetics. Their imaginations, perseverance, …

Genetics

Harvard scientists think they might have pinpointed the source of human consciousness

• <b>A study of 36 patients with brainstem lesions revealed that the majority of those in comas had damage in a specific area of the brainstem, while most conscious patients did not.</b>• <b><br>The identification of the areas of the brain responsible for consciousness could lead to new treatment options for</b> …

Consciousness

ADHD May Be An Assortment of Disorders

New research finds that patients with different types of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) have impairments in distinct brain systems, …

ADHD

Sorry, Daniel Dennett, the Mind Is Nothing Like a Computer

In <i>From Bacteria to Bach and Back</i>, the philosopher Daniel Dennett, elaborating on the materialist stance that has occupied him for much of his career, …

Jewish Culture

The Illusionist

Daniel Dennett’s latest book marks five decades of majestic failure to explain consciousness.<p>It seems to me that we have come this way before. Some …

Consciousness

Fully integrated silicon probes for high-density recording of neural activity

Letter<p>James J. Jun<br>• , Nicholas A. Steinmetz<br>• , Joshua H. Siegle<br>• , Daniel J. Denman<br>• , Marius Bauza<br>• , Brian Barbarits<br>• , Albert K. Lee<br>• , Costas A. Anastassiou<br>• , …

Neuroscience

Human Mini-Brains Growing Inside Rat Bodies Are Starting to Integrate

"We are entering totally new ground here."<p>By on<p>Filed Under Animals, Biology, Ethics & Work<p>The future, straight to your inbox.<p>Stem cell technology has …

Science

New theory for life on Earth

Two pronged attack challenges the idea that RNA alone was the driver for the start of life. Stephen Fleischfresser reports.

Biology

How Conjoined Twins Are Making Scientists Question the Concept of Self

“When they were about a year and a half,” says Felicia Hogan, “we got told it was impossible to separate them without harming or killing one.” Her …

Canadian News

Week in Review: Most popular stories on GeekWire for the week of Oct. 29, 2017

Get caught up on the latest technology and startup news from the past week. Here are the most popular stories on GeekWire for the week of Oct. 29, …

Science

60 Books Recommended by Sean Carroll

Cosmologist and Physics<p>Sean Michael Carroll is a cosmologist and physics professor specializing in dark energy and general relativity. He is a …

American Philosophy

Best Day Trips from London

Sun-soaked beaches, Roman Baths, rolling hillsides, famous castles and so much more are easily reachable within just an hour or two by train, coach …

England

Where does consciousness come from? Brain scientist closes in on the claustrum

SAN FRANCISCO — For decades, neuroscientist Christof Koch has been searching for the seat of consciousness — a quest that has taken him deep within …

The Brain

Outsource thinking to the subconscious

When identical twin Brenton Gurney, 38, spoke to me about having a premonitions when his brother was in a life threatening situation, I did not think …

Consciousness

As a human, I don't do technology. I _am_ technology

The 2017 Boyer Lectures explore what it is to be human in a digital world. In her four addresses, Professor Genevieve Bell discusses how we as …

Singularity

Ideology Is the Original Augmented Reality - Issue 54: The Unspoken

Released in July 2016, Pokémon Go is a location-based, augmented-reality game for mobile devices, typically played on mobile phones; players use the …

Augmented Reality

After Las Vegas Shooting, Searching for Meaning in a Killer's Brain

On October 1, Stephen Paddock killed 58 people and wounded 546 more, firing multiple rifles from a hotel room in Las Vegas overlooking an outdoor …

Long-form Journalism

When You Split the Brain, Do You Split the Person?

How do people with a split brain continue to function as a single human being? <br>Read More

The Brain

Do We Need Brain Implants to Keep Up with Robots?

Pundits have been fretting a lot lately about robots leaving humans behind, taking our jobs and possibly a lot more, as in <i>The Matrix</i> and <i>Terminator</i> …

Singularity

News :: Cambridge Neuroscience

Professor Roger Carpenter ScD (1945-2017)<p><i>"With the greatest sadness, the College records the death on 27 October of Roger Carpenter,</i> <i>formerly</i> …

UK Universities

On The Good Place, Thinking Too Much About How to Be Good Can Send You Straight to Hell

Philosophy isn’t always pretty.Colleen Hayes/NBC As a rule, philosophers are not a funny bunch. Sure, Jacques Derrida delivered the occasional …

TV

Scientists using living brain tissue to map human brain

By studying brain tissue that is typically disposed of during surgery, the Allen Institute for Brain Science in Seattle is building 3D, computer …

Neuroscience

The first data from a repository of living human brain cells

PROFITABLY recycling waste is always a good idea. And the Allen Institute for Brain Science, in Seattle, has found a way to recycle what is perhaps …

Neuroscience