April 7, 2008

Rational views on superstition

Filed under: Brain, Fun, news — krsrk @ 3:10 am

Psychologytoday gives a very rational view on superstition — Magical thinking

Other views on religion, spirituality

My previous post on Jill bolte taylor – related to spirituality – linkback


April 6, 2008

A pill of 1000 nanobots for you – Rx

Filed under: Fun, medicine, news — krsrk @ 3:53 am

If you had heard/seen articles that discuss the distant future of medicine – you would have heard of these tiny robots that get into your system, detect the problem and rectify the problem. I always thought they would be something like the transformers that would transform themselves into different things depending on where they are in the system and what they are doing. Like being a blood cell when in the blood, a neurotransmitter when in the brain etc. Watch this video, to visualize what I mean. This video will explain how it is going to be done.

When I was reading this article on Technology review that talks of a gene probe for brain damage which is present in eye drops, I thought may be my dream is not too distant.

Appendix 🙂

March 19, 2008

Encephalon – The Vertebrate Brain

Filed under: Brain, news — krsrk @ 10:59 am

Thanks to Mindhacks, I could find a treasure trove of information related to neuroscience and psychology. There is a community of neuroscience and psychology bloggers and they collect the best posts in the past fortnight and post it on one of their blogs. It is one of the peer-recommended, peer-hosted magazines around. It seems interesting. There have been many such issues, I thought why shouldn’t the information and links be got from one page. So here it is….

  1. Issue 1
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Most links due to Neurophilosophy, Sharpbrains. Thanks to the new Neurophilosophy for starting all this.

Mindhacks has a reading list for students

Update:- Another Blog carnival that has been temporarily suspended now is Synapse

March 18, 2008

Different views

Filed under: Brain, news — krsrk @ 9:01 am

These are some of the views about a video by ‘The Singin’ Scientist’. I strongly recommend you checkout the video at TED

  •  “some fascinating insights into the experience of having a stroke” – Deric Bownd
  • “You can almost hear the sound of a thousand cognitive scientists gritting their teeth” – Vaughan
  • “it’s eerily fascinating to hear this brain scientist describing what it was like” – The Thinking Meat
  • “The language …. to relate her experience is very much like … describing a mystical or religious experience” – Learning Computation

It is one of the most talked about videos in TED 2008. A neuroanatomist, Jill Bolte Taylor, had a stroke in 1996 and lived on to tell her experiences in a book(amazon, lulu), a radio interview and a video.

Isn’t it amazing to see so many views?

March 15, 2008

A few interesting blog articles..

Filed under: news — krsrk @ 12:13 pm

Along came few nice stories..

Enjoy your time with these enlightening views.

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