Category Archives: Brain Science

Medium – Why the Problem of Consciousness Is so Hard

Medium – Why the Problem of Consciousness Is so Hard I find it hard to understand how people like yourself (obviously intelligent, obviously deeply engaged) can write what you did in medium, except as some sort of disinformation, or honey … Continue reading

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Quora – Have humans bypassed the natural urge to reproduce

Have humans bypassed the natural urge to reproduce genetically? There is a problem in the formulation of the question. Evolution doesn’t have purpose. We don’t have evolved urges to reproduce – that is a human interpretation. What we have, is … Continue reading

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Map of the human brain

Highest-resolution map of the entire human brain created The Allen Institute for Brain Science has published the highest-resolution atlas of the human brain to date There will certainly be some lessons in the influence of ancient structures within the brain … Continue reading

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Alzheimer’s again

Why Does ApoE4 Increase Alzheimer’s Risk? Carrying 1 or 2 copies of a particular gene ApoE4 increases risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease as well as lowering the age of onset, but how does it do it? True enough, need to … Continue reading

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Alzheimer’s

Anti-inflammatory drug reverses memory loss in Alzheimer’s-disease-model mice Agree with Erik – the precise mechanism is important. Woodrow Monte has done a lot of very good science on the dietary model of Alzheimer’s, which works. Mice fed a diet containing … Continue reading

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Ideapod – Consciousness

What is consciousness? An Ideapod survey This is a really complex topic. It seems that consciousness is a loosely defined term that means different things to different people. There is a piece on my blog I wrote about 3 years … Continue reading

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Bird brains

Are you smarter than a macaw? Ounce for ounce, bird brains have significantly more neurons than mammal or primate brains Given that birds fly, giving a very high cost to mass, it is no surprise that there has been strong … Continue reading

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