Category Archives: Brain Science

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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AI – Consciousness

The Problem of AI Consciousness Some things in life cannot be offset by a mere net gain in intelligence. In the article above Susan writes “any failure to be charitable to AI may come back to haunt us, as they … Continue reading

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Inteligence.org – Defining human values for value learners

New paper: “Defining human values for value learners” Any non-trivial system is going to be a set of approximations to cost/benefit over time. What defines costs and benefits can itself be an evolving set, of increasingly more abstract notions (involving … Continue reading

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