Category Archives: Brain Science

Path to happiness?

Lifeboat link to AI idenifies path to happiness [ 10/July/22 ] Why focus on happiness? Happiness is “just” a set of genetically encoded valences that did, on average, over the deep time and context sets of our ancestors, tend to … Continue reading

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The Mind

[ 4/July/22 Paul Lowe posted – “The mind only exists in the human mind”. What do you think? True or false? Please clarify your answer.] All depends what you mean by those words. For me, it seems beyond reasonable doubt … Continue reading

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On narcissism and classification

Daniel posted a link to The 15 types of Narcissism (and their characteristics) [ 18/June/22 ] Hi Daniel, A few years ago a psychologist gave me the label “Autistic” and my wife the label “Neurotypical”. To some extent, those labels … Continue reading

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The dangers of Truth

What if we were all wrong? [ 8/June/22 ] We are almost certainly all wrong about some aspects of any non-trivial understanding we have of reality. Reality seems to be sufficiently complex, and contain sufficient classes of fundamental uncertainties and … Continue reading

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The brain

[8/June/22 Reply to Will’s link to a comment thread on brains being 3 lbs of fat.] Yeah – some truth in that. The energy efficiency of brain systems are amazing. The computational complexity of the system is mind numbing. Over … Continue reading

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Rat park, addiction and sex

Ngaio shared a link to a Humanity project post on addiction [ 7/June/22 ] A lot of truth in that. One bit that doesn’t make sense, is that in the rat example, sex is given as a part of normal … Continue reading

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Quantum computer like brain?

Lifeboat link to article on Quantum computer acting like a brain [ 23/January/22 ] Building something like a human brain is a deeply complex subject. When you start to get a reasonable understanding of the levels and sets of biases … Continue reading

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Critique of Keller on faith and belief

Al posted a quote from Timothy Keller [ 5/November/21 ] Keller is not being as accurate as is required in his writing. All of my views are probability based, and I didn’t start out that way. Like everyone I necessarily … Continue reading

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Free thinker?

[ 10/August/21 – Walter Askes …”About 75 % of my unconscious thought structures were formed by ( external) indoctrination; the remaining 25 % I have acquired through my critical thinking. Now I have the impression that I am almost 100% … Continue reading

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Daniel S – comment on science as belief

Daniel S – comment on science as belief [ 25/May/21 ] Hi Daniel, It is clear that human neural networks have a very strong set of biases for simple answers to complex questions. The major evolutionary and developmental reasons for … Continue reading

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