Category Archives: Brain Science

Quora – Do humans have agency?

Do humans have agency? [ 9/3/20 ] If the idea of agency has any meaning at all – then yes. And it gets deeply complex, because it only really makes sense if reality works on the basis of probabilities and … Continue reading

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80000 Hours – David Chalmers – Hard problem of consciousness

80000 Hours – David Chalmers – Hard problem of consciousness [ 7/2/20 ] At about 1:27:00 David talks of the hard problem of consciousness, and declares that it cannot be solved. To me, it is hard, and it is solved, … Continue reading

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Quora – If we ever achieve AGI, how likely is it that it will stem from machine learning algorithms specifically? Are other branches of AI more likely to achieve AGI or will AGI likely be a combination of several different branches?

Quora – If we ever achieve AGI, how likely is it that it will stem from machine learning algorithms specifically? Are other branches of AI more likely to achieve AGI or will AGI likely be a combination of several different … Continue reading

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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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