Buddhism and the Brain

, on March 9, 2011

Article here from Seed

Not the best of articles (Mr Logosh?), but I read it and then read a lot about Buddhism, the brain, and the Dalai Lama, and reading that promotes more reading is good (perpetual). Although I don’t care much about its “scientific accuracy”, Buddhism is very interesting morally and philosophically. It is nice that a unique, mindful, and fundamentally tolerant religion exists, and is generally practiced as such.

Is Google Making Us Stupid?

, , on November 4, 2010

Is Google Making Us Stupid? appeared in The Atlantic Magazine July of 2008. It has a lot of interesting ideas, particularly near the end. It is very apparent that we are moving towards redefining what it means to think (and what/who does the thinking). Whether that is good or bad is secondary to whether or not we have control over it.

The title and various snippets are sensationalistic, but the central theme is a good one. The author, Nicholas Carr, expanded upon the article in a book published earlier this year, The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains.

Divided Minds, Specious Souls

, , on September 21, 2010

I would argue this is more an issue of semantics (soul = your reality is governed by a bunch of chemicals), but I like to say that about everything. Not a particularly great article, however I like brains.

Divided Minds, Specious Souls SEEDMAGAZINE.COM.

Why do we eat chili?

, , , , on September 15, 2010

I have an ongoing argument with my family about whether or not spiciness is actually a flavor/spice. I don’t think it is.

Perhaps we seek out the painful experience of snacking on chillies while consciously maintaining awareness that there is no real danger to ourselves … it is this cognitive mismatch itself that provides the thrill: … the burn of capsaicin only seems to be threatening.

This is my opinion of why people like spiciness, and I think it has some roundabout evolutionary answer as well.

The Guardian World News

via Why do we eat chilli?.

What’s in a name? The words behind thought

, on September 6, 2010

Seems like words are used by the brain to generalize and categorize— fine, basically an early example of learning and pattern formation. I would have liked the article to go more into the internal chatter idea, and how people actually think. Is thinking in words faster than thinking in images or emotions? How much of thinking is conscious? What is the most efficient and effective way to think, to communicate?

What’s in a name? The words behind thought via NewScientist

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