Our Beliefs About the Brain and Behavior Are Wrong Science and progress in human knowledge is the steady pushing back of the ignorance of intuition and everyday cultural beliefs. No less then the misperception of the earth being the center of the universe, our beliefs about how the brain works to cause behavior are deeply wrong. This calls for a major “reset” of ideas, … [Read more...] about Our Beliefs About the Brain and Behavior Are Wrong
Sexbots And The Future tl;dr: I talk about the first people pushing against sexbots. Expect a lot more over the next decades. Then I predict what will happen. Then I talk about how a lot of different technologies are al starting to arrive that will change dating, relationships, and having kids. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-34118482 Such a use of the technology is … [Read more...] about Sexbots And Our Future With Them
What Are Neurotransmitters? The brain has billions and billions of neurons. These cells communicate with each other by releasing chemical messengers, called neurotransmitters, into the synapse, where they are then taken up by specific receptors on neighboring cells. There are many types of neurotransmitters in the brain. What they have in common is that they are produced … [Read more...] about What Are Neurotransmitters?
Get Off Your High Horse Because Humans Are Not That Special Humans are not special. There are about 25,000 genes in the human genome. All mammals have about the same number of genes and they all have pretty much the same genes. The difference between them come largely due to differences in when and where developmental genes are expressed during embryogenesis. It’s not what … [Read more...] about Humans Are Not That Special
The Neuroscience Behind Fear What happens in our brain when we are afraid? Our response to scary situations is often described as the “flight-or-fight” response. In a fear situation, our body produces adrenaline and groups of hormones called endorphins. A 2008 study in the Journal of Neurology also found that flooding the brain with dopamine is also linked to behaviors … [Read more...] about Fear And The Neuroscience Behind It