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Are Brains Bayesian?

2019-09-15T09:33:12-04:00

Bayesian theories have attracted enormous attention in the cognitive sciences in recent years. According to these theories, the mind assigns probabilities to hypotheses and updates them according to standard probabilistic rules of inference. Bayesian theories have been applied to the study of perception, learning, memory, reasoning, language, decision-making, and many other domains. Bayesian approaches have

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Ram Das Interview

2019-09-15T17:00:20-04:00

For more than 50 years, Ram Dass has watched as other nontraditional spiritual leaders have come and gone while he has remained. He has been active since the early 1960s, back when he was still known as Richard Alpert and worked alongside his Harvard psychology department colleague Timothy Leary, researching the mind-altering effects of LSD

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What You Might Not Know About Attention

2019-02-18T14:35:54-05:00

We do actually become less attentive as we get older, but refocusing someone's attention can have concrete physical effects. Source: 3 Smart Things: What You Might Not Know About Attention

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A Bill of Rights for the Age of Artificial Intelligence

2019-02-18T09:37:50-05:00

If robots don’t have exactly the same consciousness as humans, then this is used as an excuse to give them different rights, analogous to arguments that other tribes or races are less than human. Read more...     Source: Possible Minds: 25 Ways of Looking at AI

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The Future of the Mind | Edge.org

2019-02-11T17:02:03-05:00

If we have artificial general intelligence, intelligence that’s capable of flexibly connecting ideas across different domains and maybe having something like sensory experience, what I want to know is whether it would be conscious or if it would all just be computing in the dark—engaging in things like visual recognition tasks from a computational perspective

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The Real Secret of Youth Is Complexity – Nautilus

2019-02-11T17:20:48-05:00

S implicity, simplicity, simplicity!” Henry David Thoreau exhorted in his 1854 memoir Walden , in which he extolled the virtues of a “Spartan-like” life. Saint Thomas Aquinas preached that simplicity brings one closer to God. Isaac Newton believed it leads to truth. Source: The Real Secret of Youth Is Complexity - Issue 68: Context

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Sam Harris: The Self is an Illusion – Big Think

2019-01-14T18:48:04-05:00

Sam Harris describes the properties of consciousness and how mindfulness practices of all stripes can be used to transcend one's ego. — Read on bigthink.com/videos/sam-harris-on-self-transendence

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How we think about thinking

2018-12-31T02:42:22-05:00

www.newyorker.com/culture/persons-of-interest/an-anthropologist-investigates-how-we-think-about-how-we-think

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Is Mindfulness Meditation BS? | WIRED

2018-12-30T06:48:04-05:00

WIRED Logo Is Mindfulness Meditation BS? Click to share this story on Facebook Click to share this story on Twitter Click to email this story Click to comment on this story. (will open new tab) Going Up Is mindfulness meditation a capitalist tool or a path to enlightenment? Yes by Robert Wright | illustrations by…

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There Is No Such Thing as Conscious Thought – Scientific American

2018-12-20T10:06:50-05:00

Scientific American is the essential guide to the most awe-inspiring advances in science and technology, explaining how they change our understanding of the world and shape our lives. — Read on www.scientificamerican.com/article/there-is-no-such-thing-as-conscious-thought/

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How Brain Injuries Deprive People of a Sense of Free Will

2018-12-19T07:29:08-05:00

Studies of patients with unusual neurological conditions reveal brain networks that contribute to feelings of agency www.scientificamerican.com/article/how-brain-injuries-deprive-people-of-a-sense-of-free-will

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