- Why are our brains so ridiculously big? Tool use and exploration may be just side effects of social skills.
- Ferris Jabr on why we need to study the brain’s evolution in order to understand the modern mind.
- Lascaux’s Picassos: Katy Waldman on what prehistoric art tells us about the evolution of the human brain.
- Does the brain work logarithmically? New research suggests it does, when it’s the efficient way to process information.
- Humans can't be empathetic and logical at the same time: Brain scans find that the two modes are mutually exclusive.
- A laser to the brain eliminates bad habits in rats.
- Brain scan shows that thinking about math is as painful as a hot stove burn, if you're anxious.
- This is your brain on freestyle rap.
- Can brain science tell us how to live? Dominic Murphy reviews The Brain and the Meaning of Life by Paul Thagard.
- What brain features do we need? John Smart on preserving the self for later emulation.
- Several projects are trying to reverse-engineer the brain; in How to Create a Mind, futurist Ray Kurzweil champions their cause.
- Your unconscious brain can do math, process language.
- Research suggests the human brain is wired for harmony.
- Researchers have turned human mental activity into music, and it sounds uncannily like free-form jazz piano.
Monday, November 26, 2012
Bookforum Omnivore - What Brain Features Do We Need?
Here is a great collection of links from Bookforum's Omnivore blog on brain, mind, and cognition. There are some excellent articles in this collection. Enjoy!