Midnight In The Desert — brain

Can a brain injury change who you are?

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Can a brain injury change who you are?

Who we are, and what makes us “us” has been the topic of much debate throughout history. At the individual level, the ingredients for the unique essence of a person consist mostly of personality concepts. Things like kindness, warmth, hostility and selfishness. Deeper than this, however, is how we react to the world around us, respond socially, our moral reasoning, and ability to manage emotions and behaviours. Philosophers, including Plato and Descartes, attributed these experiences to non-physical entities, quite separate to the brain. “Souls”, they describe, are where human experiences take place. According to this belief, souls house our personalities,...

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Science is getting closer to understanding what goes on inside the mind when we dream

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Science is getting closer to understanding what goes on inside the mind when we dream

Dreams are so strange and carry so much significance to us that we often feel the need to tell people about our nocturnal adventures, sometimes at tedious length. But if you understand what goes on inside the brain as dreams take their course, they start to make a lot more sense. And dreams are much more important than you might think. Here are some common questions answered about the nighttime hallucinations we call dreams. 1. Why are dreams so weird There's a good reason dreams are so skittish and peculiar. Memories of life events – "episodic memories" – are stored...

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Beijing Launches Pioneering Brain-Science Center

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Beijing Launches Pioneering Brain-Science Center

Beijing has announced plans to build a brain-science centre that will rival in size some of the world’s largest neuroscience organizations. It will also serve as a core facility for the country’s long-awaited brain project—China’s version of the high-profile brain-science initiativesunder way elsewhere in the world. The Chinese Institute for Brain Research was officially established in Beijing on 22 March, with an agreement signed by representatives of the Beijing municipality and seven research organizations based in the capital. The agreement named two neuroscientists—Peking University’s Rao Yi and Luo Minmin of the National Institute of Biological Sciences in Beijing—as co-directors. The...

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Mind reading could be a reality thanks to brain implants

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Mind reading could be a reality thanks to brain implants

SUPERHUMANS with the ability to communicate using just their brains could be walking the Earth within two decades.That’s according to a top surgeon who believes it’s only a matter of time until our brains are connected to the internet, reports The Sun. Dr Eric Leuthardt of Washington University thinks that telepathy — or brain-to-brain communication — could be a reality. “A true fluid neural integration is going to happen. It’s just a matter of when,” the neurosurgeon explained during an interview with MIT Technology Review. “If it’s 10 or 100 years in the grand scheme of things, it’s a material...

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Are you Dying to Upload Your Brain?

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Are you Dying to Upload Your Brain?

Cryonics — freezing humans for later revival — has been a staple of science fiction for ages. Maybe you want to be cured of something presently incurable or you just want to see the future. Of course, ignoring the problem of why anyone wants to thaw out a 500-year-old person, no one has a proven technology for thawing out one of these corpsicles. You are essentially betting that science will figure that out sometime before your freezer breaks down. A new startup called Nectome funded by Y Combinator wants to change your thinking about preservation. Instead of freezing they will...

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