Category Archives: Brain Science

Bill and Bill on Religion

I love Bill O’Reilly as much as the next person (omg jk’z), but this is a fantastic back-and-forth between O’Reilly and Maher, in characteristic fashion, on religion and how to interpret the Bible.

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Using light to manipulate thoughts

The video below is exactly what it looks like: a pulse of light is being delivered directly into the mouse’s brain — its motor cortex — and forcing it to turn left. When the light turns off, the mouse returns back to its normal behavior. You’ve now seen first-hand what the emerging branch of science, termed optogenetics, is capable of doing. Fittingly, brain science is undergoing a current revolution at, er, the speed of light. Bah dum tsh!

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I don’t know, so maybe I’m not: A rebuttal to Matt Segall and Ronan Hallowell

Here are my thoughts on what modern neuroscience can tell us about consciousness (part 2). In a nutshell, despite their complexity, neural systems are perfectly suitable to represent our “selves” over time. This seemingly magical process can be explained by brain activity and brain activity alone.

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I don’t know, so maybe I’m not?

Here are my thoughts on what modern neuroscience can tell us about consciousness (part 1). In short, the process of consciousness activates very specific brain regions, and neuroscience as actually done a splendid job at showing why experiential and action potential are the same thing.  Continue reading