Having trouble losing weight?
Psych yourself out and give yourself some tangible incentives.
-Or at least that’s what a new study conducted by The Mayo Clinic would suggest.
In two groups tested, those that were incentivized with both Immediate Gain AND Immediate Loss of money for good and bad performance, respectively,
And then further incentivized with the chance at a larger financial gain farther out, wildly outperformed the group given no incentives and no penalties…
• Source: MayoClinic – Money for Losing
Take that, Ray Kurzweil! -BAM!
Ok, fun’s over.
Though my informal guess involves some of my old pal Joseph Schumpeter’s work, and pattern-observation of real delays in predictions of the Web 1.0 Bubble,
it ultimately differs from Both Ray and Duke Neuroscientist, Miguel Nicolelis,…
Who says the Singularity won’t happen. -Ever.
• Source: TR-The Brain Is Not Computable
Not that it hasn’t been tried before, including spectacular girlfriend, Maria, in Fritz’ Lang’s “Metropolis”, but this time it’s for serious.
Our old lovable-scamp pal, Dr. Henry Markram is up to his old familiar hijinks; this time with something even more ambitious.
Not only has he figured out how neurons make their connections, now he wants to take a hyper-accurate scan of an Actual Brain, and map Each and Every Single One of the 100 Billion Neurons in it. -And then, the 150 Trillion Synapses that connect them all.
Dr. Henry has some asplainin’ to do in the Vid after the Jump:
• Source: The Human Brain Project
• via: Mashable
Let’s face it, the original list of 77 different approaches to help learning and expand your mind was simply Fantastic.
A hard act to follow.
But nevertheless, Halie Hartman at OEDB.org was nice enough to let us in on their new summitting Everest attempt of ~86(?) brain, study, & productivity ideas & reminders over at the site.
It shares several commonalities with the previous one, and just like it, each entry has at least one link associated with it…
OEDB-Hacking Knowledge: How to Learn Faster, Deeper, and Better in the 21st Century
At first, I thought it was about madcap nootropic brain improvement experiments. But no,
Girl goes speaking-in-tongues crazy, House-like doctor tries arcane unconventional solution, girl saved from continued madness and impending death.
Sounds pretty good!
• Reviews: GoodReads-Brain On Fire
• More Coverage: NPR,Fresh Air-Brain On Fire
• Author’s Website: Susannahcalahan.com
It’s probably something similar to the research showing both black and green tea affect enzymes involved in Alzheimer’s,
but Yun Bai and his team at the Third Military Medical University in China have found that the chief polyphenol in Green Tea, called EGCG, helps new brain cells grow in a central region crucial to the brain’s ability to adapt to change.
+and also navigate mazes.
• via: EurekAlert-EGCG
• More Coverage: ScienceDaily-EGCG
-Because using supercomputer-reverse-engineering, what they found out about how our the neurons in our brains connect was by far, the simplest and Goddammit, the most cat-like way possible…
Or: Why does that adorable little walking demilitarized-zone suddenly decide he has to be on the COMPLETE OTHER SIDE OF THE HOUSE??,
Answer: It’s Random!
YT[Video]-BlueBrainProject, How do Neurons Connect?
Not JUST a 2-legged, 1-dimensional, walking plot device ala much of the ‘character dialogue’ in “Dune”,
Not JUST a way to better pretend your pornographer-teddy-bear has come to life,
Not JUST a way for Emma Stone to reveal her true feelings in a romantic comedy about the highschool crush she doesn’t have the guts to talk to;
Something much more serious.
Scientists, even the great ones at MIT are now poking their greasy mechanic’s fingers through the Matrix into our very souls.
Memory today; who knows what tomorrow.
In a set of experiments carried out on mutant mice designed to have light-sensitive neurons, scientists at MIT were able to re-trigger a memory they’d previously created,