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  • perpetuallyphil 12:00 am on May 14, 2010 Permalink |
    Tags: brain   

    Your brain is the hub of your nervous system. It is made up of 100 billion nerve cells – about the same as the number of trees in the Amazon rainforest. Each cell is connected to around 10,000 others. So the total number of connections in your brain is the same as the number of leaves in the rainforest – about 1000 trillion.

  • perpetuallyphil 4:06 am on February 1, 2010 Permalink |
    Tags: brain, , , ,   

    mindful meditation and its use on cognitive therapy. this is a talk that outlines what may seem self-evident in meditation, but taken through the lens of psychology and helping others into the process. pretty amazing stuff, and its funny that the cutting edge of psychology is taken from 3,000 year old traditions. east meets west.

    • imblayne 5:34 am on February 1, 2010 Permalink

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  • perpetuallyphil 5:22 am on November 18, 2008 Permalink |
    Tags: brain, reprograming   

    brain 2.0 

    studies are increasingly showing that we are reprogramming the ways that our brain works by using the internet. we have found new ways to think and are gaining new skills while leaving other patterns behind.

    are we moving forward or just changing?

    interesting article

  • perpetuallyphil 4:34 am on November 18, 2008 Permalink |
    Tags: brain, , riddles   

    riddles are fun 


    I ever was, am always to be,
    No one ever saw me, nor ever will,
    And yet I am the confidence of all
    To live and breathe on this terrestrial ball.
    What am I?


    I’m light as a feather, yet the strongest man can’t hold me for much more than a minute. What am I?


    Pronounced as one letter,
    And written with three,
    Two letters there are,
    And two only in me.
    I’m double, I’m single,
    I’m black, blue, and gray,
    I’m read from both ends,
    And the same either way.
    What am I?


    From the beginning of eternity
    To the end of time and space
    To the beginning of every end
    And the end of every place.
    What am I?

    {click comments for answers}

    • perpetuallyphil 4:36 am on November 18, 2008 Permalink


      a breath

      an eye

      the letter “e”

    • absolutelylovely 4:43 am on November 18, 2008 Permalink

      damnit. it IS the letter E. i was not anywhere close to getting that answer 😉

    • deadindenver 7:47 am on November 18, 2008 Permalink

      How do you you survive in a motel with only a calendar and a mattress?

      read good literature to find out…..

      or txt me

    • dillowillow 8:20 am on November 19, 2008 Permalink

      damn elusive E! good riddles though 🙂

  • oneshowatatime 6:08 pm on October 13, 2008 Permalink |
    Tags: banjo, brain, , , surgery, tremor   

    Banjo used in brain surgery 

    A musician who underwent brain surgery to treat a hand tremor played his banjo throughout to test the success of the procedure.

    Eddie Adcock is one of the pillars of Bluegrass Music and realised his tremor could threaten his ability to perform professionally.

    Surgeons placed electrodes in Mr Adcock’s brain and fitted a pace maker in his chest which delivers a small current which shuts down the region of his brain causing the tremors.

    A surgeon filmed the operation at the Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee.

    Video: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/7665747.stm

    • homad 2:01 am on October 14, 2008 Permalink

      More and more people getting chips inside their brain. Yippee. I was just watching the other day the first of a 3 part BBC documentary about where humans are headed and bio-chips was one of the topics. Can’t wait to see how sports react (even though they already have to a little bit with artificial limbs n such) to all of these types of things.

      GO PHILLIES AND RAYS!!! http://beted.com <–if you like taking risks 😉

    • deadindenver 2:37 pm on October 14, 2008 Permalink

      i was totally just peeping this…

  • tallbridge 9:58 pm on September 10, 2008 Permalink |
    Tags: brain, , creative society, keio university, , ,   

    Strolling through Second Life with brain waves 

    Via ScienceDaily:

    On 7th June 2008, Keio University succeeded in the world’s first demonstration experiment with the help of a disabled person to use brainwave to chat and stroll through the virtual world.

    The research group led by Assistant Prof. Junichi Ushiba of the Faculty of Science and Technology of Keio University applied the technology “to operate the computer using brain images  released last year and succeeds in enabling a disabled person suffering muscle disorder (41 year old male) to stroll through “Second Life®*”, a three-dimentional virtual world on the Internet, to walk towards the avatar of a student logged in at Keio University located 16km from the subject’s home, and to have a conversation with the student using the “voice chat” function.

    I just found out about this school about a month ago and was extremely interested in it.  They just began in 2008 a graduate program of Media Design which I am assuming where this came from.  I was really into this message from their Dean.

    Prof. Masahiko INAKAGE
    Dean, Graduate School of Media Design, Keio University

    Media Innovators

    We are witnessing the emergence of a “creative society”, a world in which creativity, rather than productivity or efficiency, is the driving force of the global economy. “Creativity” is the ability to produce new ideas, expressions and processes.  Creative activities move and inspire the human mind.

    The Graduate School of Media Design was established to train the new leaders who will pioneer industries suited to the creative society. The abilities and products of the individual are paramount in this world; this is a society in which consumers have the potential to lead creative activities. The content of the creative society is rooted in very down-to-earth, day-to-day activities like parenting and cooking. Our confidence in our ability to be creative is an important factor in its emergence.

    In the 21st century, the emergence of digital technologies has reduced the impediments to human creativity. As these impediments are eliminated, our industrial foundations are changing; the potential for a creative society is now emerging. Fifty years ago, industry began to introduce digital technology as a means of improving productivity and rationalizing distribution. The growth of the Internet, increasing computer processing power and decreasing prices empower us to utilize this technology to change the foundations upon which our lives are built. Today, virtually anyone can, very easily, engage in the same creative activities that were only open to the world’s top creators during the industrial age of the 20th century. We now have a society in which we are able to make unrestricted use of our individual abilities. Nothing illustrates this more than the world of the Internet, where users freely create and distribute to the world their own content.

    The industrial revolution was followed by the distribution revolution, and the next stage of the process is the creativity revolution. The way in which we produce value is changing, for it is now produced from cultural and social resources rather than only natural sources.  The creative society brought about by this revolution is using a foundation of advanced digital technology to redistribute resources on a global scale and to restore creativity to human beings. Technological progress produces value from creative activities in everyday life and increases the number of creative individuals. The internet has eliminated the barriers to redistribution of cultural and social resources, enabling them to flow freely. We enjoy the expressions of others and express ourselves as well by using, sharing, and distributing these resources. There are more resources available for use and more indications of the potential for new economic activities. Creativity has become a valuable activity within our day-to-day lives.

    For all that, we cannot state with any certainty that the creative society has actually been achieved yet. We still lack enough creative people. All human beings have creative potential and the ability to transform their creativity into value. The digital revolution in particular has the potential to dramatically expand human creativity. At the Graduate School of Media Design, we call the people who will lead the coming creative society “media innovators”, and we aim to educate this new category of worker.

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