‘Who you are depends on what your neurons are up to, moment by moment’ 🧠

“Who you are depends on what your neurons are up to, moment by moment.” — David Eagleman, The Brain: The Story of You Advertisements

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You can redesign your brain

“Who you are depends on what your neurons are up to, moment by moment,” writes David Eagleman in his book The Brain: The Story of You. The classical textbook tells you that you’re immutable after a certain point, that in fact, you can no longer change. After your teens, your neurocognitive code is set in […]

Human plus machine 🤖

It’s inevitable. In technology, nothing stands still. We’ll know what we want to accomplish and we’ll do so with incredible pace and confidence. The only thing that stands in our way is lack of belief in the brain and body’s flexibility. Virtual or non-virtual reality, there will only be one continuous world. Everything else is […]

The woman who never forgets…anything

Imagine having a “highly superior autobiographical memory” (H.S.A.M). That’s the case for Australian Rebecca Sharrock who remembers everything from the time she was born to what she did on any particular Saturday a decade ago. ALL in clear detail. Only 60 people in the world are known to have the memory condition. And while it […]

Tips for boosting your memory and brain power

If you’re looking to boost your memory and brain power, this video contains some excellent tips and reminders. In summary: Exercise. Physical exercise helps form new brain cells and solidifies existing neurons. It also increases the hippocampus brain area which is responsible for memory and learning Never stop learning. Learning something new builds new brain cells. In […]

‘No, it burns, it shines’ 🌞

“Does the sun ask itself, ‘Am I good? Am I worthwhile? Is there enough of me?’ No, it burns and it shines. Does the sun ask itself, ‘What does the moon think of me? How does Mars feel about me today?’ No it burns, it shines. Does the sun ask itself, ‘Am I as big […]

Ralph Waldo Emerson: ‘To be great is to be misunderstood’

“A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines. With consistency a great soul has simply nothing to do. He may as well concern himself with his shadow on the wall. Speak what you think now in hard words, and to-morrow speak what to-morrow thinks in hard […]

Why we prefer Friday to Sunday

“It‘s a curious fact, because Friday is a day of work and Sunday is a day for pleasure, so you would expect people to enjoy Sunday more, right? But we don’t. It’s not because we really like being in the office and can’t stand strolling in the park and having a lazy brunch. We prefer […]

“The map is not the territory”

The human head consists of a left brain and a right brain, each with distinct cognitive functions. The left hemisphere is known for processing logic and doing verbal and mathematical analysis while the right half excels in creativity and imagination, the visual stuff. But the left brain holds responsibility for how we react since it’s […]

Mind readers

People don’t know themselves, let alone others, as well as they think. Sorry, David Hume. In an op-ed published in the New York Times, Duke neuroscientist Alex Rosenberg debunks a popular belief that we know our minds best. “There is no first-person point of view.” The way you interpret yourself may be just as faulty as […]