Category Archives: Cognition

Advanced Brain Training Helps Make Dangerous Children a Potent Force

The following article is adapted from recent postings on The Dangerous Child On “Videogames” That Help Dangerous Children become more Dangerous Adam Gazzaley’s (MD, PhD) talk on optimising the human mind using advanced tools of cognitive neuroscience begins at about … Continue reading

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How to Find Happiness in an Unhappy World

Dimensions of Happiness Happiness is almost never where you think you will find it. If you become too impatient — if you never learn how to set the table and allow happiness to come to dinner — you may set … Continue reading

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Why Hillary Clinton Can’t Think

Video Source Parkinson’s Disease Dementia This is What Caused Comedian Robin Williams to Kill Himself A type of dementia similar to but different from Alzheimer’s disease was recognized and called dementia with Lewy bodies. Dementia with Lewy bodies is now … Continue reading

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Half Your Brain Tied Behind Your Back

The following article was previously published on The Dangerous Child blog Unihemispheric Sleep; Unihemispheric Waking Whales and dolphins live underwater but must come to the surface periodically to breathe. They cannot allow both hemispheres of their brains to drop into … Continue reading

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The Gamble

You’ve got to know when to hold ’em, know when to fold ’em, Know when to walk away, know when to run. You never count your money when you’re sittin’ at the table, There’ll be time enough for countin’ when … Continue reading

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Supersmart Individuals Control the Future

“Whether we like it or not, these people really do control our society,” says Jonathan Wai, a psychologist at the Duke University Talent Identification Program in Durham, North Carolina… “The kids who test in the top 1% tend to become … Continue reading

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The Tragic Consequences of Forced Egalitarianism

Different Breeding Populations Evolved Differently When life or death depends on your ability to follow a certain way of life, you are necessarily being selected for certain heritable characteristics. Some of these are dietary—an ability to digest milk or certain … Continue reading

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How Do Brains that Evolved for Hunting and Scavenging Learn Advanced Science and Maths?

The human brain was initially used for basic survival tasks, such as staying safe and hunting and gathering. Yet, 200,000 years later, the same human brain is able to learn abstract concepts, like momentum, energy and gravity, which have only … Continue reading

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An Uber Style of Medical Care for the US?

The Tech Revolution is Sweeping Over Much of US Society — Why Not Health Care? Health care-market distortions have considerably worsened since Kenneth Arrow famously described them in 1963; but in other industries less dominated by misguided government intervention, similar … Continue reading

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Neurotrophins, Neurogenesis, and Depression

Neurotrophins Help Nerve Cells Develop, Function, and Survive Natural brain neurotrophins can encourage neurogenesis, as well as helping to guide neurons to their proper locations in the brain, helping them make functional connections, and promoting their survival under certain adverse … Continue reading

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Computer-Aided Cognitive Brain Training: How Well Supported? How Expensive?

Western societies are aging rapidly. Because cognitive decline often seems to accompany aging, it is important for susceptible individuals to explore different ways by which he might keep (or reclaim) as much of his mental complement as possible, for as … Continue reading

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Human Brain — The Undiscovered Country

[One] region of the brain that is masculinized during development is the amygdala, which in addition to its roles in the processing of emotions is a key region regulating social play behavior by juveniles, sometimes called rough-and-tumble play, which differs … Continue reading

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Brain Wiring and Life Trajectory

Brain Connections and Destiny Smith and his colleagues ran a massive computer analysis to look at how these traits varied among the volunteers, and how the traits correlated with different brain connectivity patterns. The team was surprised to find a … Continue reading

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Looking for Drug Utopia and Genius

Mind-altering drugs are both promise and curse. Make the right choices, and a better life can open up before you. Make the wrong choices and you may lose the ability to make any more choices at all. “OxyContin, Xanax bars, … Continue reading

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Will Machine Intelligence Be the Child of Man that Ends Up Killing Us?

… “any sufficiently advanced benevolence may be indistinguishable from malevolence.” __ Charles T. Rubin We are being warned by prominent scientists, engineers, and men of commerce that machine intelligence — as implemented by military powers — is a threat to … Continue reading

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Cognitive Enhancers

If you’ve seen the movie “Limitless,” you probably want to get your hands on some “NZT” cognitive enhancer: “You know how they say that we can only access 20% of our brain?” says the man who offers stressed-out writer Eddie … Continue reading

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How Long Before We Can Print a Human Brain in 3-D?

The human brain is an intricately complex organ — perhaps the most complex single structure in the universe. Today, human brains simply “make themselves” in the course of human development. But what if we could print exact working “replicas” of … Continue reading

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Will Intelligent Apes Do the Jobs that Black People Won’t Do?

Note: Source material below may have been inadvertently “paraphrased” in the course of editing and publication, to highlight some of the more subtle aspects of the genetics revolution __ Ed. [satire] High in the Bolivian Alps, deep in the lowest … Continue reading

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Contingency and Constraint Propagation

To have an intelligent conversation about what should be done in the present to prepare for a better future, a number of basic concepts should be understood. Two of these basic concepts are “contingency” and “constraint propagation.” What does “contingency” … Continue reading

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Is it Fair to Say that Black People are Stupid?

No. It is neither fair nor accurate to say that all black people are stupid. Consider the dictionary definition for the word “stupid:” a : slow of mind : obtuse b : given to unintelligent decisions or acts : acting … Continue reading

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Taming the Beast Within

Inside each of us dwells a chaotic, unpredictable monster — a beast that leads us into no end of trouble. For ages, humans have been blaming the devil, or evil spirits, for their own capricious and destructive choices. But thanks … Continue reading

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The Waking Trance

Human consciousness is an odd pickle. We all experience it every waking day, but no one understands it well enough to build a good imitation. What are we missing? Quite a lot, actually. For example, why are we so changeable … Continue reading

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Brain Tweaking Without Drugs

Today we’ll look at a few methods of tweaking brain function without using pharmaceuticals. These and similar methods offer the promise of improving cognition, emotional levels (depression), attention and memory, and other aspects of brain function and behaviour. A recent … Continue reading

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You Are Deluded

Commentary on excerpts from Dr. Bruce Charlton’s online e-book “Addicted to Distraction” Mass Media is a system like no other – it has no function of its own, so it can just keep growing. It has no positive aim for … Continue reading

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Genes, IQ, and Benadryl Dementia

BGI Cognitive Genetics is a Chinese institute hard at work teasing out the connections between genes and IQ. Robert Plomin at King’s College London is on a similar quest, studying the DNA of 2,000 participants from the long-running Study of … Continue reading

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