Category Archives: Brain science

Ideas that add up #216

There’s neural circuitry that monitors the level of glucose in our blood, constantly. This is all unconscious, because if we were constantly aware of this and monitoring all the bodily functions consciously, our conscious mind would be overwhelmed. So, when glucose … Continue reading

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Ideas that add up #196

The intuitive mind is a sacred gift. The rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honours the servant, but has forgotten the gift. Albert Einstein (smart geezer!) quoted in Iain McGilchrist’s ‘The Divided Brain‘ on RSA … Continue reading

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Ideas that add up #177

“My basic perspective on it is, yes, we do have free will, because we can behave the way we wish to behave, but we can’t decide what to will. “The brain simultaneously will generate willed actions, and it will also … Continue reading

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Ideas that add up #166

As a modern person you can ask the question: what is any symptom a self-cure for? In other words, the problems are also the solutions to something. And one would therefore be trying to reconstruct from the symptom, in this … Continue reading

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Ideas that add up #145

The first barrier [to gratitude] is what I call the tailwind/headwind asymmetry. If any of you go running or ride a bike, you’ll know that when you’re running or bicycling into the wind, you’re very aware of it, man. Just … Continue reading

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Ideas that add up #130

My experience has been that when people are frightened and do not understand the historical changes taking place around them, they seek magic and power to solve their problems. They want shamans who can speak in tongues…. The blood of … Continue reading

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Ideas that add up #127

Marketers use extrinsic values like social status to help sell cars or to encourage us to shop conspicuously. But many social marketers also advocate the use of such extrinsic appeals to drive environmentally-friendly behaviour. This is despite studies repeatedly showing … Continue reading

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