Category Archives: Brain science

Ideas that add up #118

The US Navy were said to have given one man the specific job of breaking Brown’s record. “To his everlasting credit he got up to 1,600 and then had a nervous breakdown,” says Brown. Fear is something test pilots have … Continue reading

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Ideas that add up #108

This idea of surfaces and “mapping onto” is important.  It’s something that we all learn to do as we  learn to become more or less conscious, and because it is how we built up consciousness, the mapping and the surfaces … Continue reading

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Ideas that add up #81

There is no form of language in the world that is ever spoken aloud without accompanying hand movements. Indeed, the greater the effort of concentration on live speech, the more the speaker needs to move his or her hands. Try … Continue reading

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Ideas that add up #77

Chimpanzees can far outperform humans in some mental tasks, including rapidly memorising and recalling numbers, Japanese scientists have shown. At the American Association for the Advancement of Science annual meeting, Tetsuro Matsuzawa, of Kyoto University’s Primate Research Institute, showed remarkable video footage … Continue reading

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Ideas that add up #62

As Steven Pinker puts it: “Self-esteem can be measured, and surveys show that it is the psychopaths, street bullies, abusive husbands, serial rapists, and hate-crime perpetrators who are off the scale.” It seems we can definitely have too much self-esteem. … Continue reading

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Ideas that add up #55

KY: She says her metaphor for the brain is that of a garden that’s full of the most interesting and different things, that have to be cultivated and constantly checked. So, Uta Frith, at the heart of your work then … Continue reading

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Ideas that add up #50

Should teachers tell pupils the way things are or encourage them to find out for themselves? Telling children “truths” about the world helps them learn those facts more quickly. Yet the efficient learning of specific facts may lead to the … Continue reading

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