We know how easily affected we are by our environment -- our skin tans with sunlight, our taste buds activate when we see food, and so on. Our sense of self, too, is highly susceptible to environmental cues (both external and internal environments). In essence, what we experience as our self and, by extension, self-esteem, is a powerful depiction generated by our brain.
To predict the future, it helps to examine one key leading indicator of tech investment: patent activity.
There is a widespread public perception that dementia can lead to a loss of a sense of self, but this notion has not been rigorously investigated. One way to study this is to look at actual cases of brain degeneration, and see if the damage is linked to identity changes perceived by others. Do people with specific kinds of brain damage become no longer themselves?
Synesthesia in its true sense is not a mental health condition, artificially-induced condition, nor anything more than an inheritable trait, much like hair color and height.
Focus is your ticket to excellence. Yet, we pelt our brains with unfathomable little stressors all day long. Few of us take time to erase the toxicity and replenish ourselves throughout the day.
Even with pretty amazing technology at our disposal, dreams -- their function, their purpose -- remain relatively little understood. The study of dreams through brain accidents, abnormalities, and disease will likely continue to be a source of new details that enrich our knowledge of this most mysterious aspect of life.
With these new advances in science, we have a choice to shape the new paradigm in health and medicine.
Guessing trends or even thinking about the market at this point can be a dangerous move. For practical reasons, if zombie novels start to trend and you jump on the bandwagon, by the time, you finish your book and pitch it to agents, the market will be saturated with them.
Here are six things you can do, right now to empower yourself and move closer to the life you deserve:
Hypnosis is a real phenomenon, and even animals can be hypnotized. But what hypnotism is, exactly, remains unclear. In a remarkable experiment reported in the New York Times , subjects were given the post-hypnotic suggestion that they would see words that would appear incomprehensible as if in a foreign language.
Despite their concerns, however, it seems these all around pundits are placing too much faith in robots and too little faith the humans they're meant to replace.
Throughout my life there have been many numbers of significance. For instance 4 -- the number of children I have had the immense pleasure of being a father to; or the age when my daughter Alex first voiced her desire to host a lemonade stand to help doctors on their way to finding cures for all kids with cancer.
Microfinance is a psychological enigma. It is not in anyone's economic best interest to lend money to strangers without getting anything in return. Without interest or guarantee, what is the motivation to take on such financial risk? It seems more akin to charity than to banking. Is it? The fact is that we don't know the neuropsychological underpinnings of such selfless lending.
Irish playwright George Bernard Shaw once said, "Life is no brief candle ... It is a so...
I was saddened and shocked when I heard on the radio that Beau Biden lost his battle with brain cancer on Saturday. Saddened because I knew, through years of reading about him, what a good man Beau was. I was shocked for a different reason: I was driving to visit my friend Bob Rubin, who had also been battling brain cancer.
My "old life" is still so vivid in my memory, while my "new life" is completely different. I am easily frustrated by things that I used to be able to do effortlessly. I am slowly learning to embrace the "new normal" and understand my limits, but it's still hard.
The meaning of practice needs to be reinterpreted. The focus on cognitive thinking and technical skills underlying this problem-program-implementation-assessment action-framework needs to give space to a skill-set capable of actually building lasting trust and reciprocal altruism between key development actors.
We're going to begin today with a rather loaded question: How much attention do you think the media should be paying towards a presidential nominee who is right now getting 13 to 15 percent support in public opinion polls of their party's voters?
You will not get altruism just by wishing for it. You need to train. You can do it twenty minutes a day, and you can do it a few seconds every hour. You stop, you look around, and whomever you see, you say, "May that person be happy. May that person flourish."
It's not that living things die; it's that multicellular organisms die. But why? Every single-celled organism alive today has been in existence since life began over 3 billion years ago. This is because individual cells do not give birth, they divide. After cell division, the two cells that result are each as old as the single cell that preceded them.