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The Evolution of Fear and Pleasure

“The earliest brains evolved pleasure and fear systems that rewarded the fulfillment of these fundamental needs along with the basic behaviors that facilitated them.” Futurist Ray Kurzweil goes on a journey through the brain in his book How to Create a Mind. A takes a look specifically at the how we’re wired to process fear and pleasure, and even though…

The Internet Diet

“The Net has become my all-purpose medium, the conduit for most of the information that flows through my eyes and ears and into my mind.” Nicholas Carr describes the tumoltuous relationship between his brain and the internet. Something that at first seemed harmless and in many beneficial, but that soon took a turn for the worse. “Calm, focused, undistracted, the…

Train Your Brain

“There is no soreness in your cortex the day after a particularly tough training session. You don’t have to go out and buy new hats because the old ones are now too small. You don’t develop a six-pack on your forehead. And because you can’t see any changes in your brain, it’s easy to assume that there really isn’t much…