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How Cognition Relies on Patterns

“Reciting the alphabet backward should be a simple task, as it involves exactly the same information as reciting it forward, yet we are generally unable to do it.” […] “…our memories are sequential and in order. They can be accessed in the order that they are remembered.” Memories are stored in the brain in ways we’re only beginning to understand.…

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…

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…