Large and In Charge—Maybe
Human beings like to think “I am the master of my fate: I am the captain of my soul,” but bestselling author Leonard Mlodinow makes clear in his New York Time number one book Subliminal: How Your Unconscious Mind Rules Your Behavior that isn’t the case. Mlodinow takes the reader through an easily readable scientific tour of how the brain works and how much the unconscious mind influences decisions that we are not aware… Continue
Added by Donald R Barbera on June 27, 2016 at 3:30pm —
This is how he looked as a running back for the Dallas Cowboys
I always feel sad when I write about ex-football players. Too often, the stories are about death, brain disease and violence. When I read about Tony Dorsett, the story involved the last: brain disease. He was… Continue
Added by kenyatta yamel on March 22, 2015 at 10:15pm —
I always feel sad when I write about ex-football players. Too often, the stories are about death, brain disease and violence. When I read about Tony Dorsett, the story involved the last: brain disease. He was diagnosed in 2013 with CTE, a degenerative brain disease linked… Continue
Added by kenyatta yamel on February 10, 2015 at 6:28am —
Without a doubt, some animals have an awareness of life and death. One obvious example is the elephant. Even dogs and monkeys are known to grieve. There is something in the brain that registers those realities and humans are the only ones with verbal language to express their feelings of loss and grief. However, there are other languages, i.e. holding and carrying a dead baby, laying on a grave, touching the dead body. It is only recently that humans came to… Continue
Added by Joan Denoo on September 12, 2014 at 10:23am —
What is the difference between Islam's end times and that of… Continue
Added by Bluegrass Skeptic on February 3, 2014 at 5:24pm —
Science Finally Proves It:
Prayer Changes Your Brain
in 4 Astonishing Ways . . .
Millions of Americans believe prayer works. . . Yet the mainstream media tends to avoid the subject altogether.
But our Mind Health… Continue
Added by Donald R Barbera on October 27, 2013 at 7:36pm —
proof of heaven, I'm mounting an epic retort in the discussion after this ABC News story. FEELS GREAT to give the answers they don't want to hear
Added by JP Carey on October 25, 2012 at 9:44am —
The Internet is amazing. It hosts media of all kinds. Anybody can communicate with anybody. And you can find out anything you want to know. It's huge and complex but we don't need to understand how it works to know that it does. In the same way, we don't need to understand how the brain works to know that it does. Its electro-chemical machinations, while interesting, aren't necessary to understand in order to know that the brain deliberates. That's what it does.
Neuroscience can't yet… Continue
Added by Atheist Exile on December 12, 2011 at 1:00am —
Dancing with Causality: Purposeful Steps
Free will, in the form of self-determinism, is only a big mystery if you allow your thinking to be governed by the centuries of philosophers who have never managed to figure it out. They've been arguing in circles because they've defined "free will" to fit their premises. This is because they… Continue
Added by Atheist Exile on December 9, 2011 at 6:02am —
The cells in our cortex are essentially machines ready to be influenced by the world as we are born. A blank slate, if you will. While there is some genetically programmed organization there from embryological development, all areas in the cortex pretty much do the same thing as far as pattern recognition (see YT video of Jeff Hawkins’ (On Intelligence, Hierarchical Temporal Memory)). What makes certain areas of our cortex perform different functions has more to do with which sense organs… Continue
Added by MCT on January 21, 2011 at 1:06am —
An imaginary interaction with my mother in which she poses the point "I'm at the end of my life when I must look forward to meeting my maker and going to heaven, and you want to take that away from me?". In my mind I feel her agony at the thought of it all being a lie. I know this pain because I've felt it myself. It's not all that dissimilar from the feeling I had when my father came clean about Santa Claus. It's a let down to know it was just a big scam.
In my mind I attempt to… Continue
Added by Jessica Lenehan on January 11, 2011 at 5:53pm —
When it takes you forever to try to reason things out? My brain is just taking its sweet ass time to process even simple things. I've been stuggling to comprehend stuff since Monday.
Added by Courtney King on December 11, 2009 at 2:21pm —
After all the fuss about Twilight
I finally decided to read it. Originally, I pushed it off as nothing more than a fad book, that is mediocre at best, my expectations were not quashed as I read through this book.
Myers had other motives for this book, obviously and her Christian faith had a strong influence on the behavior of her characters.
The basic plot of the story is, Bella, a 17 year old girl, falls "in love" (more like becomes infatuated with) Edward Cullen a 104… Continue
Added by Hekate Moon on October 14, 2009 at 8:50pm —
I just had an amazing experience!
I was standing in my bedroom, about to go to bed, and I had just set my alarm clock. All the nights in the house were off and everything was dark. I had an itch so I closed my eyes tight and started to rub them. BAM! I saw a glaring bright white light, like polished gold, in the form of three large circles, one in the center of my vision with two copies on either side (possibly in the form of a double helix?) all of equal size, made up of many… Continue
Added by OutlawGirl on September 23, 2009 at 12:16am —
This blog post stems from another discussion (elsewhere) that segued into the topic of mind versus brain. In order to illustrate that the mind is more than just the brain, I described the following scenario . . .
What would it be like if you were born completely
paralyzed, with a normal brain but without a sensory nervous system to deliver stimuli to your brain from your sensory organs? Would it be possible to think or to have memories? In what ways could you be considered… Continue
Added by Atheist Exile on September 17, 2009 at 8:30pm —
How does the idea of a “Catholic child” not make you sick? The child isn’t being given a choice whatsoever in their religion. Their parents have already made a decision for them before they can even make a good decision. Young children are very impressionable and you scare the shit out of them with fear of eternal damnation, that will stick with them. Indoctrinating children is easily equivalent to brainwashing. I think its truly a form of child abuse.
“Isn’t it enough to see that a… Continue
Added by Jake Collyer on August 2, 2009 at 11:21pm —
I became an atheist one year ago. Wow, so much has happened in that time. I've reevaluated my stance on practically everything. I've re-mourned my lost ones who have died. I've purged my home of garbage. I've changed the language I use. I've begun to have pride in myself and in my brain. I've started to think critically and rationally. I've been exploring the world of science, without tons of "you're persecuting me" resentment getting in the way. I've laughed my head off at blasphemy. And I've… Continue
Added by Angie Jackson on May 29, 2009 at 9:57am —
I have Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. The short description of this condition is having obsessive thoughts that get looped in my brain and won't go away, unless I perform a compulsive act, called a ritual. One well-known form of OCD is germophobia. The affected person has obsessive thoughts about germs, about being sick, about contaminating others, etc. and has to wash hands in a ritualistic way. For me this means using lotion soap, followed by foaming soap (gets under the nails better) and if… Continue
Added by Angie Jackson on April 25, 2009 at 9:41am —
This section is gonna focus on a quintessential aspect of British culture but one that strangely but completely shares the same principles and creates the exact same negative sociological effects as…well, i’ll get to that later, but this blog is all about that Great British Icon…The Sun…that’s the newspaper, not the really hot planet…just so you know…good.
The Sun is quite an enigma really. It has the highest circulation of any Daily English language newspaper in the world. It has… Continue
Added by coughlan666 on February 21, 2009 at 10:01pm —
I wanted to share this with you
. A new study shows that the brain shuts down when someone experiences transcendence. Well, the right parietal lobe, to be exact. That part of the brain also helps with the ability to do math. So that might explain why religious folks have trouble with the difference between 4.5 Billion years and 6,000 years. LOL!
EDIT: the study that shows that… Continue
Added by Neece on December 25, 2008 at 12:00pm —