How can a three-pound mass of jelly that you can hold in your palm imagine angels, contemplate the meaning of infinity, and even question its own place in the cosmos? Especially awe inspiring is the fact that any single brain, including yours, is made up of atoms that were forged in the hearts of countless, far-flung stars billions of years ago. These particles drifted for eons and light-years until gravity and change brought them together here, now. These atoms now form a conglomerate- your brain- that can not only ponder the very stars that gave it birth but can also think about its own ability to think and wonder about its own ability to wonder. With the arrival of humans, it has been said, the universe has suddenly become conscious of itself. This, truly, it the greatest mystery of all.
—  V.S. Ramachandran
The Body is Strange
  • Beth:[age 6] "Did you know you can remember remembering when you can't remember?"
  • Me:"You mean, even when you can't remember something, you can still know that you used to know it? You can know that you forgot?"
  • Beth:"Yes!"
  • Me:"That's true. Isn't the brain strange? Isn't the whole body strange and amazing?"
  • Beth:"And sometimes your body can remember something even if you don't think about it?"
  • Me:"What do you mean?"
  • Beth:"Like... if you just find yourself doing something and you didn't even think about it, you just did it."
  • Mom:"That can be because your muscles have memory too."
  • Beth:"They do?"
  • Mom:"Yes. That's why practicing something makes you better at it. You're teaching your muscles to remember how to do things so your brain doesn't have to think about it. Like throwing a basketball, or playing a trombone."
  • Beth:"Or tying your shoes, or making a craft."
  • Mom:"Those are all things your muscles can remember."
  • Beth:"Dad, you're right -- the body /is/ strange!"

We’re Preprogrammed to Hate Diets 

If you’re finding it difficult to stick to a weight-loss diet, scientists at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s Janelia Research Campus say you can likely blame hunger-sensitive cells in your brain known as AGRP neurons. According to new experiments, these neurons are responsible for the unpleasant feelings of hunger that make snacking irresistible.

The negative emotions associated with hunger can make it hard to maintain a diet and lose weight, and these neurons help explain that struggle, says Scott Sternson, a group leader at Janelia. In an environment where food is readily available, their difficult-to-ignore signal may seem like an annoyance, but from an evolutionary point of view, they make sense. For earlier humans or animals in the wild, pursuing food or water can mean venturing into a risky environment, which might require some encouragement. “We suspect that what these neurons are doing is imposing a cost on not dealing with your physiological needs,” he adds.

Read more: http://www.laboratoryequipment.com/news/2015/04/were-preprogrammed-hate-diets

vimeo

Has Science Buried God? (Evolution doesn’t care about what you believe, only the fact that you can survive.)

Dr. Andy Bannister answers the question “Hasn’t science buried God?”. Want to read more widely on this subject? Check out John Lennox’s book, “God’s Undertaker: Has Science Buried God?

  • Reason vs. superstitution
  • Science
  • If atheism is true the question then is, ‘what is thinking?
  • J.B.S. Haldane:
    • For if my mental processes are determined wholly by the motions of atoms in my brain I have no reason to suppose that my beliefs are true. They may be sound chemically, but that does not make them sound logically.
  • Determinism
  • Unguided evolution driven by natural selection.
  • Patricia Churchland:
    • Boiled down to essentials, a nervous system enables the organism to succeed in the four F’s: feeding, fleeing, fighting, and reproducing. The principle chore of nervous systems is to get the body parts where they should be in order that the organism may survive… . . Improvements in sensorimotor control confer an evolutionary advantage: a fancier style of representing is advantageous so long as it is geared to the organism’s way of life and enhances the organism’s chances of survival [Churchland’s emphasis]. Truth, whatever that is, definitely takes the hindmost.
  • Evolution doesn’t care about what you believe, only the fact that you can survive.
  • If atheism is true you have no good reason to trust your mind.
  • Atheism: yes, you lose God, you also lose humanity, reason, thinking, and the ability to do science in the first place.

Me and 8 zombies in a room:

-Hey, how was your day, Cou?
-Er… not bad… ju-just chilling…

They start leaving the room one by one, apologizing. No attacks, not even a growl. All of them are extremely polite.

Terrified and confused, I have a look to their belongings. Passports… They were Canadians, now everything makes sense.

Crazy stupid dreams….

~

8 zombies y yo en una habitación:

-Hey, cómo llevas el día, Cou.
-Eeh… bien, tran-tranquilito…

Empiezan a salir de la habitación de uno en uno, disculpándose. Nada de ataques o gruñidos. Todos ellos extremadamente educados.

Aterrorizada y confusa, echo un vistazo a sus pertenencias. Pasaportes… Eran Canadienses, ahora todo tiene sentido