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Your Moment of Neural Zen: 1950’s Housewife on LSD

September 19, 2013


Increasing the firing rate of prefrontal cortical neurons via agonism of serotonin receptors with LSD looks like this (All credit to reddit!) For further information: Effects of LSD on EEGĀ (from 1960, when reserach was still legal) The Pharmacology of Lysergic Acid Diethylamide: A Review Review in Nature Reviews Neuroscience Serotonergic Modulation of the Prefrontal Cortex: […]

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DARPA follow up: Where the Scientific-Military-Industrial Complex is Headed

May 23, 2013


As a follow up to my paranoia about Obama’s BRAIN initiative last month, I thought I’d compile some cool robot videos showing that DARPA is moving us closer to Star Wars – the movie – every day; that’s why allowing them to be the majority funder of BRAIN should have elicited a tad more cynicism from the mainstream press than it did.

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Only Connectome

April 1, 2013


As a rather precise analogy, knowing the distribution of cell phones in the United States might tell you this much (pinchy fingers) about what Americans are saying to one another. A complete list of every phone’s contact history (eg, who is calling who, and when, and for how long) would tell you this much (hands a foot apart) about what Americans are saying. But actually recording all of the conversations would tell you this much (arms stretched as wide as possible) about what Americans are saying.

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Yes Albert, there is spooky action at a distance

March 31, 2013


Einstein famously hated this idea, wanting all cause-effect relationships to be “local” (meaning limited in speed to c). He petulantly referred to it as spooky action at a distance. Bell’s theorem gave it credibility, and now a series of experiments are proving it empirically.

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