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

September 19, 2013

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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

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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

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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

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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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