A fascinating view of consciousness. Worth the effort to read all the way to the end.
It looks like scientists and philosophers might have made consciousness far more mysterious than it needs to be
Not quite what I expected:
We’re convinced that it exists, but new research suggests it might be nothing more than a trick the brain plays on itself
Adam Bear | April 28, 2016 | Scientific American Mind
“…Most violent behavior, Fields discovered, results from a clash between our evolutionary hardwiring and our modern world…”
Watch the video.
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One more way we can be exploited to purchase stuff we don’t want.
By Mo Costandi | 22 May 2015 | BBC Future
” It must be true, I saw it with my own eyes! ” — well, maybe not. It may depend on what you perceive, which may depend on what you believe. Fascinating read; follow it up with Fooled By Your Own Brain from the same issue.
In a world full of ambiguity, we see what we want to see.
Near wins spur compulsive gamblers on to keep gambling in hopes of winning, but not so much ordinary people. This has been known for a while from behavioural studies. Dr. Drymond et al has demonstrated that compulsive gamblers’ brains actually react differently to near wins. From The Economist, March 15, 2014:
A neural seat of compulsive gambling may have been found
Simple trick worth trying. From The Globe and Mail, September 21, 2012:
The Globe and Mail Metro (Ontario Edition)
September 21, 2012
The next time you’re about to shoot a penalty kick with only seconds left on the clock, or need to smash a cross-court winner to finally beat the tennis partner who always bests you, consider this: Researchers may have discovered a simple way to help you avoid choking under pressure.
Recent research linked impulsivity with a lack of future thinking. Want to avoid a temptation? Focus on imagining a concrete, un-fuzzy future with positive attributes instead. From Scientific American, January 15, 2013:
Neuroscience hints at the power of imagining the future
Not just violence on TV and in games, but just having a weapon will increase the chances of violence. Scary. From Time magazine:
Trayvon Martin: The Neuroscience of What Makes People Trigger-Happy
Our brains are wired to be unreasonable when it comes to perceived threats
Most of the work in your brain happens unbeknownst to (or before your) conscious self. Excerpts from David Eagleman’s excellent book Incognito, from September 2011 issue of Discover magazine:
Neuroscientist David Eagleman explores the processes and skills of the subconscious mind, which our conscious selves rarely consider.
by David Eagleman