Pragma Synesi – interesting bits

Compendium of interesting bits I come across, with an occasional IMHO

How our biases divide us

This article explains the cognitive biases that are at work to divide “us” and “them”.  Since meditation weakens the power of these biases, the hope is that the more we meditate the more we can unite.  Even if the meditation part seems a bit far fetched, the description of the biases is very useful.

How Mindfulness Meditation Can Save America

Robert Wright | 10.08.17 | Wired

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October 10, 2017 Posted by | behaviour, decision making, psychology | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Grow your brain

A few good tips besides the well-known exercise and meditation. From The Globe & Mail, April 19, 2010:

How to grow your brain: It takes more than just math puzzles

By Wency Leung
A walk in the park or a game of Whac-a-Mole may hold the key to a thicker cortex, say the team behind The Winner’s Brain

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April 30, 2010 Posted by | brain, neuroscience | , , | Leave a comment

Near-death and out-of-body experiences

Came across this article while reading an old Discover magazine.  Sounds like death is not to be feared, as those with near-death experiences no longer fear it.  I liked the explanation of the typical tunnel visions in such states (loss of peripheral vision).  It’s also interesting how out-of-body experiences and near-death experiences are related.  One more reason to practice meditation.

Extreme States


Out-of-body experiences? Near-death experiences? Researchers are beginning to understand what’s really going on.

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April 23, 2009 Posted by | behaviour, brain, psychology | , , | 2 Comments