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January 22 2014

11:25

Carl Zimmer: Unlocking Secrets of the Human Brain

In his new cover article for National Geographic magazine, science writer Carl Zimmer explores the inner workings of the human mind, and delves into the latest technologies on mapping the brain and finding out what specific neurons do - including one neuron that's only triggered by pictures of Jennifer Aniston. We talk with Zimmer about how far the science of the mind has come - and how far it still needs to go before we can answer questions about consciousness and free will. Host: Michael Krasny Guests: Christof Koch, chief science officer, Allen Institute for Brain Science Carl Zimmer, science writer who contributes frequently to National Geographic and The New York Times and three-time winner of the American Association for the Advancement of Science's Journalism Award

January 07 2014

23:24

Towards an affordable brain-computer-interface

The brain can be understood as a highly specialized information processing device. Because computers basically do the same thing, it's not too absurd to try to link these two together. The result is a brain-computer-interface. This talk explains the core functionality of our brain and how to access the stored data from the outside. Software and hardware have already reached a somewhat hacker-friendly state, and we want to show you how we got there. We're also here to answer all your questions about the brain. Communication between humans and computers has great tradition, but also underlies several disadvantages. Interfaces like mice, keyboards or microphones essentially link the user's body parts to a computer. When creating new content, these interfaces prove to be relatively inefficient, inaccurate and limited by the user's skill. A good brain-computer-interface would take body movements out of the process. Less required skill and more information flow density are only the most obvious benefits. It is a potential replacement for dozens of today's specialized devices. And, just as a microphone does for voice, it would also allow the transfer of visual imaginations. Before we explain how to create the most advanced brain-computer-interface possible today, Dominic dives quite deeply into the signal processing structure in the brain. He presents the most recent findings in cognitive science and explains what happens - step for step - when we imagine the image of a red ball. At the end of this first section, he arrives at the level of electrical signals. Anne then takes over with the groundwork necessary to capture and process these electrical signals. She isn't afraid to use proper math for a deeper understanding, but she made sure that her talk is easy to follow for non-tech majors too. The foundation for a contemporary brain-computer-interface consists of several core algorithms, which are used in lab settings today and by enthusiasts tomorrow. She calls out the pitfalls when dealing with signals from live brains, and covers the technical limitations with crunching the data. We finish with a real-world perspective. The power of today's available hardware and software is still limited, but our understanding of informations inside and outside the brain has improved drastically. We've come a long way since electrode-level pattern matching, and we'd be excited to show you some examples of what's possible today. http://events.ccc.de/congress/2013/Fahrplan/events/5395.html Day: 2013-12-29 Start time: 16:00 Duration: 01:00 Room: Saal 6 Track: Science & Engineering Language: en

December 21 2013

20:31

Spiritual rebellion from the elites - Stanley Kubrick

This interview is fascinating. It is an interview with Jay Weidener who is a renowned author, filmmaker and hermetic scholar. Considered to be a ‘modern-day Indiana Jones’ for his ongoing worldwide quests to find clues to mankind’s spiritual destiny via ancient societies and artifacts, his body of work offers great insight into the circumstances that have led to the current global crisis. He is the producer of the documentary films, 2012 The Odyssey, its sequel Timewave 2013, and director of http://projectavalon.net/forum4/showthread.php?20129-Spiritual-rebellion-from-the-elites-Stanley-Kubrick

December 08 2013

18:45

#12: “Sexification” with Roger Lawson – Podcast

Roger “Rog” Lawson is a strength training and nutrition expert who works with clients through the All Access Fitness Academy and through his website at roglawfitness.com.  After only a few years, Roger has become an authority on all things fitness.  http://www.bulletproofexec.com/podcast-12-sexification-with-roger-lawson/

December 04 2013

20:35

Eating ‘Wilder’ Foods for a Healthier Diet

Author Jo Robinson digs up tips on how to get the most nutrition out of our fruits and vegetables. http://sciencefriday.com/segment/11/29/2013/eating-wilder-foods-for-a-healthier-diet.html

November 22 2013

18:00

Science Weekly podcast: the waking nightmare of sleep paralysis

This week's edition is dedicated to the little understood phenomenon of "sleep paralysis": the experience of waking from sleep (or waking at the point of entering sleep) and being unable to move. It can be accompanied by hallucinations, fear, the sense of a "presence" in the room and the feeling of crushing pressure on the chest. People who have an episode of sleep paralysis will sometimes attribute it to something paranormal, such as attempted alien abduction. Christopher French, professor of psychology at Goldsmiths College London, and film maker Carla MacKinnon came into the studio to discuss The Sleep Paralysis Project where artistic and scientific perspectives on the condition come together to shine a light on this neurological glitch in our normal waking pattern. http://www.theguardian.com/science/audio/2013/aug/05/podcast-science-weekly-sleep-paralysis

October 08 2013

15:49

Alice Gaby - on linguistics

Talk about the relevance of linguistics and implications for neuroscience

August 20 2013

18:19

To The Best of Our Knowledge: Higher Consciousness

Suppose neuroscientists map the billions of neural circuits in the human brain....are we any closer to cracking the great existential mysteries - like meaning, purpose or happiness? Scientists, contemplatives and religious thinkers are now exploring the connections between neuroscience and contemplative practice, and creating a new science of mindfulness. http://ttbook.org/book/higher-consciousness

June 29 2013

01:54

The anatomy of violence - All In The Mind - ABC Radio National (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

What turns someone to violent crime? We discuss the biological roots of crime and how they interact with social factors. http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/allinthemind/new-document/4746392

August 21 2012

19:34

Why Can Some People Recall Every Day Of Their Lives? Brain Scans Offer Clues : Shots - Health Blog : NPR

People with extraordinary autobiographical memories also tend to have obsessive tendencies, researchers are learning. Brain scans reveal structural differences in the brains of these people, including a larger-than-normal caudate, a brain area linked to OCD. http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2012/08/20/158779474/why-can-some-people-recall-every-day-of-their-lives-brain-scans-offer-clues

March 18 2012

16:23

The Secret Lives of the Brain at SXSW Interactive 2012

If the conscious mind--the part you consider you--is just the tip of the iceberg in the brain, what is all the rest doing? Neuroscientist David Eagleman, author of the New York Times bestseller Incognito: The Secret Lives of the Brain, shows that most of what you do, think and believe is generated by parts of your brain to which you have no access. Here's the exposé about the non-conscious brain and all the machinery under the hood that keeps the show going. http://lanyrd.com/2012/sxsw-interactive/spphh/

February 10 2012

22:26

#1: Biohacking 101 With Andrew Clark | The Bulletproof Executive

Learn how to lose fat, gain muscle, fight disease, master your tests and career, and end insomnia forever. Welcome to biohacking. http://www.bulletproofexec.com/1-biohacking-101-with-andrew-clark/
22:24

Podcast #6: Optimum Performance Training with James Fitzgerald | The Bulletproof Executive

Listen to James Fitzgerald from Optimum Performance training discuss everything you need to know about achieving fitness. http://www.bulletproofexec.com/podcast-6-optimum-performance-training-with-james-fitzgerald/
22:23

Podcast #13: How To Take Care of Your Brain with Coconut Oil & Ketones | The Bulletproof Executive

Dr. Mary T. Newport shares the miraculous story of curing her husbands Alzheimer's disease with coconut oil and ketones. http://www.bulletproofexec.com/podcast-13-how-to-take-care-of-your-brain-with-coconut-oil-ketones/

February 09 2012

19:16

Play in new window

Paleo blogger, entrepreneur and published author, Richard Nikoley talks about optimal nutrition, how to succeed in business, and his new book, Free The Animal. http://www.bulletproofexec.com/podcast-17-free-the-animal-richard-nikoley-paleo-blogger/

January 22 2012

20:44

PodOmatic | Best Free Podcasts

Take a journey through incarnations of Thompson's work mixed with psychedelic sound collage. Rare recordings like the original tapes from the famous road trip which became Hunter's most well known work: "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas" are featured in this weeks installment. Also featured will be excerpts of H.S.T. lectures, and passages from his books. Even if your only image of Thompson is the one of Johnny Depp, you will be in for a treat in this special two hour episode of The Elastic Retreat. In the words of Thompson himself, in order to truly enjoy this show, "The mind & body must be subjected to extreme stimulus, by means of drugs and music." " name="DESCRIPTION http://revsmitty666.podomatic.com/entry/2012-01-22T12_20_41-08_00

November 07 2011

00:48

All In The Mind - 5 November 2011 - Practice makes perfect?

The virtuoso violinist, star surgeon and super sportswoman - could any of us become the best of the best? Daniel Coyle toured the world's famous talent 'hotbeds' in search of secrets. Psychologist K. Anders Ericsson says with enough 'deliberate practice' - 10,000 hours of it, he argues - anything's possible. But does that trump 'natural talent'? Guests: Dr K. Anders Ericsson, Conradi Eminent Scholar, Professor of Psychology, Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida - (http://www.psy.fsu.edu/faculty/ericsson.dp.html) Daniel Coyle, Author and contributing editor for Outside magazine - (http://thetalentcode.com/author/) Jacqui Cooper, Former world champion aerial skier - (http://jacquicooper.com/) Further Information: Jacqui Cooper ski-jumping at the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rj8sSTmKMG0) Publications: Title: The Talent Code; Greatness Isn't Born It's Grown Author: Daniel Coyle Publisher: Arrow Books, 2009 Title: The role of deliberate practice in the acquisition of expert performance Author: Ericsson, K. Anders; Krampe, Ralf T.; Tesch-Rer, Clemens Publisher: Psychological Review: Vol 100(3), Jul 1993, 363-406. URL: http://www.scribd.com/doc/50947539/Ericsson-et-al-Role-of-Deliberate-Practice-in-Acquisition-of-Expert-Performance Title: Toward a science of exceptional achievement: attaining superior performance through deliberate practice. Author: Ericsson KA, Nandagopal K, Roring RW. Publisher: Ann N Y Acad Sci. 2009 Aug;1172:199-217. URL: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1196/annals.1393.001/abstract Title: From the Guest Editors: How Do Experts Learn Author: A. Mark Williams and K. Anders Ericsson Publisher: Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, 2008, 30, 653-662 URL: http://www.castonline.ilstu.edu/smith/405/readings_pdf/expert_rdngs/how_experts_learn_1.pdf Title: Cognitive functions of the cerebellum explain how Ericsson's deliberate practice produces giftedness Publisher: High Ability Studies; Vol 18, No 1, June 2007, pp89-92 URL: http://positivedisintegration.com/Vandervert2007.pdf Title: Deliberate practice and expert performance: defining the path to excellence Author: Paul Ward, Nicola J. Hodges, A. Mark Williams and Janet L. Starkes Publisher: London: Routledge (2004) URL: http://hkin.educ.ubc.ca/faculty/hodgesn/msl/docs/ward_chap.pdf In A.M. Williams and N.J. Hodges (Eds.), Skill acquisition in sport: Research, theory and practice (pp. 232-258). Title: Tracing the Development of Athletes Using Retrospective Interview Methods: A Proposed Interview and Validation Procedure for Reported Information Author: Jean C K. Anders Ericsson, Madelyn P. Law Publisher: Journal of Applied Sport Psychology, Vol. 17, No. 1. (March 2005), pp. 1-19. URL: http://areas.fmh.utl.pt/~arosado/Repositorio/ficheiros/LONGTERM/Ref7.pdf Title: Success is all in the Mind Author: Shelley Gare Publisher: The Australian newspaper, January 24, 2009. URL: http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/health-science/success-is-all-in-the-mind/story-e6frg8gf-1111118649674 http://www.abc.net.au/rn/allinthemind/stories/2011/3352585.htm

October 31 2011

02:09

Podcast #7: Low-Carb Diets with Adam Kosloff | The Bulletproof Executive

Everything you need to know about low-carb diets. How to stop carb cravings, hunger pangs, social problems, and workout plans while staying low-carb. http://www.bulletproofexec.com/podcast-7-low-carb-diets-with-adam-kosloff/?utm_source=feedburner

July 13 2011

11:42

David Eagleman: The Brains Behind the Mind

The Brains Behind the Mind David Eagleman, Neuroscientist, Baylor School of Medicine; Author, Incognito: The Secret Lives of the Brain In conversation with Kishore Hari, Director, Bay Area Science Festival What is our subconscious mind doing while we pay our bills, write emails and decide between crunchy and smooth at the grocery store? As neuroscientists are learning more and more about our body's hidden frontier, we have gained fleeting insights into our own intuition, habits and seemingly unexplainable...

June 23 2011

15:29

Bionic Brains And What Science Can Foresee

In case you don’t read The Journal of Neural Engineering, here’s the news: scientists have created a brain implant that restores lost memory function and strengthens recall. A brain implant. Now, it was in a rat. But it’s proven what can be done. And offered a glimpse of what’s coming for humans. There is lots of talk about the “bionic brain.” To repair injuries, like Gabby Giffords’. To supplement brains like yours and mine. Check out this headline: “Intel Wants Brain Implants in Customers Heads by 2020.” It’s exciting, and it’s scary. http://onpoint.wbur.org/2011/06/21/bionic-brains
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