Tag Archives: Neuroscience

A belief in meritocracy is not only false: it’s bad for you

By Clifton Mark Source: Aeon ‘We are true to our creed when a little girl born into the bleakest poverty knows that she has the same chance to succeed as anybody else …’ Barack Obama, inaugural address, 2013 ‘We must … Continue reading

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Billionaires Want Poor Children’s Brains to Work Better

By Gerald Coles Source: CounterPunch Why are many poor children not learning and succeeding in school? For billionaire Bill Gates, who funded the start-up of the failed Common Core Curriculum Standards, and has been bankrolling the failing charter schools movement, and … Continue reading

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Disarming the Weapons of Mass Distraction

By Madeleine Bunting Source: Rise Up Times “Are you paying attention?” The phrase still resonates with a particular sharpness in my mind. It takes me straight back to my boarding school, aged thirteen, when my eyes would drift out the … Continue reading

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Our Bigoted Brains

By Eleanor Goldfield Source: Popular Resistance If you’ve ever moved beyond small talk and vapid pleasantries in conversation then you’ve likely dealt with the infuriating occurrence of trying to convince someone of a fact they just don’t want to accept. … Continue reading

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Alex Schlegel on Imagination, the Brain and ‘the Mental Workspace’

By Rob Hopkins Source: Resilience What happens in the brain when we’re being imaginative?  Neuroscientists are moving away from the idea of what’s called ‘localisationism’ (the idea that each capacity of the brain is linked to a particular ‘area’ of … Continue reading

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I Participate

By Jonathan Bessette Source: Adbusters Recall that you’re sitting in a rapid transit vehicle, carried along the sky-line above cement highways, paved in homage to the Romans, who designed a system of militarized paths stretching everywhere, causing everything to lead … Continue reading

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Fear our new robot overlords: This is why you need to take artificial intelligence seriously

Killer computers determined to kill us? Nope. Forget “Terminator” — there’s something more specific to worry about By Phil Torres Source: Salon There are a lot of major problems today with tangible, real-world consequences. A short list might include terrorism, … Continue reading

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Buddhism and the Brain

Many of Buddhism’s core tenets significantly overlap with findings from modern neurology and neuroscience. So how did Buddhism come close to getting the brain right? By David Weisman Source: Seed Magazine Over the last few decades many Buddhists and quite … Continue reading

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