Submitted by Exponential Times on Wed, 2014-05-07 07:13
Michio Kaku in Australia (June 5,6,7) Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane http://thinkinc.org.au/michiokaku String theory stems from Albert Einstein's legacy; it combines the theory of general relativity and quantum mechanics by assuming the multiverse of universes. String field theory then uses the mathematics of fields to put it all into perspectives. Dr Kaku's goal is to unite the four fundamental forces of nature into one 'unified field theory', a theory that seeks to summarise all fundamental laws of the universe in one simple equation.
Think Inc. is bringing Dr Kaku to Australia this June in order to further their objective: to promote rational thought and smart discussions through a platform that is both educational and entertaining. Since 2011, Think Inc. has been celebrating science and challenging traditions.
Submitted by Exponential Times on Tue, 2014-05-06 21:57
Pélagie M. Beeson, PhD, Professor and Head of Speech, Language and Hearing Science
Written language represents a relatively recent cultural invention, and unlike the development of spoken language, literacy requires explicit and prolonged instruction. How is this accomplished? Do unique regions of the brain develop in support of reading and spelling, or are these skills dependent upon brain regions involved in other perceptual and cognitive processes? By studying disorders that arise following brain damage in previously literate adults, and by using brain imaging techniques to examine neural activity as healthy individuals engage in reading and spelling, a new understanding of the brain is being revealed. Further clarification comes from rehabilitation research that promotes the return of written language skills and provides a view of the brain's plasticity.
Submitted by Exponential Times on Tue, 2014-05-06 21:16
The first time I met Prof. Ed Boyden was at last year's Global Future 2045 conference in New York. There I was highly impressed with Boyden's impressive work in neuroscience in general and optogenetics in particular, as well as the profound implications it would have on our ability to understand and manipulate the brain. And so I knew instantly I must bring him for an interview on Singularity 1 on 1.
During our 1 hour conversation with Ed we cover a variety of topics such as: his interesting career path from chemistry to physics to electrical engineering and into neuroscience; the loop of understanding and why the brain is where we need to go; the importance of philosophy; optogenetics and whether the brain is a classical computer or not; the Penrose-Hameroff theory of consciousness; the Human Brain Project; Randal Koene's Whole Brain Emulation project; the definition and importance of consciousness; neuro-plasticity and Norman Doidge's The Brain That Changes Itself; free will and mind-uploading...
Submitted by Exponential Times on Mon, 2014-04-28 00:33
With optogenetics, the ability to restore and enhance brain function is becoming a reality. In this World Economic Forum discussion, Nature magazine neuroscience editor I-han Chou explains how the radical method works and the ethical issues it could cause.
Submitted by Exponential Times on Fri, 2014-03-14 04:22
Our memories are our lives, and a fundamental basis of our culture. Collective memoirs of the past both bind society together and shape our potential future. With our brains we can travel through time and space, calling to mind places of significance, evoking images and emotions of past experiences. It's no wonder, then, that we so desperately fear the prospect of memory loss.
Many regions of the brain are involved in memory, but one of the most critical components is the hippocampus, which plays a crucial role in the formation of long-term memories. Damage to the hippocampus can therefore result in significant memory loss.
In this Friday Evening Discourse, Eleanor Maguire draws on evidence from virtual reality, brain imaging and studies of amnesia to show that the consequences of hippocampal damage are even more far-reaching than suspected, robbing us of our past, our imagination and altering our perception of the world.
Maguire also explains how, despite our beliefs, our memories are not actually as accurate as you might think. In fact, they're not really even about the past.
Submitted by Exponential Times on Sun, 2014-03-09 03:28
Daniel Kilov is a Memory Athlete. He is capable of memorizing a shuffled deck of cards in under five minutes, and over 100 random digits in five minutes. Having struggled with organizational skills as a symptom of his poor memory all through high school, Daniel sought out methods to improve his memory.
Daniel now espouses the value of memory techniques as a potential revolution in education, both in the traditional sense of the word and, because as a matter of historical fact, the art of memory formed the cornerstone of education from the time of the Ancient Greeks, up until the renaissance.
Submitted by Exponential Times on Mon, 2014-03-03 11:00
As an expert on cutting-edge digital displays, Mary Lou Jepsen studies how to show our most creative ideas on screens. And as a brain surgery patient herself, she is driven to know more about the neural activity that underlies invention, creativity, thought. She meshes these two passions in a rather mind-blowing talk on two cutting-edge brain studies that might point to a new frontier in understanding how (and what) we think.
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Submitted by Exponential Times on Sun, 2014-02-23 13:21
Brain. Future. Humanity. Connect it All. Sebastian Seung Ph.D. , Author of "Connectome", Professor of Computational Neuroscience, MIT
at Future of Health Technology Summit produced by Renata Bushko FHTI
Artwork by Wally Gilbert Ph.D.