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Books: E.L. Doctorow’s novel Andrew’s Brain explores a brain scientist’s mind

January 19, 2014


In my New York Journal of Books review I describe E.L. Doctorow’s new novel as “an enjoyable page turner” that is “both bittersweet and disturbing.” Additional remarks that appeared in a different and now defunct publication begin with the next paragraph. Books: E.L. Doctorow’s novel Andrew’s Brain explores a brain scientist’s mind Last Tuesday, April 14, […]

Near death, explained

April 21, 2012


via ‎”Studies suggest that after physical death, mind and consciousness may continue in a transcendent level of reality that normally is not accessible to our senses and awareness…” This resembles a traditional Jewish belief that in the first week after burial the soul of the deceased is in a confused state and wanders back […]

An Addiction Expert Faces a Formidable Foe – Prescription Drugs –

June 15, 2011


It’s all in the dopamine.  An interview with the neuroscientist in charge of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, who also happens to be the great-granddaughter of Leon Trotsky. via  

NY Times Science: From Hitler to Mother Teresa: 6 Degrees of Empathy

June 14, 2011


Dr. Baron-Cohen, a professor of developmental psychology at the University of Cambridge and director of the university’s Autism Research Center, proposes that evil is more scientifically defined as an absence of empathy, exacerbated by negative environmental factors (usually parental, sometimes societal) and a genetic component. When these three exist in tandem they result in what […]

New Scientist: Orgasms unlock altered consciousness

May 16, 2011


MRI image: this is your (or somebody’s) brain having an orgasm. Further study of the orgasm – and the PreFrontalCortex’s role – will offer much needed insight into how we might use thought alone to control other physical sensations, such as pain. via

The Unleashed Mind: Why Creative People Are Eccentric

April 16, 2011


via …a combination of lower cognitive inhibition and higher IQ is associated with higher scores on a variety of creativity measures.

An idle brain may be the self’s workshop

August 30, 2010


Read the entire article on Until recently, scientists would have found little of interest in purposeless mind-wandering–they were just the brain idling between meaningful activity. But in the span of a few short years, they have instead come to view mental leisure as important, purposeful work — work that relies on a powerful and […]