Improve your memory and concentration


Brain CoralAre you finding it hard to concentrate? With everything that is going on in our world right now it’s nothing strange. Our brains are constantly bombarded by huge amounts of information to  process. Normally we can take this, but adding stress, maybe a little ADHD, bad eating habits, too much coffee and so on, we upset the brain’s normal functions, and deprive it of what it needs to work. After having studied the brain for over 7 years as a cognitive scientist, I’ve learned a bit about the neurological background to ADHD, memory loss and other mental problems associated with failing or low-performing memory

But I also know there is help.

Many have been helped by simple nature remedies that contain substances that help the brain and nervous system get back in balance. Clinical studies and testimonials back up these claims.

Read more on my webshop for memory medication, aimed at helping with memory and concentration.

Visit nature.imegastores.com now! You are already on your way achieving better concentration, memory and work performance. And You’ll be able to relax knowing that you are taking good care of your braincells!

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What the bleep do we know!?


mv5bmja0nzqzotywm15bml5banbnxkftztcwodu1otizmq_v1_sx306_sy400_This is a movie about reality, the brain, the mind, science, psychology, religion, the universe. What the bleep do we know.

Reality is filtered through our senses, our understanding of reality his highly subjective and limited to what we can perceive. The brain creates our reality for us. We tend to think that what we can see and feel is everything there is. A very self-centered, limited and uninformed opinion.

Having studied the brain, neurology,cognitive psychology and intelligence for the past 7 years I have achieved an understanding of what the mind is. Simplified the mind is a machine that interprets sense-information and tries to create a coherent informational structure for us to act according to. It gives us no garantee that this way of interpreting reality is the only way, or that the information the senses can receive is the only information out there.

People tend not to think about this, or choose not to see it.

This is a 16 part video, I was unable to find it on YouTube in one whole part. The parts are added in a playlist, but it seems that you have to manually click the next part for it to start. Go to this megavideo link to see it in one piece

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Homeopathy vs Allopathy


I’m a bit upset with the western medicine today. Lots of what is going on is just to cure symptoms, not really the cause of why we get sick. Traditional “eastern” and Homeopathic medicine looks at the whole person, life situation, spiritual/psychological balance and it uses remedies from nature. Allopathy, the “western” way claims to be scientific, and the law says “only drugs can cure illness”. Drugs are derived from nature but can be patented. What the law really is saying is: “only drugs can give us revenue trough monopoly on patents”. The problem is that statistics are twisted and turned to look much better scientifically than they actually are. “We are on the verge of beating cancer” is what we have heard for decades and decades. “We just need more funding”. Imagine the amount of people who would loose their jobs if cancer research was no longer needed. And what if there is a natural cure for it!

Follow the money trace.

Watch this video on Homepathy and Allopathy. The history of the two ways to look at sickness and health. Think about it.

Watch on Google Video

Click here for more info on natural medicine


Piezoelectricity powers artificial bunny


B. Gillespie

Illustration by B. Gillespie

Well, maybe  not an artificial bunny but ScienceNOW Daily News Reported this on Mar. 26, 2009

Georgia Institute of  Technology researchers have built a piezoelectric effect (mechanical pressure converted to electricity) nanogenerator, the first to use this effect at the nanoscale.

This could allow microsensors and miniature medical devices to derive their electrical needs from their surroundings instead of from batteries.

The Illusion of Reality – Matter and antimatter


In this BBC video the Professor Jim Al-Khalili explores how studying the atom forced us to rethink the nature of reality itself. He discovers that there might be parallel universes in which different versions of us exist, finds out that empty space isn’t empty at all, and investigates the differences in our perception of the world in the universe and the reality

If my embedded video isnt showing… here’s the link:

http://video.google.com/googleplayer.swf?docid=-1406370011028154810

I find this very interesting indeed!

Edit: A fellow blogger has written an interesting article about this from a buddhist standpoint. Recommended reading 🙂 http://soraj.wordpress.com/2008/05/09/matter-antimatter-universe-multiverses/

Out of body experience explained. Not!


Reality by Eran

“The experiments, described in Science, provide a scientific explanation for a phenomenon experienced by one in 10 people. Using virtual reality goggles, researchers managed to fool the brain into believing the body was located elsewhere. The visual hoax plus the sensation of their real bodies being touched made volunteers sense that they had moved beyond their physical bodies.”

This is what it says on Cognews regarding the new experiments on the out of body phenomenon.

This is what I have to say about this:

“provide a scientific explanation for a phenomenon experienced by one in 10 people.” No it does not provide an explanation for the NDE phenomenon.

It does however show that the feeling of where one’s body is, can be altered using virtual reality and haptics. Nothing new. This experiment is not that dissimilar to a simple 3rd person computer game. Combined with said haptics that would immerse the player even more. This is, again, well known to anyone working with VR. The whole point with VR is to immerse the player into a world where the body is not. We do this by providing the senses with artificial cues. Eyes with visual cues, auditory system with sound, and we are starting to use haptics (touch) to also fool the body’s sense of touch. These inputs are all made by some sort och gadget. VR-goggles, haptic gloves, headphones. Just like in the experiment.

“Scientists have long suspected that the clue to these extraordinary, and sometimes life-changing, experiences lies in disrupting our normal illusion of being a self behind our eyes, and replacing it with a new viewpoint from above or behind.” news.bbc.co.uk

The question is, how is that possible? This is a virtual reality and immersion experiment, it can not explain the extrasensory perception phenomenon of NDE. In a real out of body phenomenon you don’t wear VR goggles and have a camera in the roof pointing down at your body, to feed your eyes with the altered viewpoint. How is it possible to have another viewpoint unless something somehow connected to your awareness changes physical position? This experiment tells us nothing about that.

The NDE and VR implications of this experiment are seriously exaggerated, and people seem to not understand what it actually tells us.

A good example of how important it is to explain an experiment and findings in an easy way for the public, to avoid misunderstandings.

More on NDE (Near Death Experience) here

And more on VR (Virtual Reality) here

Also check a fellow Blogger’s input on this!

Google learns human language



Technology, Science, Language – And Google, Yees!

Has anyone tried to make a phonecall to one of those automatic machines that try to assist you in buying train tickets, for example? These friendly little voices do their best to please by repeating “I did not understand, please say again” and “You wanted to go to Brahmaputra via Leipzig on the 10th of november 2056. Is this correct?” When You tried to book a Train to the neighbour city for next tuesday (Which unless you live in some of Brahmaputra’s neighbouring cities, is completely wrong)

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Now Google plans to teach the big computer park to understand content it has collected. Not only list keywords, but understand the semantics. This virtually means that it would have to understand human language. Probably different languages. If Google pulls this off it’s one big “Yay, hooray for technology, groovy!” But it also posts some serious questions like what types of information retreival should be automated, and who should be given access to this huge pile of information. It’s hard not to think about user tracking and surveillance and monitoring and all kinds of privacy concerns.

However, Google primarily wants to open Pandora’s box for human language comprehension by machines to make their search engine better. This of course is a good thing. They also want to include and activate the user in the search process, by enabling the searcher (me, you) to share searches with others (me, you). Let’s say I search for technology and behavioural Science Blogs, and I come up with this blog, Singularity and Beyond, (and like it naturally). Now, I might choose to share this search result with others and tell them this is a good find. Somehow this will be incorporated into the search system, some sort of “Look, Christina searched for the same thing as You and she really liked THIS page, check it out” . I assume

Great, fine, way to go Google. Isn’t it a marvellous company? No really, i mean it. It’s quite astonishingly clever. Peter Norvig is said to begin his CV with the line “Please do not offer me any new jobs, i have the greatest job in the world at the best company in the world” -And probably, I suspect, a pretty “best” paycheck to go with it… If google manages to solve the problem of understanding human language, then we really are getting in to a whole new level of Artificial intelligence…

-What? Who said “Pandora’s box”? Quiet in the classroom!

Anyway, as a Cognitive Science Educated Kind of a Guy with a General Interest for Anything Regarding our Mind or Intelligence, Especially when it has Technology in it (This is my professional title, I’m a CSEKoaGwaGIfARoMoIEwiTii) , I’m going to wish Google good luck with this challenge, and Google, if You’re reading this, I have great ideas, I work hard, and I’m looking for a job with a huge paycheck! I Wonder if the serverpark will carry out the job interview? Kinda like the poor guy who mistakedly was put in a TV studio, and he thought it was a job interview…. He wasn’t talking to a server park though, but just speaking of job interviews.

Anyhow. Go google!