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Mind and Brain


Eagleman’s theory is epitomized by the deathbed confession of the 19th-century mathematician James Clerk Maxwell, who developed fundamental equations unifying electricity and magnetism. Maxwell declared that “something within him” had made the discoveries; he actually had no idea how he’d achieved his great insights. It is easy to take credit after an idea strikes you, but in fact, neurons in your brain secretly perform an enormous amount of work before inspiration hits. The brain, Eagleman argues, runs its show incognito. Or, as Pink Floyd put it, “There’s someone in my head, but it’s not me.”

http://discovermagazine.com/2011/sep/18-your-brain-knows-lot-more-than-you-realize

 
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Hi Chris,

When I was emptying the litter box the other day, I happened to notice the continuation of an article, "The Brain on Love," that I had not read. Of course, I no longer had the first newspage of the story, so I looked it up online and discovered the author was Diane Ackerman. Thought you might enjoy:

A RELATIVELY new field, called interpersonal neurobiology, draws its vigor from one of the great discoveries of our era: that the brain is constantly rewiring itself based on daily life. In the end, what we pay the most attention to defines us. How you choose to spend the irreplaceable hours of your life literally transforms you.

All relationships change the brain — but most important are the intimate bonds that foster or fail us, altering the delicate circuits that shape memories, emotions and that ultimate souvenir, the self.


http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/03/24/the-brain-on-love/
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Thank you for this link, Kat. The ongoing power of our daily interactions is stunning. So much plasticity to our psyches, how they can be shaped and reshaped by the nature of our encounters with one-another. Hopeful and horrifying at the same time. Seems imperative to cultivate kindness,

Loved this: "that ultimate souvenir, the self."

Chris
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