Posts Tagged ‘brain’

Mental Telepathy is Here

February 26, 2014

(This is not the “biggie” I told you that I am working on. That’s not ready yet. This is a thought I got when watching The Daily Show’s Jon Stewart interviewing Ichio Kaku about his new book The Future of the Mind.)

It’s been here probably as long as the brain has been here. According to Ichio Kaku, a City College of New York theoretical physicist, the brain’s capacity to emit radio signals has incredible potential. Some of it is already being realized. For instance, Stephen Hawkins, the paralyzed English theoretical physicist, can type and send email using a computer chip attached to the frame of his glasses. That’s because the chip is picking up radio waves from his brain and transmitting those thoughts to a computer.

After watching Stewart’s interview, I immediately bought the Kindle version of the book. I don’t mind contributing to Dr. Kaku’s fortune because I hardily approve of brilliant intellectuals writing scientific books prosaically enough for ordinary people like me to understand. They are probably our best hope of reversing the dumbing down of society by mass media.

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Are Mind and Brain the Same Thing?

June 24, 2013

According to what I have recently read, most scientists believe they are the same thing. Like the Frank Sinatra hit “Love and Marriage” says, “You can’t have one without the other.”

However, it seems the debate lingers.  Some say the brain is our mental hardware and the mind our mental software.  Some get into the  metaphysical, saying the brain is physical, but the mind metaphysical, connecting the brain to the soul.

This thought came to me. The brain is physically how we think; the mind is what we think.

The trick is to get control of the process, to control what we think instead of letting the rapid random thoughts that bombard our mind control  us.  Anyone for meditation?

 

Keeping Gray Matter Active

November 6, 2008
   Keeping our minds active as we age is very important, according to what I have been reading.  This link to CNN’s Health/Library website tells us what the Mayo Clinic says about it.

  In order to literally “grow” the brain, it has to be exercised. To exercise the mind you have to use it. When you do it “produces new connections between nerve cells that allow cells to communicate with one another.”  

  Following the recommendation about starting a new hobby, I took a course on drawing and I drew for a while and quit, but plan to get back to it. Here’s one of the things I drew with pencils. Think I should stick with it? 

Beer Mug, by Dick McMichael

Beer Stein, by Dick McMichael

  Recently, besides taking courses on Ancient Egypt, Astronomy, and the “Iliad,” I decided to take up bridge. You know that fun card game where it’s no disgrace to be the dummy. (Sorry about that…kinda.)  

Mr Alan Blackburn, Wikipedia)

Bridge declarer (Courtesy: Mr Alan Blackburn, Wikipedia)

  Those bridge lessons are indeed giving my tired old brain a workout. My late sister Betty loved bridge and taught me the basics when I was a teenager, but I didn’t stick with it, and I learned very little about the most important part of the game, bidding.

  The playing rules are pretty simple, but the bidding is anything but.  The whole idea is to communicate with your partner so that he or she has a good idea of what is in your hand in order to bid effectively. And you can’t use signals – you know, like pulling on your left ear to let your partner know you have six hearts in your hand. All you can do is bid.

  Our teacher told us there are two kinds of bridge: party bridge and cut-throat bridge. Party bridge is where you are socialiable and talk a little and play your cards in the middle of the table. Cut-throat bridge is really duplicate bridge. In duplicate bridge everybody gets to play the same hand once before the game is over. Nobody picks up tricks, instead, well, you probably really don’t care about that. By everyone playing the same hands, you really know how is the best player because everybody gets the bad hands as well as the good ones before it’s all over. Duplicate bridge people take it very seriously.  They don’t talk very much.   (If you don’t play bridge and want to learn more, go to this Wikipedia link.)

  Most people learn party bridge first and that’s what I’m doing…well, trying to do. I think it’s going to end up being a lot fun, or, on the other hand, may drive me crazy.