The hottest Neuroscience Substack posts right now

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The Intrinsic Perspective • 24116 implied HN points • 15 Feb 24
  1. Neuroscientist claims both presidential candidates show signs of shrinking prefrontal cortexes due to age-related cognitive decline.
  2. There is ongoing debate about the cognitive health of Joe Biden and Donald Trump, reflecting concerns about their ability to lead.
  3. Science suggests that aging impacts cognitive abilities, including executive functions, which are crucial for effective leadership roles.
The Intrinsic Perspective • 4805 implied HN points • 15 Mar 24
  1. AI data pollution in science is a concerning issue, with examples of common AI stock phrases being used in scientific literature without real contribution.
  2. AI language models outperformed human neuroscientists in predicting future neuroscientific results, raising questions on the importance of understanding linguistic modifications versus actual predictions.
  3. Literary magazine Guernica faced backlash after a controversial essay led to writers withdrawing pieces, staff resigning, and social media condemnation, stressing the importance of careful reading and understanding context.
The Intrinsic Perspective • 28015 implied HN points • 09 Jan 24
  1. Neuroscience is considered pre-paradigmatic due to the lack of a well-accepted theory of consciousness.
  2. Consciousness is viewed as the primary function of the brain, influencing all cognitive functions and behaviors.
  3. Anomalies in neuroscience, especially the mystery of consciousness, indicate a ripe field for a paradigm shift.
The Intrinsic Perspective • 6437 implied HN points • 21 Feb 24
  1. Dancing is considered the number one treatment for depression.
  2. An over-intellectualized advice column is being hosted, encouraging engaging submissions on various topics.
  3. War spurs technological advancements in military weaponry, like the use of small drones in combat.
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Brain Pizza • 1258 implied HN points • 20 Feb 24
  1. Chernobyl's mutant wolves have developed resistance to cancer, showcasing altered immune systems and genetic resilience.
  2. Long COVID can lead to cognitive impairments, such as attentional deficits and cognitive slowing, persisting over months.
  3. Horizontal leaderless organizations may struggle in enacting change effectively, necessitating a theory of change and hard work for success.
Brain Pizza • 728 implied HN points • 05 Mar 24
  1. Belief exhaustion is the emotional and psychological toll on individuals rigidly adhering to extreme beliefs, resulting in mental and emotional fatigue.
  2. Some people experience belief exhaustion and end up giving up their convictions due to the demanding nature of their beliefs.
  3. The collapse of political regimes sometimes shows the phenomenon of belief exhaustion, where individuals abandon their certainties leading to a rapid disintegration of shared reality.
Liberty’s Highlights • 373 implied HN points • 31 Jan 24
  1. Reflect on past technological transitions to appreciate progress made and inspire future advancements
  2. Batteries are crucial for transitioning to clean energy but require significant investment and innovation
  3. Exciting developments in technology, from Apple allowing game streaming to Neuralink's brain implants
Trickle-Down Wellness • 216 implied HN points • 09 Feb 24
  1. Andrew Huberman has faced criticism for sharing misinformation regarding sunscreen and flu prevention.
  2. Huberman's avoidance of common health interventions like sunscreen and vaccines while promoting cold plunges and supplements is concerning.
  3. Critics have pointed out multiple inaccuracies in Huberman's claims about immunity, cold, and flu transmission, highlighting the importance of consulting credible experts.
The Recovering Academic • 376 implied HN points • 19 Dec 23
  1. Epiphanies can come suddenly, triggered by external stimuli and internal processing, leading to a unique pleasure and breakthrough.
  2. Creating optimal conditions for epiphanies involves changing surroundings, allowing for diversion, and being open to different experiences.
  3. Distinguishing between pseudo-insight and real epiphanies is important; genuine epiphanies offer practical solutions or profound impacts on an individual's life.
Neurobiology Notes • 176 implied HN points • 16 Jan 24
  1. Despite preservation with the goal of future revival not being proposed for most of human history, in 1962, Evan Cooper and Robert Ettinger independently introduced the concept of cryonics.
  2. Factors influencing the delay in proposing preservation with future revival include a need for optimism in technological progress, willingness to take risks, and advances in preservation technology.
  3. Other possible reasons for the delayed start include societal restrictions, advancements in information theory, and the idea that preservation does not need to be perfect to be pursued.
Brain Pizza • 1191 implied HN points • 11 Jul 23
  1. The post discusses various July readings on topics like anger, self-promotion, sleep, loneliness, and more.
  2. The author, Shane O'Mara, is a neuroscientist, psychologist, and writer who provides regular content on Brain Pizza.
  3. Readers can sign up for a 7-day free trial to access more content from Shane O'Mara.
Rory’s Always On Newsletter • 727 implied HN points • 05 Sep 23
  1. Professor Sonia Gandhi leads a mission to improve Parkinson's trials by implementing ACT PD initiative for more efficient drug testing.
  2. The UK aims to become a hub for clinical trials like the multi-arm system to find disease-modifying therapies for Parkinson's faster.
  3. Funding is crucial for scientists like Professor Gandhi to advance technology and trial designs for breakthroughs in Parkinson's research.
rebelwisdom • 1277 implied HN points • 18 May 23
  1. Artificial intelligence is advancing rapidly and poses a threat to jobs in various professions.
  2. Creativity is a complex process that involves combining elements and requires a human understanding of meaning.
  3. While AI can mimic creativity, true creativity is a deeper, more nuanced connection to reality that goes beyond mere replication.
The Leading Sapiens Weekly • 29 implied HN points • 08 Mar 24
  1. Understanding problems as conditions of the game can help navigate workplace challenges more effectively.
  2. Immersion in challenges rather than resistance can enhance performance and freedom in various domains.
  3. Having a rich vocabulary and nuanced understanding can lead to better predictions and responses, benefiting overall effectiveness.
startupdreams • 741 implied HN points • 01 Jun 23
  1. Debate exists on whether the human brain operates like a finite state machine with predictable outputs based on inputs
  2. The concept of free will raises questions about human behavior being entirely predictable or not
  3. Exploring theories like the Quantum Mind suggests that consciousness may operate on a quantum level, intertwining with physics
Vectors of Mind • 825 implied HN points • 10 May 23
  1. Women may have evolved recursion before men, based on prehistoric myths and societal structures.
  2. The downsides and challenges of recursion may have led to unique pathways for human development.
  3. Gendered differences in genetic, cognitive, and cultural factors could have influenced the evolution of self-awareness and recursion in humans.
ᴋʟᴀᵾs • 628 implied HN points • 15 Jun 23
  1. Former government officials have revealed details about UFO crash retrieval programs involving non-human intelligence and advanced materials.
  2. The use of topological materials in UFO technology could explain exotic properties, like strange isotopes and materials able to deform into higher dimensions.
  3. Connections between the human brain's multi-dimensional functions and UFO phenomena could suggest a link between consciousness and unexplained aerial phenomena.
Everything Is Amazing • 706 implied HN points • 21 Feb 23
  1. By focusing your eyes in a certain way, you can see impossible colors like red-green or blue-yellow.
  2. Seeing colors like Stygian Blue or Hyperbolic Orange challenges our understanding, as they seem darker or brighter than physically possible.
  3. Experimenting with how you view colors can lead to unique perceptual experiences, expanding the boundaries of human vision.
Secretum Secretorum • 555 implied HN points • 27 Feb 23
  1. Magical healing techniques are psychosocial technologies for eliciting superordinary placebo responses.
  2. In a disenchanted world, achieving magical effects is challenging due to shifts in belief and worldview.
  3. The placebo effect may be rooted in evolutionary processes related to immune system activation and resource allocation.
In Bed With Social • 19 implied HN points • 11 Feb 24
  1. Social media has shifted from being truly social, leading to a digital reflection of our existence.
  2. Technology merging with wearables and biometric data is reshaping social networks to reflect our authentic selves.
  3. Anticipate wearable technologies to delve into our subconscious realms, leading to the rise of novel human data and frequencies.
Axis of Ordinary • 19 implied HN points • 10 Feb 24
  1. AI advancements are progressing rapidly, with more agents leading to better performance in Language Models.
  2. Neuroscience is evolving with innovations like sensors enhancing sensation in prosthetic limbs and brain control enabled by neural networks.
  3. Physics research reveals insights such as gravity showcasing the strong force in the proton and implications of linearity in quantum mechanics.