Mind and Memory

Mind and Brain


QUOTATIONS

Remember the ancient Persians; they never took a decision when drunk that they did not review when sober, and vice versa

Prejudices are rarely overcome by argument; not being founded in reason they cannot be destroyed by logic. Mark Twain.

The mind is everything. What you think you become. Buddha

When a hundred men stand together, each of them loses his mind and gets another one. Friedrich Nietzsche

For every minute you remain angry, you give up sixty seconds of peace of mind. Ralph Waldo Emerson

Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young.

I respect faith, but doubt is what gets you an education.

What men really want is not knowledge but certainty.

Your C20 linear mind is being rewired into C21 lattice mind.

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ANECDOTES

According to research by an eminent American social psychologist, the human brain has only so much energy available to make choices. If we are forced to make decision after decision after decision, our brains give up and we either make decisions without thinking properly or we enter a state of 'decision paralysis' and stop deciding at all. And, thanks to making all those decisions, our willpower is shot to bits, too. Decision fatigue is said to account for everything from judges refusing more prisoners parole as the afternoon wears on to your Kit Kat binge at the supermarket checkout. Ideas such as 'option paralysis' have been doing the rounds for years, but 'decision fatigue' is the name given to the problem by Roy F. Baumeister, a social psychologist, and John Tierney, a science journalist for The New York Times, in their forthcoming book Willpower: Rediscovering the Greatest Human Strength.

Colour coded parking buildings - each area a different colour, complete with background music to jog memory: "Tie a Yellow Ribbon" "Red Red Wine
Four out of ten people in Britain believe in ghosts and more than half believe in life after death, according to research to be published today. Research by Theos, the theology think-tank, shows that seven out of ten people believe in the human soul and more than five out of ten believe in heaven. One in five believes in astrology or horoscopes, one in ten in Tarot or fortune telling and nearly three in ten people believe in reincarnation.

Even people in their 30's worrying about memory loss. But it's more a matter of what you pay attention to. Just check out the lost property box at local high school to see what smart kids lose track of. Twice as much info in the world now as was 3 years ago - and most of it is uninteresting

Our memories are much more fallible than we think - when we look back on music of 1967, we remember Penny Lane/Strawberry Fields, yet for most of the year the best sellers were Release Me and Green Green Grass of Home.

False memories are easily planted - show people a film of street accident, then ask loaded Q's about a (non-existent) red car, and very quickly all the primed witnesses will be convinced there was a red car there (which is a very simple demonstartion of how easily we can lead to construct false memories of events that never actually took place in our pasts)

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ARTICLES

Why do we choke under pressure?

How to tell when someone is lying

We fundamentally fail to understand risk

How to tell when someone is lying

Why smart people are stupid

Beliefs always trump facts

Dutch dementia village care

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BOOKS

Google has "real time" display in main reception that shows terms people are searching for. The query scroll is carefully screened for offensive terms. Early on, Larry insisted on the removal of the filter, over the objections of engineer who designed it. The two dozen people who worked for Google at that time watched the raw data feed in shock as a large percentage of the terms were pornographic. "Ohmigod. That's what people are using Google for?" After 15 minutes, Larry told them to put the filter back up. I'm Feeling Lucky

3D avatars will revolutionise business meetings Infinite Reality

Main choice of escape is into alternate worlds - video games or TV. This is a strange way for an animal to choose to spend time - it wd make more sense to build things or learn things, or teach yr kids things, or build relationships etc. Instead, even 2 yos pretend to be lions, teens play vid games and adults escape into movies or porn. How Pleasure Works

Shanzai (Improved knockoffs), DRM always fails, geoblocking. 64 Things You Need To Know Now For Then

Why video games matter - they are Extra Lives

Bill Gates and the 10,000 hour rule. Outliers

reCaptcha box serves a greater purpose. Brain Trust

Neuroscientists have also begun giving SenseCams - neck-worn cameras that automatically take a picture every 30 seconds, originally developed by 'lifeloggers' to record their existences - to people suffering from Alzheimer's. Patients who were encouraged to review their daily visual log experienced a dramatic improvement in their ability to retain memories. Smarter Than You Think

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SONGS

Songs - the poetry of modern life

I fidget with the digit dots and cry an anxious tear
As the XU-1 connects the spot
But the matrix grid don't care
Get a message to my mother
What number would she be
There's a million angry citizens
Looking down their tubes at me

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POEMS

Computer haiku

A crash reduces
Your expensive computer
To a simple stone

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LIMERICKS

A programming genius called HEAP
Had trouble in getting to sleep
So he made his lambs troup
through a huge FOR-NEXT loop
FOR 1 TO 10000: NEXT sheep.

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