Ask Peggy Mason Anything!

myatheistlife:

Well, if you’re wondering what I do in my spare time (all three minutes of it each day) I am proud to inform you that I have signed up for a course. For those who might be confused I am not talking about medicine.

The course primarily will cover neuroanatomy, neural communication, and neural systems. Mason will supplement her online lectures with discussions of the underlying neurology of topics that her students select from current events or YouTube videos.

I will am time a travelling armchair neuroscientist and you want too.
That covers dyslexics and Brits. Now a moment of silence for the blind readers.

I’m looking forward to this.

Originally posted on Science Life:

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A MOOC in progress

Ask Peggy Mason, PhD, professor of neurobiology, anything. Ask her about her research on the neuroscience of empathy (spoiler: rats have empathy!). Ask her what it’s like to run her upcoming free, massively open online course on neuroscience for the lay-person, where more than 31,000 students are already enrolled. Ask her what she means when she refers to herself as a “neuro-evangelist.”

Just click here and join her as she hosts an AMA (ask me anything) today, at the science section of the social media site Reddit.

As a researcher, Mason spent decades studying the underlying biology of pain. More recently, she’s turned her attention to the neuroscience of empathy. In 2011, Mason and her colleagues demonstrated the first evidence of empathy in rodents. They found that rats would repeatedly free trapped companions, even when given choice of chocolate instead. In January of this year…

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Compassion Is …

Recognizing a life in pain and in the same moment working to alleviate that pain.

Miriam-Webster says: sympathetic consciousness of others’ distress together with a desire to alleviate it

 

See how that works? You do it right then. There is no hesitation. If there is hesitation or delay, it’s just pity that you feel.

 

Am I wrong?

How To Make The Baby Jesus Cry

How do you make the baby Jesus cry?

 

Answer:

You don’t. If you don’t worship him he is filled with utter contempt for you and has created a special place to torture you for eternity. He knew you wouldn’t worship him so he planned ahead and made hell.

 

It has been said that the true judge of character is not how a person treats their friends, rather it is how they treat their enemies. Just saying…

The Top Ten Brain Science And Psychology Studies Of 2013

myatheistlife:

I find this interesting. Note that they’re not working on how to detect consciousness rather they are working better, more convenient ways to measure it more accurately.

Originally posted on Changing your mind:

The traditional functions of the two halves of the brain

The traditional functions of the two halves of the brain

From David DiSalvo at Forbes.com

Putting it mildly, 2013 was an eventful year for brain science. This Top 10 list isn’t meant to be exhaustive (given how many studies are published each year, it never could be), but it’s a sturdy sampling of incredible work being conducted around the world, moving us closer to solving some extremely vexing puzzles about brains and behavior.

1. How the Brain Takes Out Its Trash While We Sleep

In 2013, layers were peeled back from two interrelated mysteries: the function of sleep, and how the brain removes its waste byproducts.

While it’s been known for some time that the brain doesn’t directly use the body’s lymphatic system (our body-wide filtering and waste removal system) to dump its toxic waste, the mechanism that it does use wasn’t identified until 2012. The research team that made this…

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Brew Ha Ha Erupts At Annual Heaven/Hell Easter Gathering

myatheistlife:

This is why we can’t have nice things…

Originally posted on The Arm Chair Pontificator:

When I entered my office this morning to sit in my arm-chair and pontificate, I found it was already occupied by an exhausted and disheveled looking Jesus. I was, of course, rather surprised by this, and, after first asking him to please sit on the couch because only I sit in the arm-chair, I asked why he was there. This is what he said.
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Jesus Tells Me His Story

“First of all, let me please apologize for my appearance and my unannounced visitation, but, after last night, I really just needed a quiet place to chill for a few hours. You see, just prior to coming here, I squelched the flames of a wild brew ha ha between Heaven and Hell. Yesterday, we held our annual Heaven & Hell Easter party at the McCormick Center here in Chicago. It was really a fun party, too, at least for the first…

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Comparing 3 things, to show what is demonstrable…

myatheistlife:

There really isn’t any way for the believers to get around this problem… without the god making himself as present and accessible as a mother.

Originally posted on What comes to my mind...:

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Meditation: Reduce Stress and Pain, Trigger Genetic Changes, and More

myatheistlife:

The power of the mind is something science is only beginning to understand. Perhaps the best overall health advice is the simplest: slow down and sit in silence daily.

Originally posted on Tales from the World:

Meditation: Reduce Stress and Pain, Trigger Genetic Changes, More : Natural Society .

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http://naturalsociety.com

byElizabeth Renter
April 15th, 2014

Wouldn’t it be wonderful to know of a way to help you relax after a long day, reduce your stress and chronic pain, help you focus better on what really matters in your life, and improve your health overall? While Big Pharma is working on that pill, there is a solution that is free and offers no side effects; it’s meditation.

A recent survey of 23,000 households in the U.S. found that about 38 percent of individuals use complementary and alternative medicine, and many of these people use meditation. The popularity of meditation is growing, and even doctors are getting in on the move—prescribing meditation to people who suffer from pain, stress, high blood pressure, and more.

The benefits of meditation have to be experienced first-hand to be fully…

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