The Blue Brain Project – Year One documentary

Henry Markram is attempting to reverse engineer an entire human brain, one neuron at a time.

This piece is an introduction to director Noah Hutton’s 10-year film-in-the-making that will chronicle the development of The Blue Brain Project, a landmark endeavor in modern neuroscience.

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SOT is coming to the iPhone.

My iPhone is like a magic wand. Abracadabra! …

I can contact friends, run my business, manage the school, do research, plan trips, check transportation, do banking, manage health issues, make new friends, show tutorials, conduct meetings … and more.

All this by choosing from an increasing range of new and interesting apps currently being designed and created by thousands of developers who are beavering away all around the world.

Many of these new dimension were added to my original iPhone by buying apps from the store–some for free and others for a few dollars.

For example, I recently turned my iPhone into a highly compact and portable video camera … just by buying an app for $2.50!

Talk about cvs2bvs … these apps are really amazing. And here are the facts about the apps …

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Cognitive dissonance

Cognitive dissonance is an uncomfortable feeling caused by holding two contradictory ideas simultaneously.

Cognitive dissonance theory is one of the most influential and extensively studied theories in social psychology.

Dissonance normally occurs when a person perceives a logical inconsistency among his or her cognitions. This happens when one idea implies the opposite of another.

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The Funny Feeling Inside Your Head …

Cognitive dissonance is an uncomfortable feeling caused by holding two contradictory ideas simultaneously.

Wikipedia: Cognitive dissonance is a psychological state that describes the uncomfortable feeling between what one holds to be true and what one knows to be true. Cognitive dissonance theory is one of the most influential and extensively studied theories in social psychology.

Similar to ambivalence, the term cognitive dissonance describes conflicting thoughts or beliefs (cognitions) that occur:

– at the same time, or
– when engaged in behaviors that conflict with one’s beliefs.

In academic literature, the term refers to attempts to reduce the discomfort of conflicting thoughts, by performing actions that are opposite to one’s beliefs.

Example:
Smokers tend to experience cognitive dissonance because it is widely accepted that cigarettes cause lung cancer, yet virtually everyone wants to live a long and healthy life. In terms of the theory, the desire to live a long life is dissonant with the activity of doing something that will most likely shorten one’s life.

The tension produced by these contradictory ideas can be reduced by quitting smoking, denying the evidence of lung cancer, or justifying one’s smoking. For example, a smoker could rationalize his or her behavior by concluding that everyone dies and so cigarettes do not actually change anything. Or a person could believe that smoking keeps one from gaining weight, which would also be unhealthy.

More from Wikipedia …

See also: How and Why We Lie to Ourselves: Cognitive Dissonance

— Click through to example When Prophesy Fails …

Think different, CIA

One of the biggest challenges for American intelligence? The way the brain works.

What’s wrong with American intelligence?

That question became tragically urgent at the end of last year, with the failed attempt to blow up Northwest Flight 253, and then the deadly suicide bombing that killed seven CIA officers in eastern Afghanistan.

These events put intelligence at the top of the national agenda and have been followed, predictably, by an outcry that our intelligence system needs to be overhauled.

Leaders and critics, from the president on down, are calling for a host of solutions: more people on no-fly lists, tighter control of visas, more thorough airport screening, better tracking of suspects. In sum, the thinking goes, we need to gather more information, then work harder to connect the dots.

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Thinking out loud helps solve problems

People who talk out loud to think through their maths problems are able to solve them faster and have more chance of getting the right answer, the research has found.

In a finding that flies in the face of the old-fashioned theory of studying in silence, classrooms should be full of the noise of students tackling their problems out loud.

The research, published in the Journal of Research in Educational Psychology, could even have an impact in the way mathematics is taught.

— Click through to the original article in The Telegraph …