“Scientists have traced vulnerability to depression-like behaviors in mice to out-of-balance electrical activity inside neurons of the brain’s reward circuit and experimentally reversed it..”

“Scientists have traced vulnerability to depression-like behaviors in mice to out-of-balance electrical activity inside neurons of the brain’s reward circuit and experimentally reversed it…Instead of suppressing it, researchers..boosted runaway neuronal activity even further, eventually triggering a compensatory self-stabilizing response. Once electrical balance was restored, previously susceptible animals were no longer prone to becoming withdrawn, anxious, […]

“[There is] pressure of human cognition to invest things with moral responsibility because blaming people allows you to punish people, which is really important for societal cooperation,

more severe crimes are often thought of as deserving more severe punishments, since they are thought to result from free will…currently working on a study that may demonstrate that people who believe in free will feel less anxious punishing others.”

“Cueing attention after the stimulus is gone can retrospectively trigger conscious perception”

The use of the term “conscious” here is suspect, but….  “Is our perceptual experience of a stimulus entirely determined during the early buildup of the sensory representation, within 100 to 150 ms following stimulation? Or can later influences, such as sensory reactivation, still determine whether we become conscious of a stimulus? Late visual reactivation can […]

“Science” vs Supernatural Beliefs/Religion – Challenges to the Primacy of Subjective Experience

This is actually pretty simple.  The conflict is between the universal claim of the primacy of subjective experience and the fact that only intersubjective statements can be proven, are predictive and “work.” It appears the human, and possibly animal, brain is hardwired for magical thinking.  Thus, random patters are given meaning and the world is […]