In short, because everyone is a terrible lecturer. And there is proof from cognitive science studies:
In these test settings, various science curricula were revamped to get them to jibe with the latest cognitive science research on effective learning, which points to more interactive approaches that include immediately and repeatedly putting new information to […]
IQ is not the same throughout your life. Like physical fitness, the amount you workout, stay active, and push yourself alters your overall intelligence. Your brain gets better at thinking if you make it.
A higher IQ can get you more than admission to Mensa and bragging rights on online-dating sites. IQ, measured by […]
Fertility, depression, Parkinson’s, fitness, hunger levels, pain, and asthma are a few of the things the inert wonder drug can help treat.
Why did the placebo work—even after patients were told they weren’t getting real medicine? Expectations play a role, Dr. Kaptchuk says. Even more likely is that patients were conditioned to a positive […]
Embodied cognition is the idea that my way of thinking is not independent of the body in which I live. My metaphors, imagination, and logical processes are influenced by my body’s position in space, relative height, closeness, or contact with other bodies and my perception of the environment. For those whose bodies have been modified […]
Doctors have found what is potentially a new way to determine if a patient who appears to be in a permanent vegetative state is actually conscious:
The research team, led by Damian Cruse and Adrian M. Owen of the University of Western Ontario, gave simple instructions to 16 people said to be “vegetative”: each […]
The only interface that has every really mattered: how do I translate my thoughts into action?
The body can be bypassed.
Project Black Mirror should have a kickstarter soon. Fund them.
Rahul K. Parikh at Salon’s blog PopRx (orly?) asks if we should take the Limitless pill. He dredges up two crappy arguments that are made over and over. 1) It might make some people better than others! 2) There might be side-effects!
These are not arguments. They can be applied to literally any technology […]
Paul Raven makes a bold case against boosting animal intelligence:
Because they are not us. We are related, certainly, this much is inescapable, but a chimpanzee is not a human being, and to insist that uplift is a moral duty is to enshrine the inferiority-to-us of the great apes, not to sanctify their uniqueness. This […]
Researchers are starting to figure out which piece of our brain lets us know our body is our own:
In the new study, the researchers used a “body-swap” illusion, in which people experienced a mannequin to be their own, in combination with functional magnetic resonance imaging. Participants observed touching of the mannequin’s body […]
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