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opinions on abortions are kinda like nipples
everyone has them but women’s are a little bit more relevant
But all you ever see are men’s
"for some scientists, the revelation that meditating can actually trigger molecular changes is groundbreaking"
Well they are shitty scientists then aren’t they. What neuroscientists doesn’t understand that learning a new mental trick will involve changes to the brain.
Can the pop science writers please stop with the body-soul (brain-mind) substance dualism.
This isn’t groundbreaking - it would be more confusing if meditation occured without any molecular changes.
It’s taken so long to figure out what “self-care” is. And I’m still working on it.
In some serious ways, I was neglected as a child. Not in the casual sense, but the clinical sense. Kids learn to care for themselves by being cared for, and seeing other people take care of themselves. In many basic and important ways, I wasn’t cared for. And my parents weren’t great at caring for themselves,…
iCog conference 2014
Perspectives on Learning
15th-16th October 2014
Informatics Forum, University of Edinburgh
The second annual iCog conference will focus on the theme of learning in cognitive science. We invite the submission of abstracts from postgraduate and early-career researchers in anthropology, computer science, linguistics, neuroscience, philosophy, psychology, and related disciplines.
Abstracts should be no more than 500 words, and can be submitted at tinyurl.com/icogsubmission.
Please use the ‘abstract’ box to specify whether you wish to be considered for a full 20-minute presentation, a poster, or both. The full 500-word abstract should then be uploaded where the option is given to upload a paper. The deadline for submission of abstracts is 22nd August 2014 (23:59 UK time). Any questions should be directed to email@example.com.
Learning, broadly construed, provides a point of intersection between the disciplines that comprise cognitive science. We are interested in drawing together different perspectives on the theme of learning in order to facilitate co-operation between the disciplines and to develop new approaches to old problems. We understand learning to include a diverse range of topics including, but not limited to, the following:
We are interested in any submissions on the theme of learning in cognitive science, but have come up with a list of potential questions in order to provide some inspiration:
Confirmed guest speakers:
Andrew Philippides (Informatics, Sussex)
Jean-Marc Dewaele (Applied Linguistics and Communication, Birkbeck)
Szu-Han Wang (Centre for Cognitive and Neural Systems, Edinburgh)
Alex Doumas (Psychology, Edinburgh)
We are grateful for the support of the School of Philosophy, Psychology, and Language Sciences at the University of Edinburgh and Eidyn (The Edinburgh Centre for Epistemology, Mind, and Normativity).
Jeremy Knowles, discussing the complete lack of recognition Cecilia Payne gets, even today, for her revolutionary discovery. (via alliterate)
OH WAIT LEMME TELL YOU ABOUT CECILIA PAYNE.
Cecilia Payne’s mother refused to spend money on her college education, so she won a scholarship to Cambridge.
Cecilia Payne completed her studies, but Cambridge wouldn’t give her a degree because she was a woman, so she said fuck that and moved to the United States to work at Harvard.
Cecilia Payne was the first person ever to earn a Ph.D. in astronomy from Radcliffe College, with what Otto Strauve called “the most brilliant Ph.D. thesis ever written in astronomy.”
Not only did Cecilia Payne discover what the universe is made of, she also discovered what the sun is made of (Henry Norris Russell, a fellow astronomer, is usually given credit for discovering that the sun’s composition is different from the Earth’s, but he came to his conclusions four years later than Payne—after telling her not to publish).
Cecilia Payne is the reason we know basically anything about variable stars (stars whose brightness as seen from earth fluctuates). Literally every other study on variable stars is based on her work.
Cecilia Payne was the first woman to be promoted to full professor from within Harvard, and is often credited with breaking the glass ceiling for women in the Harvard science department and in astronomy, as well as inspiring entire generations of women to take up science.
Cecilia Payne is awesome and everyone should know her.
There is some evidence that meditation boosts the immune response in vaccine recipients and people with cancer, protects against a relapse in major depression, soothes skin conditions and even slows the progression of HIV. Meditation might even slow the aging process. Telomeres, the protective caps on the ends of chromosomes, get shorter every time a cell divides and so play a role in aging. Clifford Saron of the Center for Mind and Brain at the University of California, Davis, and colleagues showed in 2011 that levels of an enzyme that builds up telomeres were higher in people who attended a three-month meditation retreat than in a control group.
As with social interaction, meditation probably works largely by influencing stress response pathways. People who meditate have lower cortisol levels, and one study showed they have changes in their amygdala, a brain area involved in fear and the response to threat."
Fascinating read on the science behind how our minds affect our bodies, from loneliness to optimism to meditation (via explore-blog)
(Our mind is part of body - down with silly dualisms!)
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