New Scientist: Keeping the Faith

Reading this week’s New Scientist, I came across two book reviews on The Ravenous Brain by Daniel Bor and  Science Set Free, by Rupert Sheldrake. I have read neither of these books but the reviews are informative. The first book is a contribution to the debate, ‘Is consciousness separate from the physical world, or an(…)

The Frontal Lobes

The Frontal Lobes are the very latest evolutionary addition to the Central Nervous System. If the brain were stretched out into a long tube, they would be at the very front end. In humans they are very well-developed and comparatively large. The skull has expanded to accommodate them, which gives us our large protuberant forehead.(…)

Would you believe it?

So far, it’s a bit heavy on the anatomy and physiology. It’s probably not necessary to know all of this stuff, but it does put what will follow in a context that is necessary in today’s world of evidence-based medicine. Until fairly recently authority and expertise were often enough to convince people about a treatment(…)

The Autonomic Nervous System

The Autonomic Nervous System The Autonomic Nervous System (ANS) is responsible for the regulation of the body’s inner environment, preparing the organism to take action, by orientating it towards potential threats, as well as towards prey or sexual opportunities. It is responsible for the famous fight or flight response, as well as the less-well known(…)

Rewire your Brain: Attention and Neuroplasticity

Rewire your Brain: Attention and Neuroplasticity One day a man of the people said to Zen master Ikkyu, “Master, will you please write for me some maxims of the highest wisdom?” Ikkyu immediately took his brush and wrote the word: “Attention.” “Is that all?” asked the man. “Will you not add something more ?” Ikkyu(…)