Here’s How to Get to Conscious Machines, Neuroscientists Say Unlike the director leads you to believe, the protagonist of Ex Machina, Andrew Garland’s 2015 masterpiece, isn’t Caleb, a young programmer tasked with evaluating machine consciousness. Rather, it’s his target Ava, … Continue reading The verge of consciousness
10 Ways That Running Changes Your Mind and Brain “One 60-minute run can add 7 hours to your life” claimed The Times last week. The story was based on a new review in Progress in Cardiovascular Diseases that concluded that … Continue reading Running in the brain
How Brain Scientists Forgot That Brains Have Owners It’s a good time to be interested in the brain. Neuroscientists can now turn neurons on or off with just a flash of light, allowing them to manipulate the behavior of animals … Continue reading Behavior first
Are Some Scientists Serious About Denying Free Will? Free will is our apparent ability to choose between different courses of action; it is closely linked to responsibility, guilt, and other feelings. Only actions for which we are free to either … Continue reading Taking free will seriously
Do students know what’s good for them? Of course they do, and of course they don’t. Putting a student at the centre of their own learning seems like fundamental pedagogy. The Constructivist approach to education emphasises the need for knowledge … Continue reading Guided and discovery learning
Are We the Only Animals That Understand Ignorance? You’re holding a surprise party for a friend. The door opens, the lights flick on, everyone leaps out… and your friend stands there silent and unmoved. Now, you’re the one who’s surprised. … Continue reading Can animals simulate a world?
How the Immune System Controls Social Behavior More and more, we are discovering that the mind and the body are not separate. The brain is not just an ivory tower that sends orders from on high to a body that … Continue reading How brain makes people social