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comment Evolutionary motivation for the existence of pleasure?
There was a TED.com talk which mentioned that in case of pigs, a pig that has experienced orgasm before artificial insemination produces on average x% more offspring than a pig that was simply inseminated. There's even a short instructional video that shows a farmer how to induce an orgasm in a pig for this very purpose...
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asked What is the mechanism behind recurring or looping thoughts?
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comment Role of hormones in behaviour
There are a lot of "popular science" kind of results, for example yourbrainonporn.com . The hormones you might want to take a look at are Dopamine, Prolactin and Oxytocin. The question of purpose of life is related to Serotonin - with overstimulation of Serotonin receptors, for example with LSD, this question or any desire to ask that question can disappear.
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comment Which animals are thought to possess some degree of a theory of mind?
I learned about Alex from a podcast, so it's possible that was blown out of proportion. The same podcast mentioned gorillas capable of deception to avoid social hierarchy restrictions (similar to your tripping the tray example): carleton.ca/ics/wp-content/uploads/2001-06.pdf
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comment Which animals are thought to possess some degree of a theory of mind?
You can look at Alex, the african gray parrot, who was apparently able to tell another parrot learning to speak to "Speak clearly", that seems pretty advanced: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alex_(parrot)#Accomplishments
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comment Are all conscious experiences stored as memories?
I have a related question specifically about dreams: cogsci.stackexchange.com/questions/2034/… . Having experienced this first hand, it makes me think that I don't forget dreams and can enter "Random access" mode during the near sleep states I describe in the question.
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asked What happens in the brain upon a subsequent exposure to a desired stimulus within a short time?
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accepted What brain regions are activated when a dream is remembered?
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comment Is our attention attracted by bright lights?
You can take a look at melanopsin: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Melanopsin#Mechanism , Over the years there has been research to indicate that bright light in general is more promoting of attention and awareness as opposed to dim light.
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revised Where does action based on thought originate within the human brain?
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revised Where does action based on thought originate within the human brain?
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asked Where does action based on thought originate within the human brain?
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revised What is the neurobiological basis of the “inner voice” used for thought or reading?
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revised What is this forward-looking Déjà Vu-like phenomenon?
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comment Is depression caused by life events?
People with specific neurotransmitter receptor mutations are more likely to develop depression, for example Serotonin 2A receptor: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/…
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comment Is there a term for not recognizing that other people think differently, or projecting your thought patterns on others?
I've seen this referred to as "homophilic bubble", when you are surrounded by likeminded people and thus think the rest of the world thinks the same way: blog.mozilla.org/ux/2014/10/…
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comment How to examine person's awareness of a certain topic?
You can look at the use of certain words in writing or spoken conversation to indicate that the person is thinking or aware of the subject. For writing, look for tools that can make a "tag cloud" out of a piece of text, and see if the words you are interested in appear there. For example, there was a very long suicide note which I examined this way a few years ago. Out of 100 or so pages, words like Nazis and Jews were on the top of the tag cloud list, meaning that person was aware and thinking about the subject.
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comment What is the result of an excess of dopamine?
The book has dozens of other article references, I need to look up to see if they are referencing any particular scientific studies as a source for this list.
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answered What is the result of an excess of dopamine?