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An iPhone developer and sleep researcher, engineer by education.

Bringing the Singularity closer, one app at a time


Jan
21
accepted How can the aversion response be explained neurologically?
Jan
21
answered How can the aversion response be explained neurologically?
Jan
19
comment What happens in your brain when a concept “clicks”?
I also heard about the term "noetic", or "noesis" refer to spontaneous understanding
Jan
19
comment What part of the brain locks up when a man is in the presence of an extremely attractive female?
In a pickup artist community, the technical term is something along the lines of "approach anxiety" - this refers to approaching a new attractive female. I'm sure those guys have written on the topic extensively :)
Jan
19
answered Why do drivers not slow down when they see signs indicating road work?
Jan
18
revised What causes short-term dysphoria following intense pleasure?
Clarified that the phenomenon is rare
Jan
18
revised How can the aversion response be explained neurologically?
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Jan
16
comment What part of the brain locks up when a man is in the presence of an extremely attractive female?
Very good question. Although the answer most likely is lack of practice approaching beautiful women
Jan
16
asked What causes short-term dysphoria following intense pleasure?
Jan
15
asked How can the aversion response be explained neurologically?
Jan
14
accepted Do feelings have a purpose?
Jan
14
comment Is there any science behind movie/commercial camera angle changes?
The only way I can try to clarify this is by looking at internet porn addiction. In such case, a brain dopamine and dopamine D2 receptor is involved. Apparently, a porn user is seeking the same level of intensity, but with novelty, hence trying many different clips, not the same one. Maybe this is part of the reason why camera angles change - to infuse more "novelty" into a movie/commercial
Jan
6
comment Do widespread brain toxins explain violence rates?
I've heard the exact same phenomenon( difference I violence rates) being explained by a completely different thing. What it was escapes me now, but I don't think there is a single simplistic explanation, like lead.
Jan
6
comment How are qualia localized in consciousness?
Thank you for posting the article, very good reading
Jan
6
asked Is there any science behind movie/commercial camera angle changes?
Jan
6
comment Do feelings have a purpose?
I see now why analogies are dangerous. There are multiple serotonin receptors in the brain, so the single indicator analogy wouldn't work that well
Jan
2
comment Do feelings have a purpose?
For serotonin in particular, this paper: metabolism.math.duke.edu/docs/SSRIsJ7.pdf lists the average extra cellular and vesicular serotonin levels in normal and depressed patients. Depressed ones have ~75% less serotonin than normals. As such the "low oil" analogy still seems applicable to the serotonin case.
Dec
30
comment Do feelings have a purpose?
The way I was thinking about the two questions you pointed out is: a car has an engine oil indicator that lights up if the engine oil is affected (low?). If neurotransmitters are the equivalent of oil in a human brain, then maybe changes in their levels activate feelings to signal the change. I have no way to prove this, and was hoping someone would comment on whether or not there's any truth to the analogy.
Dec
30
accepted Why people choose “boring” colors for new cars?
Dec
29
asked Do feelings have a purpose?