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Sep
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Sep
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comment How are real life events translated into dream symbolism?
Thanks, please see my question about this theory here: cogsci.stackexchange.com/questions/3523/… I should have added that the classroom that I see is a very specific one - from a middle school on a different continent and bears no resemblance to any classrooms I attended since then.
Sep
12
asked How are real life events translated into dream symbolism?
Sep
11
comment What skills or mental proceses improve understanding of longer written sentences?
Just a thought - longer sentences require a lot more focus/concentration to comprehend, which is not the case in modern society. Compare reading a book in a quiet library in "the old days" to glancing at a news article on a smartphone while in a bathroom in the 2010s...
Sep
11
comment Are polytheistic society more peaceful than monotheistic ones?
Polytheistic brings up the association with "tribal", and there has been studies that show that death rate in tribal wars is close to 60%: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/War_Before_Civilization
Sep
10
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Sep
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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...
Sep
2
asked What is the mechanism behind recurring or looping thoughts?
Sep
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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.
Aug
31
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
Aug
31
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
Aug
31
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.
Aug
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asked What happens in the brain upon a subsequent exposure to a desired stimulus within a short time?
Aug
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accepted What brain regions are activated when a dream is remembered?
Aug
26
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.
Aug
26
revised Where does action based on thought originate within the human brain?
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Aug
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revised Where does action based on thought originate within the human brain?
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Aug
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asked Where does action based on thought originate within the human brain?
Aug
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revised What is the neurobiological basis of the “inner voice” used for thought or reading?
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