Category Archives: Neuroscience: Mysteries Of The Brain

Why Are We So Unhappy?

Above: The Revered Gaze.

“It is of the nature of desire not to be satisfied, and most men live only for the gratification of it.” – Aristotle.

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Humans Are Already Cyborgs

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“Our destiny is to become what we think, to have our thoughts become our bodies and our bodies become our thoughts” – Terence McKenna.

“If human history is the story of a creature who molts from ape to
angel – or, as Nietzsche claimed, from beast to Superman – then
somewhere along the way it seems that we must become machines” – Erik Davis.

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How Has Stephen Hawking Lived So Long With Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) Also Known As Lou Gehrig’s Disease?

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Why Do We Blink Our Eyes?

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Have you ever wondered the real reasons why we blink our eyes? Trace decided to explain and talk to us about a few of the different reasons why we close our eyes so many times each day. Did you know that babies blink their eyes less than adults? In fact, parents of babies and newborn children sometimes notice an unusual phenomenon: normal babies rarely close their eyes, except of course when they are sleeping.

Why do we blink our eyes so frequently? We all blink a lot. In fact, the average person blinks some 15-20 times per minute, which is so frequently that our eyes are closed for roughly 10% of our waking hours overall. But why do we blink our eyes? We have to blink our eyes to cleanse and moisten the eyes, but there is another very important reason why we blink our eyes so many times each minute.

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Does Life Experience Change Your Cell Biology And Genetic Structure? Are Humans Software That Can Be Programmed?

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Gene Expression

“A cell is a machine for turning life experiences into biology.”

Have you ever wondered if your life experiences can change your cell biology? Are humans truly powerful beings with the capacity to change our very own genetic structure based on our daily activities and things that we experience throughout our lives?

Gene expression is the process by which information from a gene is used in the synthesis of a functional gene product. These products are often proteins, but in non-protein coding genes such as transfer RNA (tRNA) or small nuclear RNA (snRNA) genes, the product is a functional RNA. The process of gene expression is used by all known life—eukaryotes (including multicellular organisms), prokaryotes (bacteria and archaea), and utilized by viruses, to generate the macromolecular machinery for life.

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Why Is Alcohol So Dangerous For Babies? How Much Alcohol Can A Pregnant Woman Drink?

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When women drink while pregnant, there is a chance that it will severely damage the brain of the fetus, but what happens to a baby if the baby gets drunk outside of the womb? Did you realize that given the same exact amount of alcohol, the level of intoxication varies according to physiological and biological factors such as being a baby girl instead of a baby boy as well as the amount of muscle versus fat in the baby’s body?

Alcohol affects two crucial parts of a baby’s brain which are extremely vulnerable when a baby is developing. This drinking of alcohol by a developing baby girl or baby boy can result in irreversible brain changes or even brain damage that can impact decision making, personality, memory, and learning. (more…)

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Do Cell Phones Cause Brain Tumors? Do Cellular Phones (Cellphones And Mobile Phones) Give You Cancer?

Above: Do Cell Phones Cause Brain Tumors? Do Cellular Phones (Cellphones And Mobile Phones) Give You Cancer?

Let’s end this age-old question once and for all: Is that cell phone in your pocket giving you cancer?

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Why Can’t We Remember Being Babies?

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Why can’t we recall being born? It was kind of a big day, so you’d think we would remember. Anthony looks at how the inner workings of a baby’s brain differs from that of a full grown adult.

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Can You Live With Only Half Of Your Brain?

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People have been known to survive with huge pieces of their brains missing, but just which brain parts could we live without? Strange but true: when half a brain is better than a whole brain. The operation known as hemispherectomy, where half the brain is removed, sounds too radical to ever consider, much less perform. However, in the last century, surgeons have performed it hundreds of times for disorders uncontrollable in any other way. Unbelievably, this type of brain surgery where half of your brain is removed has no apparent effect on personality or memory.

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