Notes from Books

Current: 3D Model of Reality Drives Consciousness

Notes on Consciousness
Sensory Integration
CorticoThalamic Animation
Multiple Retinotopic Maps of the Visual Field

Must Reads:

Consciousness and the Brain, Ancient Origins of Consciousness Ravenous Brain, Happiness Hypothesis, Thinking, Fast and Slow, Consciousness: Confessions, Neuroscience of Human Relationships, Human: What Makes us Unique, Blank Slate, The Righteous Mind, Info Viz & Perception, On Intelligence, The Quest for Consciousness, The Stuff of Thought.

See Also: Origin of Human Emotions, Surfing Uncertaintity, Upward Spiral, Social Brain, Being Mortal, Touching a Nerve, Social Conquest of Earth, Conceptual Spaces Cheat Sheet, Swarm Intelligence, Meca Sapiens/Strange Loop, Clock of the Long Now, Consciousness: a user's guide, The Space Between Our Ears, embodied Book Notes.

Research

Notes on Consciousness inspired by Baars 2013: Dynamic Global Workspace.   Resting State 2014
Large Scale Brain Networks

Big Questions

What does it mean to be human?
Why are we here?
Do we have Free Will?
Does Evolution have a direction?
What's the deal with Religion, Group Selection and stuff?
How many legs does the The Elephant And The Rider Metaphor have?

Older Notes

Aside from religious texts, which can give us sense of what we are doing here on this earth, and political texts, which can tell us the rules by which we are supposed to be playing, there are also many books which I have found useful for thinking about how to live my life. This is not a very disciplined approach. Sorry.

7 habits, Stephen Covey:

  • Be Proactive - responsible for yourself
  • conceptualize - begin with end in mind
  • first things first - always measure importance
  • think win/win - do not make bad deals for you or others
  • see to understand, then to be understood
  • synergize... errr...
  • retool, keep learning, "who ain't a busy livin is a busy dieing"
  • 5 disciplines - Peter Senge - Fifth Discipline

  • team learning -
  • shared values -
  • systems thinking - you need to understand as much of the big picture as you can.
  • personal mastery - the basic 7 habits stuff
  • mental models -
  • 9 laws of god - Kevin Kelly - Out of Control

  • distribute being - eggs in one basket...
  • control from the bottom up -
  • cultivate increasing returns
  • grow by chunking
  • maximaize the fringes
  • honor your errors
  • seek persistent disequilibrium (poised systems)
  • change changes change
  • Getting to Yes - Roger Fisher, William Ury

  • separate people and problems
  • focus on interests not on positions
  • invent options for mutual gain
  • insist on using objective criteria

  • image Brain Science Podcast
    I've been really enjoying BSP
    with Ginger Campbell!

    BUILDING A BETTER BRAIN AS WE AGE

    From Scientific American Mind - SciAmMind.com July/August 2016: Banking Against Alzheimer's, inset page 36.

    Based on the results of scores of studies, here are 10 things you can do to reduce the risk of losing cognition and developing Alzheimer’s dementia:
    1. Pick your parents well! Make sure you get good genes, a good education, a second language and music lessons. Avoid emotional neglect.
    2. Engage in regular cognitive and physical activity,
    3. Strengthen and maintain social ties.
    4. Get out and explore new things.
    5. Chillax and be happy.
    6. Avoid people who are downers, especially close family members!
    7. Be conscientious and diligent.
    8. Spend time engaged in activities that are meaningful and goal-directed.
    9. Be heart-healthy: what's good for the heart is good for the brain.
    10. Eat the
    MIND diet, with fresh fruit and vegetables and fish.
    11. (For This Is Spinal Tap fans, our list goes to 11.) Be lucky!

    [ jch - notice, excercise is at the top of every list. ]

    Work Related

    Volume Rendering, DTI & fMRI, fMRI Viz, Emissive Clipping

    Other

    Here are some notes on Two Independent Axes of Depression.
    Piketty: Capitalin the 21st Centry unrelated to Long Now
    I should reread this and take notes. Flow : The Psychology of Optimal Experience, by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
    20 Cognitive Biases
    Chinese Characters

    2017.02.16 (started 17-OCT-97 jch)