6/29/2012

Obedienta si autoritate - despre importanta unor experimente pe care probabil le stiti


Obedienta, cunoscuta ca smerenie in randurile credinciosilor, si ce pot sa faca oamenii cand asculta de autoritati (i.e. orice).

Umanizarea si dezumanizarea - o scurta prezentare de neurobiologie


Despre empatie, dezumanizare, comportament teribil si grupuri.

6/21/2012

Preatranspiratul Daniel


Colectia de vara, de la Catavencii



Am auzit ca imaginea a avut probleme pe Facebook, deci merita raspandita.

6/16/2012

Fanatic religios profesionist ucis de fanatic religios amator


Focşani. Un preot a fost înjunghiat în biserica Sfântul Ioan Botezătorul. Preotul a murit la scurt timp

stirea e "in lucru", deci comentez mai tarziu; intre timp trag cu urechea la tembelizor.

6/10/2012

Tribalismul religios de pe stadioane. BBC se uita la ultrasii din Europa de Est


Documentar BBC despre rasismul si xenofobia de pe stadioanele din Europa de Est (din pacate nu au ajuns in Romania, sa vada ca e cam la fel...), in perspectiva EURO 2012.

Panorama - Euro 2012 Stadiums of Hate from Rosiboj on Vimeo.

Evidence of racist violence and anti-semitism at Polish and Ukrainian football matches 11 days before Euro 2012


Ultrasi, tribalism, fascism etc. Stiti si voi cum e. Din punctul meu de vedere, microbistii sunt adeptii unor secte cu mitologie non-fantastica, si functioneaza pe acelasi principii tribale pe care infloreste crestinismul; motiv pentru care deseori cele doua se "unesc" ideologic.

Recunosc, insa, ca e improbabil sa existe asa sporturi fara sa stimuleze instinctele tribale.



Si nu sunt de acord ca e fotbalul e un spatiu pentru "defulare" pentru fanatici. Notiunea asta ca "exteriorizarea" furiei ajuta cu ceva este un mit. In realitate, creierul se obisnuieste cu "catharsis" si creste potentialul pentru aceste stari, crescand agresivitatea pe termen lung. mai multe informatii aici

6/08/2012

Scurt comentariu despre stirile cu oameni religiosi deosebiti


Mai citesc uneori stiri despre preoti sau calugarite ce fac acte caritabile impresionante, ajungand vedete in media. Cel mai recent caz pe care mi-l amintesc este cu un preot care a cumparat o utilitara de pompieri (second hand si de la alta biserica din Franta) si a dat-o pompierilor localitatii.


Tendinta majoritatii celor care se uita la asa ceva si declara: "a, uite, spiritul crestinesc de generozitate si altruism!"; chiar si in randurile ateilor vad cate o reactie de genul: "sunt si oameni buni; si-a folosit pozitia in grupul religios pentru a face ceva bun".

Eu observ altceva din aceste cazuri: ele sunt exceptia, si nu regula. Motivul pentru care aceste persoane ajung prin media este pentru ca altruismul si generozitatea in randul crestinilor din Romania, si mai ales in randul clasei de preoti, este o raritate; o specie misterioasa de comportament ce e prinsa pe camera ceva mai des ca niste ozn-uri.

La fel cum la stiri apar cazurile de crime si violuri oribile, sinucideri si batai, jafuri si hotii - distorsionand perceptia proportionala (rationala) a realitatii, cazurile "pozitive" distorsoneaza si ele perceptia.

6/01/2012

Minte aparuta din materie. O prezentare interesanta (EN)


Incomplete Nature: How Mind Emerged From Matter


What are such things as emotion, purpose, and meaning? In this presentation, Terrence Deacon, neuroscientist and chair of UC Berkeley's Anthropology Department, addresses such crucial questions in the study of consciousness.

Professor Deacon's talk will focus on the central idea of his new book, "Incomplete Nature," namely that key elements of consciousness (feelings, meaning, and purpose, among others) emerge from specific CONSTRAINTS on the physical processes of a nervous system.

As physicists work toward completing a theory of the universe and biologists unravel the molecular complexity of life, a glaring incompleteness in this scientific vision becomes apparent. The "Theory of Everything" that appears to be emerging includes everything but us: the feelings, meanings, consciousness, and purposes that make us (and many of our animal cousins) what we are. These most immediate and incontrovertible phenomena are left unexplained by the natural sciences because they lack the physical properties-such as mass, momentum, charge, and location-that are assumed to be necessary for something to have physical consequences in the world. This is an unacceptable omission. We need a "theory of everything" that does not leave it absurd that we exist.





Detalii despre autor:


Terrence Deacon is a Professor of Anthropology at the University of California, Berkeley.

Professor Deacon's research has combined human evolutionary biology and neuroscience, with the aim of investigating the evolution of human cognition.

His neurobiological research is focused on determining the nature of the human divergence from typical primate brain anatomy, the cellular-molecular mechanisms producing this difference, and the correlations between these anatomical differences and special human cognitive abilities, particularly language. In pursuit of these questions he has used a variety of laboratory approaches including the tracing of axonal connections, quantitative analysis of regions of different species brains, and cross-species fetal neural transplantation. The goal is to identify elements of the developmental genetic mechanisms that distinguish human brains from other ape brains, to aid the study of the cognitive consequences of human brain evolution.

His theoretical interests include the study of evolution-like processes at many levels, including their role in embryonic development, neural signal processing, language change, and social processes, and how these different processes interact and depend on each other. Currently, his theoretical interests have focused on the problem of explaining emergent phenomena, such as characterize such apparently unprecedented transitions as the origin of life, the evolution of language, and the generation of conscious experience by brains. This is fueled by a career-long interest in the ideas of the late 19th-century American philosopher, Charles Sanders Peirce and his theory of semiosis. His new book, Incomplete Nature: How Mind Emerged from Matter, explores the relationship between thermodynamic, self-organizing, evolutionary and semiotic processes and provides a new technical conception of information that explains both its representational and normative properties.

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