What is Learning?

Maybe lifelong learning can be best conceptualized as a way of engaging with people and with ideas and that naturally mediates a particular epistemic attitude; that attitude being a loving, non-attachment toward one’s appraisal of knowledge and the process of learning. In other words, learning is a good in itself, uncompromised by the irrational desire to see “oneself” in a certain way. 

If amphetamines exert their effects via G-Protein Coupled Receptors (GPCRs) like TAARs, then doesn’t their use optimize homeostatic mechanisms involved in dopaminergic signaling?

Evolving toward a human-cell based and multiscale approach to drug discovery for CNS disorders.

Amphetamines signal through intracellular TAAR1 receptors coupled to Gα13 and GαS in discrete subcellular domains Link to direct file Underhill, Suzanne M., et al. “Amphetamines signal through intracellular TAAR1 receptors coupled to Gα13 and GαS in discrete subcellular domains.” Molecular psychiatry 26.4 (2021): 1208-1223. Significance of this work My goal here is to convey the extremely paired … Read more

What does Democratizing Science and Medicine mean?

The current state of science and technology excludes many individuals from participating, despite the potential for technology to democratize these fields. This exclusion perpetuates inequities and undermines the scientific enterprise itself.

Key arguments:

We currently limit participation in science to “elite” institutions and individuals, despite the potential for broader involvement.
This exclusion concentrates decision-making power and knowledge in the hands of a few, often driven by self-interest rather than collective progress.
This ultimately harms everyone, regardless of their role in the system (fearing inadequacy, passively consuming knowledge, or self-perceived intellectual superiority).
Call to action:

The author asks for suggestions on how to change the system at various levels (individual, social, political) to create a more inclusive and equitable scientific landscape.

Additional information:

The text includes resources related to open science, citizen science, and democratizing knowledge production.

Quantitative Systems Pharmacology for Neuroscience Drug Discovery and Development: Current Status, Opportunities, and Challenges

Geerts, H., Wikswo, J., van der Graaf, P. H., Bai, J. P., Gaiteri, C., Bennett, D., … & Pelleymounter, M. (2020). Quantitative systems pharmacology for neuroscience drug discovery and development: current status, opportunities, and challenges. CPT: pharmacometrics & systems pharmacology, 9(1), 5-20. https://doi.org/10.1002/psp4.12478

Experiencing your brain: neurofeedback as a new bridge between neuroscience and phenomenology

Keywords: neurophenomenology, neurofeedback, multiscale neural dynamics, downward causation, voluntary action Citation: Bagdasaryan J and Le Van Quyen M (2013) Experiencing your brain: neurofeedback as a new bridge between neuroscience and phenomenology. Front. Hum. Neurosci. 7:680. doi: 10.3389/fnhum.2013.00680 This is an embedded Microsoft Office document, powered by Office.  

No “Aha” Moments Here…

No “Aha” Moments Here… Last week, the following research headline ran in EurekAlert!, a science news outlet produced by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS): “Parents of children with complex medical conditions more likely to have mental health issues” You don’t say. Unfortunately, obvious research headers like this one are not uncommon. They … Read more

Who are You? Who am I? And the Problem of Identity Optics

We desperately act in ways that are less and less driven by our real values, and that are increasingly driven by our need to be valued. Maybe that anxious, phrenetic energy undermines our ability to stop, reflect, and think. Maybe the best way that we can do to functionally manage is to seek refuge in the comfort of categorical simplicity and binaries: of dramatic hero-villain narratives. 

The Role of the Spatial Boundary in Autopoiesis | The Life & Mind Seminar Network

Egbert, M., (2008) https://lifeandmind.wordpress.com/2008/08/21/the-role-of-the-spatial-boundary-in-autopoiesis/ “Figure 2: The spatial boundary here is more accurately represented as a process that enables other processes (dashed arrows). The more appropriate way to include the spatial boundary in this diagram is depicted in figure 2. Here, the spatial boundary is more accurately represented as a process (vertex) that enables other … Read more

The Markov blankets of life: autonomy, active inference and the free energy principle (Michael Kirchhoff, Thomas Parr, Ensor Palacios, Karl Friston and Julian Kiverstein, 2018)

Abstract: This work addresses the autonomous organization of biological systems. Itdoes so by considering the boundaries of biological systems, from individualcells to Home sapiens, in terms of the presence of Markov blankets under theactive inference scheme—a corollary of the free energy principle. A Markovblanket defines the boundaries of a system in a statistical sense. Here we consider how a collective of Markov blankets can self-assemble into a globalsystem that itself has a Markov blanket; thereby providing an illustrationof how autonomous systems can be understood as having layers of nestedand self-sustaining boundaries.

Post MetaIdentity

Identity, like infinity, is not an object or idea that can be quantified or captured (even built objects are not entirely defined according to Heisenberg), but rather a concept of potentiality that eludes definition because “it” is continuously changing. Perhaps our individual differences appear to distinguish us on the surface, but the pattern that we are all differentiated and continually changing, is, in and of itself, a ‘same-ness’ that unifies us in and across the diversity of our embedded human experiences. It is likely that we will always have our differences in opinions and values at any given time in space, and relatedly, we may always differ in the ethical and epistemological assumptions upon which our reasoning logics operate. Those divergences are good when debated and discussed with mutual acceptance, respect, intellectual precision, and the implicit understanding that we all have equal potential to bring something constructive and essential to the table…wherever (or whenever) that table may be.

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