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Our Brains Are Like Computers

Author : Joel Shaul
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This highly visual social skills book uses computer metaphors and visual diagrams to help children on the autism spectrum to understand how their words and actions can affect other people. Easily identifiable computing and social networking metaphors are used to explain how memories are saved in the brain, like files in computer folders, and how, just as files can be shared and downloaded on the internet, people learn about you by sharing their positive and negative impressions with each other. The author explains why certain actions may be 'liked' or 'disliked' by others, and offers guidance on appropriate and inappropriate social behavior. This book also features photocopiable worksheets to reinforce the guidance and lessons offered in the book.

Are we being fooled by our brains

Author : Shelton Ranasinghe
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I hypothesize that the brain has purposely given us reigns to make "us" aware only about the functionality of this "limited sector" of the thinking process. Because of this unreasonable victimization of "us", by our own brains, I believe we can't perceive what else is happening in the brain when a thinking process is happening.My take on this hypothesis expressed in another way is, that "you" are the ego process in the brain. But without your ego process's awareness, your main brain knows everything what you are thinking of. In computer terms you are just a sub-program (ego) of a big comprehensive master program (brain). You have been programmed to assume you are the master program (hidden system + ego program). But you are not the master program. You don't have any control over the master program or even have the slightest awareness of its existence. You are limited to the boundaries of the ego based sub program. You assume and feel that you run the master program. But you don't.

Beyond Human

Author : Gregory Benford
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Concepts once purely fiction -- robots, cyborg parts, artificial intelligences -- are becoming part of everyday reality. Soon robots will be everywhere, performing surgery, exploring hazardous places, making rescues, fighting fires, handling heavy goods. After a decade or two, they will be as unremarkable as the computer screen is now in offices, airports or restaurants. Cyborgs will be less obvious. These additions to the human body are interior now, as rebuilt joints, elbows and hearts. Soon we will cross the line between repair and augmentation, probably first in sports medicine, then spreading to everyone who wants to make a body perform better, last longer, than it ordinarily could. Controversy will arise, but it will not stop the desire to live longer and be stronger than we are. Gregory Benford and Elisabeth Malartre's Beyond Human treats the landscape of human self-change and robotic development as poles of the same general phenomenon. At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.

It s Your Time It s Your Turn

Author : Sonny Martell
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It’s Your Time, It’s Your Turn was written by Sonny Martell. The book talks about how to lead a better life through positive thinking. As you move through the chapters, you will learn different techniques on how to think positively and how to change your perspective of many aspects of your life while staying the person you are. The techniques that are described in It’s Your Time, It’s Your Turn are geared toward every aspect of someone’s life. From your inner thoughts to your physical health and to your relationships, you will go on a journey into the secrets of living a more fulfilling life. All that is required is practice and the belief that it can happen for you too. It’s Your Time, It’s Your Turn is a tool for anyone to have. Whether you are at the beginning stages of learning how to think positively or are advanced in your journey, It’s Your Time, It’s Your Turn will discuss new ideas to add to your positive tool chest. The power of positivity is right at your fingertips, and the power of releasing the positive energy inside you is in this book. You will develop a collection of positive techniques in each chapter, which will guide you to become the person you want to be and to achieve the things in life you have always wanted.

The Shallows What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains

Author : Nicholas Carr
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Finalist for the 2011 Pulitzer Prize in General Nonfiction: “Nicholas Carr has written a Silent Spring for the literary mind.”—Michael Agger, Slate “Is Google making us stupid?” When Nicholas Carr posed that question, in a celebrated Atlantic Monthly cover story, he tapped into a well of anxiety about how the Internet is changing us. He also crystallized one of the most important debates of our time: As we enjoy the Net’s bounties, are we sacrificing our ability to read and think deeply? Now, Carr expands his argument into the most compelling exploration of the Internet’s intellectual and cultural consequences yet published. As he describes how human thought has been shaped through the centuries by “tools of the mind”—from the alphabet to maps, to the printing press, the clock, and the computer—Carr interweaves a fascinating account of recent discoveries in neuroscience by such pioneers as Michael Merzenich and Eric Kandel. Our brains, the historical and scientific evidence reveals, change in response to our experiences. The technologies we use to find, store, and share information can literally reroute our neural pathways. Building on the insights of thinkers from Plato to McLuhan, Carr makes a convincing case that every information technology carries an intellectual ethic—a set of assumptions about the nature of knowledge and intelligence. He explains how the printed book served to focus our attention, promoting deep and creative thought. In stark contrast, the Internet encourages the rapid, distracted sampling of small bits of information from many sources. Its ethic is that of the industrialist, an ethic of speed and efficiency, of optimized production and consumption—and now the Net is remaking us in its own image. We are becoming ever more adept at scanning and skimming, but what we are losing is our capacity for concentration, contemplation, and reflection. Part intellectual history, part popular science, and part cultural criticism, The Shallows sparkles with memorable vignettes—Friedrich Nietzsche wrestling with a typewriter, Sigmund Freud dissecting the brains of sea creatures, Nathaniel Hawthorne contemplating the thunderous approach of a steam locomotive—even as it plumbs profound questions about the state of our modern psyche. This is a book that will forever alter the way we think about media and our minds.

Living with Tinnitus

Author : David W. Rees
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Unless you live next to a big church and have the option of moving, there is not much you can do to get rid of ringing in the ears. But, explain two psychologists, there is a lot you can do to make life easier. Part of the series for sufferers of chronic conditions. Distributed in the US by St. Martin's. Annotation copyrighted by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

Using their Brains in Science

Author : Hellen Ward
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'This is a fascinating and very useful book....I cannot recommend it highly enough. It will inspire you' - School Science Review By focusing on active ways to help 5 to 14 year olds improve their thinking and learning skills in science, this book provides teachers with inspiration and ideas for ways to teach creative, enjoyable and interesting science lessons. Linked to up-to-date research in brain-based learning, the author gives practical advice on topics including: o ways to motivate pupils o developing pupils' skills of detection o the importance of using movement to promote learning o improving pupils' language skills and understanding of scientific vocabulary o suggestions for different ways learners can record in science o effective strategies for assessing learning in science o ideas to promote creativity o the importance of using ICT to support and promote learning. This book is an inspirational read for teachers, student teachers and teaching assistants, and anyone interested in science and how children learn. Helen Ward is Senior Lecturer at Canterbury Christ Church University, Programme Director for the Modular PGCE at Christ Church and also an independent education consultant and active member of the Association for Science Education (ASE).

The Brain Shaped Mind

Author : Naomi Goldblum
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Will brain scientists ever be able to read our minds? Why are some things harder to remember than others? Based on recent brain research and neural network modelling, The Brain-Shaped Mind addresses these, and other, questions, and provides a clear account of how the structure of the brain influences the workings of the mind. Neuroscientists are now learning about our minds by examining how the neurones in the brain are connected with one another and the surrounding environment. This book explores how neural networks enable us to recognise objects and learn new things, and what happens when things go wrong. The reader is taken on a fascinating journey into what is arguably one of the most complicated and remarkable aspects of our lives.

Late Night Musings

Author : John Orlando
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The wise know that life is not a singular thing; it has many facets. There is family and friends as well as life and death, good and bad, thoughtful and thoughtless, serious and frivolous. However, the rush of daily life doesn’t allow much time to sit back and really think about such matters. Now past his working years, the author refl ects on life and has captured his fi ndings in thoughtful essays. These essays, not available on line, are a collection of some of the best offerings from the author’s blog, latenightmusings.com. In them the author considers the wonders of life and well as its trials and tribulations. The words, ideas, and thoughts may not seem profound or novel at fi rst glance, but once read, they strike home. In some cases the musings suggest conclusions, while in others they simply recognize that living life doesn’t mean there are good answers for all we experience. With over one hundred beautiful, thought provoking and sometimes humorous pieces or musings in this book, it becomes a refreshing breath of fresh air and a pleasure for those seniors who have experienced life and know what is important in living it. They should also give the younger reader a leg up on living their lives. There is defi nitely something for those of all ages who are ready to smile, laugh, reminisce, feel, learn and celebrate. The reader is invited to enjoy the book at their own pace. It can be consumed in one fantastic feast or savored one bite at a time. The menu is varied enough to satisfy everyone’s taste. Come and enjoy – bon appétit.

Living with a Phenomenal Memory

Author : Frank Healy
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In 1966, five-year-old Frank Healy was sick and stayed home from school. Bored and too ill to get out of bed, Frank began looking at a calendar and memorized an entire calendar year in a few days. With additional practice, he memorized everything he experienced by making mental notes throughout the day, from decades of Philadelphia weather facts to the history of space flight and a variety of other subjects. Healy, a life coach who specializes in improving memory, documents events that played a part in developing his superior memory skills and provides insight into his ability to recollect. He describes his techniques, how he mastered them, and what others can do, whether the information is for practical use or simply for entertainment. With many humorous episodes entwined within, this intriguing memoir includes puzzles, exercises, and tips for developing memory skills. You may not need to memorize the calendar or the daily weather of the past forty years, but Living with a Phenomenal Memory can help you memorize what you do need to know. Frank Healy is one of approximately twenty people who have been classified as having HSAM Highly Superior Autobiographical Memory. He remembers what happened every day of his life since he was five years old, including the day of the week, weather, news events, and personal experiences. His memory is similar to the character of Carrie Wells, the police detective in the show "Unforgettable". It can be seen on CBS channel 3 on Tuesdays at 10:00 P.M.

The Human Computer

Author : Dr.Anthony Scheiber
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The Human Computer: Get The Most Out of Yours is a book that will radically change the course of technology and medicine, and affect the entire spectrum of human relationships across the globe. The Human Computer draws unprecedented and critical parallels between the human brain and the desktop computer. This book will touch and affect the lives of everyone on the planet, now and into the foreseeable future. How men and women think and approach life's problems is explained. Why teens struggle so much with their parents becomes exceedingly clear. The differences that have plagued relationships between men and women since antiquity are revealed. The Human Computer challenges many of the ancient and flawed paradigms that have been the cornerstones of society and scientific knowledge since antiquity. It is vitally important you read this book, to prepare for a new age of enlightenment. Understand what your Human Computer is all about...to take advantage of it in your career, your life's goals, your search for fortune...take advantage of its power in relationships...so that you can get the most out of yours.... The clock is ticking and time may be running out.

Heal Yourself

Author : Beverly A. Potter
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Doctors think they heal with drugs. But only living cells can heal. When something is out of balance, your cells move to correct it because bodies want to be well. HEAL YOURSELF! HOW TO HARNESS PLACEBO POWER shows how to tap into this mysterious process to get well and stay well by harnessing your body's natural healing power—the power of placebo. These amazing effects are not just "in the mind." They can be observed and measured in the body's physiology. When patients believe in the treatment, ulcers heal, warts disappear, cancer goes into remission, swelling reduces—cells actually look different under the microscope. When your doctor believes in the treatment, the impact is even more powerful —not in every case, of course. But in enough that science now accepts that something is going on! HEAL YOURSELF! explains how researchers believe that the stress response creates an environment that promotes physiological breakdown, while the relaxation Response creates a healing environment. HEAL YOURSELF! offers specific things you can do, and do today, to turn on your body's innate healing mechanisms, including meditation, prayer, laughter, listening to music and rocking, Qi Gong, gratitude and forgiveness, and more. healing mechanisms.

Ha

Author : Scott Weems
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An entertaining tour of the science of humor and laughter Humor, like pornography, is famously difficult to define. We know it when we see it, but is there a way to figure out what we really find funny--and why? In this fascinating investigation into the science of humor and laughter, cognitive neuroscientist Scott Weems uncovers what's happening in our heads when we giggle, guffaw, or double over with laughter. While we typically think of humor in terms of jokes or comic timing, in Ha! Weems proposes a provocative new model. Humor arises from inner conflict in the brain, he argues, and is part of a larger desire to comprehend a complex world. Showing that the delight that comes with "getting" a punchline is closely related to the joy that accompanies the insight to solve a difficult problem, Weems explores why surprise is such an important element in humor, why computers are terrible at recognizing what's funny, and why it takes so long for a tragedy to become acceptable comedic fodder. From the role of insult jokes to the benefit of laughing for our immune system, Ha! reveals why humor is so idiosyncratic, and why how-to books alone will never help us become funnier people. Packed with the latest research, illuminating anecdotes, and even a few jokes, Ha! lifts the curtain on this most human of qualities. From the origins of humor in our brains to its life on the standup comedy circuit, this book offers a delightful tour of why humor is so important to our daily lives.

Happiness Is a Choice

Author : Frank Minirth
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Whether depression is felt mildly or acutely, temporarily or persistently, it strikes just about everyone at some point. Drs. Minirth and Meier believe, however, that the emotional pain of depression can be overcome and avoided. Drawing from their professional training, counseling experience, and biblical knowledge, they explore the complex relationship between spiritual life and psychological health and then spell out basic steps for recovering from depression and maintaining a happy, fulfilling life.

Pitch Like a Girl

Author : Ronna Lichtenberg
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Examines the relationship women have to the world of work and provides pragmatic advice and tips on how they can use their unique advantages to best effect and succeed in the workplace.

Understanding Pain

Author : Fernando Cervero
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An expert explores the nature of pain: why it hurts and why some pain is good and some pain is bad. If you touch something hot, it hurts. You snatch your hand away from the hot thing immediately. Obviously. But what is really happening, biologically—and emotionally? In Understanding Pain, Fernando Cervero explores the mechanisms and the meaning of pain. You touch something hot and your brain triggers a reflex action that causes you to withdraw your hand, protecting you from injury. That kind of pain, Cervero explains, is actually good for us; it acts as an alarm that warns us of danger and keeps us away from harm. But, Cervero tells us, not all pain is good for you. There is another kind of pain that is more like a curse: chronic pain that is not related to injury. This is the kind of pain that fills pain clinics and makes life miserable. Cervero describes current research into the mysteries of chronic pain and efforts to develop more effective treatments. Cervero reminds us that pain is the most common reason for people to seek medical attention, but that it remains a biological enigma. It is protective, but not always. Its effects are not only sensory but also emotional. There is no way to measure it objectively, no test that comes back positive for pain; the only way a medical professional can gauge pain is by listening to the patient's description of it. The idea of pain as a test of character or a punishment to be borne is changing; prevention and treatment of pain are increasingly important to researchers, clinicians, and patients. Cervero's account brings us closer to understanding the meaning of pain.

Your Brain Is Almost Perfect

Author : Read Montague
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A director in theoretical neuroscience introduces readers to the latest findings in the science of decision-making, offering an accessible discussion of the origins of aesthetic choices, ethical behavior, financial decisions, and more, in an account that also connects behavioral science to mental illness and addiction. Originally published as Why Choose This Book? Reprint. 30,000 first printing.

Genetic Destinies

Author : Peter Little
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Genetic Destinies opens with the stories of the lives of two women; gene science causes the life of one to be free of suffering but fills that of the other with discrimination and oppression. The two imaginary future lives encompass the very best and the very worst of our hopes for genescience, and understanding what is reality and what is myth, what is possible and what impossible, is the key to unlocking the reality of this feared science.In the chapters that follow, the reality of the power of gene science is laid out using simple, non-technical terms to present the very edge of the knowledge that we possess, exploring the role genes play in rigidly defining the overall plan of our bodies and then subtly influencing ourindividuality, intelligence, behaviour, personality, and health. Genes are often minor players in our lives because the differences that distinguish us are tiny compared to the similarities we share; it follows that our futures are in our own hands as much as in the hands of our genes.Nevertheless, understanding the delicate influences that gene differences play in our lives is central to our thinking about ourselves, and it is in the interplay of genes and lifestyle that our personalities and individual futures can be found.The genetic differences we each possess contain a record of the very origins of human beings and it is remarkable that our present day fates are influenced by patterns of ancient human history.Armed with this knowledge, Genetic Destinies ends by revisiting the stories of the lives of the two women and shows that the fears we have of gene science are based upon misplaced ideas of the power of genes. The reality is that our true Genetic Destiny is to live our lives as human beings, unique,unpredictable, and irreplaceable in all of history and all of future time: a wonderful prospect.

The Glass Cage How Our Computers Are Changing Us

Author : Nicholas Carr
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At once a celebration of technology and a warning about its misuse, The Glass Cage will change the way you think about the tools you use every day. In The Glass Cage, best-selling author Nicholas Carr digs behind the headlines about factory robots and self-driving cars, wearable computers and digitized medicine, as he explores the hidden costs of granting software dominion over our work and our leisure. Even as they bring ease to our lives, these programs are stealing something essential from us. Drawing on psychological and neurological studies that underscore how tightly people’s happiness and satisfaction are tied to performing hard work in the real world, Carr reveals something we already suspect: shifting our attention to computer screens can leave us disengaged and discontented. From nineteenth-century textile mills to the cockpits of modern jets, from the frozen hunting grounds of Inuit tribes to the sterile landscapes of GPS maps, The Glass Cage explores the impact of automation from a deeply human perspective, examining the personal as well as the economic consequences of our growing dependence on computers. With a characteristic blend of history and philosophy, poetry and science, Carr takes us on a journey from the work and early theory of Adam Smith and Alfred North Whitehead to the latest research into human attention, memory, and happiness, culminating in a moving meditation on how we can use technology to expand the human experience.

The Executive Functioning Workbook for Teens

Author : Sharon A. Hansen
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A wonderful resource for anyone who knows or works with teens who suffer from executive functioning disorder (EFD)—including parents, teachers, counselors, or clinicians. From handling frustration to taking notes in class, this book will help teens hone the skills they need to succeed. Do you know a teen who is disorganized, chronically late, forgetful, or impulsive? Do they struggle to get homework done, but never manage to turn it in on time? Perhaps it’s your son or daughter, a student you work with, or even a client. It’s likely that this teen suffers from executive functioning disorder (EFD), an attention disorder marked by an inability to stay on task that is common in people with learning disabilities. If this teen has tried to manage his or her time and meet deadlines with little success, he or she may feel like giving up. There is a light at the end of the tunnel, however. You just need to show them the way. In The Executive Functioning Workbook for Teens a licensed school counselor provides an evidence-based, easy-to-use, and practical workbook written directly for a teen audience. The book is designed to provide teens with the skills needed to get organized, retain information, communicate effectively, and perform well in school and in everyday life. Based in proven-effective cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), the book offers activities that will help teens better understand their disorder and cope with it effectively. With one chapter for each of the ten main areas of EFD, the book also includes tips for initiating positive action and change, improving flexibility in thinking, sustaining attention, organizing, planning, enhancing memory, managing emotions, and building self-awareness. Written in a fun, engaging format, this book is designed to motivate and inspire teens to carry out and complete tasks with ease.