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confrontingbabble-on:

A Simple Brain Theory Endorsed By Bill Gates Claims To Help You Learn Anything…
"A small psychological change to how we approach challenges can dramatically change how successful we are at these tasks.
Students who have a fixed mindset believe their intelligence, basic abilities, and talent are unchangeable. In contrast, people who have a growth mindset think they can develop their talents and abilities through effort, good teaching, and persistence. These people can conceivably learn anything with proper focus. 
…new neural connections are actually formed when you make mistakes. So your brain actually grows by messing up a bit.
People who have a fixed mindset “tend to not handle setbacks well,” Dweck writes in her paper “Even Geniuses Work Hard,” because they believe obstacles “call their intelligence into question.” As a result, these people put less effort into their work and are more likely to blame others for their shortcomings. Those who adopt a growth mindset are more likely to succeed at challenges by staying involved and using all resources at their disposal to solve the problem.
Carol Dweck, (is) a psychology professor at Stanford University, who coined the term “growth mindset” in her 2007 book “Mindset: The New Psychology of Success.”
Microsoft magnate Bill Gates tweeted a video of Dweck explaining the growth mindset earlier this week…”
Watch https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wh0OS4MrN3E#t=45
From http://www.businessinsider.com.au/carol-dwecks-growth-mindset-theory-tweeted-by-bill-gates-2014-8?nr_email_referer=1&utm_source=Triggermail&utm_medium=email&utm_term=Science%2520Select&utm_campaign=BI%2520Science%25202014-08-29&utm_content=emailshare
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mindblowingscience:

Neurons in human skin perform advanced calculations

Neurons in human skin perform advanced calculations, previously believed that only the brain could perform. This is according to a study from Umeå University in Sweden published in the journal Nature Neuroscience.




A fundamental characteristic of neurons that extend into the skin and record touch, so-called first-order neurons in the tactile system, is that they branch in the skin so that each neuron reports touch from many highly-sensitive zones on the skin.
According to researchers at the Department of Integrative Medical Biology, IMB, Umeå University, this branching allows first-order tactile neurons not only to send signals to the brain that something has touched the skin, but also process geometric data about the object touching the skin.
"Our work has shown that two types of first-order tactile neurons that supply the sensitive skin at our fingertips not only signal information about when and how intensely an object is touched, but also information about the touched object’s shape" says Andrew Pruszynski, who is one of the researchers behind the study.
The study also shows that the sensitivity of individual neurons to the shape of an object depends on the layout of the neuron’s highly-sensitive zones in the skin.
"Perhaps the most surprising result of our study is that these peripheral neurons, which are engaged when a fingertip examines an object, perform the same type of calculations done by neurons in the cerebral cortex. Somewhat simplified, it means that our touch experiences are already processed by neurons in the skin before they reach the brain for further processing" says Andrew Pruszynski.
Journal Reference:
J Andrew Pruszynski, Roland S Johansson. Edge-orientation processing in first-order tactile neurons. Nature Neuroscience, 2014; DOI: 10.1038/nn.3804
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emergentfutures:

Eating food could be replaced by nanorobot nutrient delivery system.


By early 2030s, experts predict nanorobots will be developed to improve the human digestive system, and by 2040, as radical as this sounds, we could eliminate our need for food and eating.
   This is the vision of futurist Ray Kurzweil and nutritionist Terry Grossman, M.D., in their popular book, Fantastic Voyage: Live Long Enough to Live Forever. In the coming decades, the authors claim, “We will be able to reengineer the way we provide nutrients to our trillions of cells.”


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