Your brain is God. byLeary, Timothy, Publication date c PublisherBerkeley, CA: Ronin. Collectionamericana. Digitizing sponsorInternet. God knows, at one point we talked about LSD as a"brain vitamin" ordietary supplement but this more accurate label sounded dodgy in those day who knows . Your Brain Is God (Leary, Timothy) and millions of other books are available for site Kindle. Your Brain Is God Paperback – June 9, Start reading Your Brain Is God (Leary, Timothy) on your Kindle in under a minute.
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PDF | With all the research on mind/brain connections these days —Your brain in lust or love! While gambling or feeling envious!. An Introduction to Jewish Neurotheology - CCAR Journal: The Reform Jewish Quarterly. 4 quotes from Your Brain Is God: 'Courage is the key to creativity and to any relinquishing of ego structure.'.
Taleb sounds like a pompous dick. Taleb has a handful of amazing ideas. These ideas can be explained well in about 50 pages. The other pages are mostly him trying to prove how cool and cultured he is while explaining how much smarter he is than the following groups of people: So what are his handful of earth-shattering ideas in Antifragile?
The resilient resists shocks and stays the same; the antifragile gets better. Being a totally insufferable asshole. And wrong about tons of his analogies and examples.
But still brilliant somehow, despite himself.
Some fat, rich bald guy boring you to death over cappuccinos with inane stories about living in France and smoking skinny cigarettes with Umberto Eco while you stab yourself in the face with a sugar spoon repeatedly trying to make it all stop. The True Believer discusses why people give in to fanaticism, fundamentalism , or extremist ideologies. See below. Freedom of choice places the whole blame of failure on the shoulders of the individual.
And as freedom encourages a multiplicity of attempts, it unavoidably multiplies failure. An open hand, heading straight for the side of your face.
Read This Book If… …you want to know why people give up their identities for some insane cause. Freud was an academic sensation at the beginning of the 20th century.
He had invented psychoanalysis, brought the science of psychology to the mainstream, and was highly regarded in intellectual circles around Europe. Then World War I broke out, and destroyed, well, just about everything. Freud was deeply moved by the devastation and fell into a deep depression and secluded himself for much of the s.
Civilization and Its Discontents was the result of this depression. The book makes one simple argument: Freud argued that civilization could only arise when enough humans learned to repress these deeper and baser urges, to push them into the unconscious where according to his model they would fester and ultimately generate all sorts of neuroses.
Freud basically came to the conclusion that as humans, we had one of two shitty options in life: And as an Austrian Jew, he ran for the hills. The hills being London, of course.
He lived out the last years of his life in a city being bombed into oblivion. And doing it convincingly. The Eye of Sauron overlooking hordes of his minions advancing on the kingdom of Gondor as the darkness consumes the — oh wait, wrong book.
In the beginning of The Singularity is Near , Kurzweil shows that the processing power of computers and technology has increased exponentially through history and is likely to continue doing so. He then argues that because of this, in the year all of our brains are going to be digitally encrypted and uploaded to the cloud where we will all form a single, immortal consciousness that will control all computing power on the planet.
And the fucked up part is that some of his explanation of how this is going to happen makes sense. And the book reads like it was written by a middle-aged engineer who took too much acid and now desperately needs to speak with a therapist.
I poke fun at Ray, but the technological possibilities presented in this book are truly mind-boggling. And we will undoubtedly see a significant percentage of them in our lifetime. Medical nanobots that live in the bloodstream that we wireless upload vaccines to. Genetic programming for newborns so parents can choose not only the physical characteristics of their children but their talents as well.
The whole immortality, one-computerized-world-consciousness thing? For unenhanced humans, clearly so. But what would 1, scientists, each 1, times more intelligent than human scientists today, and each operating 1, times faster than contemporary humans because the information processing in their primarily non-biological brains is faster accomplish?
One chronological year would be like a millennium for them. What would they come up with? Delusional optimism to the point where you kind of feel bad for the guy and how scared he is of dying.
Read This Book If… …you are a geek, plain and simple. Because man is the only animal capable of conceptualizing his own existence — thinking about his life, questioning it , imagining future possibilities — man is therefore also the only animal capable of conceptualizing his own non-existence, i. In other words, humans were given the gift of being able to imagine the future and who we want to be, but the price we pay for this gift is the realization that we will one day die.
However, it should be stressed that for neurotheology to grow as a field, it is imperative that one remains open, at least somewhat, to all of the different perspectives including those that are religious or spiritual, cultural, or scientific.
In addition to the complex interrelationship between science and religion over the years, neurotheological research must draw upon the current state of modern scientific methods and existing theological debates. Science has advanced significantly in the past several decades with regard to the study of the human brain. Neurotheology should be prepared to take full advantage of the advances in fields of science such as functional brain imaging, cognitive neuroscience, psychology, and genetics. On the other hand, neurotheological scholarship should also be prepared to engage the full range of theological issues.
That theology continues to evolve and change from the more dogmatic perspectives of the past, through natural theology and systematic theology, neurotheology must acknowledge that there are many fascinating theological issues that face each religious tradition. When considering the primary reasons for developing neurotheology as a field, we can consider four foundational goals for scholarship in this area.
These are: 1. To improve our understanding of the human mind and brain. To improve our understanding of religion and theology.
To improve the human condition, particularly in the context of health and well being.
To improve the human condition, particularly in the context of religion and spirituality. These four goals are reciprocal in that they suggest that both religious and scientific pursuits might benefit from neurotheological research.
The first two are meant to be both esoteric as well as pragmatic regarding scientific and theological disciplines. The second two goals refer to the importance of providing practical applications of neurotheological findings towards improving human life both individually and globally. Given the enormity of these tasks to help understand ourselves, our relationship to God or the absolute, and the nature of reality itself, neurotheology appears poised to at least make a substantial attempt at addressing such issues.
While other theological, philosophical, and scientific approaches have also tried to tackle these "big" questions, it would seem that neurotheology holds a unique perspective. It is one of the only disciplines that necessarily seeks to integrate science and theology, and if defined broadly, many other relevant fields.