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Dec 10, 2023

The Strange Order of Things by Antonio Damasio review — why feelings are the unstoppable force

Posted by in category: neuroscience

The Strange Order of Things by Antonio Damasio review – why feelings are the unstoppable force.

Nietzsche would have given four cheers for this intricately argued book, which is at once scientifically rigorous and humanely accommodating, and, so far as this reviewer can judge, revolutionary. Antonio Damasio, a professor of neuroscience, psychology and philosophy, sets out to investigate “why and how we emote, feel, use feelings to construct our selves … and how brains interact with the body to support such functions”. We are not floating seraphim, he reminds us, but bodies that think – and all the better for it.

From Plato onwards, western philosophy has favoured mind over “mere” body, so that by the time we get to Descartes, the human has become hardly more than a brain stuck atop a stick, like a child’s hobbyhorse. This is the conception of humanness that Damasio wishes to dismantle. For him, as for Nietzsche, what the body feels is every bit as significant as what the mind thinks, and further, both functions are inextricably intertwined. Indeed, from the very start, among the earliest primitive life forms, affect – “the world of emotions and feelings” – was the force that drove unstoppably towards the flowering of human consciousness and the creation of cultures, Damasio insists.

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Dec 10, 2023

Cancer Moonshot: HPV Vaccine Trial and Accelerated Cervical Cancer Control

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

DCEG researchers are testing one-dose HPV vaccination and creating new cervical cancer screening approaches that are effective and efficient. For high resource settings, the investigators are designing a quick and cost-effective HPV genotyping assay to improve the detection and management of cervical cancer.

Dec 10, 2023

Scientists design program for the future of US particle physics research

Posted by in categories: futurism, particle physics

In the culmination of a US community planning process that began in late 2020, the High Energy Physics Advisory Panel has approved the recommendations of the P5 Report.

Dec 10, 2023

Electrical stimulation signals new hope for stroke patients

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, innovation

Innovative neuromodulation techniques provided by a specialist institute in New Jersey can restore lost functions.

Dec 10, 2023

Now print structures deep in your tissues with this new acoustic technique

Posted by in categories: 3D printing, biotech/medical

Researchers develop DVAP, a groundbreaking 3D printing technique using sono-ink and ultrasound waves for deep-tissue biomedical applications.

Dec 10, 2023

Fermi Paradox: The Zombie Apocalypse Universe

Posted by in category: existential risks

An exploration of the hard science fiction ways a zombie apocalpyse might become a reality. My Interview with Dr. Travis Langley

Dec 10, 2023

SETI Technosignatures

Posted by in category: alien life

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Dec 10, 2023

10 States Most Likely to Become ‘Blue Zones,’ With Healthy Lifestyles and Long Lifespans

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

People in so-called “Blue Zones” have low rates of chronic disease and long life expectancy.

Dec 10, 2023

Tesla’s Cybertruck Safety Concerns and Legacy Automakers’ Struggle in EV Market

Posted by in categories: sustainability, transportation

Tesla’s Cybertruck is likely to succeed and has high demand, causing legacy automakers to struggle to keep up with Tesla in the electric vehicle market.

Questions to inspire discussion.

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Dec 10, 2023

StripedHyena: A new architecture for next-generation generative AI?

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

GPT-4 and other models rely on transformers. With StripedHyena, researchers present an alternative to the widely used architecture.

With StripedHyena, the Together AI team presents a family of language models with 7 billion parameters. What makes it special: StripedHyena uses a new set of AI architectures that aim to improve training and inference performance compared to the widely used transformer architecture, used for example in GPT-4.

The release includes StripedHyena-Hessian-7B (SH 7B), a base model, and StripedHyena-Nous-7B (SH-N 7B), a chat model. These models are designed to be faster, more memory efficient, and capable of processing very long contexts of up to 128,000 tokens. Researchers from HazyResearch, hessian. AI, Nous Research, MILA, HuggingFace, and the German Research Centre for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI) were involved.

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