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By: The Posts Author | Posted on: 18 Jul 22

One of the most remarkable properties of the brain is its capacity to adapt at a functional and structural level in response to our environment and life experiences-it’s what allows us to learn, create memories, acquire skills, and adjust our behavior. This malleability of the brain is known as neuroplasticity or brain plasticity.Until recently, it was believed that it was mostly at a functional level-through synaptic plasticity-that the adult brain could change. But the development and refinement of brain imaging technology has indicated that neuronal networks in the adult brain retain the ability to structurally remodel their connectivity-through synaptic remodeling …

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One of the most remarkable properties of the brain is its capacity to adapt at a functional and structural level in response to our environment and life experiences-it’s what allows us to learn, create memories, acquire skills, and adjust our behavior. This malleability of the brain is known as neuroplasticity or brain plasticity.Until recently, it was believed that it was …

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By: The Posts Author | Posted on: 29 Jun 22

OnlySubs Episode 99: Communism, Terrible Idea, Every Species is now available exclusively for New Discourses contributors on the following platforms: Locals Patreon Subscribestar YouTube Members Thinkspot One of the more famous quips about Communism comes from the renowned biologist (entomologist, technically) E.O. Wilson. He said that it was a “great idea, wrong species,” meaning that it’s not suited to human beings and human nature. Wilson studied ants, and he clearly had in mind that the much more hive-like species he dedicated his life to understanding is more suited to Communism. He wasn’t right about that. In fact, he reproduced the key …

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OnlySubs Episode 99: Communism, Terrible Idea, Every Species is now available exclusively for New Discourses contributors on the following platforms: Locals Patreon Subscribestar YouTube Members Thinkspot One of the more famous quips about Communism comes from the renowned biologist (entomologist, technically) E.O. Wilson. He said that it was a “great idea, wrong species,” meaning that it’s not suited to human beings …

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By: The Posts Author | Posted on: 16 Jun 22

A cognitively rich and physically active lifestyle can be very beneficial for brain health and cognitive performance. Underlying these effects is one of the most important properties of the brain: brain plasticity, or neuroplasticity, is the brain’s capacity to adapt based on life experiences and it’s what allows us to learn and become more skilled with practice.Brain plasticity acts at a functional level by adjusting the functional properties of existing neurons and synapses through molecular changes, and at a structural level through changes in neuronal morphology, neuronal connections, glial cells, and other dynamic adjustments in cellular structures. To learn about …

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A cognitively rich and physically active lifestyle can be very beneficial for brain health and cognitive performance. Underlying these effects is one of the most important properties of the brain: brain plasticity, or neuroplasticity, is the brain’s capacity to adapt based on life experiences and it’s what allows us to learn and become more skilled with practice.Brain plasticity acts at …

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By: The Posts Author | Posted on: 26 Apr 22

The term ‘hacker’ has its origins in computer programming subcultures from the ’60s, and was used to describe people who wanted to take on hard problems in a spirit of playful exploration and a resistance to ‘unearned’ authority. Although the methods, means and intentions of hackers varied widely, all seemed to share a unique ethos that mixed a deep commitment to individual autonomy and agency with an equally deep commitment to collaboration and co-creation.Over time, the concept of hacking has traveled far from its origins, finding its way into a number of domains like Biohacking, Consciousness Hacking, Flow Hacking and …

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The term ‘hacker’ has its origins in computer programming subcultures from the ’60s, and was used to describe people who wanted to take on hard problems in a spirit of playful exploration and a resistance to ‘unearned’ authority. Although the methods, means and intentions of hackers varied widely, all seemed to share a unique ethos that mixed a deep commitment …

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By: The Posts Author | Posted on: 28 Mar 22

“That which does not kill us, makes us stronger.” It turns out Nietzsche was right, at least when it comes to our adaptive stress response. Our bodies thrive on short-term acute “stress” exposure by ramping up growth and repair. This process, known as hormesis, may have powerful health and longevity benefits.*What is Hormesis?In the fields of biology and medicine, hormesis is defined as an adaptive response of cells and organisms to a moderate (usually intermittent) stress. Low levels of controlled stress stimulate or upregulate existing cellular and molecular pathways, improving the adaptive capacity of cells and organisms to withstand greater stress.Let’s …

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“That which does not kill us, makes us stronger.” It turns out Nietzsche was right, at least when it comes to our adaptive stress response. Our bodies thrive on short-term acute “stress” exposure by ramping up growth and repair. This process, known as hormesis, may have powerful health and longevity benefits.*What is Hormesis?In the fields of biology and medicine, hormesis …

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By: The Posts Author | Posted on: 9 Jan 22

Today Jake Kreuz, founder of Vital Red Light, is here to help us better understand how to use red light therapy to biohack our health using photobiomodulation.The Science Behind Red Light TherapyRed light therapy (RLT) — also known as photobiomodulation, is a natural, non-invasive healing modality that delivers beneficial light directly to your body and cells. It utilizes two specific wavelengths of light (mid 600nm red light and mid 800 nm near-infrared light) that are naturally emitted by the sun. In targeted doses, they provide a wide range of health benefits across different systems and parts of the body.A great metaphor for explaining the …

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Today Jake Kreuz, founder of Vital Red Light, is here to help us better understand how to use red light therapy to biohack our health using photobiomodulation.The Science Behind Red Light TherapyRed light therapy (RLT) — also known as photobiomodulation, is a natural, non-invasive healing modality that delivers beneficial light directly to your body and cells. It utilizes two specific wavelengths of light …

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By: The Posts Author | Posted on: 5 Jan 22

How Our Second Brain Affects Mood, Immune Function, and CognitionYour gut is home to trillions of bacteria and other microbes that communicate with your brain. This communication occurs in large part via the vagus nerve and is part of the gut-brain axis. These findings and more have earned our gut microbiome the nickname “the second brain.”Today, Naveen Jain, Founder of Viome, is here to help us understand how our second brain affects mood, immune function, and cognition.An Overview of The Gut MicrobiomeCan you give us a high-level overview of the gut microbiome?The microbiota is the entire collection of microbes living in …

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How Our Second Brain Affects Mood, Immune Function, and CognitionYour gut is home to trillions of bacteria and other microbes that communicate with your brain. This communication occurs in large part via the vagus nerve and is part of the gut-brain axis. These findings and more have earned our gut microbiome the nickname “the second brain.”Today, Naveen Jain, Founder of Viome, …

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By: The Posts Author | Posted on: 16 Nov 21

What Is Glutamate?Glutamate is the most abundant neurotransmitter in our brain and central nervous system (CNS). It is involved in virtually every major excitatory brain function. While excitatory has a very specific meaning in neuroscience, in general terms, an excitatory neurotransmitter increases the likelihood that the neuron it acts upon will have an action potential (also called a nerve impulse).[1]When an action potential occurs, the nerve is said to fire, with fire, in this case, being somewhat akin to the completion of an electric circuit that occurs when a light switch is turned on. The result of neurons firing is …

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What Is Glutamate?Glutamate is the most abundant neurotransmitter in our brain and central nervous system (CNS). It is involved in virtually every major excitatory brain function. While excitatory has a very specific meaning in neuroscience, in general terms, an excitatory neurotransmitter increases the likelihood that the neuron it acts upon will have an action potential (also called a nerve impulse).[1]When …

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By: The Posts Author | Posted on: 1 Sep 21

The skies of the Bay Area turned orange in September 02020, as the smoke from the complex of wildfires throughout the Bay overwhelmed the sky. Image courtesy of Long Now Speaker and photographer Christopher Michel. Here at Long Now’s offices in San Francisco, we are in the midst of California’s fire season. The fire season is an ever-expanding span of time typically judged to peak between August and October, though the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection has warned for years of the dawn of a nearly year-round season. The Dixie Fire, now almost half contained, spread over 700,000 …

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The skies of the Bay Area turned orange in September 02020, as the smoke from the complex of wildfires throughout the Bay overwhelmed the sky. Image courtesy of Long Now Speaker and photographer Christopher Michel. Here at Long Now’s offices in San Francisco, we are in the midst of California’s fire season. The fire season is an ever-expanding span of …

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By: The Posts Author | Posted on: 1 Sep 21

The skies of the Bay Area turned orange in September 02020, as the smoke from the complex of wildfires throughout the Bay overwhelmed the sky. Image courtesy of Long Now Speaker and photographer Christopher Michel. Here at Long Now’s offices in San Francisco, we are in the midst of California’s fire season. The fire season is an ever-expanding span of time typically judged to peak between August and October, though the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection has warned for years of the dawn of a nearly year-round season. The Dixie Fire, now almost half contained, spread over 700,000 …

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The skies of the Bay Area turned orange in September 02020, as the smoke from the complex of wildfires throughout the Bay overwhelmed the sky. Image courtesy of Long Now Speaker and photographer Christopher Michel. Here at Long Now’s offices in San Francisco, we are in the midst of California’s fire season. The fire season is an ever-expanding span of …

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