Understanding the brain

Can we ever understand the brain?

Why this question is essentially equivalent to the mind-body problem and what we can learn about it from philosophy, machine learning and even mathematics. Continue reading Can we ever understand the brain?

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Same same but different: Social norms and the brain

Ever stood in awe of North Korea’s cheerleaders, or chuckled at old pictures of mom’s perm and dad’s extravagant mustache, wondering how much of your behavior is a product of your immediate social environment? Continue reading Same same but different: Social norms and the brain

It’s a Gut Feeling: What is our Gut Bacteria telling our Brain?

There is so much bacteria in your gut that they can easily outweigh your brain. In recent years, researchers have found that the bacteria in our gut communicate with the brain and vice versa. Now we want to know how this communication takes place, whether the food we eat is altering our gut bacteria, and what types of signals they are sending to the brain. Continue reading It’s a Gut Feeling: What is our Gut Bacteria telling our Brain?