Saturday, May 28, 2011

The Six Million Dollar Bionic Brain

By Judith Horstman / Source: Fox News

The six-million dollar man was pure fantasy in the 70s -- but largely realistic technology today. And the future of this tech is even wilder: Implantable brain electrodes may be just around the corner.

Futurists and science-fiction writers have long speculated about merging human and machine, especially human brains and computers. These dreams are slowly becoming reality: The deaf are hearing with bionic "ears," the blind see with the aid of electrodes, an amputee is moving a prosthetic arm by thought, a man paralyzed with locked-in syndrome is "speaking" through a brain electrode connected to a computerized synthesizer.

One such bionic advance -- thought-driven neural implants -- could change the lives of millions of people, including the many thousands conscious but now entombed within their own bodies in what's called locked-in syndrome, and the thousands of wounded warriors returning from battle with missing limbs and devastating brain injuries.

And it could open tremendous opportunities for people in the future who would like to take their minds where no man's body has gone before -- into deepest space or the deepest of ocean depths, for example, through the "senses" of a thought-driven robot.


Mind Secrets Exposed

Friday, May 27, 2011

Artificial Telepathy - The Perfect Torture

Source: MindTech Sweden

The experience of “Artificial Telepathy” is really not that extraordinary. It’s as simple as receiving a cell-phone call in one’s head.

Indeed, most of the technology involved is exactly identical to that of cell-phone technology. Satellites link the sender and the receiver. A computer “multiplexer” routes the voice signal of the sender through microwave towers to a very specifically defined location or cell. The “receiver” is located and tracked with pinpoint accuracy, to within a few feet of actual location.

But the receiver is not a cell phone. It’s a human brain.

Out of nowhere, a voice suddenly blooms in the mind of the target. The human skull has no “firewall” and therefore cannot shut the voice out. The receiver can hear the sender’s verbal thoughts. The sender, in turn, can hear all of the target’s thoughts, exactly as if the target’s verbal thoughts had been spoken or broadcast. For this reason, the experience could be called “hearing voices” but is more properly described as “artificial telepathy”.


Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Unlock the Power of Your Subconscious Mind to Get Things Done

By Greg Frost, Creator of Universal Life Secrets

Today I will be sharing with you some tactics on how you can leverage off your subconscious mind to get things done better.

The key to making your subconscious mind work for you is in your attitude. Having a positive self-esteem and confidence in yourself can go a long way towards achieving the goals that you have set out for your mind.

Whilst many people believe that confidence and esteem comes with your personality, which is determined at birth, it is not true. It is never too late to start cultivating and improving your inner image and resources, primarily that of your subconscious mind.


Mind Secrets Exposed

Monday, May 23, 2011

How to Manipulate Your Body to Wake the Hell Up

By Matthew Rogers / Source: LifeHacker

Say it's Friday, you've had a long week, and you keep nodding off at your desk. Coffee's just not getting the job done on its own, and you really don't feel like dumping vials of miniature energy drinks into your system just to get through a few hours of work. The good news is that you don't need to: Here are a few simple tricks to wake yourself up naturally, quickly, and without spending more money.

For the coffee addicts: When you feel like your coffee isn't giving you the jolt you need, try reducing the amount of milk and sugar that you put in it. When every sip is more bitter than what you're used to, you might just feel more awake in drinking it.

Grab a few minutes of direct sunlight, outside: It doesn't matter if you've got a corner office that gets sun all day, light passing through windows just isn't the same as the real deal. Step outside and let your skin grab some untouched sunlight, soak up some Vitamin D, breathe some fresh air and let your ears feel the openness of an unmuffled, non-office world.


Wake Up and Transform Your Life

By Steve Pavlina          
What does it mean to wake up and become more conscious?

Let me share some perspectives that should make it easier to understand the process of waking up.

The Cellular Perspective

From the cellular perspective, you can see yourself as an individual person interacting with other individuals. You’re like a single cell in the larger body of humanity, which is comprised of billions of other people-cells.

For example, I could say that I’m a guy (a cell) who’s dedicated to helping people (other cells) live more consciously. I may communicate with many people during my lifetime, but each person is a unique individual, so the impact is different for everyone. We may all be part of some larger body of humanity, but our interactions mainly occur at the individual cellular level.

This is similar to one of the cells in your body noticing the other cells around it and deciding to do what it can to be of service to those cells. It may help a lot of cells, but it still regards itself as an individual cell helping other individual cells. And it won’t help all cells equally, nor could it do so even if it tried.


Cosmic Ordering

Saturday, May 21, 2011

We Are All Inattentive Superheroes

By Bradley Voytek
One of the more interesting parts about being a neuroscientist is when I'm suddenly struck by how absolutely weird our brains are.

And I'm not even talking about the super trippy stuff like free-will; even the mundane things are really mind-boggling.

For example: what does it mean to experience the world around us? We "see" things because photons that manage to pass through the inside-out design of our retinal cells cause a molecular change in the photoreceptors such that 11-cis-retinal isomerizes... etc.

(Tons of way overly detailed biology cut from here...)

When we "hear" things, the sound pressure waveform hits the tympanic membrane (eardrum) and ultimately causes the basilar membrane in your cochlea to vibrate. The basilar membrane is stiffer at one end (the basal end) and less stiff at the other end (the apical end). This fact was observed by Georg von Békésy (and earned him the 1961 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine).


How to Buy Happiness

Money can buy happiness, but only if you spend it on someone else, researchers reported on Thursday.

Spending as little as $5 a day on someone else could significantly boost happiness, the team at the University of British Columbia and Harvard Business School found.

Their experiments on more than 630 Americans showed they were measurably happier when they spent money on others -- even if they thought spending the money on themselves would make them happier.

"We wanted to test our theory that how people spend their money is at least as important as how much money they earn," said Elizabeth Dunn, a psychologist at the University of British Columbia.


Monday, May 16, 2011

How to See the Future with Meditation

By Owen Waters / Author of The Shift

One of the great advantages of regular meditation is that it enhances your sense of intuition. The more you practice meditation, the more you gain insight into every aspect of your life. Insights can relate to present or past events, leading to a greater understanding of your life's path, or they can relate to future events.

Insights into future events can be challenging in four ways:

1. The future is not fixed. Until you experience it, the future remains as an array of possibilities with a "most likely" scenario based on what holds the greatest energy.

2. Viewing the future can change the outcome. Even a 100% accurate view of the most likely scenario will trigger questions about whether you want that scenario to manifest, and that change can influence the outcome. This can give the illusion of inaccuracy in the original prediction.


Saturday, May 14, 2011

How to Live Forever (results may vary)

By Amara D. Angelica /

I love the premise: take off on a global trek to interview the world’s oldest people, top health and fitness gurus, and smartest life-extension scientists, and ask one question: what’s your secret?

In How To Live Forever, a new film from Variance Films, producer/director Mark Wexler (Seeing Double, Me & My Matchmaker, Air Force One on PBS-National Geographic) does just that.

Ya gotta love Buster, a 101-year-old chain-smoking, beer-drinking marathoner in London, Marge Jetton, a 104-year-old iron-pumping Seventh-day Adventist in Loma Linda, California, and Edna Ruth Parker, 115, the then-oldest person in the world, in Indiana.

Silva mind body healing

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Can Psychedelics Make You Happier?

Mike is hunched over a pile of soggy wood chips at the bottom of a glade in Golden Gate Park. It’s a clear winter afternoon and sunlight filters through the eucalyptus trees, landing on grass still damp from a recent storm. Mike sifts through the wood chips, slowly and deliberately examining the soil beneath. Two paper bags fill a pocket of his Patagonia fleece jacket.

Mike is a 28-year-old engineer at a prominent software company in San Francisco. He is soft-spoken and self-possessed; on weekends he drives his Subaru Forester to his time-share in Tahoe to ski. He donates to public radio, and he has made himself into an aficionado of the city’s Indian restaurants. He is, or seems, like a well-adjusted member of society.

But what he is doing — sifting through wood chips in a damp, obscure corner of the 1,000-acre park that bisects the western portion of San Francisco — is a felony.


Monday, May 09, 2011

Free eBook -- 40 Sleep Hacks: A Geek's Guide to Optimizing Sleep

Here's a great free ebook if you are suffering from any type of sleep problems (or just interested in the psychology of sleep). This book has 40 interesting tips and tricks to help you get a better night's sleep, including everything from how and when to nap, what to eat, where to sleep, and even what time to go to sleep and wake up for an optimal rest.

Other topics include the psychology of sleep and research into lucid dreaming, meditation and reviews of various technological gadgets which may help you in your quest for a proper night's sleep. Just right-click  on the link below to download the book to your computer.


Sleep Programming

Thinking Positive Doesn't Work for Asians

Focusing on positive emotions does not help Asians cope with stress and depression, according to a survey of college students.
For European-Americans, however, the more stress and depression they felt, the fewer positive emotions they reported. The findings suggest  psychotherapies emphasizing positive emotions, which can relieve stress and depression in white populations, may not work for Asians, who make up 60 percent of the world population.

The study, published in the journal Emotion, could have implications for helping the Japanese recover from natural disasters and subsequent nuclear crisis in March, and for Chinese coping with post-traumatic stress following the 2008 Sichuan province earthquake.


Thursday, May 05, 2011

Did Psychic Spies Help Find Osama bin Laden?

By Gary S. Bekkum

Multiple sources claim to have been approached by US government officials concerning a 21st Century post-9/11 paranormal program, allegedly housed within the secretive National Security Agency (NSA).
An independent source affiliated with the Washington Post confirmed some of the information previously provided to STARstream Research (SSR) and

According to various accounts, shortly after al Qaida launched attacks against the United States on September 11, 2001, US and UK based intelligence agencies approached persons known for their 'extraordinary human performance' capabilities. Among the self-proclaimed 'psychics' contacted by intelligence sources were Uri Geller, who had previously worked with the US CIA, and Chris Robinson, who had provided warnings of terror events to British authorities.