May 30, 2008

Braincast 005 - A short History of Brain Science

The brain once was a cooling system and a soul organ. It consisted of cavities and gear wheels. Today we know better for we screen even the tiniest structures. Here a brief (historical) summary of models and methods.

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This is - as soon as Google has finished – the video with Dr. Helmut Wicht, rewarded lecturer at the Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universität of Frankfurt, and me, dissecting a brain. So this is what it really looks like. It´s not translated yet, but ... isn´t a picture worth a thousand words ...

Our look into the history of neuroscience starts on the piano with Rob Costlow and Reflections, becomes more technical with Project M and Love´s labour and finishes very easy with the Cool Rhythm of Brian Butler.

May 24, 2008

Braincast 004 - Intelligence

One of the most important application of the brain is intelligence. In this episode we talk about definitions, benchmark data and background, about where and what for.

Carl Zimmer interviews legendary neuroscientist Michael Gazzaniga on – very interesting.

We start with a wonderful piece of ambient: Katie Turner and Slow. Completely different, but wonderful as well: Eve from Jr. To avoid becoming to slow, next a rather untypical song from Dreamweaver, called The Rhythm / Club Mix. We finish quitly and beautiful with Katzengold and Strandgut.

May 17, 2008

Braincast 003 - Emotional and other blindnesses

Between mind and brain there is room for different kinds of blindness. Some, like the face blindness – base on structural damage. Others – like emotional blindness – are grounded on lacks in parenting. In this episode we discuss both.

This weeks link goes to reading pigeons – one of Skinner´s tricks, as important as overhyped in that time.

The titles of this episode are the more than wonderful Piano Moods of Project M – one of my all time favorites and great to write with. The second title is Calling Earth with Transmission.

May 10, 2008

Braincast 002 - Signal and Noise

Why do we have a brain at all? Not everybody needs it and it just burns up a lot of energy. But apart from our own body we have to deal with the world, have to decode it´s signals from all the noise ...

This weeks links are
- the free downloadable CIA book Psychology of Intelligence Analysis
- the UCLA Advanced Neuroimaging Summer School-podcast on iTunes U (via)
- the great company Despair, inc. (via) - have fun!

We start with the wonderful Deep Sea Dust and Surftech. Second a little jazz from DigiTube and Movin ­– you can even buy it. The last title is Shinny & Happy from Beats – not their best piece of music, but perfectly short.

May 3, 2008

Braincast 001 - Braincast one

Braincast is the podcast on the frequency of mind and brain. Episode one is a short description of what we are up to.

Here the Link to Barry Schwartz in a TED-Talk about The Paradox of Choice.

Just two titles to start with: one of my podsafe-favorites DigiTube with Vintage Keys and Budha Building with So easy (instrumental) - good music for writing as well.