• Your Brain and You

    Created in Newsletter Library, Mind-Body Connection You are the lucky owner of a magnificent piece of biological machinery – the human brain. Your brain is always on, performs lightning-fast calculations, and is a whiz at making connections between seemingly unrelated factors and observations. The only downside is that your brain didn’t come with an owner’s

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  • Your Hardware / Your Software

    Created in Newsletter Library, Mind-Body Connection The metaphor linking the human brain with computer hardware is now so well known that it features regularly in news media stories. But computers have only been with us since Colossus and ENIAC (electronic numerical integrator and computer) were constructed in the mid-1940s. The metaphor linking the code embedded

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  • Your Nerve System and You

    Created in Newsletter Library, Mind-Body Connection Your nerve system is your body’s master communication system. Your brain – your body’s central processing unit – receives information from every other system. Information on sight, sound, touch, taste, and smell is constantly bombarding your brain. Information on muscle activity, placement of your arms and legs and fingers

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  • Your Personal Cloud

    Created in Newsletter Library, Mind-Body Connection The concept of cloud computing has become a buzzword in recent years. The notion of “the cloud” originally referred to data storage. You could backup your computer files or even an image of your hard drive to a server bank in some remote location. Now you can access fully

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  • Coming Up for Air

    Created in Newsletter Library, Mind-Body Connection Both Abraham Lincoln, 16th President of the United States, and Charles Darwin, author of The Origin of Species and creator of the theory of natural selection, were born on February 12, 1809. Modern evolutionary theory, of course, is based on Darwin’s theory of natural selection. The evolutionary history of

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  • Man and Machine

    Created in Newsletter Library, Mind-Body Connection Is a computer like a human brain or is a human brain like a computer? When machines allow us to extend our abilities, are we enhancing our humanness or becoming more machine-like? What are the meaningful distinctions between humans and machines and how do these impact our daily pursuits

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  • Mind and Matter

    Created in Newsletter Library, Mind-Body Connection Scientists and philosophers have pursued the notion of mind for thousands of years. [Of course, being able to think about the mind’s origins and place in the universe presumes having a mind, but that’s a separate piece of this puzzle.] Regardless of mind’s origin, we are well aware that

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  • Ebb and Flow

    Created in Newsletter Library, Mind-Body Connection Ancient peoples closely observed and interacted with the rhythms of their immediate environment. The sun rose in the East and set in the West. Day followed night, and approximately 12 hours later night followed day. The seasons progressed through a more leisurely, although no less regular, rhythm. A season

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