Tag Archive for neuroscience

Esquire digs into “heaven” doctor’s NDE story. It’s not pretty.

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In a followup to this story about neuroscientist Eben Alexander and his so-called “proof” of heaven (a claim for which it falls FAR short), he’s having a hard time looking credible these days. The ‘Proof of Heaven’ Author Has Now Been Thoroughly Debunked by Science – Esther Zuckerman – The Atlantic Wire. A book called…

‘Proof Of Heaven’ Bestseller to be made into movie

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Ick. Not my kind of movie. Eben Alexander’s book appeal to supernaturalists. Near Death Experiences is a hot topic these days. Universal Acquires ‘Proof Of Heaven'; Bestseller About Dying Surgeon Who Glimpses Afterlife – Deadline.com. Universal Pictures has won a bidding battle for movie rights to Proof Of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon’s Journey Into The Afterlife, the…

Brain Gym: Just use yours to see how silly this is

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Brain Gym claims challenged. Australian neuroscientists have attacked a taxpayer-funded brain-training and exercise program used in NSW classrooms for making ‘silly’ pseudo-scientific claims when explaining how it works. The Brain Gym website says its 26 physical exercises will “bring about rapid and often dramatic improvements in concentration, memory, organising and more” by developing “neural pathways”…

NFL’s Kosar finds relief in hyped but mysterious brain treatments

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This isn’t funny. TWO posts in a row connected to Suzanne Somers… Both complete woo woo. Former Cleveland Browns quarterback Bernie Kosar receiving ‘groundbreaking’ treatments for brain trauma | cleveland.com. Former Browns quarterback Bernie Kosar never thought about the consequences of the helmet-rattling hits he absorbed while throwing touchdown passes and raising Super Bowl hopes…

Neuro doubters: Against the oversimplifications of the way brains work

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This is a topic we’ve covered before – neurobabble, neuro-flap doodle, etc.This is another piece critical of the current trend in popular books and ideas connecting everything we do to neuroscience. Neuroscience – Under Attack – NYTimes.com. Meet the “neuro doubters.” The neuro doubter may like neuroscience but does not like what he or she…

Soul theory: Oh, they used the Q word

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Scientists offer quantum theory of soul’s existence. American Dr Stuart Hameroff and British physicist Sir Roger Penrose developed a quantum theory of consciousness asserting that our souls are contained inside structures called microtubules which live within our brain cells. Their idea stems from the notion of the brain as a biological computer, “with 100 billion…

Deep doubt and questions on Alexander’s “proof of Heaven” story

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Here is a thoughtful analysis on a story from earlier: the neuroscientist’s claim of the afterlife. Is the afterlife full of fluffy clouds and angels? – Telegraph. Have you ever noticed that more people come back from Heaven than from Hell? We have all read those astonishing reports of near-death experiences (NDEs, as the aficionados…

Neurosurgeon’s story of experiencing the afterlife

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A neurosurgeon recounts his experience with a coma and a Near Death Experience. Proof of Heaven: A Doctor’s Experience With the Afterlife – Newsweek and The Daily Beast. There is no scientific explanation for the fact that while my body lay in coma, my mind—my conscious, inner self—was alive and well. While the neurons of…

Just add “neuro-” in front of it to sound more sciencey

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An expose on the rash of popular neuroscience books that have appeared over the past few years. What should we think of them? Science? or Neuro-flapdoodle? Your brain on pseudoscience: the rise of popular neurobollocks An intellectual pestilence is upon us. Shop shelves groan with books purporting to explain, through snazzy brain-imaging studies, not only…

Social misdirection in magic is complicated, study finds

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Discoveries into perception via popular magic tricks. Researchers at Barrow Neurological Institute at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center have unveiled how and why the public perceives some magic tricks in recent studies that could have real-world implications in military tactics, marketing and sports. Susana Martinez-Conde, PhD, of Barrow’s Laboratory of Visual Neuroscience, and Stephen…