Category Archives: Neuroscience and Humanities

Cyborgs R Us

Like a few million others, I got a new iPhone for Christmas. I think it has 56 gigabytes of memory. I’m eagerly anticipating the release of the Apple Watch in a few months. I’ve promised my daughter I’ll buy her … Continue reading

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Enhancing in the Fat Present

Paleoethnographer André Leroi-Gourhan understood the hand as the first tool; I prefer to think of the finger as claiming that honor. The first intentional point of a finger, both phylogenetic and ontogenetic, is a gesture that directs the eye beyond … Continue reading

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Religion Writer

The study of religion is bound in the often uncomfortable tension between opposing positions and forces.  It seems we would need to know what religion is in order to study religions, yet how do we know what religion is without … Continue reading

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BBM Vol. 1 Introduction

Graduation … a sea of floating heads
 the body is more than a meaty vehicle for the mind
 ritual studies … an absurdly undeveloped area of study Continue reading

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BBM Vol. 2 The Meaning of the Body

The idea that only words have meanings ignores vast stretches on the landscape of human meaning-making
 there is no academic endeavor more word-bound, headier, than the academic study of religion
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BBM Vol. 3 Tradition and Change: Memory and Neuroplasty

teenage brains undergo periods when the cerebellum keeps getting bigger and better throughout the teen years
 what the brain wants is play
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BBM Vol. 4 Imagination, Theory, Story

Our brains come equipped to make up stories
 our left brains are habitual prevaricators
 Human beings are story-makers and storytellers
 the word story … is commonly used to refer to myth, folktale, anecdote, history, as well as an out-and-out lie
 people can endure anything if it is rendered into a story
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BBM Vol. 5 Color and Reality

The idea that color does not exist independent of our perception of it, is astounding
 We create color in the world as we interact with it
 We must explore the world with our moving experiential touch-based bodies to see the world
 The sensorimotor patternings that have created the schemas that we unconsciously draw on when
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BBM Vol. 6 Phantom and Reality

A piece of your brain the size of a grain of sand would contain one hundred thousand neurons, two million axons and one billion synapses
 The body surface is surely nothing but meat without the interconnection to the brain and the brain area is useless without connection to the body. The skin is the outer surface of the brain. The body is the extension of the brain
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BBM Vol. 7 Making, Agency, Action, Artifice

all making is … motivated by … some projection of the body into the world beyond the body
 In a religious tradition seemingly so opposed to the body, it shocks us to find that important exchanges between god and humans, as depicted by the biblical literature, were about bodies
 The only, and irresistible, power of femininity is the inverse power of seduction
 Seduction is stronger than power because it is reversible and mortal
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