On Intelligence

How a New Understanding of the Brain Will Lead to the Creation of Truly Intelligent Machines By: Jeff Hawkins Published: 2004 Read: 2017 Summary: How does the brain work, specifically the (neo)cortex, and what is intelligence. Its central theorem is

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A Deep-Dream Virtual Reality Platform for Studying Altered Perceptual Phenomenology

By: Keisuke Suzuki, Warrick Roseboom, David J. Schwartzman & Anil K. Seth In: Nature, Scientific Reports, 7 Date: 22 November 2017 Key Concepts: Altered states of consciousness (ASC): Qualitative alteration in the overall pattern of mental functioning. The experiencer feels

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Model hallucinations

By: Philip Gerrans and Chris Letheby In: Aeon Date: 2018 Key Concepts: Psychedelics: Induce an altered state of consciousness known as ‘ego dissolution’. Sensations of self-transcendence. A feeling in which the mind is put in touch more directly and intensely

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REBUS and the Anarchic Brain

Toward a Unified Model of the Brain Action of Psychedelics By: R. L. Carhart-Harris and K. J. Friston In: Pharmacological Reviews Date: July 2019 Key Takeaways: Brains make models to reduce uncertainty: guess, test and revise. Guess: best-guess statistical approximations

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How to Change Your Mind

What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence By: Michael Pollan Published: 2018 Read: 2019 Summary: Over the past two decades, science has renewed its interest in the potential benefits of “psychedelic therapy”

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