Science

Neuroscience Study Group
The Mind and Consciousness

The next meeting of the NSSG is scheduled for Tuesday, May 15, 2018 at 2 PM in my apartment #1909. If you are planning to invite or bring a guest, please call me first to ensure adequate seating space. 

Because our reading assignment is relatively short we may consider returning to the discussion of dreams and our minds. 

Our reading assignment is as follows: 

KAKU, Ch 8, p.181-194
CAN THE MIND BE CONTROLLED? 

This chapter is devoted to describing the many ways, chemically, cellularly, and electronically, the mind can be controlled and the various people and governments involved in these efforts. It reviews the ''promise and perils" of the early and current efforts to do so. 

PETER GODFREY-SMITH Ch 7, p 159-178 EXPERIENCE COMPRESSED 

In this chapter Godfrey-Smith, shocked to learn of the short lives of the cephalopods, discusses lifespan, internal and external factors that can and do affect life and death. In an unusual display of compassion, he shares his experience on finding a dying colony of cephalopods, what he witnessed, and the details of the last few minutes of life of a dying octopus. 

SY MONTGOMERY, Ch 6, p.154-179 EXIT 

Wonderful descriptions of the world Montgomery would like to live in, the many species of marine life she sees, and more about her emotional attachment to the octopus named Kavli and its demise. 

See you on the 15th. 

BEATRICE ROSE