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I highly recommend it. The professor is one cute little genius. Check this presentation of hers for a taste of what you're up 'against':

http://youtu.be/WpoQSN2VpbQ

This course allows one to finally update what most people learn about genetics (and when I say 'most' I'm already referring to the actual few who 'actually' learn anything at all), even in the biomedical and pharmacochemical sciences... Not that I particularly enjoy knowing more than most per se (alright you got me =P) but it is just that most people are pretty ignorant.. or are they?

So, if you want to discuss this stuff, I'll be right here WAITING (lol), I sorely need a refreshment.. : ) tho i can't be bothered to redo the course itself unless I'd be going "all in" (which I rarely do, and all-in biology is due only next decade in my schedule : )).. I mean, reading everything et al, maybe even checking out exams and what not... Following the white rabbit I barely have time now anyway, as I head towards my 80th MOOC! 'O.õ ... But I'll be glad to discuss this topic with you.

Oh dear! Oh dear! I shall be too late!
A2A


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Hi open-source-watchers  :  )
Two very well known works currently sitting on youtube:

Ivan Illich's classic 'Deschooling society', free audio book:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2eDObYpbbzs

Also John Holt's 'Instead of education', discussion:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=no6UEQjBUF0

They have distinctly different approaches, but both interesting.


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btw, I should note I'm against exams (in and of itself). In my "all-in" perspective I mentioned, I would treat them as a game, but "even then" (a term I used previously as well) it is doubtful I would play that one, since I (we?) already have more efficacious methods of interacting and committing data to LTP ^_^

This post is not about that however, it is useful and on-topic (in and of itself), before you feel tempted to delete or move it : ) [though we can fire up a conversation if you guys want, though probb more appropriate elsewhere]

This is about another great "open source watch" project, from CERN:

https://protonmail.ch/

Truly encrypted mail (don't store text so no use even if hacked ;-)), now you guys can have privacy without worrying I may be reading'em all =D I mean... the No Secrets Allowed agency of course, I'd never do that.. or are they? [or would I?]

The demand has been so high however (can you blame them?), that we have to wait a bit for more hardware to be allocated. But I believe you good people can still get your short, personal, nicknames of your preference =) [at least all my previous emails had to include either a bunch of numbers or be long or have some hard to distribute initials or something].. there is a "check availability" button there to facilitate this.

More info at:
http://www.coindesk.com/cern-scientists … ifference/

Kindly,
A2A


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Sounds familiar?

http://hplusmagazine.com/2014/12/05/rev … -leistung/

However unsophisticated for our standards of course.. (top-down, explicit / overt, "leadership" for one, b4 I get accused of diverging from the core bushido... yet again ^_^)

"Dokonalost "
ahhh .. the irony...
of drive and man.. I mean, mice...


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"Old rat brains rejuvenated and new neurons grown by asthma drug"
https://www.newscientist.com/article/dn … AL-twitter
"An asthma drug has rejuvenated rat brains, making old rats perform as well as young rats in tests of memory and cognition. The drug also encouraged the birth of new brain cells."

of course preventing the inflammation in the first place might be a better plan of action.....


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Hi dudes,
The drug under consideration is a leukotriene receptor antagonist marketed as 'Singulair'

Neuropsychiatric events have been reported in adult, adolescent, and pediatric patients taking SINGULAIR. Post-marketing reports with SINGULAIR use include agitation, aggressive behavior or hostility, anxiousness, depression, disorientation, disturbance in attention, dream abnormalities, hallucinations, insomnia, irritability, memory impairment, restlessness, somnambulism, suicidal thinking and behavior (including suicide), and tremor.
http://www.merck.com/product/usa/pi_cir … air_pi.pdf

...so, maybe not?


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Yeah probably not.   
“rejuvenated and new neurons grown”  is what caught my eye.   I was intrigued that this readily available drug could be a tool for neurohacking.
In reading the article, the effect is seen only as repair of damage (likely due to inflammation) and not augmentation.  Hence, the best plan of action would be to prevent whatever is causing the inflammation in the first place.   Like the article here   http://neurohackers.com/index.php/en/me … g-research  which talks of alternate day fasting for asthma.

What can be taken away from this article, is that the processes that cause asthma also cause neurological damage.
I do not fully understand the mechanism of this drug, but it is possible that if it allows rejuvenation of known damage, then a temporary course of treatment could be beneficial despite the side effect risks.  If it only accelerates repair that would occur anyway once the inflammatory processes are removed, then maybe not.


Note:  I had meant to post this topic in Mainstream Watch, not Open Source Watch so please move if possible.


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Super awesome.. open source hardware:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3NRyjilvRuM


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Alex
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Hi dudes,

If anyone can get this to work...

Officially launched on 4 April, Unpaywall is a free web-browser extension that hunts for versions of papers you'd prdinarily have to pay for, in more than 5,300 repositories worldwide, including preprint servers and institutional databases.

Source: Nature
http://www.nature.com/news/unpaywall-fi … Y-20170405

App found here:
http://unpaywall.org/

Good luck & have fun
AR


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Hi dudes,
Just in:

H Lifestyle use of drugs by healthy people for enhancing cognition, creativity, motivation and pleasure
L-S Camilla d'Angelo, George Savulich, Barbara J Sahakian
Accepted manuscript online: 20/04/2017

Today there is continued, and in some cases growing, availability of psychoactive substances, including treatments for mental health disorders such as cognitive enhancers, which can enhance or restore brain function, but also ‘recreational’ drugs such as novel psychoactive substances (NPS).

The use of psychoactive drugs has both benefits and risks: whilst new drugs to treat cognitive symptoms in neuropsychiatric or neurodegenerative disorders could have great benefits for many patient groups, the increasing ease of accessibility to recreational NPS and the increasing lifestyle use of cognitive enhancers by healthy people means that the effective management of psychoactive substances will be an issue of increasing importance.

Clearly, the potential benefits of cognitive enhancers are large and increasingly relevant, particularly as the population ages, and for this reason we should continue to devote resources to the development of cognitive enhancers as treatments for neurodegenerative diseases and psychiatric disorders, including Alzheimer’s disease, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and schizophrenia.

However, the increasing use of cognitive enhancers by healthy individuals raises safety, ethical and regulatory concerns, which should not be ignored.
Similarly, understanding the short-and long-term consequences of NPS use as well as better understanding the motivations and profiles of users could promote more effective prevention and harm reduction measures.


Lots of useful info in this one! Full paper in Drugs & Chemicals section of NHA library

enjoy,
AR


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Here is collection of 39 original papers.
http://open-mind.net/papers

Discovered through this article
https://www.newscientist.com/article/21 … ucination/

I haven't read (all of*) them yet, but many of the titles sounded of interest to neurohackers.

*Edit:
Anyone interested in lucid dreaming might like this paper.

http://open-mind.net/papers/what-is-the … e-research
It describes states experienced during lucid dreaming, and also the use of 25Hz and 40Hz tACS to stimulate and increase control of lucid dream states.


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"Memory for Prediction Error Minimization: From Depersonalization to the Delusion of Non-Existence"

Interesting (and amusing) title. Let's see if they got it right..

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Cool! Although I see no mention of 'Golden Rule #1' there. (as per usual in psycho-related studies) I'd suggest said 'further investigations' control for Zinc content in diet and absorption.

Nice collection, thanks.
A2A


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