Epiphany of the week

By Dr. Matt Wachsman

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Epiphany of the week is the output of the singularity. Look for our podcast in the Podcasts app or in the iTunes Store
45 episodes · since Feb, 2015
Episodes published before Feb. 21, 2016
Feb. 15, 2016
Volition is slower than reaction. This was theorized by the physicist Niels Bohr before he died in the 1960's and was only recently confirmed. It takes a lot more brain for conscious thought, but using less brain makes you 30 to 90 percent faster on the draw. This has ramifications in Westerns, addiction, procrastination, and probably a lot of other areas. Oh, and Han Shot First.
Jan. 17, 2016
Food doesn't evolve as fast as any other technology. This is because our deep brain structures strangle any creativity when we think about food. Instead, a panic response is triggered and we just think of our safety foods. This is how to get around that
Jan. 11, 2016
Most mp3 players have a media bar showing where you are in the song. By hitting different spots on the bar, you go and play different parts of the music. If the music is incredibly boring, it sounds better hopping around in it than playing it conventionally. I call this ersatz musical instrument, "the Crapaphone" since, one uses crappy music as the source. It can be recorded while playing and replayed (or not!)
Dec. 6, 2015
The meaning of life is pain and loss. Sure, religions often say this, but even more importantly, so do we. A meaningful poker game or meaningful use or a meaningful relationship involves the risk or the certainty of pain and loss.
Nov. 22, 2015
Missing data, messed up data, unforeseen circumstances will randomly happen. The consequences of it, however, are never random. The burden of entropy is put upon the weak by the strong. Default values for missing information have huge consequences. In police shootings, the victim should be presumed INNOCENT. Furthermore the assumption that every interaction is of dire risk leads to bad consequences in police encounters and in the ER. We should take stock of the assumptions
Nov. 15, 2015
You get to pick and choose your birthday and how happy it is. At least a little bit
Oct. 26, 2015
Automatic brain functioning systems are triggered to keep us safe and make babies. Maybe civilization should put some brakes on the unrestrained pursuit of both. At least get it under conscious control or not have tha unconscious run everthing into the ground?
Oct. 18, 2015
Seriously, validate this yourself (perhaps using yourself as the example!) A not-very-bright person when asked how to get to somewhere will paradoxically give more information (often involving events involving inbred relatives) than a more intelligent person (who will often just demand you use a computer yourself!) This demonstrates that the deepest parts of the brain involved in memory are those relating story, location, and memory.
Oct. 12, 2015
I was watching a pinball tournament this weekend, even when I was playing great and just barely missing winning it. Immediate emotions, compulsions and motions are all due to overlapping brain circuits. This just illustrates that if you know any one subject to its fullest, you know all subjects because all knowledge is one
Aug. 5, 2015
The media Just Does Not Want to Accept Donald Trump as a viable candidate. Truth is, for a fragmented GOP, he's the only candidate

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