Hacking Your Connectome

Last time, after I explained some basic theory behind connectome hacking, I promised I’d give you three concrete examples of using your nervous system’s built-in circuitry to create changes in your own behavior, and the circumstances in which you find yourself. I’m really excited to show you these techniques, so let’s get right into it. Example 1: Rerouting With Math When’s the last time you were a little intoxicated (or just over-tired) and said something you wish you could take back? You can be honest; for me it was last weekend. Something like “Mail Goggles” might’ve come in handy. It’s … Continue reading Hacking Your Connectome

Opening a Terminal

…otherwise known as “What It’s Like to Be a Fish, Part 2.” I have to start by showing you this TED talk that just grips me every time I watch it. It’s by Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor, a neuroanatomist who experienced a stroke in her left hemisphere, and…well, I’ll let it speak for itself. On the morning of December 10, 1996, I woke up to discover that I had a brain disorder of my own. A blood vessel exploded in the left half of my brain. And in the course of four hours, I watched my brain completely deteriorate in … Continue reading Opening a Terminal