Antonio Damasio: How Our Brains Create Our Sense Of Self

Every morning we wake up and regain consciousness — that is a marvellous fact — but what exactly is it that we regain? Neuroscientist Antonio Damasio uses this simple question to give us a glimpse into how our brains create our sense of self. Read More

Want To Help People Who Have Autism… Try Empathy

Adam Harris takes us on a journey – the journey of a person with Autism where he depicts the experience, language and learning experiences of a person with Autism. He describes about how we are affected by Autism and what we can do about it to create change.

Adam established AsIAm because of his own experiences growing up with Aspergers Syndrome, a condition on the Autism Spectrum. Adam spent 3 years of his education in a school for people with Autism, before being integrated into mainstream education in 2nd class. By the time he was 16, Adam felt he should do something to help others affected by Autism and was particularly frustrated at the lack of public awareness and understanding of the condition, and the lack of a voice for those with the condition and their families. Read More

Robert F Kennedy Jr On Thimerosal – Let The Science Speak

Growing numbers of Americans are refusing to vaccinate their children because they think vaccines are causing autism. But it’s not the vaccines that appear to be one cause of neurological disorders, it’s something else. Now, a senior CDC vaccine safety scientist has invoked the protection of the Federal Whistle-blower Statute, and is claiming that the CDC knew that thimerosal was unsafe, but pressured him to publish studies claiming otherwise.

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Robert F Kennedy Jr is the Vaccine Safety Czar appointed by President Trump. The goal is to study all of the vaccines being given to children and also what is being given to pregnant women. Read More

E-NABLE: Giving The World A Helping Hand

What started as a design for a prosthetic hand created for one, has grown into a global movement of philanthropic individuals who have delivered free 3D printed hands and arms to thousands in over 40 countries.

This is the story of the evolution and the power of sharing ideas.

Regular readers will already know of my ongoing support for the e-NABLE project. I hope that sharing their back-story, will encourage you to join me in support of this simple, but transformational idea.

For more information, please visit the e-NABLE website, and get involved. Read More

Kevin B. Jones: Why Curiosity Is The Key To Science And Medicine

Science is a learning process that involves experimentation, failure and revision — and the science of medicine is no exception. Cancer researcher Kevin B. Jones faces the deep unknowns about surgery and medical care with a simple answer: honesty. In a thoughtful talk about the nature of knowledge, Jones shows how science is at its best when scientists humbly admit what they do not yet understand. Read More