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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Musk and Neural Lace

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No longer content with focusing upon Tesla and Space X, Elon Musk is beginning a new company called Neuralink.

Neuralink will feature the latest cognitive fashion:  neural lace.  This dainty item is “an implant or an appendage that would be attached to the brain.”  Think of this enhanced brain as a layer cake.  On the bottom you have the limbic system, in the middle the cortex, and on top the neural lace.

This top layer would allow the brain to interact directly with digital devices.   Implanting it is a piece of cake.   Extensive surgery would not be needed, as it can be “injected into the veins.”


Copyright March 28, 2017 by Linda Van Slyke   All Rights Reserved

Monday, March 27, 2017

When life hands you lemon sharks

(Photo by Albert Kok)
Those who have seen Jaws might view most sharks as a threat to humans.  With lemon sharks, it’s been the other way around.

Lemon sharks rarely attack people, but people often attack them.  Wikipedia explains that they “are targeted by commercial and recreational fisherman along the U.S. Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean, and in the Eastern Pacific Ocean.”  Their “meat, fins and skin” have been coveted by many.

Nevertheless, pockets of compassion still remain.  While suffering the effects of a metal hook stuck in its belly, a lemon shark sought help from a nearby human diver.  After several attempts, this diver was able to extract the hook.  The shark, along with several others, then swam circles around the diver several times, as though to express gratitude.

Compassion is needed in order to preserve Earth’s ecological balance.  Samuel Gruber’s extensive research has shown that lemon sharks are disappearing at an alarming rate.  "Overfishing" and the “destruction of mangroves” have devastated populations of  these highly intelligent mammals.


Copyright March 27, 2017 by Linda Van Slyke   All Rights Reserved

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Emotional Intelligence: What is it?

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Most people have heard of an intelligence quotient (IQ).  It supposedly measures how successful a person will be in their work.

It has been noted, however, that “people with average IQs outperform those with the highest IQs 70% of the time.”  It turns out that emotional intelligence (EQ) can be far more telling than IQ.

Nevertheless, EQ is tough to define.  It’s that “certain something” which top dogs often have.  Seeking to define this further, Dr. Travis Bradberry came up with 15 components.  These include self-awareness, empathy, flexibility, self-confidence and forgiveness.

Emotionally intelligent people tend to have a good work/life balance, to limit negative self-talk, to unplug regularly, and “to get enough sleep.”  This image differs greatly from that of the driven genius who burns candles by night and rubber by day.       


Copyright March 26, 2017 by Linda Van Slyke   All Rights Reserved