Saturday, August 11, 2018

Philosophy Wire: Learning. Being flexible. (but not too much…)


Philosophy Wire by Spiros Kakos [2018-08-11]: Researchers have found tantalizing hints that the brains that learn best have networks that are flexible, able to rejigger connections on the fly to allow new knowledge in. Some brain regions always communicate with the same neural partners, rarely switching to others. But other brain regions exhibit more flexibility, quickly swapping who they’re talking with. In a few studies, researchers have witnessed this flexibility in action, watching networks reconfigure as people learn something while inside a brain scanner. Network flexibility may help several types of learning, though too much flexibility may be linked to disorders such as schizophrenia, studies suggest. [1] Don’t move. And you will learn nothing. Start being flexible and ignorance will give its place to knowledge. You will feel good for some time. You will need more. But more leads to nothingness again. The beginning was the end. The end is where you started from. Put down the apple. You were already full.

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