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About High Proof

 

Hello, readers!

This is Ryan writing from High Proof. I wanted to give a little introduction to what High Proof is all about. My friend Joel and I met in college, and as we went through courses together while studying neuroscience, we were amazed at all the fundamental findings, some of them decades old, which are not known by the broader public. Many of these findings have the potential to really change the way that we think about ourselves and how we interact with others.

Neuroscience is uniquely positioned to synthesize and explain much of this scientific thought. The discipline, still quite young, is positioned at an intersection of many fields, including cognitive psychology, evolutionary biology, genetics, computer science, medicine, philosophy, chemistry, mathematics…the list continues to grow. Through this dramatic synthesis, neuroscience promises to address questions about the very nature of thought itself–the brain is being shown to be the ‘seat of the soul,’ and one of the primary revolutions of thought in neuroscience is the assumption that all mental phenomena have a physical correlate.

Accepting the assumption that humans are strictly physical creatures can lead to dramatic changes in how one sees the world. We will work on this assumption in this writing and in our podcast; even if you disagree with this precept, we would invite you to try on the perspective as we take you on a tour of modern science! There is a richness to the world that can be captured by understanding the physical phenomena beneath it, and we hope to open small windows to that richness.

Looking forward to having you along,

Ryan and Joel

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Podcasts, Show Notes

Season 2 Episode 7 – Neurofeedback with Dr. Freddy Starr

Hello listeners! We’re pleased to bring you a brand new podcast today in which we interview Dr. Freddy Starr who works in the field of Brain-Machine Interfaces and neurofeedback. We really enjoyed doing this interview and have several more casts involving interviewees coming up.

A few notes: 1) This cast covered many borders, both state and national, so the recording quality may not be quite what you are used to. The discussion is fascinating though so we hope you’ll bear with us. 2) We mention “Cz” several times throughout the cast. This refers to a point on the scalp at which an electrode is placed. If you google EEG electrode placement you can find maps of common scalp coordinates. 3) We mention different brain wave rhythms at several points in this cast. There are a lot of pseudoscience-touting, BS websites out there that will mislead you. Therefore, we recommend you get info from a reliable source such as this one (though the website is under maintenance at the time of posting) – http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/what-is-the-function-of-t-1997-12-22/

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Episode 17 (S2E4) Spookybrain Cast

In this (incredibly late) podcast Ryan and Joel discuss some of the spookier bits of neuroscience. Prior to the start of the main cast, Joel introduces their new plans for upcoming casts which include a focus on interviews and guest hosts.

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