Introduction to Essays

I’m an independent researcher who’s developed a new cognitive neuroscience framework called the MA (Memory Activation) Method. It’s a new way to define the mind, and map it to the brain. The method is a potentially powerful applied neuroscience tool. I argue it enhances CNS medicine — biomarker and therapeutic target development, placebo effect, etc. — AGI, cognitive computing, bio-inspired robotics, natural language processing, BCI technology and neuroprosthetics.

My essays have two main goals. One is to explain the MA Method and explore its implications. How might mind and brain be seen as two sides of the same coin, both sides operating (mostly) via the mechanism of memory activation? Why do I so strongly believe that not only can the brain be understood, but its function mapped with much greater accuracy than is currently thought possible?

The second goal is to expose the many brain myths which have arisen over the past few decades. Underlying almost every paper or article in cognitive neuroscience is one or more erroneous ideas. Exploring these will allow a more accurate view of mind, and brain, to emerge.

To be clear, the myths are no one’s fault. Brain scientists are knowledgeable and highly skilled. Their work is invaluable. But misguided ideas will inevitably arise from a field of study (brain science) which lacks a solid theoretical basis (what is the mind, and how does it connect to the brain).

How the mind/brain system works is not only central to the brain sciences, including applied neuroscience, but is a fascinating topic. Enjoy!

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