The field of BCI has made impressive and significant progress in artificial movement, communication, and other practical applications. Nonetheless, effective translation of these interfaces from proof-of concept prototypes into reliable applications remains elusive (Chavarriaga et. al., 2016). What is the cause of this underperformance? Some in the field have argued the user’s role in BCI control has been overlooked, and that taking into account user’s mental states and skills could have a substantial impact in improving BCI efficiency, effectiveness and usability (Lotte, Jeunet, Mladenovic et al., 2018). I…

The concept of a general memory is rarely mentioned in the brain science literature. Nonetheless, I argue it is a central component of both the mind (mental states and processses) and the brain. If so, the mind’s contents and how they are formed becomes an important topic. Most people have an intuitive understand of what a general memory is which, I argue, is essentially correct. A general memory is a range of (similar) past experience. General memories begin with an initial unique experience. Subsequently, this memory might be…

The materialist paradigm — the idea the physical brain is primary, mind secondary — currently dominates the brain sciences. The brain is thought to create the (conscious & unconscious) mind. Whether true or not, this leads to the idea that to understand the brain we need to study it, not the mind. We don’t know what consciousness and the mind is, so let’s focus (almost exclusively) on the brain. I argue this is somewhat correct. After all, the physical characteristics of the brain are essential to understand. And…

The MA Method represents an entirely new way to look at the mind/brain system. This can be problematic both emotionally and intellectually for anyone wanting to understand it. New ideas can be foreign, difficult to understand, and a challenge to one’s current beliefs. When it comes to a new science paradigm, these challenges are magnified. A paradigm shift is an entirely new way of looking at a topic. It will seem strange, even alien. Einstein’s relativity for example was a radical new way of looking at how the…