Category: The Brain

28 Aug

Digital Nesting – Where the primal me meets the 21st century and how my instincts may save your shoes

nesting

Nesting instinct refers to an urge in pregnant animals to prepare a home for the upcoming newborn(s). It is found in a variety of animals (both mammals and birds) including humans. My form of ‘nesting’, somewhat to Noam’s disappointment, is not of the kind that upgrades the house, but only of the digital kind. So […]

02 May

Singularity University Executive Program should come with a warning

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Don’t be fooled by this seemingly innocent graduation class photo. Or by this well put Guardian introduction to the people creating our future. Singularity University at the serene NASA Research Park in CA is a dangerous place. I just returned from a week of SU EPA12 – codename for The 7-day Singularity University Executive Program, […]

08 Mar

Irrationality, brain productivity, evolution and game-changing, all in my updated favorite books list

Maya Elhalal favorite books

Here’s the full list of books and why I favorite them. 

10 Mar

Upcoming talk: Idea Driven GPSs. And why we insist on taking the longest route to ourselves

Maya Elhalal Poke The Box

I’m giving a talk this Monday, about the shift in the the way ideas are spread and about how now, like never before, companies and individuals can change an industry, reinvent science or reshape politics. Specifically, about how TED and Seth Godin’s new Domino Project do it. More specifically, why more often than not, we ignore our inner […]

04 Feb

The husband is always the last to know and the founder last to admit

the dip

If you’re like me, you think you’re really good at reading people’s body language, picking up the subtle cues of their true intention and spotting every tell tale sign. Well, you’re not as good as you think you are. Not with the people you love, that is. Or with those you have a high-stakes relationship […]

02 Jan

Life is not without a sense of humor…

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Science keeps flipping on us. In the break of 2011, does that change anything? Everything? Is it happy 2011? From somewhere in the Caribbean, a greeting from me and my Noam to you my friends: [click to open in YouTube, they don’t allow embed because of the brilliant sound track] Things kind of changed from […]

31 Dec

[updated] Running for best in education: The Brain for Entrepreneurs – The Frontal Lobe vs. the Amygdala.

maya elhalal the brain for entrepreneurs

The inner battle of the seat of entrepreneurship and the brain’s panic button. And how you can win. Sprinkled with tips and tricks on how to use cutting edge neuroscience discoveries to get your ideas across in a memorable way. Vote it up on slideshare if you enjoyed it? (contest ends Nov 8th) Update: Thrilled […]

29 Aug

Flying Trapeze – oscillations of the mind

I’ve been wanting to try the Flying Trapeze for a really long time and a few days ago I find there’s one just a couple of blocks away from my apartments in Chelsea. Armed with my latest obsession to better understand unlearning of fear response, I sign up. But not before I drag for the ride […]

23 Aug

Even though my environment is different than my thinking, my thinking is more important.

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Size Matters. Big Time! The size of the Frontal Lobe, that is. Our  frontal lobe is larger in reference to the rest of the brain, than in any other species: It’s almost 40% of a human brain, about 15-17% in great apes, about 7% in dogs and just 3% in cats. The frontal lobe (in red), is the […]

06 Aug

Surrogates. Unimaginable? Not Really.

Inevitable? Tough one…

06 Aug

Moving Objects with my Mind, Take 1

This was my first attempt at moving objects with the Emotive Epoc EEG Headset… Take 2 wasn’t very pretty. And here’s Tan Le, head of Emotiv Systems, demoing the headset at the TED Global 2010 conference in Oxford.

30 Jul

Pick up! I’m Flying!

I’m lying in bed on my stomach, in my old apt in Tel Aviv, when suddenly I get this weird feeling that something isn’t right. I can’t feel the entire front side of my body touching the bed! I realize that I’m slowly staring to hover above the bed. First just an inch, and then […]