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Tackling The Brain Hack – What’s Making You Tick?

Ant Biggs explores the cognitive, narrative landscape; A human condition of unavoidable complicity, as both hacker and hacked is exposed. A landscape full of danger that appears to be at the same time both difficult to escape but also one in which individuals may still yet claim full responsibility.

This is Episode 11 of COW – the podcast “Tracking The Brain Hack” in which as Yuval Noan Harari might say, the myths that frame our reality are revealed, the deep biological nature of our narrative landscape, the mechanisms that drive social adoption, evolution and extinction and the function of the individual in that dynamic process to show how we have been glued together, how our abilities have been turned into superpowers and how we have risen to great heights.

But we are more than static automata, simple products of our past. We are an ultimately adaptable species, able to switch from one narrative to another within a moment of evolutionary time.
Uniquely able to swap from niche to niche when required.

The trick is to know when the narratives that bind us, are no longer relevant.
And to know where these superpowers must take us…

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Meditation, What’s The Deal?

Hi there and yes welcome to cowthepodcast.online
This week exploring mindfulness,
meditation,
what is it?
why is everybody doing it?
and what can it do for you?
Can it heal my body?
Heal my mind?

Well, here’s the thing
declaring an interest.
I do meditate,
and I recommend you try it,
but here we’re going to take a brief look at some of the science behind it.
Take a look at what it can and can’t do for you.
How’s that sound.?

Before we do…
If you are a regular listener and you’re feeling generous,
thinking maybe this podcast could use my support
you can find out how to go about doing just that
at cowthepodcast.online.

Thank you to those who are supporting us right now
without you we couldn’t do this.

I’m Ant Biggs and I’ ll be your host for the next 20 – 30 minutes or so.
Taking you on a trip into the strange and wonderful landscape of this here podcast.
Stay with me…
If you just want to come by and comment or just say hello
same place
Cowthepodcast.online
See you there

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Cognitive Bias and The New Orthodoxy

So this week, Cognitive Bias and The New Orthodoxy.

We’ve touched on the concept of cognitive dissonance in an earlier episode.
The psychological discomfort we experience when we are required to entertain conflicting beliefs or information.

Another example – an image I have, in my head
is of a glass bridge, or a glass walkway,
in China I believe.

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What’s Real, What’s Not and So What?

What’s Real, What’s Not and So What?

Looking last week, at how we perceive the genetic narrative of evolution,
led me to realise that what we know, Read More

Why We Care, Why We Don’t and How We Could…

This weeks episode is entitled why we care, why we don’t and why we should,
Caring is basic human nature,

part of what we have evolved to do.
It exists as one of many modes of human expression,
all of which are stimulated by our environment.
And I point out that while this might ensure survival one way or another
it might not always be for the best…

So let’s just get into it..

OK…

That there is
a biological and an evolutionary narrative that has the potential
to explain human behaviour
is probably as close as we can get to any kind of agreement.
We could almost call that truth.
There’s theory and experiment
and experience
all pointing in that direction.

OK, it’s consensus
and yes at the forefront of this,
we all know about a man called Richard Dawkins,
who nailed it back in the 1970’s.

Now His book,
The Selfish Gene, portrays an elegant and simple version
of the genetic narrative
in which the gene takes the starring role.

The gene is the replicator first and foremost,
and reproducing itself
it is the driving factor in the story of life.

Nothing else matters.
We, animal or human, plant or bacteria,
the Phenotypes
are incidental expressions of the genetic information.

We exist as bubbles of chemical soup, here to ensure one thing only, the survival of the gene.

We are at its beck and call. The information is stored there for ever more within us like caretakers, vessels… who knows.

We all get that, instinctively or not. That’s what we know.

The book was published in 1976 is one of the most successful scientific books ever written.

And the scientific establishment and Dawkins himself have held sway over that consensus since that time. More than 40 years ago.

And it is understandable, when the foundation of all we are and of everything we know is selfish competition. Its understandable to hear phrases such as…

People are selfish.

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