Why the Net Matters

Chapter 3: The Brain Adjusts itself to any Body Plan

Faith the dog:

Dogs can learn to control the movement of skateboards:

[video of skateboarding bulldog here]

....and they can drive large body plans which include steering wheels and tires:

Chapter 4: The Brain Wraps Itself around New Inputs: Sensory Substitution and Addition

See this video of plasticity from WIRED Science: "Mixed Feelings"                      

Chapter 5:

Interview with Miguel Nicolelis on the Daily Show

           

The Walk Again Project, an international collaboration of researchers to allow the paralyzed to control robotic suits with their thoughts.

Video: Monkey and robotic arm

From the Blog

  • The Mystery of Expertise
    The Mystery of Expertise

    To the extent that consciousness is useful, it is useful in small quantities, and for very particular kinds of tasks. It's easy to understand why you would not want to be consciously aware of the intricacies of your muscle movement, but this can be less intuitive when applied to your perceptions, thoughts, and beliefs, which are also final products of…

  • The Neuroscience of Engagement
    The Neuroscience of Engagement

    Why don't we do what we know we should?  Here's a talk I gave at Stanford Medical School telling why, and what to do about it.

  • Remembering a trail blazer - Francis Crick
    Remembering a trail blazer - Francis Crick

    Francis Crick, one of the premier biologists of the 20th century, passed away July 28, 2004, in San Diego. On his 88th birthday last June, I brought him chocolates and spent the day with him in his home in La Jolla.

  • Love Italo Calvino? Me too. Listen to a BBC Radio documentary.
    Love Italo Calvino? Me too. Listen to a BBC Radio documentary.

    I hosted a BBC radio documentary to explore the imagination of one of Italy's foremost writers, Italo Calvino.

Newsflashes

Possibilianism at PopTech

Click here to watch David's talk on possibilianism at PopTech. Executive director Andrew Zolli wrote: "This is one of the best talks ever at PopTech. Everyone should watch this."

New York Times bestseller

IncognitoA 26 week New York Times bestseller, Incognito was named a Best Book of the Year by both Amazon and Goodreads. For a taste of the book, see a review in the Wall Street Journal, listen to a conversation on NPR's Fresh Air, or watch a video dialog with Wired Magazine. Reading Incognito now? We'd love to hear feedback!

Sum #2 book in UK

In September, 2009, Sum became the number 2 book in the United Kingdom on Amazon's bestseller list, only behind Dan Brown's Lost Symbol.


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