Neuroscientists Make a Case Against Solitary Confinement | Portside

SAN DIEGO—Robert King spent 29 years living alone in a six by nine-foot prison cell.He was part of the “Angola Three”—a trio of men kept in solitary confinement for decades and named for the Louisiana state penitentiary where they were held. King was released in 2001 after a judge overturned his 1973 conviction for killing a fellow inmate. Since his exoneration he has dedicated his life to raising awareness about the psychological harms of solitary confinement.

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Software pioneer: The nature of intelligence forbids general artificial intelligence 

This post went viral yesterday at Mind Matters:The 2014 science fiction film Transcendence featured a scientist who uploaded his consciousness into an AI program. Many people talk as though things like that are just around the corner. But industry pros say it isn’t really possible. Why not?Fra

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Suzan Mazur asks: How far have we gotten in understanding the mechanome? 

The mechanome is the underresearched “ the set of proteins or molecular entities that sense or respond to forces” within the cell (Allen Liu). Our earlier stab at the subject here at UD garnered 354 comments, so there’s no shortage of interest. The mechanome (and mechanobiology in general) plays a k

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