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"My life has no purpose, no direction, no aim, no meaning, and yet I’m happy. I can’t figure it out. What am I doing right?" — Snoopy
I’m not one for sentimental quoting but HOT FUCKING DAMN SNOOPY YOU SAID IT

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Neurons growing in a cell culture

These time lapse animations use phase contrast microscopy to show neural stem cells in a nutrient medium for 4 hours.  They reveal the dynamic growth and recycling of dendrites and synapses as neurons establish relationships with each other.  The social behavior of these cells creates the incredible properties of the mind and brain.

Credit: University of Victoria Medical Sciences

Arriving at color from smell, the blue towel from the red towel

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I will work to better understand my brain. Where else to put this extremely personal thought but the internet? But really. Over the last few weeks I keep experiencing all these strange sensations of color. Most of the people around me have at least one color that I don’t see around…

JOOOOOHN

This is wonderful. Let me attempt to explain the towel phenomenon using what cognitive science knows today, barring any philosophical questions as to the individual perception and meaning of color.
Retrieval of memories is generally categorized into two categories: semantic and episodic. This is related to but on the whole a different system from the storage of memory. While the hippocampus lights up during the storage of memory, the retrieval of memory has more to do with the cerebellum and two concentrated regions of the prefrontal cortex, one in each hemisphere. One is devoted to semantic recollection; the other to episodic. Indications of repeated activity in one region when none is expected is evidence that the semantic and episodic memory systems have overlap and aren’t mutually exclusive.
Now, on to the color thing. Your mind wanted a meaning to attribute to that scent of the towel regardless of whether you consciously demanded a meaning. One of the first meanings that is sought after is past experience with this scent and an object. If you can match this smell to something you’ve experienced before, your brain will retrieve the concept of whatever you smelled before. However, towels smell the same, and you’ve likely smelled more than one towel before in your lifetime. Therefore, there is no singular input-output connection: the input of olfactory information yields multiple visual and conceptual outputs — different colored towels, different sizes, etc. But what is the common denominator of these relations? What makes these different towels still considered as ‘towels’? It’s their rectangular shape, function as an absorbent material, and fluffy texture.
Now semantic memory recollection steps in. The recollection now is of the idea of a towel — the conglomerate common elements of all towels your brain has ever wanted to remember. But this has to manifest into some sort of sensory information if you are to comprehend the meaning. In your mind’s search for a particular towel — no matter conscious or subconscious — it needed, well, particulars. So the brain had an incomplete model for your towel: fluffiness, geometric shape, and function. What does it look like, though? Rectangular… and that’s about it. More is necessary if a particular image and not just a concept is to be brought forth. You need a color, and the relative shading of that color based on the lighting and curvature of the towel.
So a color needs to be found. Your mind might already have the color in its manifestation of the concept of ‘towel’ as a sort of light blue because your mind mixed together all the colors of towels rather than simply cast them off as extraneous, unique characteristics. The light blue might be like the median color; the best estimate when it comes to determining color. However, the color may as previously mentioned be exempt from the manifestation of the concept of ‘towel’ because the greater set of ‘towel’ had way too many colors to be worth your brain’s while to mix them together. Coloring may be lacking still.
There’s a color vacuum. What can be done? Well, the two systems of working memory and semantic memory can put their heads together to provide some data. Working memory refers, of course, to memory that has recently been processed and is ‘on the mind.’ The color of light blue might be in your working memory, and because your brain is always looking for correlations between stimuli, the working memory may think that the light blue color has something to do with every little thing you do. So it brings up the light blue color to the model provided by the semantic memory and voila: the image of a light blue colored towel is rendered.

In conclusion, one of the following has happened:

  • Your brain has really only ever paid attention to light blue towels and so any time the image of a towel is to be retrieved the only information your brain has is of light blue towels.
  • Your semantic concept of ‘towel’ includes a blending and standardization of all the colors you have perceived from towels which has yielded a neutral color, in this case light blue.
  • Your semantic concept of ‘towel’ lacked the blending and standardization of those colors and didn’t have any reasonable color estimate at all, leaving the working memory to jump in and try to make the light blue color of something else relevant to your present searching for information.

I love you, John, and anyone who actually read this. If tl;dr then look at my summary above.

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The Baker Street Babes Birthday Giveaway: Holmes Version

The Baker Street Babes put our out first podcast one year ago today. Least to say we’ve come a very long way and it wouldn’t have been possible without all of you. So, the past few months we’ve been gathering prizes and goodies for a MASSIVE giveaway… and here it is!

In this version of the give away you win EVERYTHING below. Yes. EVERYTHING!

  • Sherlock Series 1 DVD, signed by Benedict Cumberbatch & Martin Freeman (donated by Hartswood Films)
  • Sherlock Art Nouveau print (donated by Daunt)
  • Sherlock & John bookmarks (donated by Daunt)
  • Sherlock t-shirt of your choice (donated by Qwertee)
  • Baker Street Journal Spring Issue featuring an interview with Baker Street Babe Curly/Kristina. (donated by The Baker Street Journal)
  • The full Sherlock Holmes Society of London dramatised canon CD set, signed by the actors. (donated by The Sherlock Holmes Society of London)
  • Brainy is the New Sexy pendant in polished brass. (donated by Belaurient Arts)
  • I Believe In Sherlock Holmes pendant in sterling silver. (donated by Belaurient Arts)
  • I Believe In Sherlock Holmes keychain in nickel silver. Please be aware this is made of nickel and if you’re allergic to it you now have a free gift to a non-allergen Sherlockian of your choice! (donated by Belaurient Arts)
  • The Detective & The Woman, signed by author Amy Thomas (donated by Amy Thomas)
  • The Illustrated Speckled Band. (donated by Gasogene Books, Wessex Press)
  • My Love Affair With Sherlock magazine by Caitlin Moran.
  • The Sherlock Holmes Handbook by Ransom Riggs
  • Large print of Sherlock & John in a train carriage by reapersun. Pen there for scale. (donated by reapersun)
  • Baker Street mini-sign
  • CD of BigFinish’s Sherlock Holmes: The Adventure of the Perfidious Mariner starring Nick Briggs. (Donated by BigFinish)

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  • You may reblog each version ONCE per DAY. The giveaway will run until June 10th.
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In German, “Schatz” means “Precious” or “Beloved.”So, LMFAO as seen from a German perspective:SCHATZSCHATZSCHATZ, SCHATZ, SCHATZ SHATZERRYBOODY (Jayn)

In German, “Schatz” means “Precious” or “Beloved.”

So, LMFAO as seen from a German perspective:

SCHATZ
SCHATZ
SCHATZ, SCHATZ, SCHATZ SHATZ
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(Jayn)