Notes on the book "Seven and a Half Lessons About the Brain" by Lisa Feldman Barrett

Professor Lisa Feldman Barrett is a neuro-scientist and psychologist who studies the brain and especially how emotion works in the brain. In addition to her 240 peer reviewed scientific publications, she is the author of the popular books How Emotions are Made: The Secret Life of the Brain and Seven and a Half Lessons About the Brain, the book notes on which you are reading here. The book consists of seven and a half beautifully written and amazing stories about the human brain.

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Weekly Head Voices #224: Zen machine

Dear friends, You are reading the 224th edition of the Weekly Head Voices, covering the week from Monday May 17 to Sunday May 23 of the year 2021. Figure 1: Scene from a truly fabulous autumn Sunday lunch with the family. As I’ve mentioned before, Autumn weekends down here can be rough. Fasted runs are not as scary as I thought At the time of drawing my anti-breakfast line in the sand in WHV #221, I did still make the exception of eating a banana or three before a morning run, with the reasoning that I would burn through much of the resultant glucose during the run, and that runs without all those sweet sweet carbs were probably quite difficult.

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Weekly Head Voices #223: The potjie never left

Welcome friends to the two hundred and twenty third edition of the Weekly Head Voices, covering the period of time from Monday May 3 to Sunday May 16, 2021. (Hah, by writing out the words like that, I’ll get paid even more for this article!) Figure 1: Scene from the perfect first half of a run, right before that sublime experience was sunk by a catastrophic audio hardware fault. vxlabs software development handbook v1 is out Well, it’s not really a book, more of a blog post really, but it is chock full of practical guidelines for developers.

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Weekly Head Voices #222: Scotty, we need more power!

Welcome back everyone! It’s now early(ish) Friday morning of the weekend after, but I would like to get the 222d edition of the WHV out, namely the one covering the two weeks from Monday, April 19 to Sunday, May 2, 2021. My excuse for skipping a week is that the second week was spent on vacation. Exhibit A is shown below: Figure 1: Scene from an unexpected and sublime run on the St Francis beach.

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Weekly Head Voices #221: The anti-breakfast club

Hello there friends, and welcome to Weekly Head Voices #221, covering the week from Monday April 12 to Sunday April 18, 2021, and focusing on the programming language Erlang and the evil that is breakfast. Figure 1: Entrance to Vergelegen and Morgenster, taken during an Autumn morning long(er) run. I’m three bananas strong. Learn you a tiny bit of Erlang for Great Good! Last week I attended a meetup that turned out to be primarily about Erlang and not so much about automated crypto arbitrage, the other topic of the talk.

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Weekly Head Voices #220: An uncomfortable brainstorm

Welcome to Weekly Head Voices number Two Twenny! This edition covers the week from Monday April 5 to Sunday April 11, of which thankfully only 57.1% of the days (vs the usual 71.4%) were officially dedicated to work! Figure 1: A scene from Sunday lunch at Mont Marie in Stellenbosch. Previous visit in WHV #182. Still beautiful. The work week was indeed shorter (thanks week!) but perhaps just a bit too high intensity.

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Weekly Head Voices #219: Stilbaai Easter weekend 12/10

This edition of the Weekly Head Voices covers the period from Monday March 29 to Sunday April 4, 2021. However, its raison d’ĂȘtre is to act as a reminder of the epic weekend in Stilbaai that we have just returned from, and also to practise the borderline (un)justified use of a posh French expression or two. Figure 1: If morning starts like this, day could turn out OK. You might remember me mentioning this place for the first time almost exactly a year ago in WHV #191, when we went there for the first time and had to cut our visit short due to the first COVID lockdown.

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Weekly Head Voices #218: Back to the future

WELL HELLO DERE FRIENDS! Welcome to the Weekly Head Voices #218, looking back at the week from Monday March 22 to Sunday March 28 of the year 2021. Figure 1: A little forest on Vergelegen farm, close to where we had just enjoyed an absolutely fabulous Sunday lunch, with wine. Two worlds collide! On the one hand I do worry about the number of hours I spent on this, but on the other hand it’s one of those time investments that should pay off handsomely over the coming years.

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Weekly Head Voices #217: Continuum of Consciousness

Hey, welcome to the Monthly Weekly Head Voices! This one covers the extensive period from Monday Feb 15 to Sunday March 21, 2021. Since we last connected here, much has transpired, a strangely selected subset of which is mentioned below: New computer An M1 MacBook Air became part of my computing zoo. See the new computer post if you’re into that sort of thing. Short version if you’re not: It’s the best Emacs-capable device I’ve ever used.

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New Emacs-capable hardware: M1 MacBook Air

You know the drill here at the WHV: If there’s a new computer in the family, I usually write a little something about it. These mentions and posts go back to at least 2002, and now I’ve back-tagged most of them so that you can see them all in this convenient “new computer” tag list! Fast, cheap and energy efficient: Choose three This time, I, or rather my employer, had difficulty resisting the siren song of the new Apple M1 chip and especially of the entry-level M1 MacBook Air: Great performance and power efficiency in a truly cool and quiet package.

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