Planning on reviewing the following material from the FiRe conference web site (will probably stab away at my felting projects while listening:
I think everybody at this point knows about Dopamine- but did you know the central role of the reward circuit is played by the Nucleus Accumbens? Maybe so, can’t say I had my eye trained on it at least, prior to it coming up in the “Neural substrates of Valuation” videos on the Neuroeconomics coursera course.
The Nucleus accumbens (NAc) as an interface between emotional and motor structures may play a key role in the control of goal-directed actions by rewards. The NAc might be involved in processes guiding behavior according to predictive information on future reward magnitude, NAc activation is correlated with individual differences in self-reported happiness elicited by reward cues. These finding suggest that the NAc may code for expected incentive magnitude.
I find this interesting especially when compared to the concept of hyperbolic discounting in behavioral economics.
From the wiki on hyperbolic discounting:
Given two similar rewards, humans show a preference for one that arrives sooner rather than later. Humans are said to discount the value of the later reward, by a factor that increases with the length of the delay. This process is traditionally modeled in the form of exponential discounting, a time-consistent model of discounting.
“Erce, Erce, Erce, Mother of Earth!
May the All-Wielder, Ever Lord grant thee
Acres a-waxing, upwards a-growing
Pregnant [with corn] and plenteous in strength;
Hosts of [grain] shafts and of glittering plants!Of broad barley the blossoms
And of white wheat ears waxing,
Of the whole earth the harvest!
Let be guarded the grain against all the ills
That are sown o’er the land by the sorcery men,
Nor let cunning women change it nor a crafty man.”
The Old English Herbals by Eleanour Sinclair Rohde
THE Botanical Magazine; OR, Flower-Garden Displayed by William Curtis describes itself as presenting “The most Ornamental Foreign Plants, cultivated in the Open Ground, the Green-House, and the Stove, are accurately represented in their natural Colours.” [another Project Gutenberg find]
The Complete Herbal by Nicholas Culpeper has an occult approach to herbalism and discusses cures at length. However one might feel about the possibility of such things, anyone can probably enjoy the beginning, which contains 10 botanical plates like the below.
Herbal Simples Approved for Modern Uses of Cure by William Thomas Fernie doesn’t have any pretty pictures, but it does have some awesome poetry about herbs.
“She wrapped it up, and for its tomb did choose
A garden pot, wherein she laid it by,
And covered it with mould, and o’er it set
Sweet Basil, which her tears kept ever wet.”
Herbals, Their Origin and Evolution: A Chapter in the History of Botany by Agnes Arber teaches known botany “until the time of the printed press”, an old book, still kinda neat, and has many botanical illustrations including the below.
Was thinking- hey- wonder what Project Gutenberg has on fungi and mycology.
Fungi: Their Nature and Uses by M. C. Cooke looks like a very in depth text. It’s written in a lilted style and looks to be chocked with information and illustrations.
A beginner-targeted, pop-sci pproach to mycology is promised by Among the Mushrooms: A Guide For Beginners by Burgin and Dallas.
Führer für Pilzfreunde by Edmund Michael is in german, but it has 39 amazing illustrations of mushrooms, such as the below
Two books offer a focus on edibility Student’s Hand-book of Mushrooms of America, Edible and Poisonous by Thomas Taylor and The Mushroom, Edible and Otherwise by Miron Elisha Hard.
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Wikisource is a bit underrated as projects go I think….
Every time I visit though, I collect a ton of things I want to read. I will never be able to read everything I want to. But here is what seemed most interesting to me and we’ll see what I actually end up reading later.
Anarchism and Other Essays by Emma Goldman [This one I actually read in paper form, when I was in college, great to see it for free (myself only paid $1 for the paper copy)]
Also just a friendly reminder that you can read HP Lovecraft @ Wikisource