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My Email to Dr. Nancy Kanwisher regarding Brain Metabolism Optimization for Weight Loss

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I saw Dr. Nancy Kanwisher on a TED talk recently about neuroimaging, and I decided to email her about an idea I had for a long time about how we could use all the neuroimaging that has occurred to determine what brain activities burn more calories, and thus could be combined with physical exercise to enhance weight loss.  And for those who are doubtful of this concept, one must only know that our brain uses about 1/5 of our calories.  Here is my email to Dr. Kanwisher:

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April 4th, 2016 at 11:59 am

Thought of the Day: We are stuck with technology when what we really want is just stuff that works.

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I was reading the Economist Espresso today, and ran across a quote from one of my favorite authors of all time, Douglas Adams:

We are stuck with technology when what we really want is just stuff that works.

For those not familiar with Douglas Adams, then I highly recommend listening to the original Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy Radio Series, read the books, or even see the movie (which wasn’t as bad as it could have been, and better than a lot of other things!)

Douglas Adams unfortunately left this planet too early, and he is still missed.

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April 2nd, 2016 at 6:19 pm