In 1993, during a trip to New York City, I was lucky enough to try a Virtual Reality Game (see photo below)… Although the video game of this vintage system was a bit disappointing, I felt a futuristic experience that really left an indelible mark on my subconscious since over the years I have once again […]Read More A philosophical look into Virtual Reality.
In 2015 researchers in Stanford University showed that Trail Running can literally change your brain for good. The study found that participants who exercised in nature not only reported a decrease in rumination (that relentless cycle of negative thoughts and anxiousness that increases the risk of depression), but fMRI scans of their brains also indicated a […]Read More Hohkep: running and training in nature.
According to the definition published in Tate Modern’s website “Abstract Art” is often seen as carrying a moral dimension, in that it can be seen to stand for virtues such as order, purity, simplicity and spirituality. As art historian and MoMA director Alfred H. Barr Jr. wrote in the preface to the catalogue “Cubism and Abstract […]Read More Abstract art as an emancipatory activity.
“Push To Heal” verbally articulates and visually demonstrates the connections between skateboarding and neuroscience, and highlights skateboarding as an activity that can heal the human brain from past trauma. This short film, made in association with Hull Services and the ChildTrauma Academy, provides a snapshot of how and why skateboarding should be viewed as a […]Read More Skateboarding as therapy.
“Conscious mental life is based entirely on the making of memories. It is a constant review of stories that were lived in the past and possible stories that have been invented for the future. By necessity, most of them adjust to the current real world in the best way that our senses can process them, […]Read More Conscious mental life is the making of memories.
When I was a preteen in the late 80’s I felt strongly attracted to surfing, so I asked my parents to drive me to the first international surf contest organized by local brand Pukas in Zarautz, a town nearby my city… I was already bodyboarding in a local beach and had a plastic skate, so when […]Read More Surfing is the spiritual, aesthetic style of the liberated self.
Some months ago I posted in this blog an abstract with my proposal, which develops around embodied cognition and skateboarding, for this year’s Pushing Boarders event in Sweden… The organizers were looking for academic research in the fields of architecture and sociology related to different aspects of skateboarding, so I thought that a mix of cognitive […]Read More Skateboarding as an Aesthetic Experience.
Not only we need cultural artifacts as a critique of industrialized use of Artificial Intelligence, but also a strict criteria in order to review contemporary art made with Machine Learning techniques… Those that argue against the potential for Computational Creativity believe that “simulating artistic techniques means also simulating human thinking and reasoning” (…) and conclude that “this […]Read More A critique of contemporary AI art.
Different scientific evidences suggest that separate but interconnected parts of our brain assume specific functions in building an internal map of space which helps keep track of one’s position in the world. Spatial memories are formed after an animal gathers and processes sensory information about its surroundings especially by the way of vision and proprioception. […]Read More The map is in our heads… and bodies!
Neuroculture is a new research field tying to build an unified theory of knowledge and in order to overcome the traditional division of the worlds of science and humanities based on the idea that both are generated through the human brain. According to spanish neuroscientist Francisco Mora we are at the edge of a change […]Read More Neuroscience for a new cultural revolution.