Yesterday’s presentation at Redstone Federal Arsenal about building a healthy mind also touched on how a mind comes about from matter. The slides below have been reformatted with added text to be more slideshare friendly.
Presentation opened with a video by XVIVO Scientific Animation used with permission. Copyright prevents embedding but you can watch it here.
Presentation ended with Jason Silva’s The Biological Benefits of Being Awestruck:
The Biological Advantage of Being Awestruck – by @Jason_Silva from Jason Silva on Vimeo.
The human body fascinates me. It is beautiful that I am a biochemical system standing here thinking about how I exist. I think a lot of things about the body are fantastic, so I’ve started creatively conveying things that make me think “wow.” Here are the latest visualizations from my professional playing with Inkscapes through Sterling Health‘s Body 101 series on visualizing.org.
Your body is amazing. Over 650 skeletal muscles working together yield your bilaterally symmetrical biological frame, composed functionally of 325 working pairs of muscles and over 187 joints. How many can you feel?
I’m at about 150, up from just 100 a couple months ago. Yoga and other exercise activities that simultaneously strengthen and stretch your muscular system (including ligaments and tendons) enhance not only your posture and strength but also promote innervation and viscularization of tissue. Here’s another serving of Body 101 a la carte: during the first couple weeks of exercising a new muscle, much of the improvement is acually increased efficiency of the nervous system to communicate with muscular fibers and cells (source: hamill and knutzen, the biomechanical basis of human movement). View on visualizing.org.
It can take up to 20 minutes for the chemicals that tell your body that you are hungry to be reabsorbed and replaced by those that signal fullness. This is why doctors recommend you stop eating when you are satiated, rather than full.
Food for thought next time your belly is on your mind. View on visualizing.org
What are you? While philosophically this varies, biologically, you are a series of chemical reactions. The mighty brain is the end goal of your body: facilitating the growth of new neural connections and firing along those synapses that already exist. This “connectome” essentially IS you. Your brain never stops growing as long as you continually explore new things, challenge yourself with varied ideas, and think abstractly about how and who you are. I hope you remember every day how intricately complex and mindbogglingly beautiful it is that you are alive. View on visualizing.org.
Designers, email me amy at healthsterling.com to take part in the Body 101 project: visualizing the human machine on healthsterling.com.
These are but two examples of how Inkscapes can be used for fun (Glenn Clayton) or professional services (Steph’s health viz). Reagan is one of Glenn’s favorites -this does not speak for me — hmm i would probably have Ben Franklin or Marco Polo — I should make one of these for me.
I long for the day when my doctor gives me a personal health infographic with my copay receipt. This is the prototype next gen wellness report I finally finished for Sterling Health. I’d love for developers to get with us and make an easy, open-source tool so anyone can generate one of these. Generated in Inkscape, the open-source vector graphics editor.