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Nikhil Bhatla
Worked at Google
Attends Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
Lives in Somerville, MA
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Free will. May 16, 2014, 11:23p - Consciousness As a conscious human, I feel as if I'm in control of my actions. When I'm considering what to drink with dinner and get a beer, that action is preceded by the conscious feeling of having made a choice. This contrasts with situations where actions ...
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Medicine as Evolutionary Expansion Jan 23, 2014, 12:46p - Science We've all heard about "survival of the fittest." This saying explains why certain species thrive and others go extinct, and it captures the core of Darwin's idea of evolution by natural selection. People also use it colloquially ...
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Consciousness as the only true emergence - http://nikhil.superfacts.org/archives/2013/08/emergence_and_c.html
Consciousness as emergence. Aug 9, 2013, 9:41a - Consciousness As a neuroscientist obsessed with consciousness, I've spent the past 6 years in grad school grappling with what my philosophical point-of-view should be on the topic. I just read a new favorite, William Seager's Natural Fabrications ...
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Countering a primitivist attack on the soul: http://nikhil.superfacts.org/archives/2013/05/countering_a_pr.html
Countering a primitivist attack on the soul. May 1, 2013, 11:51a - Consciousness I probably spend more time thinking about consciousness than any other topic or person (shh, don't tell Becca or my wor...
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I love "C. Elegans XIV"'s comment on the blog post :)
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Coming home. Nov 12, 2012, 8:13p - Fiction What to do, what to do... Bill waited, tasting the smell of the cold metal. The taste rang in his teeth. What was he supposed to do now, he wondered. His wif...
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Very well written.. will there be a second part to it? :)
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Getting books as PDFs. Feb 14, 2014, 6:19a - Technology Ever since I started in grad school, my reading consumption has changed significantly. Before, I would read physical books, usually non-fiction. In the past 7 years eBooks have grown in popularity, but I never really got into them.
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Sunburn Jan 14, 2014, 1:31p - Fiction In the end, the sun burns out. --- It's 2012. But humans have roamed this planet for 200000 years, so I suppose it's actually something closer to 202012. If you estimate 20 years per generation, humans have persisted for 10101 generations.
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"Representation" in neuroscience. Aug 5, 2013, 12:19p - Science The word "representation" is used pervasively in neuroscience. Here's an example: "The neural activity in visual cortex represents the visual input received by the eyes." I've found this word troubling since the very day I started ...
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Gap-free neural circuits. Dec 8, 2012, 11:38a - Science As I mentioned in a previous post, Tots and I are teaching a class on neural circuits this January during IAP at MIT. IAP is a time every year w...
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Neural circuits. Nov 21, 2012, 11:33a - Science Neuroscience, the study of the brain, is absolutely fascinating. But why choose neuroscience over any other pursuit? We can try to understand an infinit...
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Let's start with a definition. Aug 10, 2012, 10:05p - Consciousness My main intellectual interest is to understand how the brain creates consciousness. When I tell this to people, they usually respond...
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Graduate Student, Neuroscience
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  • Google
    Product Manager, 2002 - 2007
  • Matsushita Electric Works (Panasonic)
    MEMS Designer - Summer Intern, 2001 - 2001
  • Netscape, Mozilla, AOL
    UI Programmer - Summer Intern, 2000 - 2000
  • Citibank
    Smartcard Researcher - Summer Intern, 1999 - 1999
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Somerville, MA
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Santa Monica, CA - Stanford, CA - Sunnyvale, CA - Walnut Creek, CA - Osaka, Japan - Kyoto, Japan
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Learn more about me at my blog: http://nikhil.superfacts.org
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  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
    Neuroscience, 2007 - present
  • Stanford University
    Product Design, Computer Science (minor), 1998 - 2002
  • Windward High School
    1992 - 1998
  • Pilgrim Lutheran Elementary School
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