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(Bob Blum, MD, PhD - this is my digital brain.  Read about my research at  www.bobblum.com 

I've had two careers: 1) as a researcher and 2) as a physician.


My research career started in 1976 as a PhD student/ research associate in AI at Stanford.

That exploration now continues at Stanford as a perennial student of cognitive neuroscience.

That was also my initial PhD focus as a medical student at UCSF and as an undergrad at MIT.

Separately, I had a twenty year career in clinical medicine as an

emergency physician working for Kaiser Hospitals in Northern California.


This WebBrain contains a decade of my working notes, at Stanford from 2007 to 2018.


The key feature of this Brain found NO WHERE ELSE: my Stanford lecture notes

These are often "first reveals" of ground-breaking research by the world's top scientists.

I strive to take notes  like a court reporter: every major idea, but also all the details

(the citations, the asides and the jokes.)  This is exactly as delivered to audience experts.

(My intended audience is science writers and other researchers (not casual readers.)


Here you have a TREE  with 10,000 nodes.

(the public half of my total working set.)


Click on ANY node in the blue network above to navigate.

The starting nodes I recommend (in yellow) are pinned to the top of the window:

(you can always get back here by clicking INSTRUCTIONS above.)


2018 AAA Superstars is a list of the top lectures I attended in 2018.

Many of these are cutting edge presentations by National Academy members to

standing room only crowds. All my notes are attached. Also see

2017 AAA Superstar Lectures and All Lectures. Similarly for 2016, etc.


MBC Mind, Brain, Computation is where I attend  several lectures each week.

(Stanford Psych Dept: Jordan Hall)


SEARCH: Type a few letters or words into the Search Bar above to find items.

(The search bar is the 1cm by 5 cm white rectangle

at the bottom, left corner of the blue window above. But, it's usually

easiest to just navigate by clicking on nodes in the network.


I keep most of the pdfs for journal articles on my own computer rather than

on the WebBrain server, but many are online at the authors academic websites.

(I'll happily sign your petition favoring open access and denouncing paywalls.)


Thought Window:  The bottom half of each window is called the THOUGHT WINDOW.

(That's the blank, white part of each screen where you're reading now.)


Thought Window Links:  In many thought windows you'll see a clickable icon

at the left upper corner of the thought window.  Clicking on that icon will open

that link on the web. For example, click NEUROSCIENCE, then

click on the W icon (in the thought window) to see the Wikipedia entry.


For 2016, 2017, and 2018  lectures I've uploaded all my lecture notes

so they can be directly read without having to download them. 

You can either cut and paste them or download the files.


Downloading My Lecture Notes: Most of the MBC lectures I've attended

will have my notes attached. To download one, click on the little rectangular icon

at the left upper corner of the thought window.

Your computer may ask you if you want to OPEN that file.


The notes are small text files (and are virus-free). 

(Once you click, the note will download to your machine.

You may have to look around on your machine to find out in which folder

downloaded files go. On Macs you may see a small button at the bottom

of the screen that you click to launch file into a text editor.)



ARRANGE THOUGHTS: Right click on the blue part of the brain above (the plex).

You will see a menu.  You can arrange the order of thoughts (nodes) by name,

ie alphabetically,  or by types (tier 1, 2, 3). (BTW, my tiers are mainly relevance/

salience-based. So, don't be bummed out if your Nobel only gets you to tier 2.)

Added bonus: If you want a psychedelic tour of my brain, click the option WANDER.

(Click any of the pinned yellow nodes at the top to turn off WANDER.)



This is the public portion of my Brain.

You can create your own by going to TheBrain.com.

Their (permanently) free software is quite useful.