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18 Apr 14 | Hal Hodson, NewScientist
Software has performed the first real-time translation of a dolphin whistle – and better data tools are giving fresh insights into primate communication too.
15 Apr 14 | J L Schellenberg, Aeon
Thanks to science, most of us accept the deep past – so why are our imagined futures so shallow?
11 Apr 14 | Thomas B. Roberts, H+ Magazine
When scientists discover the genes that control nerve growth, will they be able to control the production of brain cells? Will the Neurosingularity Project then move from brain repair and enhancement to enlargement or even brain design?
9 Apr 14 | Swinburne University of Technology
Einstein’s skepticism about quantum mechanics were highlighted in a phenomenon known as “spooky action at a distance,” which is the strange way entangled particles stay connected even when separated by large distances.
7 Apr 14 | Interview: Greg Moffitt, Legalise Freedom
A conversation with Tony Wright, discussing his forthcoming book, dealing with “Restoring the Connection Between Neurochemistry and Consciousness.” Part One
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5 Apr 14 | James W. Jesso, Psychedelic Press UK
Not your typical trip report – Last part of four.
1 Apr 14 | Russ Blake, Subtle Energy Research Institute
Free energy is easily one of the hottest topics in the world within alternative news. As stated by Marko Rodin and his volunteers, the Rodin Coil has the ability to completely transform our world given what it is capable of. Video
1 Apr 14 | Peter Russell, Effortless Meditation
Why effort hinders meditation. How to manage thoughts. Introduction to Peter Russell’s new online course. Video.
26 Mar 14 | Interview: Hope Reese, The Atlantic
A conversation with Daniel Gilbert about his untraditional path to psychology, how psychology affects, and is affected, by other academic fields, and why the study of happiness is critical for public policy.
26 Mar 14 | Maria Popova, Brain Pickings
How goal-setting limits rather than begets our happiness and success – affirmative arguments from British journalist Oliver Burkeman for people who can’t stand positive thinking.
24 Mar 14 | Joachim I. Krueger, Psychology Today
Along with happiness, creativity is among the most alluring concepts in psychology and everyday life. Creativity smells not only of happiness, but also of productivity, meaning, and legacy. But what is creativity?
24 Mar 14 | Julia Mossbridge et al., Frontiers in Human Neuroscience
Critical analysis and practical implications of predictive anticipatory activity. Paper.
19 Mar 14 | Matt McGrath, BCC
New research suggests a mechanism by which the scented vapours of pine trees turn into aerosols above boreal forests. These particles promote cooling by reflecting sunlight back into space and helping clouds to form.
17 Mar 14 | James W. Jesso, Psychedelic Press UK
Not your typical trip report – Part three of four.
13 Mar 14 | Matthew Francis, Aeon
Our species is not going to last forever. One way or another, humanity will vanish from the Universe. Some philosophers and physicists wonder if we’re already there. Maybe we are in a computer simulation, but how can we tell? And does it matter?
11 Mar 14 | Edge
How can we have a world in which we are all watching each other, and everybody feels happy? A conversation with Kevin Kelly.
7 Mar 14 | Benedict Carey, The New York Times
What we could inform about already last year, has now found its way to a first science journal and to many mainstream media: the positive and future oriented results of the first controlled trial of the substance in more than forty years by Swiss psychiatrist Dr. Peter Gasser.
7 Mar 14 | Nancy Colier, Psychology Today
How to be “in” the present moment when we don’t like the present moment?
5 Mar 14 | Interview: Erik Davis, expanding mind
Animist practice, sacred sites, and cultivating a relationship to significant otherness: a talk with Robert Wallis, professor of visual culture, scholar of paganism, shamanism, and rock art. Audio.
5 Mar 14| Fritjof Capra, Center for Ecoliteracy
The understanding of community is extremely important today, not only for our emotional and spiritual well-being, but for the future of our children and, in fact, for the survival of humanity.
3 Mar 14 | Brent Peters, H+ Magazine
This series examines recurring patterns in nature, and the science of flow – how energy travels through natural systems, the patterns it produces on its way, and how we can theoretically apply those patterns to optimize manmade networks.
1 Mar 14 | James W. Jesso, Psychedelic Press UK
Not your typical trip report – Part two of four.
27 Feb 14 | David Graeber, The Baffler
Animals play. Humans play. To explain play in Darwinian or utilitarian terms means arguing that it is something else in disguise. But what if play is the real point of our lives? Friedrich Schiller had already argued in 1795 that it was precisely in play that we find the origins of self-consciousness, and hence freedom, and hence morality. “Man plays only when he is in the full sense of the word a man,” Schiller wrote in his On the Aesthetic Education of Man, “and he is only wholly a Man when he is playing.”
27 Feb 14 | Maria Popova, Brain Pickings
The science of why tit-for-tat isn’t the best strategy for cooperation and why you should hear out your hunches, as explained by psychologist David DeSteno in his new book.
25 Feb 14 | Madhusudan Katti, The Conversation
While urbanisation displaces many species, we also know that others have adapted to not only survive, but thrive in cities. Many rarer species are even adapting to suburban environments that have taken over their native habitats.