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mind | 27 apr 16 | Marc Lewis, The Guardian
Our brains, with their intrinsic tendency to segregate, are designed to veer toward over-control. Psychedelics blow all that apart – and we can learn from them.
science | 25 apr 16 | Laura A. Hug et al., Nature Microbiology
Scientists have dramatically expanded the tree of life, which depicts the variety and evolution of life on Earth, to account for thousands of new microscopic life forms discovered over the past 15 years.
life | 23 apr 16 | Alex Riley, Aeon
Male flamboyance does more than ruffle a few feathers – it helps the female choose a mate in top metabolic health.
eco | 21 apr 16 | Mike Gaworecki, Mongabay
Kenya aims to plant a total of 20 million trees around Mount Kenya and other highland forests, known as Water Towers because of their role in conserving the country’s rivers, lakes and fresh drinking water.
culture | 19 apr 16 | Ralph H. Abraham
Two roots of the Platonic cosmology join in a subtle bifurcation in Ancient Greece. The Yogic tradition of Vedic Sanskrit, perhaps transmitted by Pythagoras, and the Homeric of Archaic Greek, are yoked by Plato.
science | 17 apr 16 | Robin Carhart-Harris et al., Current Biology
When people take LSD, they sometimes feel as though the boundary that separates them from the rest of the world has dissolved. Now, the first functional magnetic resonance images of people’s brains while on LSD help to explain this phenomenon.
mind | 15 apr 16 | Michael Graziano, The Atlantic
Most of them play to our intuitions, but don’t actually explain anything.
life | 13 apr 16 | Athina Karatzogianni, The Conversation
How a new wave of digital activists is changing society.
culture | 11 apr 16 | Kevin Turner, Reality Sandwich
For thousands of years, Mongolia has been a nexus of Eurasian shamanisms that competed, mixed, and meshed across our planet’s largest continent. An excerpt from Sky Shamans of Mongolia
by the author.
mind | 7 apr 16 | Erik Davis, Techgnosis
A catalog essay on the contemporary reframing of animism, from an art show devoted to rare earth elements.
life | 3 apr 16 | Caleb Scharf, Aeon
Intelligence could have been moving back and forth between biological beings and machine receptacles for aeons.
science | 1 apr 16 | Ferris Jabr, Quanta Magazine
New insights from neuroscience – aided by a small zoo’s worth of dancing animals – are revealing the biological origins of rhythm.
mind | 29 mar 16 | Fisher, Psychological Medicine, volteface
Ask anyone who has ever tried LSD, and they will tell you that ‘paradoxical’ is a fitting descriptor of its effects. Seeing, feeling and thinking seemingly impossible scenarios are the characteristic symptoms of this and other psychedelic drugs.
life | 29 mar 16 | Interview: Edge
A conversation with Rebecca Newberger Goldstein about that commitment to one’s own life that is inseparable from pursuing a coherent human life.
science | 25 mar 16 | Chris Baraniuk, BBC
A lot of the things we do in everyday life don’t need to involve our conscious mind. In many cases, the more we use it, the less effective we become.
life | 25 mar 16 | Christopher Ingraham, The Washington Post
A group of 22 medical experts convened by Johns Hopkins University and The Lancet have called today for the decriminalization of all nonviolent drug use and possession.
culture | 23 mar 16 | David C. Downing, Patheos
Both C. S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien were engaged in mythopoesis, “myth making,” finding new stories in which to embody spiritual intuitions that seem to go as far back as humanity itself.
culture | 21 mar 16 | Interview: Edge
A conversation with Stephen Wolfram, distinguished scientist, inventor, author, about how pretty obvious it is that we can automate many of the things that we humans have been proud of for a long time. What’s our future in that situation?
mind | 17 mar 16 | Interview: Gilles Farcet, Reality Sandwich
The following is excerpted from Sacred Trickery and the Way of Kindness
: The Radical Wisdom of Jodo by Alejandro Jodorowsky with Gilles Farcet.
mind | 15 märz 16 | David Schultz, Science
Our experience of reality may be the product of a delicate balance of connectivity between neurons – too much or too little and consciousness slips away.
science | 11 feb 16 | Grit Hein et al., University of Zurich
Researchers have shown how peoples’ motives can be identified as they are characterized by a specific interplay between different brain regions, and how empathy motives increase altruistic behavior in selfish people.
eco | 9 feb 16 | Edward O Wilson, Aeon
Half of the Earth’s surface and seas must be dedicated to the conservation of nature, or humanity will have no future. See also Edward O Wilson’s latest book Half-Earth
culture | 7 mar 16 | Interview: Will Shonbrun, Project Censored
A conversation with Ralph Metzner, focusing on his book The Expansion of Consciousness
mind | 3 mar 16 | Tom Ireland, BBC, Magazine
Flotation tanks have been a niche interest of various “new-age” and hippy communities for decades, but in recent years the number of people using them in the UK has grown.
science | 1 mar 16 | Tim Newman, Medical News Today
Neuroscientific investigations often cross the borders between scientific disciplines; from biology to psychology and to philosophy.