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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 orientend 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.
25 Feb 14 | James W. Jesso, Psychedelic Press UK
Not your typical trip report – Part one of four.
19 Feb 14 | Christine Turnbull and Paul R. Ehrlich, MAHB
Aboriginal societies have continuously survived for some five millennia, without destroying their resource base and while maintaining their cultural traditions. That culture has thrived for so long is surely a testament to its sustainability.
19 Feb 14 | Sam Harris, YouTube
The American neuroscientist, author, and philosopher, shares his concept of the present moment and why it matters to live in the now rather than wait for the “now” of the future. Video.
13 Feb 14 | Harry J. Bentham, H+ Magazine
Perhaps parallel to the physical enhancement of human ability and longevity through technology, enhancements to civilization could be the neglect and final dissolution of borders and “nations”.
11 Feb 14 | Thomas Hills, The Conversation
For a long time old age is associated with memory problems, and difficulties in learning and concentration. This way of thinking may be fundamentally wrong.
7 Feb 14 | Trace Dominguez, Discovery, University of Vienna
From humans to monkeys to lizards to frogs, every known species, both living and extinct, with a jaw and a backbone has paired limbs! Because they have a belly. Video
7 Feb 14 | Tim Maudlin, Aeon
Is our universe fine-tuned for the existence of life – or does it just look that way from where we’re sitting?
1 Feb 14 | Nicola Jones, Nature
Using massive amounts of data to recognize photos and speech, deep-learning computers are taking a big step towards true artificial intelligence. Deep learning itself is a revival of an even older idea for computing: neural networks.
1 Feb 14 | Steve Taylor, Psychology Today
Great ideas and discoveries don’t come from thinking or doing, but from being. That’s the secret of success.
29 Jan 14 | Mark Kinver, BBC
Living in an urban area with green spaces has a long-lasting positive impact on people’s mental well-being, unlike pay rises or promotions, which only provided a short-term boost.
29 Jan 14 | Daniel Pinchbeck, Reality Sandwich
We need to evolve new pathways of thinking and feeling – to revamp our mental and emotional ecology. Psychedelics may play a part in the process of our species evolution. From the co-author of Manifesting Minds
23 Jan 14 | Carl Zimmer, The New York Times
Scientists have revived shrimp-like animals that have been buried at the bottom of the lake for an estimated 700 years. If this estimate holds up to further testing, they are the oldest animals ever resurrected.
23 Jan 14 | Robert F. Service, sciencemag
A molecule nearly identical to one in rhubarb may hold the key to the future of renewable energy.
17 Jan 14 | Betsy Mason, Wired
A few lucky animals, such as jellyfish and corals, have the strange ability to absorb light and emit it as a different, glowing color. This phenomenon is known as biofluorescence, and much more widespread than we knew.
17 Jan 14 | Etzel Cardeña, Lund University, Sweden
A call for an open, informed study of all aspects of consciousness, including parapsychological phenomena such as purported telepathy or precognition a.o.
9 Jan 14 | Kat McGowan, Quanta magazine
Growing evidence suggests that certain plants like maple trees warn each other of environmental dangers. The debate is no longer whether plants can sense one another’s biochemical messages – they can – but about why and how they do it.