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science | 25 june 16 | Amanda Feilding, Jordi Riba
A study found that harmine and tetrahydroharmine, the alkaloids present in highest amounts in ayahuasca, stimulate the growth and maturation of neurons and promote their birth from the stem cells.
culture | 23 june 16 | Matthew Levi Stevens, Reality Sandwich
If Brion Gysin, the pre-eminent multimedia psychedelic shaman of the latter half of the Twentieth Century, had not existed, it probably would have been necessary to invent him, as the saying goes.
mind | 21 june 16 | Jeffrey M Zacks, Aeon
Brain-training games won’t boost your IQ, but a host of strategies can improve your cognitive abilities one piece at a time.
mind | 17 june 16 | Olga Khazan, The Atlantic
Hallucinogens may help people break free of destructive thoughts and addiction. Can a “mystical experience” be had legally?
eco | 17 june | Rhett A Butler, Mongabay
It’s easy to be pessimistic about the state of the world’s forests. Yet all hope is not lost. Here are 10 good reasons to be optimistic when it comes to saving the world’s forests.
science | 15 june 16 | Jason Silva, Seeker
The “looking glass self” is a theory coined by American sociologist Charles Horton Cooley. It’s the idea that everyone believes the person they really are is dependent upon who others think they are. “I am who you think I am,” said Cooley.
mind | 13 june 16 | Jeremy A Smith, UCB, Greater Good Science Center
We know in our gut when we’re hearing a good story – and research is starting to explain why.
eco | 9 june 16 | Climate Action
Norway has become the first country in the world to commit to zero deforestation. The major global funder of forest conservation projects also supports human rights programs for forest communities.
mind | 3 june 16 | Robert Epstein, Aeon
Your brain does not process information, retrieve knowledge or store memories. In short: your brain is not a computer.
culture | 1 june 16 | Charles Eisenstein
“I’m dealing with massive cognitive dissonance right now. Multiple, contradictory beliefs and perceptions inhabit my mind, each compelling on its own terms. How do I choose?”
mind | 27 may 16 | Interview: Psychedelic Press
A talk with Anglo-Scandinavian philosopher Peter Sjöstedt-H, who specialises in the thought of Schopenhauer, Nietzsche, Bergson and Whitehead, and within the field of Philosophy of Mind; author of Noumenautics
science | 25 may 16 | Adam Bear, Paul Bloom, Yale University
The results of two psychology experiments suggest that what we believe to be a conscious choice may actually be constructed, or confabulated, unconsciously after we act – to rationalize our decisions.
science | 23 may 16 | Peter Hoffman, Nautilus
Nanoscale thermal physics guarantees our decline, no matter how many diseases we cure.
mind | 21 may 16 | Kevin Randall, The New York Times
The Dalai Lama has commissioned scientists for a lofty mission: to help turn secular audiences into more self-aware, compassionate humans.
life | 19 may 16 | Interview: Edge
How narratives can get in the way of being happier. A conversation with Paul Dolan, professor of behavioral science at the London School of Economics and Political Science and author of Happiness by Design
science | 17 may 16 | Amanda Gefter, Quanta Magazine
The cognitive scientist Donald Hoffman uses evolutionary game theory to show that our perceptions of an independent reality must be illusions.
culture | 15 may 16 | Daniel Pinchbeck, Schuyler Brown, Medium
Reevaluating the language of climate change can offer a fresh perspective on where we are and where we’re headed, and supports moving from sustainability to Regenerative Design.
mind | 13 may 16 | Robert Lanza and Bob Berman, Aeon
…only a series of eternal ‘nows’. By the authors of Beyond Biocentrism
: Rethinking Time, Space, Consciousness, and the Illusion of Death.
science | 13 may 16 | Carl A. P. Ruck, NeuroQuantology
The folkloric traditions of Europe about mushrooms indicate a taboo upon directly naming a substance employed to access mystical vision involving many of the most ancient religions of antiquity, dating back at least to the Neolithic Period.
mind | 11 may 16 | Daphna Oyserman, Aeon
The answer to the question – which, by the way, is not right now – matters because humans are attuned to focus on the ‘right now’ situation. A study in maximising motivation.
science | 9 may 16 | Michael H. Herzog et al., EPF, Lausanne
According to a new model, consciousness arises only in time intervals of up to 400 milliseconds, with gaps of unconsciousness in between.
culture | 7 may 16 | Charles Eisenstein, MAPS Bulletin
Many arguments for the legalization of psychedelics draw on their relative harmlessness. Compared to legal drugs like alcohol and tobacco, psychedelics are extremely safe.
life | 5 may 16 | Indiana University, ScienceDaily
Largest-ever analysis of microbial data reveals an ecological law concluding 99.999 percent of species remain undiscovered.
science | 3 may 16 | Emily Singer, Wired
A race to decipher the brain’s algorithms could revolutionize machine learning.
mind | 1 may 16 | Adam Green et al., Georgetown University
Safe levels of electrical stimulation can enhance your capacity to think more creatively, according to a new study.