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science | 9 mar 15 | Association for Psychological Science
With our uniquely large brains and extended childhoods, humans are a bit of an evolutionary puzzle. Romantic love and the pair-bonding that it motivates may be part of the answer to this riddle.
science | 6 mar 15 | Rebecca Boyle, Aeon
A child’s brain can master anything from language to music. Can neuroscience extend that genius across the lifespan?
science | 6 mar 15 | Mark Wheeler, UCLA
Potential age-defying effects of long-term meditation on gray matter atrophy. Paper
mind | 2 mar 15 | D.J. MacLennan, h+ Magazine
Love exerts such a profound force upon us – on our interactions, on our aspirations, on our enterprises, and ultimately on the fabric of our world. And when we push out into our solar system then on into interstellar space?
culture | 2 mar 15 | Interview: Matt Cardin, The Teeming Brain
The numinous, subversive power of art in an artificial age. A conversation with Canadian writer and filmmaker J.F. Martel, author of the book Reclaiming Art in the Age of Artifice
science | 27 feb 15 | Susan Blackmore, Science & Nonduality
Consciousness is a hot topic in neuroscience and some of the brightest researchers are hunting for the neural correlates of consciousness – but they will never find them.
life | 27 feb 15 | Psychedelic Care Publications
A comprehensive guide to setting up and running compassionate care services for people having difficult drug experiences at music festivals and similar events. Free download.
science | 25 feb 15 | David Stauth, Oregon State University
The grass spikelet is about 100 million years old, preserved in amber as the earliest fossil ever found of the evolution of grass, and is covered on its tip by the parasite ergot, the source fungus to produce LSD.
eco | 25 feb 15 | Christian Schwägerl, Reality Sandwich
Future technology has to consist of machines, materials and molecules that adapt to the biologic cycles of earth. An excerpt from Christian Schwägerl’s book The Anthropocene
life | 20 feb | Ronald Bailey, reason.com
Why I want to live forever and you should too. Once rescued from the ravages of aging, all people will be endowed with the life and the liberty to truly pursue their happiness.
mind | 20 feb 15 | Jason Silva, The Daily Beast
Pay attention. What if you could focus and control your consciousness when under the influence of psychedelics? Cognitive roller-coasters may be upon us.
science | 17 feb 15 | Lee Cossell et al., University of Basel
Neurons in the brain are wired like a social network. Each nerve cell has links with many others, but the strongest bonds form between the few cells most similar to each other.
science | 17 feb 15 | Edge
A conversation with physicist Neil Gershenfeld about how bits and atoms relate – the boundary between digital and physical.
mind | 13 feb 15 | Melissa Hogenboom, BBC
Visual, or optical, illusions show us that our minds tend to make assumptions about the world – and what you think you see is often not the truth.
culture | 13 feb 15 | Charles Eisenstein
Play and celebration seem a bit frivolous in the face of a relentless world-destroying machine. We need to get serious and, not waste our time in escapist play. And celebration – shouldn’t that wait until we have something to celebrate?
science | 9 feb 15 | Theresa Burt de Perera, Tim Guilford, The Conversation
Having a basic sense of direction seems instinctive for human beings, and it is. If we delve a little deeper into the subject, we may question how our brains make it possible to understand where we are.
mind | 9 feb 15 | Erica Fink, CNNMoney
In Silicon Valley, there is a premium on creativity, and tools thought to induce or enhance it are avidly sought. Some view psychedelics as a way to approach problems differently.
life | 2 feb 15 | John G. Messerly, Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies
History is littered with dead gods. The Greek and Roman gods, and thousands of others have perished. Yet Allah, Yahweh, Krishna and a few more survive. But will belief in the gods endure? It will not.
mind | 28 jan 15 | Oliver Burkeman, Guardian
Philosophers and scientists, the world’s greatest minds, have been at war for decades over the question of what makes human beings more than complex robots. Why can’t they solve an obvious mystery?
mind | 23 jan 15 | Elizabeth Svoboda, Aeon
Across time and culture, stories have been agents of personal transformation – in part because they change our brains.
| 2 feb 15 | Peter Sjöstedt-H, Psychedelic Press UK
The aim of this text is to introduce readers to an unimaginable universe of cognition to which ingestion of psychoactive chemicals will open the portal. This universe can modify and augment Philosophy itself.
mind | 19 jan 15 | Henrik Dahl, Reality Sandwich
When looking into the subject of psychedelics and their influence on dietary choices, one soon finds a recurring thread in psychedelic culture: vegetarianism. From a historical perspective, several groups and individuals in the psychedelic movement of the 1960s and onwards have adopted plant-based diets.
life | 19 jan 15 | Chris Hedges, truthdig
The battle for the rights of animals is not only about animals. It is about us. There is a direct link between our industrial slaughterhouses for animals and our industrial weapons used on the battlefields worldwide.
culture | 13 jan 15 | Elizabeth Hellmuth Margulis, Aeon
You might not be a virtuoso, but you have remarkable music abilities. You just don’t know about them yet.
culture | 13 jan 15 | Rutger Bregman, TEDxMaastricht
Dutch historian Rutger Bregman explains why we should give everyone a basic income.