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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.
9 Jan 14 | Robert Twigger, Aeon
Our age reveres the specialist but humans are natural polymaths, at our best when we turn our minds to many things.
1 Jan 14 | Katherina Petrou, MAHB-UTS Blogs
Phytoplankton, the microscopic, solar-powered engines of the planet, lives in the surface waters of our oceans. Tiny in size, large in number and colossal when it comes to global importance. Our future depends on them.
1 Jan 14 | Tom Bunzel, Collective Evolution
Who am I? It’s a powerful mantra and the centerpiece of many peoples’ search for meaning. From a scientific perspective we are often pointed to our biology – and specifically to the apparent source of the persistent “voice in the head” – the brain.
27 Dec 13 | Sam Gandy, Reality Sandwich
Neurogenesis is the birth of new neurons in the brain. There are a number of behavioral, environmental, pharmacological and biochemical factors that affect this process, many of which we have considerable power to influence.
27 Dec 13 | University of Adelaide
Humans have been deceiving themselves for thousands of years that they are smarter than the rest of the animal kingdom, despite growing evidence to the contrary.
23 Dec 13 | Devin Largent, Thought Catalog
Reading wouldn’t be labeled with such importance if there weren’t obvious, universal benefits. But often these benefits seem vague and perhaps we just gloss them over. 15 reasons why reading is incredibly beneficial to absolutely anyone.
23 Dec 13 | Susan Jensen, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Researchers in Wisconsin, Spain, and France report the first evidence of specific molecular changes in the body following a period of mindfulness meditation.
17 Dec 13 | University of Hawaii, Manoa
Deep sediments are home to a surprising diversity of animal life. A new network of marine protected areas has been established to safeguard biodiversity and ecosystem function in international waters of the Pacific Ocean
17 Dec 13 | Kenneth W. Tupper, University of BC, Vancouver
The perennial challenges of addressing moral purity issues in schools. Paper.