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culture | 23 dec 14 | Catherine Brahic, NewScientist
A shell etched by Homo erectus some 5000,000 years ago is by far the oldest engraving ever found, challenging what we know about the origin of art and complex human thought.
mind | 19 dec 14 | Christof Koch, Scientific American
Panpsychism, the ancient doctrine that consciousness is universal, offers some lessons in how to think about subjective experience today.
culture | 17 dec 14 | Tim Cole, The Futures Agency
There is no avoiding the fact that digital networks will change the way we work. The question that remains, however, is this: How will we cope? After all, we can’t all hope to profit equally; there are always winners and losers.
article | 12 dec 14 | Bia Labate, gaiamedia
The Brazilian anthropologist and author landed at the airport in Yaoundé, with the aim of collecting data on a mysterious African root to which powerful therapeutic properties are attributed. An intriguing travelogue.
science | 6 dec 14 | Charles Eisenstein
In The Fourth Phase of Water
, Gerald Pollack offers an elegant new theory of water chemistry that has profound implications not only for chemistry and biology, but for the metaphoric foundation of our understanding of reality and our treatment of nature.
culture | 5 dec 14 | Matt Cardin, The Teeming Brain
Some powerful, moving, and beautiful words from Ursula K. Le Guin at the National Book Awards, where she used the opportunity to talk about the value of visionary literature.
science | 1 dec 14 | Christian Schwägerl, Reality Sandwich
An excerpt from The Anthropocene: The Human Era & How it Shapes our Planet
by science and environment writer Christian Schwägerl – a visionary yet pragmatic and comprehensive exploration of the biggest questions we face as a species.
life | 27 nov 14 | Shuria Niazi, Worldcrunch
After monks went on a hunger strike to push for a citywide ban on animal slaughter, the local government declared Palitana a meat-free zone.
life | 21 nov 14 | Nic Fleming, BBC
Hidden under your feet is an information superhighway that allows plants to communicate and help each other out. It’s made of fungi.
mind | 21 nov 14 | Interview: Douglas Capraro, Substance
Erowid – the Internet’s top source of accurate information about drugs has earned the trust of consumers, the respect of experts and a reputation as a harm reduction pioneer.
science | 17 nov 14 | Johnjoe McFadden, Aeon
Weird quantum effects are so delicate it seems they could only happen in a lab. How on Earth can life depend on them?
life | 17 nov 14 | Sarah Barmak, Psychology Tomorrow
Despite our cultural obsession with sex, we know surprisingly little about how women experience the big “O.” An exploration of recent cutting edge research and titillating data uncovered about the enigmatic female orgasm.
science | 11 nov 14 | Brandon Keim, Wired
Psilocybin, the main psychoactive ingredient in magic mushrooms, sprouts new links across previously disconnected brain regions, temporarily altering the brain’s entire organizational framework.
science | 7 nov 14 | Amon Twyman, Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies
Most obviously “World Peace” means finding ways to avoid war and other forms of destructive conflict, and the impulse underlying that idea is to reduce involuntary suffering as much as possible.
culture | 1 nov 14 | Agata Blaszczak-Boxe, lifescience
From the sites where prehistoric hunters and gatherers lived, to ancient China and Viking ships, cannabis has been used across the world for ages, and a new report presents the drug’s colorful history.
mind | 1 nov 14 | Peter Russell, YouTube
True forgiveness comes from letting go of our beliefs about how others should have behaved or how they’ve done wrong; releasing the grip this has on our consciousness. Video.
mind | 30 oct 14 | Kingsley L. Dennis, Reality Sandwich
The accelerating changes occurring across our planet right now will have no alternative but to force a mind-change on a global and individual level. We are coming together as a global species like never before.
science | 30 oct 14 | William Skaggs, h+ Magazine
The philosophical problem of identity is epitomized by the paradox known as the “Ship of Theseus.” Suppose a ship is rebuilt by removing one plank at a time and replacing it with an identical new plank. Is it still the same ship?
life | 28 oct 14 Jamie Davies, Aeon
The DNA helix gave 20th-century biology its symbol. But the more we learn, the more life circles back to an older image.
science | 28 oct 14 | Ralph H. Abraham
An extended version of the mathematician and chaos theorist’s paper on the demise of the oceans ecosystem, and an educational approach to turning it around.
life | 21 oct 14 | Cell Press, ScienceDaily
The more curious we are about a topic, the easier it is to learn information about that topic. New research provides insights into what happens in our brains when curiosity is piqued.
science | 13 oct 14 H. Umit Sayin, NeuroQuantology
The paper reviews the possibility of an ancient forgotten visual sign and symbol language, which is genetically existent in the human brain and that, emerges out during trance states and the consciousness altered by the psychoactive plants.
culture | 7 oct 14 | Colin Barras, BBC
There is striking evidence, that music may have pre-dated modern man and originated with animals, allowing our distant ancestors to communicate and build societies.
mind | 1 oct 14 | Rick Searle, Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies
Sometimes the best way to see the future is by using the same tools we use in understanding the present.
eco | 1 oct 14 | Veronique Greenwood, Quanta Magazine
The Western Ghats of India are one of the most biodiverse places on the planet. They were also the first testing ground of an unusual new theory in ecology that applies insights from physics to the study of the environment.