|good to know
culture | 17 dec 15 | Andrew Leonard, Rolling Stone
Regular doses of acid have become the creativity enhancer of choice for some professionals.
mind | 15 dec 15 | Wataru Sato et al., Kyoto University
Researchers have mapped out using MRI where happiness emerges in the brain. The study paves the way for measuring happiness objectively, and also provides insights on a neurologically based way of being happy.
science | 11 dec 15 | Amanda Gefter, Nautilus
If our particles have no identity, how can we?
culture | 9 dec 15 | Olivier Schneller, TEDxBSEL
To Olivier, today’s common perception of work is one of the biggest misconceptions of our time; he illustrates why he strongly believes that rethinking work may unlock an immense hidden potential in our society.
life | 7 dec 15 | David P Barash, Aeon
Science is not a ‘body of knowledge’ – it’s a dynamic, ongoing reconfiguration of knowledge and must be free to change.
mind | 3 dec 15 | Emily Witt, The New Yorker
The unusual couple – Earth and Fire – behind an online encyclopedia, documenting the complex relationship between humans and psychoactive substances – Erowid.
science | 1 dec 15 | Kevin Hartnett, Quanta Magazine
The polymath Christoph Adami is investigating life’s origins by reimagining living things as self-perpetuating information strings.
eco | 1 dec 15 | Melati Kaye, Mongabay
How Wakatobi’s corals stay healthy and diverse. A soon-to-be under-resourced national park administration is fighting to protect marine life along one of Indonesia’s most diverse coastlines.
culture | 27 nov 15 | John Danaher, Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies
Those who are truly interested in a postwork world would be well-advised to think about what it takes to live a meaningful life, and to assess whether that will be possible when people lack the economic motivation to work.
| 27 nov 15 | Luke Stoddard Nathan, The Awl
The weird, slightly grim history of the sensory deprivation tank, from John C. Lilly to Richard Feynman to Michael Hutchison and even the Simpsons.
mind | 24 nov 15 | Andrew R. Gallimore and David P. Luke, Reality Sandwich
Although six decades have passed since the very first DMT trip, the experience continues to confound and remains fertile ground for speculation regarding its significance and meaning.
science | 21 nov 15 | Martin Rees, Nautilus
If life off Earth exists it has probably transitioned to machine intelligence. Perhaps the galaxy already teems with advanced life, and our descendants will “plug in” to a galactic community.
culture | 17 nov 15 | Jill Ettinger, Reset Me
Worlds are intersecting at unexpected points these days. The latest juncture: Can street art and psychedelics like ayahuasca steer us away from abdication and help us to reclaim our planet and our health?
eco | 13 nov 15 | Morgan Erickson-Davis & Apoorva Joshi, Mongabay
With the official declaration from the Peruvian government, Sierra del Divisor National Park spans 1.3 million hectares of largely primary forest, and contains unique wildlife habitat and uncontacted indigenous communities.
science | 9 nov 15 | University of California, Irvine
The hormone oxytocin, which has been associated with interpersonal bonding, may enhance the pleasure of social interactions by stimulating production of marijuana-like neurotransmitters in the brain.
mind | 5 nov 15 | Glen Martin, Reallity Sandwich
During a time of fundamental paradigm-shift from fragmentation to holism, the great question is whether the shift to holism will happen in time to save us from self-extinction. An excerpt from Glen Martin’s new book On World Renaissance
mind | 1 nov 15 | Stephen Cave, Aeon
Like IQ or EQ, there should be FQ: a freedom quotient to show how much free will we have – and how to get more.
eco | 3 nov 15 | EcoHustler
Thinking differently about how we grow food creates a world of opportunity – boosting planetary health, enriching our lives and protecting us from environmental change.
life | 1 nov 15 | Nuclear-Free Future Award
This year the prices in the categories Resistance, Education, Solution, go to the USA, Switzerland, the Marshall Islands, Austria and Canada.
science | 28 oct 15 | Space Telescope Science Institute
Earth came early to the party in the evolving universe. When our solar system was born only eight percent of the potentially habitable planets that will ever form in the universe existed. 92 percent have yet to be born.
mind | 28 oct 15 | Peter Meyer, Serendipity
In a long philosophical discourse the author suggests that before each of us humans were born into this natural world we were entities in the DMT World, to which we will return upon the death of the body.
culture | 25 oct 15 | Michael Hrenka, Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies
How can technology help us to solve the big problems of individuals, organizations, and the world at large? More specifically: How can we use the internet in the best way to improve our collective problem-solving capabilities?
mind | 23 oct 15 | Alan Piper, Academia
Transgression was the essence of the twentieth century avant-garde and the royal road to insight, self-transformation and special knowledge from Baudelaire to William Burroughs and beyond. A presentation.
eco | 19 oct 15 | Gabriel Popkin, Quanta Magazine
Complex natural systems defy standard mathematical analysis. A strange attractor helps predict what will happen in a chaotic system beyond equations.
life | 15 oct 15 | Interview: Simone Achermann, Web for Interdisciplinary Research and Expertise
Aubrey de Grey, founder of SENS Research Foundation, explains why longevity is just a side-effect of health and what people will do with their lives when they become 1000 years old.