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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.
culture | 29 apr 16 | Kingsley L. Dennis, Reality Sandwich
How the sacred manifests in chaos, superheroes and outer spaces.
mind | 27 apr 16 | Marc Lewis, The Guardian
Our brains, with their intrinsic tendency to segregate, are designed to veer toward over-control. Psychedelics blow all that apart – and we can learn from them.
science | 25 apr 16 | Laura A. Hug et al., Nature Microbiology
Scientists have dramatically expanded the tree of life, which depicts the variety and evolution of life on Earth, to account for thousands of new microscopic life forms discovered over the past 15 years.
life | 23 apr 16 | Alex Riley, Aeon
Male flamboyance does more than ruffle a few feathers – it helps the female choose a mate in top metabolic health.
mind | 23 apr 16 | Sebastian Job, Entheogenesis
The anthropologist from the University of Sidney talks about some transpersonal dimensions of 5-MeO-DMT.
eco | 21 apr 16 | Mike Gaworecki, Mongabay
Kenya aims to plant a total of 20 million trees around Mount Kenya and other highland forests, known as Water Towers because of their role in conserving the country’s rivers, lakes and fresh drinking water.
culture | 19 apr 16 | Ralph H. Abraham
Two roots of the Platonic cosmology join in a subtle bifurcation in Ancient Greece. The Yogic tradition of Vedic Sanskrit, perhaps transmitted by Pythagoras, and the Homeric of Archaic Greek, are yoked by Plato.
science | 17 apr 16 | Robin Carhart-Harris et al., Current Biology
When people take LSD, they sometimes feel as though the boundary that separates them from the rest of the world has dissolved. Now, the first functional magnetic resonance images of people’s brains while on LSD help to explain this phenomenon.
mind | 15 apr 16 | Michael Graziano, The Atlantic
Most of them play to our intuitions, but don’t actually explain anything.