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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.
13 Dec 13 | Will Buckingham, Aeon
Forget prophecy and wisdom. Using the I Ching is a weirdly useful way to open your mind to life’s unexpected twists
13 Dec 13 | Jo Marchant, Nature
Researchers have struggled to identify how certain states of mind influence physical health. One biologist thinks he has an answer.
5 Dec 13 | Rachel Nuwer, Smithosian
Ancient Canaanites knew how to have a good time. They were fond of wine bursting with the flavors of mint, honey and psychotropic resins, new archaeological evidence reveals.
5 Dec 13 | Interview: Joanna Harcourt Smith, Future Primitive
Robert Tindall speaks about water, the primordial womb; music and opening of the gates of consciousness – of participating in a sentient cosmos.
1 Dec 13 | George Dvorsky, io9
Should we find a way to manage the risks and avoid dystopic outcomes, our far future looks astonishingly bright. If things go really well, our civilization will continue to evolve and diversify, leading to many different types of futures.
1 Dec 13 | Anette Kjellgren, Kristoffer Jonsson, Journal of Psychoactive Drugs
A new study of effects and experiences induced by MXE, a ketamine analogue, belonging to a class known as “legal highs” or “research chemicals,” and sold on the Internet.
29 Nov 13 | Alan Piper, Academia
An ethnographic, scriptural and mythographic investigation into the sacramental use of psychoactive milk and meat.
29 Nov 13 | Michael Klare, TomDispatch
Mass environmental protests are gaining strength. If governments won’t take the lead on an imperiled planet, someone will.
25 Nov 13 | Ross Andersen, Aeon
The ancients had pyramids to tame the sky’s mystery. We have Star Axis, a unique masterpiece forty years in the making.
25 Nov 13 | Andrew R. Gallimore, Journal of Scientific Exploration
The neuropsychological and evolutionary implications of the astonishing psychoactive effects of N,N-Dimethyltryptamine (DMT). Paper. See also: McKenna Forum
19 Nov 13 | Spencer Smith et al, University of North Carolina
Researchers have shown that dendrites do more than relay information from one neuron to the next. They actively process information, multiplying the brain’s processing power.
19 Nov 13 | David Pearce, Adam Ford, h+ Magazine
The British utilitarian philosopher believes and promotes the idea that there exists a strong ethical imperative for humans to work towards the abolition of suffering in all sentient life.
13 Nov 13 | Virginia Hughes, National Geographic
Women made most of the oldest-known cave art paintings, suggests a new analysis of ancient handprints. Most scholars had assumed these ancient artists were predominantly men, so the finding overturns decades of archaeological dogma.
13 Nov 13 | Adrian Andreacchio, University College London, Erowid
The aim of this dissertation has been to build a multi-disciplinary catalogue of pre- Columbian psychoactive medicines and investigate their medicinal and ritual significance.
13 Nov 13 | Gregory Berns, New York Times
Neuroscientists have trained dogs to go in an M.R.I. scanner – completely awake and unrestrained – with the goal to determine how dogs’ brains work and, even more important, what they think of us humans.
13 Nov 13 | Ann Morgan, BBC
Writer Ann Morgan read a book from every country in the world in one year. She learned that she was not an isolated person, but part of a network that stretched all over the planet and that fiction makes the world real.