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Conscious exotica

From algorithms to aliens, could humans ever understand minds that are radically unlike our own?<i>By Murray Shanahan</i>Read at Aeon

Consciousness

The Difference Between Rationality and Intelligence

ARE you intelligent — or rational? The question may sound redundant, but in recent years researchers have demonstrated just how distinct those two cognitive attributes actually are.<p>It all started in the early 1970s, when the psychologists Daniel Kahneman and Amos Tversky conducted an influential …

Critical Thinking

The Brain Damage That Hides Half the World

A rare condition called hemispatial neglect reveals the invisible seams in human consciousness.<p>When I was a graduate student 25 years ago, I met a man I’ll call Mr. X, who had recently recovered from a stroke to the right side of his cerebral cortex. Like many people with a neurological disability, …

Typecast as a terrorist

To begin with, auditions taught me to get through airports. In the end, it was the other way around. I’m an actor. Since I was a teenager I have had to play different characters, negotiating the cultural expectations of a Pakistani family, Brit-Asian rudeboy culture, and a scholarship to private …

Slumdog Millionaire

The Virtues of Inwardness: Reclaiming the Life of the Mind in a Politicized World

Prior to his seminal work on consciousness which would make him one of the eminent philosophers of the late 20th century, John R. Searle had served …

Political Activism

Consciousness in Locke

2016.08.03 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews<b></b>Shelley Weinberg, <i>Consciousness in Locke</i>, Oxford University Press, 2016, 240pp., $74.00 …

Consciousness

The race to make conscious robots is putting the single greatest question about humanity to the test

Technically, there’s no known reason why a conscious machine couldn’t be indistinguishable from a human.<p>Consciousness is, in its most basic formulation, the state of being aware of one’s own existence and surroundings. Though it’s possible to be alive and unconscious (in a coma, for example), most …

Consciousness

The Centered Mind: What the Science of Working Memory Shows Us about the Nature of Human Thought

2016.07.17 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews<b></b>Peter Carruthers, <i>The Centered Mind: What the Science of Working Memory Shows Us about</i> …

Philosophy

The Debate Over Time's Place in the Universe

Physicists can’t agree on whether the flow of future to past is real or a mental construct.<p>Einstein once described his friend Michele Besso as “the best sounding board in Europe” for scientific ideas. They attended university together in Zurich; later they were colleagues at the patent office in …

The English Revolt

Brexit, Euroscepticism and the future of the United Kingdom.<p>English voters have led – some would say forced – the United Kingdom towards exit from …

United Kingdom

Updated map of the human brain hailed as a scientific tour de force

When the German neurologist Korbinian Brodmann first sliced and mapped the human brain more than a century ago he identified 50 distinct regions in the crinkly surface called the cerebral cortex that governs much of what makes us human.<p>Now researchers have updated the 100-year-old map in a …

The Brain

Human brain mapped in unprecedented detail

Nearly 100 previously unidentified brain areas revealed by examination of the cerebral cortex.<p>Think of a spinning globe and the patchwork of …

Many aspects of Goethe

London Bridge

Thinking, Public and Private: Intellectuals in the Time of the Public

THE TERM “PUBLIC INTELLECTUAL” is a fount of confusion. We admire such persons for speaking the truth about the corruptions of politics, for …

Inside The Playlist Factory

At the most powerful companies in Silicon Valley, small teams of anonymous, hardcore music fans race to solve the record industry’s toughest problem.

Playlist

Frank Cottrell Boyce: what's the point of culture in Brexit Britain?

Four years ago the writer helped put together the Olympics opening ceremony. In this exclusive preview of his Proms Lecture he reflects on its cultural legacy in the wake of the referendum<p>I love being a writer. Never wanted to be anything else.<p>When I get into a conversation with a stranger on a …

The Theatre

The Psychological Benefits of Writing Regularly

When you attempt to envision a writer, I imagine many of you see a quirky recluse, hunched over a desk in some cabin, crumpled paper strewn about as …

Creative Writing

20 Masterpieces of Ingmar Bergman Every Movie Fan Should See

Considered by many as one of the greatest directors to ever live, to ever hold a camera or to ever peer inside the human soul. Ingmar Bergman dubbed …

How China is rewriting the book on human origins

Fossil finds in China are challenging ideas about the evolution of modern humans and our closest relatives.<p>On the outskirts of Beijing, a small …

evolution, bioethics and human nature

Interview by Richard Marshall.‘<i>So does this mean that we still have something to learn from Popper, Kuhn and the other big beasts of mid-century</i> …

Pseudo-science

The Digital Workplace: Your First Defense Against the Productivity Crisis

The UK electorate sent shockwaves across markets, businesses and governments alike by voting in favor of leaving the European Union. Questions about …

Cats' Cunning Extends beyond the Hunt

New research suggests that our feline companions understand the principle of cause and effect. Jason G. Goldman reports.

Don Norman: The term "UX"

The Great Brain Scan Scandal: It isn’t just boffins who should be ashamed

<b>Special Report</b> It's the luvvies who went mad for fMRI neurobabbleIf the fMRI brain-scanning fad is well and truly over, then many fashionable …

Behavioral Economics

Goats are as clever as dogs, say researchers at Queen Mary's University

By Hannah Moore <i>Newsbeat reporter</i><p><b>You've probably never had a chat with a goat. But new research shows they're just as good at communicating with humans as dogs are.</b><p>Researchers from Queen Mary University of London found that goats respond to people by gazing at them to help solve problems.<p>Their …

Goats

Consciousness: The Mind Messing With the Mind

A paper in The British Medical Journal in December reported that cognitive behavioral therapy — a means of coaxing people into changing the way they think — is as effective as Prozac or Zoloft in treating major depression.<p>In ways no one understands, talk therapy reaches down into the biological …

Consciousness

Does my death harm me?

Some people fear flying; some fear buttons; and many, many people fear their own death. We might try to argue a friend out of their fear of flying or …

‘Brexit is a huge opportunity - we must seize it’

Podcast<p>‘Brexit is a huge opportunity – we must seize it’<p>O<p>2 July 2016<p>Get spiked by email<p>On Wednesday 29 June, <i>spiked</i> and the Institute of Ideas held a …

London

Brexit voters are not thick, not racist: just poor

By forcing Britain to quit the EU they have given a bloody nose to an elite that views them with contempt<p>The most striking thing about Britain’s break with the EU is this: it’s the poor wot done it. Council-estate dwellers, <i>Sun</i> readers, people who didn’t get good GCSE results (which is primarily an …