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This Is What Believing In God Does To Your Brain

Humans suppress areas of the brain used for analytical thinking and engage the parts responsible for empathy in order to believe in god, a new …

The Brain

Science has next to nothing to say about moral intuitions

For centuries, philosophers have been using moral intuitions to reason about ethics. Today, some scientists think they’ve found a way to use …

American Philosophy

Brain Science Says This 1 Habit Can Hugely Improve Your Memory

Want something you just learned to stick long-term? Take a break, and then do this.<p>Whether you're memorizing your biz pitch or have just learned 25 new names at a networking event, remembering it all is hard. It's become especially difficult as we sink deeper into the multitasking hole, which …

2,300 years later, Plato’s theory of consciousness is being backed up by neuroscience

In 2008, neuroscientist Giulio Tononi at the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Center for Sleep and Consciousness put forward his “integrated information theory,” which is currently accepted as one of the most compelling explanations about what consciousness is.<p>One of the central claims of the …

Consciousness

University of California

Using a miniature microscope that opens a window into the brain, UCLA neuroscientists have identified in mice how the brain links different memories over time. While aging weakens these connections, the team devised a way for the middle-aged brain to reconnect separate memories.<p>The findings, which …

Neuroscience

“We are all Trojans...”: Homer’s poetic legacy

The Greek poet Homer signifies the dawn of Western literature and his works include some of the most significant literary products of the human …

Simple brain hack from Harvard can stop you forgetting important tasks

Remembering to turn the gas off, or water the plants before a weekend away, can prove an impossible feat when the mind is churning with other tasks.<p>But Harvard University has uncovered a simple ‘brain hack’ to bring back those forgotten to-do lists - the mental equivalent of tying a piece of string …

Kennedy School of Government

New Evidence Could Break The Standard View of Quantum Mechanics

Just as we were beginning to understand it...<p>Quantum mechanics is difficult to understand at the best of times, but new evidence suggests that the …

The Zen of Dying

<i>"We're all just walking each other home."</i>-- Ram Dass<p>When I was a little girl I had a recurring nightmare of my mom dying. I'd wake up out of breath, panicked. I'd run into my parent's bedroom, quietly put my tiny face up to her beautiful mouth and then let out a sigh of relief when I felt her …

Meditation

A Visual Dictionary of Philosophy: Major Schools of Thought in Minimalist Geometric Graphics

Rodin believed that his art was about removing the stone not part of the sculpture to reveal the essence of his artistic vision. Perhaps this is what Catalan-born, London-based graphic designer Genis Carreras implicitly intended in chiseling away the proverbial philosopher’s stone to sculpt its …

The science behind meditation, and why it makes you feel better

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Meditation

The Last Days of Socrates - Plato's Greater, Better World

Socrates' execution at Athens in 399 BCE had a profound effect on his student Plato (428-348 BCE) who was inspired by his teacher to abandon his …

Ethnography

Andrés Gómez Emilsson My Interest Shifted from Mathematics to Consciousness after a THC Experience

if topical_image_articles}{/if}My interest in consciousness is in part the result of a marijuana experience I had when I was 16. To understand why, I …

Marijuana

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Descartes’ “indivisibility” argument

In the sixth of his <i>Meditations on First Philosophy</i>, Descartes writes: <i><br>[T]here is a vast difference between mind and body, in respect that body, from</i> …

An UMBEL Extension for Attributes

The Attributes Ontology is Designed for Efficient Data MappingThe semantic Web does not yet have the complete infrastructure for supporting data …

Ethnography

17 Life Changing Lessons to Learn from Socrates

Luminita Saviuc, Purpose Fairy<p>If I have learned something from Socrates is that you cannot teach people anything; you can only make them think. You …

What Makes Us Human?: Chomsky, Locke & Marx Introduced by New Animated Videos from the BBC

When Plato defined humans as two-legged animals without feathers, I suspect he was only half serious. Or if he was as humorless as some suppose, his …

Is the Many Worlds hypothesis just a fantasy? – Philip Ball

In July 2011, participants at a conference on the placid shore of Lake Traunsee in Austria were polled on what they thought the meeting was about. …

Quantum Mechanics

7 Things We Can Turn Off and On in the Brain

As much as we’d like to think we’re always in control of our own actions, a lot of human behavior, mood, and habit can be traced to involuntary …

How the brain creates maps of the external world

For a decade, scientists have been puzzled by how the "internal maps" of the human brain are anchored to the external world. A new study published in …

Great ideas: Is imagination more important than knowledge?

From Alexander the Great to Napoleon, Plato to Spinoza, Issac Newton to Albert Einstein and Henry Ford to Steve Jobs… ideas are the seed of all …

The New Science of Consciousness

Ellen and I live in Oxford, in the UK, on the edge of one of the world’s great educational establishments. Just a week or so before we came to the …

7 Ways Meditation Can Actually Change The Brain

The meditation-and-the-brain research has been rolling in steadily for a number of years now, with new studies coming out just about every week to illustrate some new benefit of meditation. Or, rather, some ancient benefit that is just now being confirmed with fMRI or EEG. The practice appears to …

Mindfulness