Jose Luis Garcia

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Can Psychedelics Expand Our Consciousness?

<i>"One of the great responsibilities we have as a society is to educate ourselves, along with the next generation, about which substances are worth ingesting and for what purpose and which are not. ... If I knew that either of my daughters would eventually develop a fondness for methamphetamine or</i> …

5 Easy Theses

There’s so much talk about innovation these days that it’s become a buzzword, drained of clear meaning. So when writing a book about the Digital Revolution, I decided to focus on some specific examples of how innovation actually happened in the real world. How did the most imaginative innovators of …

Dramatic Ice Loss Is Messing With Antarctica's Gravity

But don't worry, the penguins won't float away<p>Just when you wondered if climate change news couldn't get much worse, along comes proof that it's affected one of the fundamental forces of nature: The ice sheet covering West Antarctica lost enough mass between 2009 and 2012 to cause a measurable dip …

Daniel Harding: conductor on a mission to revive the classical concert

British conductor Daniel Harding has recruited the TV physicist Brian Cox and other famous thinkers to revolutionise the concert-going experience<p>“Classical concerts are just so boringly presented,” says Daniel Harding. “It’s no wonder people stay away.” The British maestro, who has been shaking up …

Flute

Terrawatch: The crash that splintered Earth's crust

One of the things that distinguishes Earth from other planets is its plate tectonics. But how did this moving jigsaw surface begin? New research suggests that a 3.26 billion-year-old asteroid impact may have kick-started the process.<p>The impact crater has long since gone (recycled by plate …

Dance Of Human Evolution Was Herky-Jerky, Fossils Suggest

A trio of anthropologists has decided it's time to rewrite the story of human evolution.<p>That narrative has always been a work in progress, because almost every time scientists dig up a new fossil bone or a stone tool, it adds a new twist to the story. Discoveries lead to new arguments over the …

I hate the Fourth of July

The Fourth once reminded us to ensure that all men are created equal. Here’s what it’s become now<p>I have a confession to make, my fellow Americans. I love my country, but I really don’t like the Fourth of July.<p>Sure, I enjoy beer, hot dogs and fireworks as much as the next guy. But a holiday that …

Pictures of the Week 7.3.14

North Korea – in pictures

Danish photographer Ulrik Pedersen spent two weeks travelling around the country in June, capturing daily life under the Kim dictatorship

Chimps develop bizarre trend of sticking grass in ear

A Convincing Theory About Human Evolution

No ape had done that before.<p>It was an important milestone in the story of human evolution.<p>The ancestor in question, Homo erectus, could use simple tools and hunt. His diet was more meat-based than plant-based. Meat has more calories than food derived from plants. Humans had transformed themselves …

Harvard

Rich and Poor: America's great social divide – in pictures

Jim Goldberg's photographs show both sides of the wealth gap in 1970s and 80s San Francisco, from lonely countesses to three poverty-stricken musketeers<p>• The photographer who caught the heartbreak on both sides of America's social divide

Modern-Day Slavery: Photos of Human Sex Trafficking from Nigeria to Italy

Nigerian terrorist group Boko Haram’s unfathomable kidnapping of hundreds of schoolgirls in early May—not the first or last occurrence—and their …

The best way to predict the future

A small group of people have a surprising knack for correctly predicting the course of world events – and you could be one of them, says David Robson.<p>Cast your mind back across the turbulent events of recent history. Did you foresee President Obama’s election before he was even elected as a …

Psychology

How Different Cultures Understand Time

In the Western Hemisphere, the United States and Mexico employ time in such diametrically opposing manners that it causes intense friction between the two peoples.<p>In Western Europe, the Swiss attitude to time bears little relation to that of neighboring Italy.<p>Thais do not evaluate the passing of …

Cherry Blossom

A Neuroscientist’s Radical Theory of How Networks Become Conscious

Author: Brandon Keim. Brandon Keim Science<p>Date of Publication: 11.14.13.<p>Time of Publication: 6:30 am. 6:30 am<p>It’s a question that’s perplexed …

Why We Need to Tame Our Algorithms Like Dogs

There is a theory among evolutionary anthropologists that dogs evolved from beasts to pets because the canines that continued to survive were those …

Direction Of Tail Wag Means Different Things To A Dog

A dog that sees another dog's tail wagging asymmetrically to the left or right elicits a different response in the dog that sees it. In a recent …