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What Is (And Isn't) Scientific About The Multiverse

The Universe is all there ever was, all there is, and all there will ever be. At least, that’s what we’re told, and that’s what’s implied by the word “Universe” itself. But whatever the true nature of the Universe actually is, our ability to gather information about it is fundamentally limited.<p>It’s …

Dark Matter

These 20 pictures will teach you more than reading 100 books

“Art isn’t only a painting. Art is anything that’s creative, passionate, and personal. An artists is someone who uses bravery, insight, creativity, …

Motivation

Could The Present Ever Change The Past?

In our everyday lives, things seem to happen in a particular order. Things that happen to us seem to be triggered by earlier events. The upset stomach we have in the evening is caused by that third taco we had at lunch. Doing well on a final exam is thanks to studying the entire week before. Our …

Quantum Physics

We May Have Been Wrong About The Inner Workings of The Minds of Narcissists

Do they hate themselves or not?<p>Narcissists aren't hard to spot. You can tell them from the way they act, how they're raised, or where they live. …

Psychology

Data mining reveals fundamental pattern of human thinking - MIT Technology Review

Back in 1935, the American linguist George Zipf made a remarkable discovery. Zipf was curious about the relationship between common words and less …

Natural Language Processing

The idea ancient people didn’t live until old age is a myth

You might have seen the cartoon: Two cavemen sitting outside their cave knapping stone tools. One says to the other: “Something’s just not right—our air is clean, our water is pure, we all get plenty of exercise, everything we eat is organic and free-range, and yet nobody lives past 30.”<p>This …

Demographics

Every Tiny Speck of Light in This Image Is a Galaxy

To help us grok the immensity of the cosmos, the European Space Agency has released a remarkable image of space in which every point is an entire …

Universe

5 Behaviours People Call Lazy That Are Actually Signs Of Intelligence, According to Science

The current British heatwave has made marg-sipping, park-lounging, responsibility-avoiding sloths of us all. But if you consider yourself a little on …

Psychology

Three Recent Books On Physics And Philosophy

One of the evergreen topics in my social-media circles has to do with the relationship between physics and philosophy, which generally comes up in the form of accusations that physicists are too dismissive of philosophy. This may be an indication that I need to get out more.<p>The interaction of …

Quantum Mechanics

Curiosity — Daily Podcast: The Universe in Consciousness (w/...

Daily Podcast: The Universe in Consciousness (w/ Bernardo Kastrup), Intrusive Thoughts, Phones Ruin Drivers, and Baader-Meinhof<p>In this podcast, Cody …

Consciousness

Lucid vs lucent

<b>Lucid</b> and <b>lucent</b> are two words that are similar in spelling and pronunciation and are often confused. We will examine the definitions of <i>lucid</i> and</i> …

lucent

Six Alternative Ways to Jumpstart your World into Higher Consciousness

“Let us curiously test new ideas and court new impressions, never acquiescing to facile orthodoxy. Philosophy may help us gather up what might …

Consciousness

Duality vs. Unity: Where’s the Evolution of Consciousness Taking Us?

“Realize that everything connects to everything else.” ~ Leonardo Da Vinci<p>The evolution of consciousness is being felt all over the planet. As it …

Consciousness

Light Beam Lets the Deaf (Gerbil) Hear

A next-generation cochlear implant might allow the hearing-impaired to listen to music and cope with noise

Neuroscience

10 Things I Learned from My Dark Night of the Soul

‘The realization of that which is there when consciousness is no longer tangled in form, because the consciousness is formless.’ ~ Eckhart …

darknight

Scientists say other people are probably watching us more closely than we might think

I like the catchy term that scientists recently came up with to describe a common psychological phenomenon: the "invisibility cloak illusion." I don't quite like what it describes.<p>According to the scientists, and their 2016 paper in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, we incorrectly …

Psychology

Consciousness: A Wonderful Coincidence or a Pre-requisite of our Universe?

The fact that there is life is as odd as it is exhilarating. It’s strange because the odds of there being a universe fit for life are actually quite …

Universe

Collective Unconsciousness: Exploring the Deepest Layer of our Psyche (Jungian Philosophy)

“The psyche is the greatest of all cosmic wonders and the “sin qua non” [indispensable ingredient] of the world as an object. It is in the highest …

Consciousness

The psychology of why we swear — and how to do it properly in different languages

Swearing has a bad reputation. It's considered unprofessional to swear in a job interview, for example. But in reality it's something pretty much all of us do on a daily basis. In fact, we speak about 10 swear words a day on average, and children start swearing by the age of six or younger.<p>Swearing …

Linguistics

People are now “ghosting” at work, so we looked into the word’s long history

Anyone who has lived through a recession or two—and will therefore never take for granted the availability of jobs—might be aghast to learn of a nascent trend in the labor market: People are “ghosting” employers, according to LinkedIn.<p>If you’re old enough to vividly remember the last recession, …

Relationships

These mind-blowing images of the human body were made by a new kind of scanner

<b>THE FAMILY BUSINESS.</b> Phil and Anthony Butler aren’t just father and son. The physics professor and bioengineering professor (respectively) are also …

X-rays

A Deadly Air Conditioning Problem Could Strike Us All by 2050

Everything has a price.<p>As the world warms up, millions of us turn up the air conditioning, and that dependence on cooling technology could be causing …

Clean Energy

Rural living keeps the mind sharp into old age, new study finds

Living in the countryside preserves people’s cognitive powers as they get older, a new study has found.<p>A ten-year analysis of more 6,500 people living in the UK showed mental decline was slower among those who lived in villages and rural neighbourhoods.<p>Scientists believe an absence of pollution, a …

Research

The Best Way to Get People to Tell the Truth, According to Science

“You’ve never lied on your résumé, right?”<p>“Did your campaign coordinate with the Russian government during the 2016 election?”<p>“Will you sign with the …

Psychology

The real reason the sound of your own voice makes you cringe

Most of us have shuddered on hearing the sound of our own voice. In fact, not liking the sound of your own voice is so common that there’s a term for it: voice confrontation.<p>But why is voice confrontation so frequent, while barely a thought is given to the voices of others?<p>A common explanation …

Psychology

Being Outside Changes Your Brain In These 5 Unexpected Ways

It's a bit of a no-brainer that being outside is pretty good for your health; whether it's a park, a forest, or a tree-lined path to the corner …

Humanity

We Asked Celeb Physicist Brian Cox About Flat Earth Conspiracies, the Multiverse, and Ghosts

There’s a growing, bewildering movement of folks who reject the most basic learnings of science in favor of conspiracy theories and hocus pocus—as a …

Physics

A twofold quantum delayed-choice experiment in a superconducting circuit

N. Bohr, in <i>Quantum Theory and Measurement</i>, J. A. Wheeler, W. H. Zurek, Eds. (Princeton Univ. Press, 1984), pp. 9–49.<p>B.-G. Englert<p>, Fringe visibility …

Quantum Physics

They Might Seem Useless, But These 8 Body Parts Actually Have Surprisingly Cool Functions

Our bodies are so awesome.<p>As the Ancient Greeks used to say, "Know Thyself." It probably was meant a little more philosophically that we're choosing …

Biology

New Bruce Lee bio debunks myths about the 'kung fu Jesus'

<b>(CNN) —</b> Bruce Lee was training a friend one day when he did something unexpected.<p>The star of the classic film, "Enter the Dragon," was already known for his fanatical fitness regimen. He didn't smoke or drink; he gobbled vitamin supplements and drank raw blended hamburger meat. He'd transformed …

Martial Arts