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Beyond humans, what other kinds of minds might be out there? – Murray Shanahan

In 1984, the philosopher Aaron Sloman invited scholars to describe ‘the space of possible minds’. Sloman’s phrase alludes to the fact that human …

I Drilled a Hole in My Own Skull to Stay High Forever

John Doran speaks to Joe Mellen about the importance of expanding your consciousness.<p>"This is the story of how I came to drill a hole in my head to get permanently high."<p>As far as opening lines to memoirs go, they don't come much more compelling than the first sentence in Joe Mellen's 1970 book,</i> …

Smokers' weak point identified

A man who abruptly quit his 40-a-day smoking habit after suffering a stroke has helped neuroscientists pinpoint a coin-sized craving-centre in the brain.<p>The man, a long-term smoker, suffered stroke damage to a part of the brain called the insular, and quit, telling researchers his body "forgot the …

How did the universe get here?

Speed read<p>Dark energy accounts for the accelerating expansion of the universe.<br>• First ever full cosmological history simulated on Curie …

Bumping up against a parallel universe

An analysis of the cosmic microwave background revealed bright spots, possible imprints left when an alternate universe bumped ours shortly after the …

Why a Mental Universe Is the “Real” Reality

By Deepak Chopra, MD, Menas Kafatos, PhD, Bernardo Kastrup, PhD, Rudolph Tanzi, PhD<p>Science concerns itself with reality, in the form of “real particles”, “real organisms”, and the “real universe”. The tacit assumption is that science can answer the question of reality itself. If this wasn’t the …

Chronic Depression and Codependency

Dysthymia, or chronic depression, is a common symptom of codependency; however, many codependents aren’t aware that they’re depressed. Because the …

Depression

Leading Harvard physicist has a radical new theory for why humans exist

For example, an astrophysicist might say that the chemical components of our bodies were first forged in the nuclear fires of stars.<p>On the other hand, an evolutionary biologist might look at the similarities between our DNA and that of other primates' and conclude we evolved from apes.<p>Lisa Randall, …

Image Release: Mysterious Phenomena in a Gigantic Galaxy-Cluster Collision - National Radio Astronomy Observatory

Researchers using the Karl G. Jansky Very Large Array (VLA) have produced the most detailed image yet of a fascinating region where clusters of …