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Scientists Discover that Everything — from Rocks to Molecules — Is Conscious

Tweet<p><b>Consciousness permeates reality. Rather than being just a unique feature of human subjective experience, it’s the foundation of the universe,</b> …

The Truth About Female Orgasms

I’m sure many people know that the clitoris is highly erogenous, with around 8,000 nerve endings (about twice as many as in the penis). Elisabeth …

Pregnancy

Physicists Have Confirmed a Pear-Shaped Nucleus, And It Could Ruin Time Travel Forever

Noooooo.<p>Physicists have confirmed the existence of a new form of atomic nuclei, and the fact that it's not symmetrical challenges the fundamental …

Hanti's Notes on Doing a PhD and Getting a Job in Philosophy

Hanti’s Notes on Doing a PhD and Getting a Job in Philosophy<p>Hanti Lin<p>ika@ucdavis.edu<p>Last Updated: 1 June 2015<p>Caveat: If you are going to read any …

How do you explain consciousness? | David Chalmers

Can You Spot the Difference Between a Jaguar and a Leopard?

These muscular ambush predators are easily mistaken for one another.<p>The difference between a cheetah and a lion is clear as day, but a leopard and a jaguar? Not so much.<p>Both big cats are muscular ambush predators with spotted coats and a very similar appearance.<p>Hence why many tend to confuse the …

Here's how much it costs both Saudi Arabia and the US to produce oil

When crude oil prices crashed into the $20 range early last year, it had most oil-producing nations quaking in their boots. That's because few countries can make much -- if any -- money at that price point. I say <i>most</i> because there are a handful of producers that were still able to make a tidy …

Study Finds the Unexpected in the Brains of Spirit Mediums

Are spirit mediums really communicating with the dead? My Magic 8 Ball says "Outlook not so good."<p>But a new brain study of Brazilian mediums shows …

The Brain

A brain scan can diagnose depression

The network identified in depressed people involves many different brain regions Wikipedia<p>We currently diagnose depression based on what individuals tell us about their feelings – or those of their loved ones. People with depression usually describe feeling sad or say they are unable to enjoy the …

Book Review: "The Brain Defense", Kevin Davis

Can neuroscience help courts to decide how criminals should be punished? Is moral responsibility, or the lack of it, visible on a brain scan? In The …

Neurology

4 Cognitive Abilities That Actually Peak When You Are Older

Many of us do not look, feel or act our age. Sooner or later, of course, time tends to catch up. Some abilities that we’ve had in our younger …

9 Unconventional Habits That Supersede All Others – Period!

A not so common list of habits that will inspire you and guide you to big things and maybe even becoming a billionaire.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>We’ve all read a hundred and one posts on habits. The lists look pretty much the same and talk about similar ideas. …

Lessons in life and the universe from a cup of tea

Physics has its patterns, and you don’t even have to leave your kitchen to find them<p>We live on the edge, perched on the boundary between Earth and the rest of the universe. Every human civilisation has seen the stars, but no one has touched them. Down here it’s the opposite: messy, changeable, and …

Physics

Ask Ethan: How Do Gravitational Waves Escape From A Black Hole?

Perhaps the greatest discovery of all announced in 2016 was the direct detection of gravitational waves. Even though they had been predicted by Einstein’s general theory of relativity 101 years prior, it took the development of a laser interferometer sensitive to ripples in space that would …

Black Holes

Google Keep has taken over my Task Management and GTD

Why more users don’t use Google Keep is a mystery to me because it’s awesome. It has changed how I use to-dos, GTD, Task Management, Project …

Project Management

The best way to motivate your kids, according to a behavioral economist

In other ways, kids are just mini-adults. Motivation is a key example of this similarity: The things that encourage us to perform better at work are the same things that encourage them to do well in school and beyond.<p>That's according to Dan Ariely, a professor of psychology and behavioral economics …

Kids

What Thomas Hobbes can tell us about Donald Trump and conflicts of interest

In a recent interview, President-elect Donald Trump dismissed doubts about whether his business interests would cloud his judgment about what’s good for the nation. But with more than 100 companies based in 25 countries, some still fret that the incoming administration might shade its foreign and …

Donald Trump

The neuroscience argument that religion shaped the very structure of our brains

Religion and neuroscience are not an obvious pairing. But a 2016 study published in Social Neuroscience demonstrated that spiritual feelings activate the neurological reward systems of devout Mormons. The study used fMRI scans to show that the nucleus accumbens—an area associated with reward—is …

Neuroscience

Scientists have made a bizarre lifeform that bonds carbon to silicon

You're probably already familiar with a few products products that use carbon-silicon, or organosilicon: glues, caulks, and pesticides, to name a few.<p>But the new biological trick, which was forcefully evolved in bacteria, is safer and 15 times more efficient than synthetic, industrial chemistry at …

health

Health

A Neuroscientist Explains What Happens To Your Brain When You Meditate

Meditation is becoming very popular lately. Perhaps it’s the anecdotal evidence friends are sharing with each other or the fact that more and more …

Why Did Foucault Disregard Iranian Feminists in His Support for Khomeini?

(Image: University of Chicago Press)<b>Foucault and the Iranian Revolution: Gender and the Seductions of Islamism, Janet Afary and Kevin B. Anderson,</b> …

John Searle on the persistent philosophical problem of free will

You don’t get much more respected as an academic than John Searle, a philosopher of mind and language who’s been teaching at Berkeley for 56 years. …

Neuroscientists just isolated the part of the brain that controls free will - ExtremeTech

By on July 19, 2016 at 4:17 pm<p>This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use.<p>Free will might have been the …

The Brain

15 Daily Habits of the Most Productive Entrepreneurs

Here's a clear list of the 15 habits the most successful entrepreneurs have cultivated.<p>Have you ever wondered how the world's top entrepreneurs get so much done in their days? After all, they have the same 24 hour days and 7 day weeks, yet they consistently get so much more done in that time.<p>Here …

Self-improvement

There’s No Such Thing as Free Will

But we’re better off believing in it anyway.<p>For centuries, philosophers and theologians have almost unanimously held that civilization as we know it depends on a widespread belief in free will—and that losing this belief could be calamitous. Our codes of ethics, for example, assume that we can …

LSD Makes Your Brain More ‘Flexible,’ Less Anxious

Breakthrough research shows how psychedelic drugs like LSD and psilocybin expand the brain.<p>Psychedelic drugs like LSD and magic mushrooms seem to …

Are You a Left-Brained or Right-Brained Thinker?

Are you a left-brained thinker or a right-brained thinker? We all know that we use our left-brains for logical thinking and our right-brains for …

Creativity

You Can Heal Yourself With Your Mind (For Real)

From multiple sclerosis to chronic pain to HIV, science is increasingly showing us that what’s in a patient’s head affects how the body heals.<p>I met …

Immune System