Derwin Halvorson

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Does the Brain Create the Mind? Speculation on Consciousness

Earlier blog posts focused on the so-called <i>easy</i> <i>problem</i> of consciousness—finding the brain patterns (or “signatures” or “fields”) of electrical, …

Consciousness

You Have To Love An Introvert Differently

By Bianca Sparacino,<p>Comment<br>• FlagFlagged<br>• http://tcat.tc/1MM7Jxj<p><b>You have to love us patiently.</b> As an introvert, we like to take things slow. You have to …

The Baloney Detection Kit: Carl Sagan’s Rules for Bullshit-Busting and Critical Thinking

<b>Carl Sagan</b> (November 9, 1934–December 20, 1996) was many things — a cosmic sage, voracious reader, hopeless romantic, and brilliant philosopher. But above all, he endures as our era’s greatest patron saint of reason and critical thinking, a master of the vital balance between skepticism and …

4 Things Science Tells Us About Raising Responsible (And All-Around Awesome) Kids

Shares 1K<p><i>Want to raise compassionate and responsible children? Here’s what scientific research says about parenting.</i><p>—<p>Written by Kathryn Hawkins<p>Should …

How Mindful Meditation Can Actually Change Your Brain

You may have heard Emma Watson, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Katy Perry talk about "mindfulness meditation," but new research has found it's not just a celebrity buzzword.<p>A new study published in the journal <i>Biological Psychiatry</i> discovered that mindfulness meditation, which focuses on breathing and …

Mindfulness

What the Science of “Sleep Paralysis” Reveals About How the Brain Works

<i>“In both writing and sleeping,”</i> Stephen King wrote in his meditation on “creative sleep” and the art of wakeful dreaming, <i>“we learn to be physically still at the same time we are encouraging our minds to unlock from the humdrum rational thinking of our daytime lives.”</i> But while he was exploring the …

Microscopic Robots Learn To Move Like White Blood Cells

Someday they could save your life<p>In the 90s kids show <i>The Magic School Bus</i>, eccentric teacher Ms. Frizzle took her class for a wild ride in a sick student’s immune system -- only to be attacked by white blood cells. White blood cells tracked the bus using the same chemical traces they follow to find …

Particles

Deschooling Society? A Conversation With Danielle Fong

At Vienna’s Pioneers Festival, I had the chance to meet Danielle Fong, a young entrepreneur who just turned 27 and, if her past is any indication, is going do extraordinary things in the coming years. In fact, she probably has already done some.<p>Her company, LightSail Energy, seems to have come out …

Gmail for Android is ready to handle all your email accounts

The new version of Gmail for Android is slated to make its way to Google Play in the near future, but if you <i>cannot</i> wait to use it, you can download the APK right now and load it up. You'll notice some major changes the moment you launch it, since it'll ask what kind of email addresses you'd like to …