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From Magic to Religion to Science: What's Next? Dean Radin

Earth - The strange link between the human mind and quantum physics

"I cannot define the real problem, therefore I suspect there's no real problem, but I'm not sure there's no real problem."<p>The American physicist Richard Feynman said this about the notorious puzzles and paradoxes of quantum mechanics, the theory physicists use to describe the tiniest objects in the …

Quantum Mechanics

Will artificial intelligence become conscious?

Artificial Intelligence

Will artificial intelligence become conscious?

Forget about today’s modest incremental advances in artificial intelligence, such as the increasing abilities of cars to drive themselves. Waiting in …

Virtual Reality May Help You Control Your Dreams

Research suggests people dream more lucidly after they’ve immersed themselves in virtual worlds.<p>When Jayne Gackenbach’s son took up Nintendo in the 1990s, she began to worry. As she watched him spend hours manipulating characters on the screen, she wondered if all that time in fictional worlds was …

Virtual Reality

The impossibility of intelligence explosion

In 1965, I. J. Good described for the first time the notion of “intelligence explosion”, as it relates to artificial intelligence (AI):<p>Let an …

Intelligence

Human Consciousness Exists Before Birth, Quantum Physicists Conclude

Scientists are still baffled by the consciousness with questions about why we have it and how we have it constantly arising.<p>One theory is that …

Physics

The Official iExec AMA (Ask Me Anything) - November 8, 2017

We’re pleased to announce that the official iExec AMA will be held on Wednesday, November 8, 2pm UTC (6am PST, 3pm CET).<p>Please submit any questions …

iExec Brings the Decentralized Cloud one step Closer With First SDK

Consciousness Began When the Gods Stopped Speaking - Issue 54: The Unspoken

Julian Jaynes was living out of a couple of suitcases in a Princeton dorm in the early 1970s. He must have been an odd sight there among the …

Florida State University

Placebo Effect of the Heart

After 40 years, millions of procedures, and billions of dollars, doctors are questioning whether a common procedure is doing more harm than good. How much does heart disease depend on a patient’s state of mind?<p>A doctor stands over you and feeds a long wire up the inside of your body, from your …

Medicine

Here’s How to Get to Conscious Machines, Neuroscientists Say

<i>“We cannot be conscious of what we are not conscious of.” – Julian Jaynes, The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind</i>Unlike …

Emerging Technology

Why Doing Good Is Good for the Do-Gooder

The past few months, with a series of disasters seemingly one on top of another, have felt apocalyptic to many, but the bright side to these dark times has been the outpouring of donations and acts of generosity that followed.<p>From Hurricane Harvey flooding Houston to Hurricanes Irma and Maria …

Scientific Research

To Keep Up With AI, We’ll Need High-Tech Brains

Technologies that enhance the human brain will be essential to avoid a dystopian future fueled by the rise of artificial intelligence<p>When do we start panicking? DeepMind, an artificial intelligence company in London, just announced another breakthrough in machine intelligence. Starting from nothing …

Artificial Intelligence

'The River of Consciousness' offers another glimpse inside the mind of Oliver Sacks

There’s a nifty word, “paracuses,” for those mishearings that occur with the advance of deafness. That fact that Oliver Sacks recorded his paracuses in a little red notebook suggests the curious and lively mind at work in “The River of Consciousness,” the essay collection Sacks was working on at …

How Do You Make a Conscious Robot?

You've likely heard of conscious thought and subconscious thought, but humans may in fact possess three levels of consciousness, a new review …

DARPA Scientists Unveil Brain Device That Boosts Learning by 40 Percent

A brain device that can increase learning by up to 40 percent has been revealed by scientists funded by the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency …

The Brain

How to Practice Effortless Mindfulness

In his book <b>Rainbow Painting,</b> Tibetan Buddhist teacher Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche writes: “There are two types of mindfulness: deliberate and effortless.” …

Mindfulness

Maslow’s hierarchy of needs is the source of our self-obsession

Whether you know it or not, a powerful cult is recruiting you. Cults display unwarranted admiration for a person or thing, and this one has chosen an especially irresistible figurehead: you.<p>The Cult of Self lulls us into believing that we’re better than others, that our needs matter more, and that …

Psychology

Human Brain Operates Outside of the Laws of Physics, New Study Claims

It was the eminent French philosopher and mathematician René Descartes who first suggested that the human mind may operate outside of the physical …

Quantum Mechanics

The Coming Creativity Explosion Belongs to the Machines

Does creativity make human intelligence special?It may appear so at first glance. Though machines can calculate, analyze, and even perceive, …

Machine Learning

First evidence for higher state of consciousness

Scientific evidence of a ‘higher’ state of consciousness has been found in a study led by the University of Sussex.<p>Neuroscientists observed a …

How to Build a Self-Conscious Machine

The Coolest Thing in the Universe<p><b>The universe is full</b> of some very cool stuff: neutron stars that weigh a ton a teaspoon; supermassive black holes …

Alan Turing

Are We Too Plugged In? Distracted vs. Enhanced Minds

My smart phone can let me access the collective knowledge of humanity from almost anywhere, but is that access making me smarter or simply less …

Beyond Earth-centric and Brain-centric Universes

As a consciousness researcher, I often wonder where we might be in the evolution of the science of consciousness. Have we already discovered most of …

Consciousness